Division II Coaches Association Team & Individual Rankings – January 16

EDMOND, Okla. — St. Cloud State (Minn.) took over as the new No. 1 team in NCAA Division II wrestling, topping the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll that was released Wednesday.

The Huskies captured the NWCA Division II National Duals title for the second consecutive year last weekend in Springfield, Ill. and received all eight first-place votes in balloting of head coaches from around the country to vault from fourth to first in the rankings.

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Vikings back in NSIC action on Friday; return for home opener on Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 13-ranked Augustana (5-3, 1-0 NSIC) returns to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Friday night traveling to Marshall, Minn. to take on Southwest Minnesota State University (10-1, 0-0 NSIC) at the PE Gym beginning at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Vikings return to Sioux Falls for its first home dual of the season. Augustana welcomes the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division III, Augsburg College (3-2). The Vikings’ and the Auggies’ dual will get underway at 2 p.m. at the Elmen Center.

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Sprenkle Nabs NDSU’s Fourth WWC Wrestler of the Week Honor

OREM, Utah — North Dakota State University 125-pound senior Trent Sprenkle (Billings, Mont./Billings HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after an outstanding performance on the mat last week. The conference award was announced Tuesday by the league.

Sprenkle and teammate Steven Monk have each claimed the honor twice this season. NDSU leads all league teams with its four awards this year.

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SCSU’s Kahnke wants that elusive title

Trying not to think about what has happened the past two seasons helps Jake Kahnke.

If he does think about it, he tries to forget about it quickly.

The St. Cloud State heavyweight has lost two straight Division II heavyweight championship matches to Northern State’s Matt Meuleners. Kahnke has defeated Meuleners before, but not in the biggest matches of his career. Continue reading at www.sctimes.com