Edmond, Okla. — Minnesota State debuts at No. 9 in the first installment of the NCAA Division II wrestling regular season rankings issued by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. The Mavericks garnered 83 points and jumps to No. 9 after being ranked No. 13 in the preseason poll.
Individually, David Demo (125 lbs), Cody Quinn (165 lbs), Brendan Eichmann (174 lbs) Aaron Norgren (184 lbs) are all ranked nationally in their weight class. Demo, Quinn and Eichmann are the highest ranked NSIC wrestlers in their weight class.
Demo, a junior, is ranked No. 5 at 125 lbs and owns an 8-2 record, including a 2-0 record in dual action. His two losses came in the championship matches at the Luther College Open and the Wisconsin Open.
Quinn, who sits at 5-1 on the year, is ranked No. 4 at 165 lbs. Quinn is 2-0 in dual action with his lone loss coming in the championship match of the Luther College Open.
Eichmann jumps into the national polls at No. 7 after not being ranked at 174 lbs in the preseason poll. The junior is 5-1 on the year and 2-0 in dual action. His only loss also came in the championship match at the Luther College Open.
Norgren, a senior, is ranked for the first time this season after redshirting last season. The Good Thunder, Minn., native is ranked No. 5 at 184 lbs and is 5-1 on the year. After losing his first match of the year, Norgren has won five in a row, including a perfect 4-0 day at the Luther College Open as he defeated Upper Iowa’s Mitch Schultz in the championship match.
MSU will compete at the UNI Open on Saturday.
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NCAA Division II Rankings – December 5, 2012
Wrestling Coaches Association National Rankings
1. Nebraska-Kearney 160
2. Central Oklahoma 140
3. St. Cloud State 138
4. Upper Iowa 137
5. Newberry (S.C.) 131
6. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 121
7. Notre Dame (Ohio) 117
8. Findlay (Ohio) 109
9. Minnesota State 83
10. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 78
11. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 71
12. West Liberty (W. Va.) 68
13. Maryville (Mo.) 61
14. Augustana (S.D.) 53
15. Kutztown (Pa.) 48
16. Wisconsin-Parkside 42
17. Colorado Mesa 41
18. Adams State (Colo.) 35
19. Shippensburg (Pa.) 10
T20. Ashland (Ohio) 9
T20. North Carolina-Pembroke 9