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NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships Breakdown

Upper Iowa qualifies six; St. Cloud State leads with 10 qualifiers; Four returning champs in field

Josh Walker, Upper Iowa wrestler
Josh Walker, Upper Iowa wrestler

Breaking down this weekend's NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Top qualifiers

10 — St. Cloud State (Minn.)

7 — McKendree (Ill.), Notre Dame (Ohio), Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)

6 — Cal Baptist, Upper Iowa, Wisconsin-Parkside

5 — Adams State (Colo.), Ashland (Ohio), Minnesota State-Mankato, Nebraska-Kearney

Upper Iowa qualifiers

Maleek Williams (125)

Josh Walker (133)

Damian Penichet (149)

Dalton Hahn (184)

Nick Baumler (197)

Logan Hopp (Hwt.)

Top-ranked wrestlers (InterMat)

125 — Eli Hale, Central Oklahoma

133 — Airk Furseth, UW-Parkside

141 — Darren Wynn, McKendree

149 — James Pleski, St. Cloud State

157 — Cody Law, Pitt-Johnstown

165 — Bret Romanzak, Ashland

174 — Nick Becker, UW-Parkside;

184 — JaVaughn Perkins, CSU-Pueblo

197 — Evan Ramos, Shippensburg

Hwt. — Kameron Teacher, Notre Dame

NWCA top 10 teams

1. St. Cloud State

2. Notre Dame (Ohio)

3. Cal Baptist

4. McKendree

5. Ashland

6. Pitt-Johnstown

7. Nebraska-Kearney

8. (tie) Upper Iowa and Minnesota State-Mankato

10. (tie) Central Oklahoma and Indianapolis

Returning national champions

Ivan McClay, Notre Dame (125)

Brett Velasquez, St. Cloud State (125)

Darren Wynn, McKendree (141)

Nick Becker, UW-Parkside (174)

Unbeaten wrestlers

Eli Hale, Central Oklahoma (20-0 at 125)

Darren Wynn, McKendree (26-0 at 141)

Nick Becker, UW-Parkside (20-0 at 174)

Dakota Deslauriers, Mercyhurst (10-0 at 184)

Jordan Murphy, Ashland (22-0 at 184)

Champion predictions

125 — Brett Velasquez, St. Cloud State

133 — Josh Walker, Upper Iowa

141 — Darren Wynn, McKendree

149 — Taylor Misuna, Notre Dame

157 — Cody Law, Pitt-Johnstown

165 — Bret Romanzak, Ashland

174 — Nick Becker, UW-Parkside

184 — JaVaughn Perkins, CSU-Pueblo

197 — Vince Dietz, St. Cloud State

Hwt. — Kameron Teacher, Notre Dame

Team predictions

1. St. Cloud State

2. Notre Dame

3. UW-Parkside.

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