Wartburg and Augsburg maintain their hold on the top two spots in the latest NCAA Division III wrestling team rankings released by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Tuesday.
In fact, there are no changes in the top six mat programs from the previous rankings.
However, there are new names from No. 7 through No. 10, with Olivet moving up from eighth to seventh, and St. John’s stepping up from ninth to No. 8. Wisconsin-Whitewater jumped from No. 12 up to ninth, while Springfield made the leap from No. 22 into tenth place.
Top ten team rankings for the week of Jan. 24
- Wartburg College (IA) (14-1)
- Augsburg College (MN) (5-1)
- University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (15-2)
- Coe College (IA) (6-2)
- Ithaca College (NY) (9-2)
- Cornell College (IA) (6-3)
- Olivet College (MI) (16-5)
- Saint John’s University (MN) (6-5)
- University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (18-7)
- Springfield College (MA) (8-1)
Individual wrestler rankings: There’s strong consensus as to the top-ranked wrestlers in each weight class between the NWCA Division III rankings released Tuesday, and those from the d3wrestle.com website last Thursday. The one difference of opinion is at 133 pounds, with the NWCA naming Corey Brown of Thiel at No. 1, while d3wrestle.com has Adam Sheley of Wisconsin-La Crosse as their top pick.
- 125: Nathan Fitzenreider, North Central College
- 133: Adam Sheley, University of Wisconsin — La Crosse (d3wrestle); Corey Brown, Thiel College (NWCA)
- 141: Bebeto Yewah, University of Wisconsin — La Crosse
- 149: Tony Valek, Augsburg College
- 157: Elias Larson, Trine University
- 165: Nick LeClere, Coe College
- 174: Jules Doliscar, Ithaca College
- 184: Mike Denver, College of New Jersey
- 197: Byron Tate, Wartburg College
- Hwt: Chad Johnson, Augsburg College
Want to know more? Check out the complete team and individual rankings from NWCA and from d3wrestle.com. (Note: NWCA rankings are determined by a panel of NCAA Division III head wrestling coaches.)
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