Central Arrives in National Wrestling Rankings

By Joe Flaherty, Central Sports Information

PELLA — Left out of the preseason poll, the Central College wrestling team is now No. 19 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III rankings.

The Dutch are ranked as a team despite having no individuals ranked by the NWCA. In the D3wrestle.com poll, Nathan Fritz (senior, Sigourney) is listed No. 10 at 184 pounds. Fritz is 11-0 with three pins and two technical falls.

As a team, Central has an 8-2 dual mark with losses to No. 9 Coe College (29-12) and No. 17 Messiah College (Pa.) (27-25). It has a win over Alma College (Mich.), who was ranked No. 12 in the preseason poll.

Ranking Team Record
1. Wartburg College (IA) (2 - 0)
2. Loras College (IA) (1 - 0)
3. Augsburg University (MN) (1 - 0)
4. Wabash College (IN) (1 - 0)
5. Johnson & Wales University (RI) (4 - 1)
6. University of Mount Union (OH) (1 - 0)
7. Baldwin Wallace University (OH) (1 - 0)
8. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (WI) (1 - 0)
9. Coe College (IA) (1 - 0)
10. North Central College (IL) (1 - 0)
11. The College of New Jersey (NJ) (3 - 1)
12. Ithaca College (NY) (2 - 2)
13. University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI) (2 - 1)
14. United States Coast Guard Academy (CT) (0 - 0)
15. Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) (0 - 0)
16. New York University (NY) (0 - 0)
17. Messiah College (PA) (7 - 0)
18. Millikin University (IL) (8 - 0)
19. Central College (IA) (8 - 2)
20. Castleton University (VT) (5 - 2)
21. John Carroll University (OH) (7 - 2)
22. Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) (2 - 2)
23. The College at Brockport (NY) (1 - 0)
24. Washington & Lee University (VA) (5 - 2)
25. Olivet College (MI) (4 - 1)