Eagles Move To 16th In National Poll

Eagles Move To 16th In National Poll

The Ashland University wrestling team is ranked 16th in this week's NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll. This is AU's highest ranking of the season.

Sophomore Joe Brandt (Versailles, Ohio) is ranked third in the country at 197 pounds. Brandt is 20-2.

Freshman Michael Labry (Twinsburg, Ohio) is ranked fourth at 133 pounds for the second consecutive week. Labry is 21-0 this season.

At 125 pounds, sophomore Max Byrd (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) is 15-3 and ranked eighth in the country. This is the first time Byrd has been nationally ranked.

Ashland's next match is Friday (Jan. 18, 7 p.m.) against 11th-ranked Pitt-Johnstown.

St. Cloud State is ranked first this week. The school was fourth in the last poll. The Huskies won the NCAA Division II National Duals last week and received all eight first place votes in the poll.

Notre Dame is second and Central Oklahoma is third. Nebraska-Kearney, ranked first in last week's poll, tumbled into a tie for 13th in the poll.

This week's Top 20 poll appears below.

Rank School Points Last Ranking
1. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 160 4th
2. Notre Dame 152 7th
3. Central Oklahoma 143.5 3rd
4. Newberry 133.5 2nd
5. Wisconsin-Parkside 127 17th
6. Upper Iowa 124 5th
7. Kutztown 109 20th
8. Findlay 104 8th
9. West Liberty 83 T01th
10. Colorado Mesa 77 14th
11. Pitt-Johnstown 75 12th
12. Grand Canyon 64 6th
T13. Nebraska-Kearney 61 1st
T13. Minnesota State-Mankato 61 9th
15. Fort Hays State 41 19th
16. Ashland 34 18th
17. Adams State 31 16th
18. Indianapolis 26 NR
19. Augustana 22 13th
T20. Ouachita Baptist 15 T10th
T20 North Carolina-Pembroke 15 NR