INDIANAPOLIS– Defending national champion St. Cloud State University (11-1, 3-0 NSIC) holds on to the top spot in NCAA Division II Wrestling in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Poll, released recently on D2wrestle.com
The Huskies feature nine nationally-ranked wrestlers, led by top-ranked Austin Goergen at 285. Nebraska-Kearney made the move from #3 to #2, with a trio of Great Lakes Valley Conference institutions making up the rest of the top five. Wisconsin-Parkside and Maryville are tied at the three-spot, with McKendree rounding out the top five.
Austin Goergen led SCSU with a number one ranking at 285-pounds. He currently owns a 17-0 record this season with 10 pins to his credit. Defending national champion Brett Velasquez was ranked sixth in the poll at 125-pounds, while SCSU’s Mike Rhone moved into the poll at 133-pounds with a #12 national ranking. Other Huskies ranked in poll included Matt Nelson, who was ranked fifth at 141-pounds and Larry Bomstad, who was ranked eighth at 157-pounds. SCSU’s Gabe Fogarty was ranked ninth at 165-pounds and Clayton Jennissen moved up to the number four spot at 174-pounds. The Huskies’ Uthman Rabiu was ranked fifth at 184-pounds and rookie Vince Dietz earned a number three ranking at 197-pounds in the latest poll.
The Huskies will continue their 2016-17 campaign with a home match against St. John’s University on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in Halenbeck Hall. The match has been designated as Youth/Middle School/Prep Night and all students (grade 12 and under) will be admitted to the match for $1.00. As always, all SCSU students are admitted FREE to all regular season home dual meets in 2016-17.
The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Poll team rankings are determined by a points ranking based upon the ranking of a team’s individually ranked student-athletes.
The next ranking will be published in two weeks.