(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – The fourth edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has come out with its NCAA Division II Top 25 rankings and Lake Erie has returned to the list. The Storm, fresh off their fourth conference championship in six years and first offered by the G-MAC, jumped up to No. 21 in the tournament rankings.
There is also a top 25 for dual rankings, but both polls were tabulated before the weekend's events. Tiffin is ranked No. 16 in the tournament rankings and No. 23 in the dual rankings. Findlay also received votes in both polls for other G-MAC representation. Lake Erie defeated both in dual action en route to the championship on Saturday.
St. Cloud State out of Minnesota currently tops the rankings in both polls. Nebraska-Kearney, Wheeling Jesuit and Notre Dame follow in the tournament rankings, while Notre Dame, McKendree, Wheeling Jesuit and Pitt-Johnstown fill out the top four in the dual rankings with Jesuit and UPJ tied.
Individually Blake Glogouski is the top ranked Storm grappler with a No. 4 rankings at 125. He's undefeated this season and placed in the top six at the Midwest Classic this year before an injury sidelined him until this past weekend where he helped Lake Erie to the G-MAC title.
At 157, Nick Boggs jumped to No. 8 up three spots from the previous poll. Largely helping him with that move was a win against Notre Dame's Zach Kelly. In what was then a No. 11 vs. No. 9 matchup, Boggs was able to force overtime against Kelly in Monday's dual and scored a 5-3 sudden victory decision with an early take down. He's currently 27-3 on the season.
The Storm grapplers will hit the mats once again this Friday against another tough opponent in former conference rival Ashland. The Eagles are ranked No. 25 in the tournament poll and No. 19 in the dual poll. The first bout is set for a 7 p.m. start.