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Bracketology: Division II Style
March 11, 2010March 11, 2010 14 comments College Division II College Division II
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What do I know about Division II wrestling? For starters, it's an exciting tournament that should return to form in Omaha. Last year, I attended my first Division II championships and saw some great action, but there was just that "not so great" feeling when realizing the tournament was pushed into a rec center-type gym, with basketballs bouncing and guys doing squats in the gym overlooking the mats during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Now, I don't proclaim to be the world's foremost expert on Division II, but I like filling out brackets. So here's my Top 8 at each of the 10 weight classes in Division II. Feel free to pick them apart, because after all, if you're picking them apart, you're reading them, right?!

I don't live off the rankings when making picks. Sometimes its a gut feeling, sometimes it's just an upset stomach. I'm sure people who know Division II better than I are going to go "WHAT THE!" It's expected. I'm throwing a lot of past results out the window, because what does a previous match mean at this level? Zippo.

For the record, I have no association with any Division II wrestling program. I've covered D2 matches around the country the last 10 years, but the nearest Division II program to my hometown is ... like six hours away. I'm also not buoyed by regionalism. I've lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Colorado. That being said ...

And these are never personal. And I might have no idea what I'm talking about.

125 pounds
1. Arsenia Barksdale (Adams State)
2. Seth Wright (New Mexico Highlands)
3. Matt Oliver (Newberry)
4. Tyler Mumbulo (Upper Iowa)
5. Tommy Edgmon (Fort Hays State)
6. Terrell McKinney (Nebraska-Omaha)
7. Russell Weakley (UNC Pembroke)
8. Kenny Trumbetta (Seton Hill)

133 pounds
1. Cody Garcia (Nebraska-Omaha)
2. Shane Valko (Pitt-Johnstown)
3. Naveed Bagheri (San Francisco State)
4. Laramie Shaffer (Augustana)
5. Corey Bowers (Gannon)
6. Joe Morrison (Nebraska-Kearney)
7. Kyle Pedretti (Upper Iowa)
8. Scott Berens (Central Oklahoma)

141 pounds
1. Mario Morgan (Nebraska-Omaha)
2. Jeremy Parker (Limestone)
3. Josh Hensley (Adams State)
4. Jay Sherer (Augustana)
5. Andre Harrison (Fort Hays State)
6. Adam Hluschak (East Stroudsburg)
7. Cory Bloodgood (Central Missouri)
8. Gabe Suarez (St. Cloud State)

149 pounds
1. Craig Becker (UW-Parkside)
2. Esai Dominguez (Nebraska-Omaha)
3. T.J. Hepburn (Nebraska-Kearney)
4. Mitch Smith (West Liberty State)
5. Nate Herda (Augustana)
6. Latra Collick (Newberry)
7. Derek Stolarzyk (Upper Iowa)
8. Kevin McElhaney (Gannon)

157 pounds
1. Danny Grater (Fort Hays State)
2. Sean Byrnes (Newberry)
3. George Ivanov (Nebraska-Omaha)
4. Andy Lamancusa (Mercyhurst)
5. John Sundgren (St. Cloud State)
6. Marcus Edgington (Augustana)
7. Michael Williams (UNC Pembroke)
8. Dillon Bera (UW-Parkside)

165 pounds
1. Josh Shields (Mercyhurst)
2. Travis Eggers (Upper Iowa)
3. Ryan Pankoke (Nebraska-Omaha)
4. Tad Merritt (St. Cloud State)
5. Gavin Nelson (Augustana)
6. Blake Malloy (Fort Hays State)
7. Victor Carazo (Grand Canyon)
8. Kyle Keane (Pitt-Johnstown)

174 pounds
1. Marty Usman (Nebraska-Kearney)
2. J.J. Davis (UNC Pembroke)
3. Aaron Denson (Nebraska-Omaha)
4. Mitch Norton (Upper Iowa)
5. Curtis Chenoweth (Newberry)
6. Shamus O'Grady (St. Cloud State)
7. Chris Barrick (Shippensburg)
8. Matt Bailes (Central Missouri)

184 pounds
1. Austin Boehm (Nebraska-Omaha)
2. Bryant Blanton (Newberry)
3. Tim Darling (Kutztown)
4. Shane Mallory (East Stroudsburg)
5. Derek Skala (St. Cloud State)
6. Charlie Pipher (Western State)
7. Derek Ross (Nebraska-Kearney)
8. Lucas Haag (UW-Parkside)

197 pounds
1. Jacob Marrs (Nebraska-Omaha)
2. Donovan McMahill (Western State)
3. Keeno Griffin (Newberry)
4. Ty Copsey (Augustana)
5. Kyle Sand (Adams State)
6. Mitch Knapp (West Liberty State)
7. Luke Munkelwitz (St. Cloud State)
8. Scott Snyder (Kutztown)

285 pounds
1. Brady Wilson (Minnesota State-Mankato)
2. Elijah Madison (Nebraska-Omaha)
3. Dustin Finn (Central Oklahoma)
4. Charlie Alexander (Western State)
5. Jacob Kahnke (St. Cloud State)
6. Steven Franklin (San Francisco State)
7. Frank "Niall" McGrath (Gannon)
8. Kevin Bolinsky (Kutztown)

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Comments
  • By Anonymous 1651 Days Ago
    1 point    
    157, Byrnes was beaten by Williams last week in convincing fashion. Just something I seen
  • By Anonymous 1651 Days Ago
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    Jason Bryant just mentioned Adams State coach Jason Ramstetter as being a Californai native which is incorrect. He is from Alamosa CO - wrestled for his dad Gary Ramstetter in high school. He thne wrestled for Cal State Bakersfield and was an all-american placing 5th in D-I.
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  • By Anonymous 1651 Days Ago
    -2 points    
    Jason Bryant just mentioned Adams State coach Jason Ramstetter as being a Californai native which is incorrect. He is from Alamosa CO - wrestled for his dad Gary Ramstetter in high school. He thne wrestled for Cal State Bakersfield and was an all-american placing 5th in D-I.
  • iowaheadlockBy iowaheadlock 1651 Days Ago
    -1 point    
    the webcast coverage sucks. stay on 1 mat and cannot see other matches. its stupid
  • By Anonymous 1651 Days Ago
    0 points    
    i think your coverage is awesome, but I am saying that they get fixated on one match. its cool that you are doing a webcast, but there are other great matches goin on that could be shown too.

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