Grapplers Move to 11th in National Rankings

Grapplers Move to 11th in National Rankings

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following their performances at the Midwest Classic and National Duals Tournament, King College has advanced four places in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings released today. The Tornado now rank 11th in the country and have two individuals ranked in the top-8 in their respective weight classes.

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Rankings (in story) - team  |  individual

King (79 points) moves up from last month's 15th place ranking, hopping four schools previously ranked ahead of them. They share the No. 11 ranking with Adams State (Colo.) who dropped from ninth in last December's poll. The Tornado finished just one point short of a top-10 placement. Limestone College advanced to No. 10 (previously NR) after a seventh place finish at last week's NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals and narrowly edging out King, 16-15.

St. Cloud is the newly named No. 1 team in the nation after defeating previous No. 1 Newberry (S.C.), 23-12, in the finals of the National Duals. The poll welcomed three new schools to the top-20 including Limestone, San Francisco State and Colorado State-Pueblo.

Senior Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) moved up one spot in the 197-pound national rankings to fifth overall after a 2-1 weekend at the National Duals, his only loss coming in overtime to No. 1 Dan Scanlan of Limestone. Tywan Claxton (Cleveland, Ohio) made his way into the national rankings in the 141-pound division, also finishing 2-1 at the National Duals. His only loss came to No. 6 B.J. Young of Newberry College in a tight 9-8 decision.

The Tornado will jump back into action at the Wendy's Mid-Atlantic Duals this weekend, hosted by No. 18 Ashland University (Ohio). The tournament will be held this Sunday, Jan. 15, with the bouts beginning at 10:00 a.m. King will open against Seton Hill University (Pa.) and will battle either Ashland or Belmont Abbey in round two. Click here to open the bracket for the Mid-Atlantic Duals.


NCAA Division II - Team Rankings

No.   School (State)                                     Points                Last Ranking 

1.    St. Cloud State (Minn.)                             160                       3rd

2.    Newberry (S.C.)                                        152                       1st

3.    Upper Iowa                                              141                       2nd

4.    Nebraska-Kearney                                   138                       4th

5.    Augustana (S.D.)                                     127                       6th

6.    Central Oklahoma                                    116                      7th

7.    Grand Canyon (Ariz.)                               112                       5th

8.    Mercyhurst (Pa.)                                       93                        8th

9.    Wisconsin-Parkside                                  85                        11th

10.   Limestone (S.C.)                                     80                         NR

t11. King (Tenn.)                                             79                        15th

t11. Adams State (Colo.)                                79                         9th

13.   Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)                    63                        14th

14.   West Liberty (W.Va.)                              60                        13th

15.   Fort Hays State (Kan.)                            47                        12th

16.   Findlay (Ohio)                                         40                        17th

17.   Minnesota State                                     27                        19th

18.   Ashland (Ohio)                                       23                        10th

19.   San Francisco State (Calif.)                    16                          NR

20.  Colorado State-Pueblo                           11                           NR

Others receiving votes:  Chadron State (Neb.), Colorado Mesa, East Stroudsburg (Pa.), Gannon (Pa.), Kutztown (Pa.), Mary (N.D.), Maryville (Mo.), North Carolina-Pembroke, Western State (Colo.).


NCAA Division II - Individual Rankings

125 Pounds

1.   Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa

2.   Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead

3.    Terrell McKinney, Maryville (Mo.)

4.    Brandon Davis, Ashland (Ohio)

5.    Kenny Trumbetta, Seton Hill (Pa.)

6.    Cody Lensing, Augustana (S.D.)

7.    Garrett Evans, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)

8.    Ben Sergent, Findlay (Ohio)


133 Pounds

1.   Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa

2.   Jason Jeremiason, Augustana (S.D.)

3.   Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)

4.   Ryan Fillingame, Adams State (Colo.)

5.   Jesse Hillhouse, Colorado State-Pueblo

6.   Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma

7.   Stephen Weimer, Nebraska-Kearney

8.   Drew Lexvold, Minnesota State

141 Pounds

1.  Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney

2.  Jack Bachman, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)

3.  Nick Wykoff, West Liberty (W. Va.)

4.  Trevor Johnson, Mary (N.D.)

5.  Chism Fink, Augustana (S.D.)

6.   B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)

7.   Tywan Claxton, King (Tenn.)

8.   Josh Myers, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)

149 Pounds

1.    Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)

2.    Raufeon Stotts, Nebraska-Kearney

3.    Mitchell Means, Fort Hays State (Kan.)

4.    Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)

5.    Ethan Swope, Gannon (Pa.)

6.    Ryan Maus, Truman State (Mo.)

7.    Marc Hoff, Ashland (Ohio)

8.    Deral Brown, Newberry (S.C.)


157 Pounds

1.   Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside

2.   T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney

3.   Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)

4.   Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma

5.   Jacob D. Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)

6.   Jordan Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)

7.   Bobby Williams, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)

8.   Jeremy Bommarito, Limestone (S.C.)

165 Pounds

1.   Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)

2.   Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney

3.   Josh Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)

4.    Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke

5.    Brett Rosedale, Maryville (Mo.)

6.    Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)

7.    Matt Vandermeer, Lake Erie (Ohio)

8.    Isaiah Jimenez, San Francisco State (Colo.)


174 Pounds

1.    Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside

2.    Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)

3.    Shamus O'Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)

4.    Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)

5.    Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)

6.    Wade Gobin, Upper Iowa

7.    Travis Sheehy, Newberry (S.C.)

8.    Mark Fiala, Nebraska-Kearney

184 Pounds

1.    Walker Clarke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)

2.    Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma

3.    Derek Skala, St. Cloud State (Minn.)

4.    Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa

5.    Dallas Smith, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)

6.    Adam Walters, Findlay (Ohio)

7.    Mitch Brown, Newberry (S.C.)

8.    Ross Brunkhardt, Nebraska-Kearney

197 Pounds

1.    Dan Scanlan, Limestone (S.C.)

2.    Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)

3.    Lucas Munkelwitz, St. Cloud State (Minn.)

4.    Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa

5.    Frank Morgan, King (Tenn.)

6.    Matt Baker, Maryville (Mo.)

7.    Eddie Ebewo, East Stroudsburg (Pa.)

8.   Shane Nolan, North Carolina-Pembroke


285 Pounds

1.    Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)

2.    Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)

3.    Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)

4.    Jake Elkins, Newberry (S.C.)

5.    Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa

6.    J.D. Ramsey, West Liberty (W. Va.)

7.    Fred Hale, Mercyhurst (Pa.)

8.    Jordan Johnson, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)