Bronchos hold top spot in DII Men’s Coaches Poll heading into postseason

MANHEIM, Pa. – Heading into the 2024 postseason, the Central Oklahoma Bronchos are still the top team in NCAA Division II men’s wrestling, according to the latest edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association DII Men’s poll, released Monday afternoon.

UCO topped the poll with 87 total points behind a poll-high eight ranked wrestlers. The Bronchos, along with #2 Lander, also feature a poll-high two top-ranked wrestlers in defending National Champions Dalton Abney at 197 and Shawn Streck at 285. Lander comes in at #2 with 80 total points and seven ranked wrestlers, highlighted by James Joplin (125) and David Hunsberger (165) at #1 in their respective weight classes.

Augustana made the jump from #14 to #3 in this edition of the poll, amassing 67 total points behind seven ranked individuals. St. Cloud State is in the four-spot with 57 points, with UW-Parkside and McKendree tied in the fifth spot with 48 team points each.

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Central Oklahoma tops Division II Men’s Coaches Rankings

MANHEIM, Pa. – Central Oklahoma held onto the top spot in NCAA Division II men’s wrestling and is alone atop the rankings in the latest edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association DII Men’s poll, released Monday afternoon.

The Bronchos, who have all 10 of their starters individually ranked as well, amassed 93 total points. Lander comes in at #2 with 71 total points behind seven ranked wrestlers, with West Liberty in third with 55 points. UW-Parkside (54 points) and St. Cloud State (52 points) round out the top five.

A pair of top-ranked wrestlers highlight the 10 UCO wrestlers ranked, with both defending champions Dalton Abney (197) and Shawn Streck (285) topping their respective weight classes. Lander also features a pair of No. 1s, in David Hunsberger (165) and newly-named #1 James Joplin at 125. In addition to the 125 and 285 weight classes, there is also a new #1 at 149 in 2023 National Finalist, Christian Small of Lake Erie, while UNC-Pembroke’s Scotty Joll took over the top spot at 174 for the first time this season as well.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – December 22, 2023

Central Oklahoma, West Liberty tied for top spot in Division II Men’s Coaches Rankings

MANHEIM, Pa.- For the first time since October of 2007, a pair of teams share the #1 spot in NCAA Division II, with Central Oklahoma and West Liberty tied atop the Division II Men’s Coaches Association team ranking in the latest edition of the poll, released Friday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Both Central Oklahoma and West Liberty amassed 69 total points to top the poll. The Bronchos, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, return to the top of the poll for the first time since the last ranking of last season, while the Hilltoppers find themselves atop the poll for the first time since the poll’s inception in the 1992-93 academic year.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – December 4, 2023

Lander holds atop Division II Men’s Coaches Poll

MANHEIM, PA – The Lander Bearcats held on to the number one spot in the newest edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Men’s Coaches Poll, released Monday afternoon.

Lander stayed atop the poll with 81 total points behind a poll-high seven ranked wrestlers. West Liberty stayed in the #2 spot with 71 points, with Indianapolis (65 points), Central Oklahoma (59 points), St. cloud State (52 points) and UMary (52 points) rounding out the Top 5.

Both West Liberty and Indianapolis also feature seven ranked wrestlers, with both the Hilltoppers and Greyhounds featuring a top-ranked wrestler. None of the number one wrestlers changed in the newest edition of the ranking.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – October 30, 2023

Lander Tops Preseason Division II Men’s Coaches Poll

MANHEIM, Pa.- A first-time #1, the Lander Bearcats, will open the 2023-24 season atop the preseason edition of the NWCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Oct. 30 by the Association.

The Bearcats, who finished runner-up at the 2023 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, top the poll with 82 total points and a poll-high eight ranked wrestlers. West Liberty sits at #2 in the preseason poll, with 69 points behind five ranked wrestlers. Defending National Champion Central Oklahoma is in the three-spot with 63 points, with St. Cloud State (56 points) in fourth with its six ranked wrestlers and McKendree and Upper Iowa tied for the five-spot with 48 points each.

Six of the preseason top-ranked individuals are returning National Champions from a season ago, highlighted by two-time National Champion Dalton Abney of Central Oklahoma at 197. At 133, Gavin Quiocho of Glenville State is back after his title a season ago, as is Tiffin’s Zack Donathan at 141. Nick Novak of St. Cloud State is back and sits at #1 at 157, Chase Luensman of Upper Iowa tops the ranking at 165 and West Liberty’s Ty McGeary comes back to defend his title at 184. Another of the top-ranked wrestlers, Jaxson Rohman of Augustana, comes sits atop the 125 ranking after finishing as National Runner-up at the weight a season ago.

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NWCA Releases Final NCAA Division II Men’s Rankings

MANHEIM, Pa. – With the NCAA Division II National Championships coming for 50 of NCAA DII’s 64 teams, the top two ranked teams in the NWCA Division II Coaches Rankings stayed the same. Central Oklahoma held the top spot heading into the season’s final event in the rankings compiled from the DII ranking committee’s seeding released Friday afternoon.

The Bronchos, fresh off of a team win at the Super Region 4 Championships, have a DII-best 10 Nationa Qualifiers, with nine seeded in the top 8 and another at #9 for all 10 UCO starters adding to the 104 points amassed by the top vote-getters. Lander (84 points), who won the Super Region 2 championship last week, holds at #2 after qualifying nine wrestlers, seven of which are seeded in the top 8 for next weekend’s National Championships. St. Cloud State and UW-Parkside both totaled 67 points to tie for the third-place spot, with Adams State rounding out the top 5 with 61 total points.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – February 17, 2023

MANHEIM, Pa.- Heading into the postseason, the Central Oklahoma Bronchos narrowly held onto the top spot in Division II wrestling, in the latest edition of the NWCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Jan. 20 by the Association.

Just two points separate the Bronchos from #2 Lander, with UCO coming in with 82 points and the Bearcats 80. Central Oklahoma has a poll-high nine ranked wrestlers, highlighted by the nation’s top heavyweight in Shawn Streck. St. Cloud State and West Liberty are tied for the third place spot (64 points), with defending National Champion Nebraska-Kearney rounding out the top five with 59 points.

Behind UCO’s nine ranked wrestlers, the Huskies of St. Cloud State have eight ranked individuals, highlighted by 2021 National Champion Abner Romero in the top spot at 174. Lander features seven ranked wrestlers, led by reigning National Champion Zeth Brower at the top of the 141 ranking.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – January 20, 2023

MANHEIM, PA – The Central Oklahoma Bronchos stayed atop the NCAA Division II wrestling rankings, in the latest edition of the NWCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Jan. 20 by the Association.

The Bronchos held at number one, but a new team is on their heels, with Lander jumping from four to the two spot with 66 points. Nebraska-Kearney moved to No. 3 with 63 points, followed by West Liberty (58 pts.) and St. Cloud State (56 pts.) rounding out the nation’s top five teams.

All 10 of UCO’s starters are nationally ranked, highlighted by Dalton Abney (197) and Shawn Streck (285) both in the two-spot in their respective weight classes. St. Cloud State has seven ranked wrestlers, headlined by Abner Romero in the top spot at 174. Lander, UW-Parkside, and Augustana all have six ranked individuals.

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