FHSU wrestling falls three spots in national rankings; Napier, Kriss ranked individually

FHSU Sports Information

Fort Hays State Wrestling fell three spots to No. 15 in the latest version of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll, released Monday (Feb. 24). FHSU received 60 points, down five from the previous rankings.

The Tigers finished fourth at the MIAA Championships on Feb. 16, and had one individual champion – C.J. Napier at 141 pounds. Other MIAA teams listed in the rankings are No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney (which won the MIAA Championship), No. 4 Central Oklahoma and No. 8 Lindenwood.

Napier is one of two Tiger wrestlers ranked individually, joining 197-pounder Tanner Kriss. Napier is fourth in his weight class while Kriss is seventh.

FHSU competes at the NCAA Division II Central Super Regional in Edmond, Okla., on Feb. 28-March 1. The top five place-winners from each weight class earn a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio on March 14-15.

The complete team rankings for Feb. 24 are below…

Rank Team Points Last
1 Notre Dame (Ohio) 158 1st
2 Nebraska-Kearney 151 2nd
3 St. Cloud State (Minn.) 146 3rd
4 Central Oklahoma 133 5th
5 Newberry (S.C.) 130 4th
6 Upper Iowa 114 6th
7 Mercyhurst (Pa.) 99 9th
8 Lindenwood (Mo.) 74 7th
9 McKendree (Ill.) 73 14th
10 California Baptist 72 11th
11 Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 71 15th
12 Western State (Colo.) 68 10th
13 Maryville (Mo.) 62 16th
14 Indianapolis (Ind.) 61 13th
15 Fort Hays State (Kan.) 60 12th
16 Kutztown (Pa.) 49 9th
17 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 31 20th
18 Colorado Mesa 34 17th
19 Ashland (Ohio) 19 NR
20 San Francisco State (Calif.) 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Adams State (Colo.), Augustana (S.D.), East Stroudsburg (Pa.), Gannon (Pa.), Lake Erie (Ohio), North Carolina-Pembroke.