EDMOND, Okla. — Maryville (Mo.) maintained the No. 1 ranking in the first regular season NCAA Division II wrestling poll, according to the rankings released Wednesday by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.

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The Saints, who will serve as host institution for the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in St. Louis next March, received seven first-place votes and finished with 157 points in balloting of head coaches from around the country to keep the top spot from the pre-season ranking.

Nebraska-Kearney earned the remaining first-place vote and had 147 points to edge Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) by four points for second as those two teams switched places in the poll. Mercyhurst (Pa.) earned 130 points in moving from seventh to fourth, while St. Cloud State (Minn.) stayed fifth with 125 points.

Defending national champion Notre Dame (Ohio) fell from fourth to sixth while Lake Erie (Ohio), McKendree (Ill.), Central Oklahoma and Newberry (S.C.) rounded out the top 10. Lake Erie and Newberry made the biggest jumps, with the Storm moving from 14th to seventh and the Wolves going from 19th to 10th.

UNK remained the only team with more than one top-ranked individual as133-pounder Daniel DeShazer and 197-pounder Romero Cotton topped their respective weights.

The top 20 poll, with points and each team’s pre-season ranking, following by the individual rankings at each weight:

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Rank,School (State),Points,Pre-season Ranking
1.,Maryville (Mo.),157,1st
3.,Ouachita Baptist (Ark.),143,2nd
4.,Mercyhurst (Pa.),130,7th
5.,St. Cloud State (Minn.),125,5th
6.,Notre Dame (Ohio),119,4th
7.,Lake Erie (Ohio),105,14th
8.,McKendree (Ill.),98,6th
9.,Central Oklahoma,97,9th
10.,Newberry (S.C.),92,19th
11.,Kutztown (Pa.),76,13th
12.,California Baptist,66,18th
T13.,Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.),52,NR
T13.,North Carolina-Pembroke,52,11th
15.,Western State (Colo.),49,8th
16.,Augustana (S.D.),45,15th
17.,Lindenwood (Mo.),43,10th
18.,Colorado Mesa,31,20th
19.,Upper Iowa,19,16th
20.,Tiffin (Ohio),14,NR[/eztable]
Others receiving votes: Ashland (Ohio), Central Missouri, Findlay (Ohio), Fort Hays State (Kan.), Shorter (Ga.), West Liberty (W.Va.).

125 Pounds
1. T.J. North, Augustana (S.D.)
2. Matt Turek, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Gerald Huff, Adams State (Colo.)
4. Garrett Evans, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
5. Josh Kieffer, Indianapolis (Ind.)
6. Willie Bohince, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
7. Connor Bolling, Nebraska-Kearney
8. Evan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
133 Pounds
1. Daniel DeShazer, Nebraska-Kearney
2. Michael Labry, Ashland (Ohio)
3. Nate Rodriguez, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
4. Zak Hale, Anderson (S.C.)
5. Matt Paulus, Upper Iowa
6. Zach Shank, Western State (Colo.)
7. Nolan Whitely, Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.)
8. Ryan Bohince, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
141 Pounds
1. Daniel Ownbey, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Josh Myers, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
3. Kyle Webb, Lindenwood (Mo.)
4. Maurice Miller, Notre Dame (Ohio)
5. Jordan Roths, Upper Iowa
6. Alex Annunciation, California Baptist
7. Sam Hanau, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
8. Mike Screptock, Tiffin (Ohio)
149 Pounds
1. Jay Hildreth, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Keenan Hagerty, Maryville (Mo.)
3. Frank Cagnina, Central Missouri
4. Nick Goebel, Findlay (Ohio)
5. Jeremy Landowski, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
6. Andrew Bannister, Notre Dame (Ohio)
7. Brent Fickel, Ashland (Ohio)
8. Spencer Rutherford, Central Oklahoma
157 Pounds
1. Jonatan Rivera, Notre Dame (Ohio)
2. Clint Poster, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. James Martinez, Colorado Mesa
4. Josh Ballard, McKendree (Ill.)
5. Chase White, Nebraska Kearney
6. Dennis Flores, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Francis Mizia, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
8. Greg Hegerty, Maryville (Mo.)
165 Pounds
1. Chris Watson, Central Oklahoma
2. Nick Haferkamp, McKendree (Ill.)
3. Dimitri Willis, Maryville (Mo.)
4. Cody Quinn, Minnesota State-Mankato
5. Gabe Fogarty, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Tyler Reinhart, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
7. Bo Candelaria, Kutztown (Pa.)
8. Nick Fishback, Wisconsin-Parkside
174 Pounds
1. Elliot Copeland, Western State (Colo.)
2. Zeb Wahle, Maryville (Mo.)
3. Jacob Begin, Southwest Minnesota
4. August Mizia, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
5. Josh Rodriguez, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Joe Pittman, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Clayton Jennissen, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Payne Hatter, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
184 Pounds
1. Dallas Smith, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
2. Nick Brughardt, Maryville (Mo.)
3. Kyle Piatt, Western State (Colo.)
4. Jared Holliday, Newberry (S.C.)
5. Jon Inman, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Jon Vogt, McKendree (Ill.)
7. Blake Sorenson, Upper Iowa
8. Zack Zelcs, Gannon (Pa.)
197 Pounds
1. Romero Cotton, Nebraska-Kearney
2. Evan Rosborough, Lake Erie (Ohio)
3. Kenny Breaux, Lindenwood (Mo.)
4. Julian Smith, McKendree (Ill.)
5. Jayd Docken, Augustana (S.D.)
6. Sam Mangum, Western State (Colo.)
7. Andrew Reggi, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Jalal Paige, Shippensburg (Pa.)
285 Pounds
1. Ziad Haddad, Kutztown (Pa.)
2. Donnell Walker, Maryville (Mo.)
3. Austin Goergen, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
4. Cole Wilson, Southwest Minnesota
5. Logan Hopp, Upper Iowa
6. Andy Welton, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
7. Garrett Gray, Tiffin (Ohio)
8. Trey Page, Fort Hays State (Kan.)

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