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Lander (NCAA D2), Augsburg (NCAA D3), Grand View (NAIA) are No. 1 in men’s college preseason polls

by NWCA, NAIA and USA Wrestling

Two-time NCAA Div. II national champion Dalton Abney of Central Oklahoma celebrates a big win (Photo by Central Oklahoma Athletics)

Two major college sports organizations with varsity men’s wrestling programs have released their preseason polls, as the 2023-24 college wrestling competition season has begun.


Below are the team and individual rankings for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). We have already posted the NCAA Div. I rankings, so this story will cover NCAA Div. II and NCAA Div. III, along with the NAIA rankings.


The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has not yet published its preseason men’s rankings, which we will post when they are available.


Lander is No. 1 in NCAA Div. II Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll


MANHEIM, Pa.- A first-time #1, the Lander Bearcats, will open the 2023-24 season atop the preseason edition of the NWCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Oct. 30 by the Association.


The Bearcats, who finished runner-up at the 2023 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, top the poll with 82 total points and a poll-high eight ranked wrestlers. West Liberty sits at #2 in the preseason poll, with 69 points behind five ranked wrestlers. Defending National Champion Central Oklahoma is in the three-spot with 63 points, with St. Cloud State (56 points) in fourth with its six ranked wrestlers and McKendree and Upper Iowa tied for the five-spot with 48 points each.


NCAA Div. II Preseason Team rankings

Rank/institution/total points/ranked individuals/'23 NCAA finish

1 Lander 82 8 2

2 West Liberty 69 5 6

3 Central Oklahoma 63 5 1

4 St. Cloud State 56 6 3

5T McKendree 48 5 T17

5T Upper Iowa 48 5 16

7T Lake Erie 47 6 12

7T Indianapolis 47 4 7

9T Mary 46 5 13

9T UW-Parkside 46 5 15

11 Northern State 44 5 T20

12 Tiffin 38 5 11

13 Chadron State 32 3 T20

14 Pitt-Johnstown 31 4 T17

15T Augustana 28 3 24

15T Ashland 28 2 T20

17 Newberry 27 5 T27

18 Nebraska-Kearney 26 5 8

18 Belmont Abbey 26 2 33

20 Mercyhurst 22 2 19

21 Glenville State 21 2 9

22 Western Colorado 20 2 4

23 Millersville 18 3 32

24 Kutztown 15 2 23

25T Fort Hays State 13 1 14

25T Minot State 13 1 37

Receiving votes: Central Missouri-12; Gannon-12; Mount Olive-11; King-7; Southwest MinN. State-6; UNC-Pembroke-4; Findlay-4; Grand Valley State-4; American International-4; Adams State-3; Colorado Mines-3; East Stroudsburg-3; Simon Fraser-2; Davenport-1


This is a tournament power index ranking; the poll is not based on a team's dual strength.


TOP RANKED NCAA DIV. II INDIVIDUALS

125 Jaxson Rohman, Augustana

133 Gavin Quiocho, Glenville State

141 Zach Donathan, Tiffin

149 Wyatt Turnquist, Northern State

157 Nick Novak, St. Cloud State

165 Chase Luensman, Upper Iowa

174 James Penfold, Lake Erie

184 Ty McGeary, West Liberty

197 Dalton Abney, Central Oklahoma

285 Cale Gray, Indianapolis


Complete Div. II individual rankings

Augsburg is No. 1 in NCAA Div. III Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll


Manheim, PA - The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their first set of rankings for the Division III Men's Coaches Rankings. These include the Team Tournament Poll and both the individual national and regional rankings.


Starting the season in the top spot is Augsburg (75.5 pts) who is coming off yet another national championship season. Filling out of the remainder of the  top five is #2 Wartburg (44.5 pts), #3 Baldwin Wallace (43.5 pts), #4 Johnson & Wales (39.5 pts), and #5 UW-La Crosse (38.5 pts)


In the individual rankings, Augsburg starts the season with three top-ranked wrestlers while Wartburg has two. Johnson & Wales, UW-Eau Claire, Baldwin Wallace, UW-Lacrosse, and Alvernia each have a single wrestler at the top of their respective weight class.


NCAA Div. III Preseason Team rankings

Rank/Insitituion/Total Points

1 Augsburg 75.5

2 Wartburg 44.5

3 Baldwin Wallace 43.5

4 Johnson & Wales 39.5

5 UW La Crosse 38.5

6 Alvernia 38

7 North Central 36

8 UW Eau Claire 33.5

9 U.S. Coast Guard Academy 32

10 Wabash 28

11 Castleton 23.5

12 Stevens Institute of Technology 21

13 Ohio Northern 18.5

14 TCNJ 14.5

T15 NYU 14

T15 Coe 14

17 Williams 12

18 Concordia Moorhead 10.5

T19 SUNY Oswego 10

T19 Southern Maine 10

T21 Millikin 9.5

T21 McDaniel 9.5

T23 Penn College 9

T23 Ithaca 9

T23 Greensboro


Top ranked NCAA Div. III individuals

125 Joziah Fry, Johnson & Wales

133 Tyler Fleetwood, UW-Eau Claire

141 Sam Stuhl, Augsburg

149 Michael Petrella, Baldwin Wallace

157 Nolan Hertel, UW-La Crosse

165 Matt Lackman, Alvernia

174 Zane Mulder, Wartburg

184 Bentley Schwanebeck-Osterman, Wartburg

197 Massoma Endene, Wartburg

285 Tyler Kim, Augsburg


Complete Div. III men's individual rankings

Grand View is No. 1 in NAIA Men's Preseason Coaches Poll


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The reigning NAIA National Champions, Grand View (Iowa), start the 2023-24 season leading the country in the NAIA Men's Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll. Life (Ga.) continues its hold on second place followed by Southeastern (Fla.) in third. Menlo (Calif.) and Campbellsville (Ky.) round out the top 5.


NAIA men's preseason Coaches Poll

Rank/Last Time/Team/Points

1             1             Grand View (Iowa)            250

2             2             Life (Ga.)             227

3             3             Southeastern (Fla.)             168

4             7             Menlo (Calif.)     144

5             13           Campbellsville (Ky.)          142

6             10           Morningside (Iowa)           141

7             20           Montana State-Northern    118

8             9             Providence (Mont.)            116

9             12           Ottawa (Kan.)      114

10           16           Cumberlands (Ky.)             113

11           4             Doane (Neb.)       109

12           11           Reinhardt (Ga.)   104

13           15           Cumberland (Tenn.)           102

14           14           Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)         101

15           5             Indiana Tech        100

16           RV          Oklahoma City    96

17           8             Eastern Oregon   92

18           6             Marian (Ind.)       85

19           19           Baker (Kan.)        84

20           RV          Southern Oregon 75

 

Receiving Votes: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 74; Missouri Valley 71; Keiser (Fla.) 60; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 58; Lourdes (Ohio) 58; Central Methodist (Mo.) 54; Saint Mary (Kan.) 52; William Penn (Iowa) 46; Corban (Ore.) 45; Midway (Ky.) 45; Cornerstone (Mich.) 44; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 37; Oklahoma Wesleyan 33; Texas Wesleyan 33; St. Thomas (Fla.) 32; Rio Grande (Ohio) 32; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 32; Avila (Mo.) 28; Graceland (Iowa) 24; Northwestern (Iowa) 22; Vanguard (Calif.) 22; Dickinson State (N.D.) 21; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 20; Concordia (Neb.) 17; Missouri Baptist 16; Simpson (Calif.) 12; Arizona Christian 10; Bethany (Kan.) 8; Rochester (Mich.) 8; Waldorf (Iowa) 6; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 5; York (Neb.) 5; Montreat (N.C.) 3; Central Baptist (Ark.) 2


Top-Ranked NAIA Individuals

125 – Hunter Sparks, Eastern Oregon

133 – Carson Taylor, Grand View (Iowa)

141 – Pat Gould, Keiser (Fla.)

149 – Brevin Balmeceda, Life (Ga.)

157 – Salvador Silva, Southeastern (Fla.)

165 – Rysan Leong, Menlo (Calif.)

174 – Riley Smucker, Life (Ga.)

184 – Jesse Daniel Perez, Ottawa (Kan.)

197 – Owen Braungardt, Grand View (Iowa)

285 – Greg Hagan, Grand View (Iowa)


NAIA men's preseason individual rankings

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