NWCA Releases Division II Men’s Coaches Regular Season Poll #1
MANHEIM, PA – There is a new top team in NCAA Division II in the first NWCA Coaches regular season ranking of 2022-23, with the St. Cloud State Huskies taking over the top spot in the team ranking for the first time since the preseason ranking last season.
The Huskies move back to the top of the poll by virtue of 82 total team points behind seven ranked individuals. Reigning National Champions Nebraska-Kearney dropped to second with a total of 72 points, with Central Oklahoma (60 pts), Indianapolis (54 points) and Lander (54points) rounding out the top five teams in Division II.
There are three new top-ranked wrestlers, with Jack Huffman of Augustana taking the top spot at 133, Jacob Ealy of Pitt.-Johnstown taking over as #1 at 149, and Noah Hermosillo of Adams State jumping from #1 at 149 to #1 at 157. All 10 of the top ranked wrestlers come from different institutions for the first time in almost four years, with the preseason ranking of 2018-19 the last time that happened.
Central Oklahoma features the most ranked wrestlers with eight, including returning National Champion Dalton Abney in the top spot at 197. Top-ranked St. Cloud has seven ranked, including #1 Abner Romero at 174, while Pitt.-Johnstown has six ranked, including new #1 Jacob Ealy at 149.
The next edition of the poll will come out just prior to the New Year, with release on Dec. 23.