Division II releases joint Tournament & Dual Rankings

Manheim, PA – On, Monday the NWCA Division II rankings committee delivered not one, but two polls for this week’s schedule release.  The first poll is a tournament ranking with the second being a dual ranking. In this first installment of the Tournament/Dual Rankings, St. Cloud St (MN) claims the top spot in each while many of the same teams occupy the top 25, but in differing locations.

About the 2018-19 NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 and Individual Rankings:
The 2018-19 NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings Committee is made up of two coaches from each of the NCAA’s six regions this season. Super Region 1 – Mike Wehler – Mercyhurst and Don Henry – Gannon; Super Region 2 – Cy Wainright – Newberry and Kenn Caudell – Belmont Abbey; Super Region 3 – Jason Warthan – UIndy and Shawn Nelson – Findlay; Super Region 4 – Chaz Thompson – Fort Hays State and James Kisgen – McKendree; Super Region 5 – Heath Grimm – Upper Iowa and Rocky Burkett – Northern State; Super Region 6 – Brett Hunter – Chadron State and Charlie Pipher – Western State Colorado. Howie Thompson (Upper Iowa Assistant AD for Sports Communication) is the media coordinator for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association rankings committee.

Tournament Rankings Poll Methodology:
This is a tournament-power index ranking. The poll is not based on a team’s dual strength. TPI Point Totals are broken down by the following individual rankings: 1st=20pts, 2nd=16pts, 3rd=13pts, 4th=12pts, 5th=10pts, 6th=9pts, 7th=7pts, 8th=6pts, 9th=4pts, 10th=3pts, 11th=2pts, 12th=1pt. The TPI point totals will be lower than the final actual NCAA Championship points because it does not include bonus points.

The 2019 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships will take place in Cleveland, Ohio on March 8-9 hosted by Ashland University.

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