SCSU ranked #1 in Open Mat preseason poll

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which is scheduled to open its 2020-21 season on Jan. 7 with an NSIC match at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., has been selected as the number one ranked team in The Open Mat’s Division II preseason poll.

The Huskies earned 105 points in the The Open Mat’s poll, while Lindenwood was second with 69.5 points and Nebraska-Kearney was third with 57 points.

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Mavericks Enter 2020-21 Rated 13th

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State is rated 13th in the National Wrestling Coaches Preseason Poll

The Mavericks, who return 20 letterwinners return from last season’s team, have three individuals who qualified for the NCAA Championships last season.

Veteran head coach Jim Makovsky, who enters his 32nd season of college coaching with an overall record of 312-139-4, guided the Mavericks to a 10-3 overall record, including a 6-2 NSIC record last season.

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Jones Ranked 6th at 125 in Preseason National Rankings; Dragon Wrestlers 25th

Minnesota State University Moorhead junior Cole Jones is ranked sixth at 125 pounds in the NCAA Division II Coaches Rankings released Friday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Dragons are ranked 25th in the preseason poll with three athletes ranked.

Jones was All-American at 125 pounds in 2018-19 but missed the 2019-20 season with an injury. In 2018-19 Jones was 29-10 overall and in his two seasons competing as a Dragon, is 49-23. He’s led the team in wins both years.

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St. Cloud State Picked In NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State, the nine-time defending NSIC Champions, was the unanimous choice to win the league in the NSIC Preseason Wrestling Coaches’ Poll. The Huskies had 81 points and all nine first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team) to rank 13 points ahead of Upper Iowa, which was second with 68 points and the other first-place vote. Augustana was third with 66 points while Minnesota State was fourth with 61 points. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which joined the NSIC this season as an associated member, ranked fifth with 45 points.

St. Cloud State’s Devin Fitzpatrick was voted by the league coaches as the preseason wrestler of the year. Fitzpatrick, a two-time All-American, is the reigning two-time NCAA DII Super Region V Champion at 165 pounds and a two-time All-NSIC selection.

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National Girls High School Rankings

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling on Thursday released the third national rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2020-21 season.

This ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

With the high school season being held at non-traditional times this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee will publish monthly updates to these rankings. Please expect that there could be many changes, based upon athletes establishing new weight classes, as well as additional athletes that are able to compete as wrestling becomes more available in their state and region.

Since the November ranking, big events have included the USA Wrestling UWW Junior Nationals, two USA Wrestling Folkstyle Tour of America events, and a variety of large tournaments and dual meet competitions held in many locations across the nation.

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National Girls High School Rankings

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling on Thursday released the second national rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2020-21 season.

There are a few key changes in the rankings moving forward.

1) The athletes have been placed in the weight classes where they have competed in tournaments in the summer and fall of 2020, rather than where they competed prior to the pandemic. Because of the uncertainty of high school seasons, including some delays and cancellations of opportunities, competitions outside of the traditional scholastic season will be a key influence on the rankings.

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Preseason National Girls High School Rankings

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling are again partnered to create preseason national rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2020-21 season.

This ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 9-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the last National Girls High School Rankings were published in March 2020. The committee chose to publish the 2020-2021 preseason ranking earlier than last year, due to the changes in the sport which have occurred because of this historic international challenge.

Almost all of the major national and international events which are used to evaluate performance were either cancelled or postponed in the spring and summer. There were a limited number of competitions for high school girls in the last few months, and a number of the nation’s best athletes did get opportunities to wrestle. These events were researched and used as part of the preseason rankings.

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