College Wrestling: Week 3 Division II Power Rankings
1. Maryville (Mo.) – The Saints did not send a full squad to the Lindenwood Joe Parisi Open, but still crowned a pair of champions. Transfer Nate Rodriguez continues to impress, winning the 141-pound title, and Dmitri Willis was champ at 165 pounds. Zeb Wahle lost in the 174-pound finals to Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rogers, while Ryan Beltz beat OSU starter Austin Schafer for third at 197. Maryville will see just how good they are Dec. 12 when they dual Northern Iowa.
2. St. Cloud State – The 2015 NCAA champions had two champions – senior All-American Clint Poster and Uthman Rabiu – with three others falling in the finals at the Finn Grinaker Open in Minnesota over the weekend. The Huskies open their dual season Tuesday at DIII St. John’s (Minn.).
3. Nebraska-Kearney – The Lopers got good news last week when senior Romero Cotton, a two-time NCAA champ, was granted an 11th semester by the NCAA. Marc Bauer’s squad crowned senior Daniel DeShazer and saw rookie Zach Stodden lose in the finals of the UNK Holiday Inn Open on Saturday. UNK will be part of the massive Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Dec. 4-5.
4. Mercyhurst (Pa.) – A group of Lakers competed at the 21-team Findlay Open in Ohio on Saturday. August Mizia (165) and Andy Welton (285) each finished fourth. Perhaps the best DII dual this week pits No. 4 Mercyhurst against No. 12 California Baptist Wednesday in Riverside, Calif.
5. Notre Dame (Ohio) College – The Falcons showed their depth at the Findlay Open, crowning a pair of champions. Sophomore David Bavery outscored five opponents, 34-6, in winning the 133-pound title, while 157-pound freshman Juwon Edmond took top honors. 2014 NCAA champion Jon Rivera defaulted to Edmond in the quarterfinals. Isaac Dulgarian (149) and Andrew Bannister (141) were also among the top four. NDC is out of action until Dec. 12.
6. Pittsburgh-Johnstown – The Mountain Cats moved to 2-0 with a win over Kutztown (Pa.) last Thursday and face East Stroudsburg Tuesday night. Head coach Pat Pecora’s group steps up in class this Sunday when they face George Mason at the Grapple at the Garden in Madison Square Garden. The December schedule includes the PSAC Championships (Dec. 5) and a trip to Ohio to face No. 10 Ashland (Dec. 10).
7. Lake Erie College – Nick (174) and Matt (165) Vandermeer lost championship bracket matches to Ohio State wrestlers, but bounced back to finish among the top four at the Findlay Open. Evan Rosborough was fifth at 197 pounds for the 8th-ranked Storm, who returns to the mat Dec. 19-20.
T8. Ashland (Ohio) – Two Eagles advanced to the finals of the Findlay Open. Michael Labry, redshirting this season, dropped the 141-pound final to Ohio State’s Ke-Shawn Hayes, while 197-pounder Joe Brandt fell to OSU’s Kollin Moore. Ashland hosts Pittsburgh-Johnstown Dec. 10.
T8. Tiffin (Ohio) – The Dragons continue to be led by heavyweight Garrett Grey, who pinned four opponents on his way to a Findlay Open title.
Knocking on the door: Newberry (S.C.), Augustana (S.D.), California Baptist, Findlay (Ohio)