NWCA Releases Division III Men’s Coaches Preseason Poll
Manheim, PA – On Halloween the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their Division III Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll. The poll comes out as many programs across the country get back into completion mode this week.
Wartburg remains at the top of the of the tournament poll following last season’s National Championship. Perennial power Augsburg finds themselves in second place while North Central (#3), John Carroll (#4), and UW-La Crosse (#5) round out the Top Five.
This installment of individual rankings is lead by Wartburg who has three top-ranked wrestlers. Other schools represented with a #1 ranked wrestler are Washington & Lee, North Central, Baldwin Wallace, Rhode Island, UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, and Olivet.
The NWCA Division III ranking committee consists of:
UMW Tony Valek (Augsburg) and Dave Malecek (UW-La Crosse)
LMW Dave Mitchell (Luther) and Jon McGovern (Dubuque)
SE Jon Laudenslager (Wilkes) and Anthony Bonaventura (Stevens)
ME Justin Signorelli (Alfred State) and Joe Galante (TCNJ)
NE Scott Legacy (Castleton) and Corey Luce (NYU)
CENT Bill Schindel (Adrian) & Brandon Brissette (Olivet)
TOURNAMENT 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 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: [1St – 16pts], [2ND – 12pts], [3RD – 10pts, [4TH – 9pts], [5TH -7pts], [6TH – 6pts], [7TH -4pts], [8TH – 3pts], [9TH – 2pts], [10TH – 1pt], [11TH-15TH – 1/2pt]. THE TPI POINT TOTALS WILL BE LOWER THAN THE FINAL ACTUAL NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTS BECAUSE IT DOES NOT INCLUDE BONUS POINTS.