Jacks Ranked #20 in NWCA Wrestling Poll

MANHEIM, Pa. - The South Dakota State University wrestling team enters the 2018-19 season ranked in a tie for 20th in the preseason poll conducted by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

The Jackrabbits, under the direction of first-year head coach Damion Hahn, return three national qualifiers from a squad that posted a 14-2 dual record and turned in a 12th-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Defending 133-pound national champion Seth Gross leads the list of returners.

Defending national champion Penn State received all 16 first-place votes to take the top spot in the preseason poll. Ohio State is second, followed by Iowa in the third spot.

SDSU is one of four Big 12 Conference programs to be included in the top 25. Oklahoma State is the highest-ranked team at No. 4, with Northern Iowa 14th. The Jackrabbits tied for 20th with Lock Haven, while Wyoming checks in at No. 22. North Dakota State, Iowa State and Utah Valley all received votes.

Other Jackrabbit dual opponents ranked in the preseason top 25 include No. 10 Arizona State and No. 13 Minnesota.

SDSU will open the 2018-19 season Sunday by hosting the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

2018-19 NWCA PRESEASON TOP 25
RANK TEAM POINTS
1. Penn State (16) 400
2. Ohio State 376
3. Iowa 365
4. Oklahoma State 353
5. Michigan 331
6. Lehigh 305
7. Missouri 298
8. North Carolina State 295
9. Cornell 259
10. Arizona State 254
11. Virginia Tech 245
12. Nebraska 230
13. Minnesota 203
14. Northern Iowa 201
15. Illinois 167
16. Rutgers 148
17. Northwestern 132
18. Purdue 114
19. Wisconsin 102
20. South Dakota State 85
20. Lock Haven 85
22. Wyoming 72
23. North Carolina 71
24. Duke 17
25. Appalachian State 16