Steffen ranked third, Mustangs and Dykes fall out of NWCA Rankings

MANHEIM, Pa. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team has fallen out of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Poll released on Monday. SMSU is currently receiving votes.

Caden Steffen leads the Mustangs, ranking third at 197, trailing only Central Oklahoma’s Dalton Abney, who is a two-time national champion at 197, and Derek Blubaugh (Indianapolis), who has placed second at 197 each of the last two years. Steffen has earned victories over St. Cloud State’s No. 4 Dominic Murphy (Dec 4-2), Augustana’s No. 6 Max Ramberg (Dec 9-6), UMary’s No. 7 Matt Kaylor (SV 4-1) Nebraska-Kearney’s No. 10 Jackson Kinsella (SV 4-1) and Fort Hays State’s No. 11 Tereus Henry (Dec 10-4).

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Sloan repeats as Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

IRVING, Texas — For the second week in a row, South Dakota State 197-pounder Tanner Sloan has been selected as the Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Week.

A senior from Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan earned his most recent award Tuesday after winning by fall over eighth-ranked Rocky Elam of Missouri in Feb. 18 dual action at Frost Arena. With the victory, Sloan improved to 18-1 overall and stayed unbeaten in duals this season at 13-0. He extended his overall dual winning streak to 38 matches, dating back to early in the 2021-22 season, and upped his career record to 104-21 (62-4 in duals).

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Penn State, Oklahoma State storm into final week of dual season unbeaten

Manheim, Pennsylvania – In picking up their 54th straight dual meet victory, top-ranked Penn State won the Big Ten regular season title over the weekend and remained No. 1 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions (11-0) rallied past No. 3 Nebraska 22-13 to finish 8-0 in the Big Ten and lock up the school’s fourth straight regular season title and 10th in the last 13 seasons.

With one dual left on the schedule – Edinboro this coming Sunday – the Nittany Lions currently hold the fifth-longest dual meet win streak in major college wrestling history and 13th longest across all divisions. Despite the loss, Nebraska (11-2) remained third this week.

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Vikings climb to No. 3, Seven Ranked in Latest NWCA Poll

MANHEIM, Pa. – The Augustana wrestling team will head into the NCAA Super Regionals at No. 3 in the NWCA Division II Poll, while seven different individuals find themselves in the top 10. The poll was released Monday afternoon.

The Vikings totaled 67 points in the poll and are one of four NSIC teams in the top 25 and three in the top five. Central Oklahoma leads the way with 87 points, followed by Lander, the Vikings, St. Cloud State, and UW-Parkside.

Jaxson Rohman slots in at No. 2 at 125 pounds. The junior from Trimont, Minn., is 17-3 on the year and currently tied for second in program history with eight major decisions on the season. Into the postseason, Rohman looks to improve on an NCAA Division II runner-up finish from last season.

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Murphy Named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

Murphy earned a pair of ranked victories to lead the Huskies to NSIC title

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State Wrestling redshirt senior 197-pounder Dominic Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Wrestler of the Week, as announced on Monday. Murphy defeated two ranked opponents while helping lead the Huskies to the NSIC regular season conference championship.

Murphy is the third Husky to be named NSIC Wrestler of the Week this season after junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) won the weekly honor on Jan. 29 and redshirt sophomore 141-pounder Alyeus Craig (Wichita, Kan.) won the honor on Feb. 12.

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