EDMOND, Okla. – After being unranked for the entire 2012-13 season, Mercyhurst jumped to 13th in the country, according to the latest Division II Wrestling Coaches’ Association poll that was released on Tuesday.
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The Lakers made the largest jump in the poll, going from unranked to 13th, while Pitt-Johnstown made the second-largest jump. The Mountain Cats moved from 10th to fifth in the country.
Mercyhurst is 12-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Lakers went 6-1 since the last rankings, including victories against then-No. 9 West Liberty and former No. 7 Kutztown in the span of three days. Mercyhurst went 4-1 at the East Coast Duals last weekend, suffering a loss to UNC-Pembroke to open the tournament. The Lakers then rattled off four consecutive victories against Anderson, Belmont Abbey, Ohio Valley and Limestone to conclude the weekend.
St. Cloud State remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the country. The Huskies, who took over the top spot in the last poll after capturing the NWCA Division II National Duals title on Jan. 13, received all eight first-place votes in the balloting of head coaches from around the country to finish with 160 points. St. Cloud State is 17-0 in duals and riding a 43-match winning streak. Division II newcomer Notre Dame (Ohio) earned all eight second-place votes and stayed No. 2 with 152 points, followed by seven-time Division II champion Central Oklahoma, Newberry and Pitt-Johnstown to round out the top five.
Individually, Mercyhurst does not have anyone ranked in the top eight of any weight class, but six grapplers received regional recognition earlier Tuesday. Freshman Willie Bohince (3rd at 125), freshman Dylan D’Urso (3rd at 133), sophomore Michael Griffith (5th at 149), redshirt junior Clint Schaefer (5th at 165), redshirt freshman Angelo Bortoluzzi (6th at 174), and redshirt senior Eric Lundgren (5th at 184) all received Super Region I recognition.