Maryville (Mo.) ― Although the annual Kaufman-Brand Open did not have its usual sprinkling of D-I entrees, Maryville (Mo.) showed its tournament power with five champions, including Nate Rodriguez, who beat Missouri’s Matt Manley in the 141-pound final. The top-ranked Saints stay close to home this weekend, visiting the Lindenwood Joe Parisi Open in St. Charles, Mo. A trip to Iowa to meet D-I Northern Iowa on Dec. 12 might be one to watch.
St. Cloud State ― The 2015 NCAA champions jump to No. 2 this week after a big showing at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, Iowa. Husky heavyweight Austin Goergen and 165-pounder Clint Poster knocked off Iowa State starters to win titles and Tim Prescott (125) and Gabe Fogarty (157) each advanced to the finals. Another Open tournament this weekend prepares SCSU for its dual opener with D-III Saint John’s (Minn.) on Nov. 24.
Mercyhurst (Pa.) ― The 11-team Mount Union Invitational is not the NCAA Championships, but the Lakers showed they are going to be solid with six champions and nine in the finals. A full complement of D-II squads, including five squads that finished inside the NCAA’s top 20 last March, will be with Mercyhurst at the Findlay Open this weekend.
Nebraska-Kearney ― Marc Bauer’s group will be much better in March than they are this November. The Lopers are already good and may have found another point scorer in redshirt-freshman Zach Stodden, who lost in the Harold Nichols Open final at 184 pounds last Sunday. UNK hosts the Holiday Inn Open on Saturday with a boatload of D-II squads set to visit the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.
Pittsburgh-Johnstown ― The Mountain Cats opened its dual season in dominating fashion, beating West Liberty, 39-6, last Friday. Travis McKillop had a 22-second pin, edging teammate Sam Hanau, who needed just :53, for the quick work of the night. Pitt-Johnson hosts a decent Kutztown (Pa.) this week.
Notre Dame (Ohio) College ― Like UNK, Notre Dame College will be a different bird come March. The Falcons sent a few to the Michigan State Open, but only 141-pounder Andrew Bannister brought home anything, finishing eighth. 2014 NCAA champion Garrett Lineberger won two matches. We won’t see the Falcons’ real squad until the January National Duals in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Lake Erie (Ohio) College ― Nineteenth at the 2015 NCAA Championships, Lake Erie beat D-I Cleveland State, 18-17, then lost to Kent State, 36-9, in the Ohio Duals finals on Saturday. Sophomore 125-pounder Forest Glogouski had a pair of wins against D-I opponents. The Storm will be at the Findlay Open this weekend with Mercyhurst, Notre Dame, and Tiffin.
Tiffin (Ohio) ― At the Ohio Duals, the Dragons needed their 1-2 punch of Jake Cramer and heavyweight Garrett Gray to get by D-III Baldwin Wallace, 23-19, before losing to Cleveland State, 28-9. Gray, 35-2 as a sophomore and fourth at the NCAA Championships, is off to a fast start in 2015-16.
Knocking on the door
Ashland (Ohio), Newberry (S.C.) College, Augustana (S.D.), California-Baptist, Findlay (Ohio)