NWCA Division III releases second regular season poll
by Nate Naasz, NWCA
Manheim, PA - Significant shuffling took place in the latest NWCA Division III Coaches Rankings released on Friday as only teams and athletes that had taken to the mat this season were included. Coming in atop the new team rankings is perennial DIII power Wartburg with eight ranked individuals. Wisconsin-La Crosse, the US Coast Guard Academy, Mount Union, Baldwin Wallace, and John Carroll round out the rest of the top-five.
Many of the teams and athletes included in this set of rankings will find themselves finishing this season not at the NCAA Championships, as they were canceled earlier this month, but instead at the NWCA Division III Coaches Association National Championships presented by ARMS Software, FloWrestling, and Reese's. While there will be no team scoring or awards, each athlete entered will be competing for NWCA All-American status with a top-eight finish. A full listing of competing teams will be available at a later date.
The NCAA Division III Coaches Rankings are voted on and compiled by two coaches from each of the six Regions.
NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT TEAM RANKINGS
Coast Guard Academy
University of Mount Union
Baldwin Wallace University
John Carroll University
Stevens Institute of Technology
The College of New Jersey
University of Dubuque
Southern Virginia University
Tournament Poll Methodology: Program will receive points based on how many individuals they have ranked and where they are ranked. The point system will follow the same scoring as the NCAA Championships with no bonus points: Eight Places: (1st - 16), (2nd - 12), (3rd - 10), (4th - 9), (5th - 7), (6th - 6), (7th - 4), (8th - 3). If a program has a wrestler ranked 9th they will receive 2 points, if a program has a wrestler ranked 10th they will receive 1 point.
2020-21 NWCA Committee Representatives: Northeast - Mike Sugermeyer (WNE) & Corey Luce (NYU), Mideast - Justin Signorelli (Alfred State) & Jason Mclean (Muhlenberg), Southeast - Jon Laudenslager (Wilkes) & Anthony Bonaventura (Stevens), Central - Bill Schindel (Adrian) & Josh Malave (Mount Union), Lower Midwest - Jon McGovern (Dubuque) & Brandon Bradley (Nebraska Wesleyan), Upper Midwest - Tony Valek (Augsburg) & Dave Malecek (UW-La Crosse)