Division II Wrestling Power Rankings, Week 9:
1 ― Notre Dame College: We already knew NDC had loads of talent, including national champions Jon Rivera, Joey Davis, and Garrett Lineberger. During the Falcons’ championship performance at last weekend’s NWCA National Duals, 141-pounder Cobey Fehr added his name to the list with an impressive 4-0 showing that included a victory over previously unbeaten Nate Rodriguez. NDC showed its dual strength in Fort Wayne. Their tournament strength might be better.
2 ― St. Cloud State: The 2015 NCAA champions lost in the National Duals finals to Notre Dame College. Nobody else in the field was close to the Huskies, who compete in the loaded Ranger Duals in Wisconsin this weekend.
3 ― Pittsburgh-Johnstown: UPJ proved it’s a contender by finishing third at the National Duals. Nick Roberts beat Nebraska-Kearney’s national champion Dustin DeShazer and Travis McKillop continues to roll. Pat Pecora’s bunch will try and keep it going at Lake Erie College on Friday.
4 ― Maryville (Mo.): Despite a tough finish at the National Duals, the Saints are still among DII’s best. All 10 of Maryville’s starters are projected to make it out of a tough Super Region III come March and with the race that is shaping up, coach Mike Denney will need all hands on deck.
5 ― California Baptist ― The Lancers, minus a few starters due to illness, won three bouts against DI Stanford. We will find out if CBU is for real this Saturday in Kearney where they face Central Oklahoma, Western State, and Adams State, none of them world beaters but teams that the Lancers, if they are legit, should handle.
6 ― Wisconsin-Parkside ― All eyes will be on Somers, Wisconsin, this weekend where the Rangers face Tiffin, St. Cloud State, and Findlay, all ranked inside the top 12. UWP did not start the season in the top 10, and Saturday’s results will either keep them there or send them down this list. Except some excellent, down-to-the-wire meets inside Petretti Fieldhouse.
7 ― Nebraska-Kearney: Marc Bauer’s Lopers are hard to figure out, especially after struggles in Fort Wayne with losses to UPJ (37-7) and Upper Iowa (21-20). UNK should bounce back against Colorado State-Pueblo, Western State, and New Mexico Highlands this weekend. Having All-American Destin McCauley in the lineup at 149 pounds might help.
8 ― Upper Iowa: The Peacocks (9-1) dropped a dual to Maryville at the National Duals, but came back to beat Newberry (S.C.), Tiffin (Ohio), and Nebraska-Kearney to finish third. It showed a tie for third at the Midwest Classic was no fluke.
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Mercyhurst (Pa.), Tiffin (Ohio), Lindenwood (Mo.), Augustana (S.D.), Findlay (Ohio), Lake Erie College (Ohio), Indianapolis
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