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UCO stays No. 1, seedings/pairings set for national tourney

MANHEIM, Pa. (March 3) – A dominating regional tournament performance was more than enough to keep Central Oklahoma atop the final National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II rankings that were released Friday.

The Bronchos rolled to their third straight Super Regional IV crown Sunday at Hamilton Field House, crowning seven champions to go along with two runners-up and one third-place finisher in qualifying all 10 individuals for next week’s national tournament.

UCO tallied 104 points in the final poll, coming in 20 points ahead of Super Regional II champion Lander. Super Regional V winner St. Cloud State and Wisconsin-Parkside tied for third with 67 points, while Super Regional VI titlist Adams State was fifth with 61.

The Bronchos also earned nine top-eight seedings for the 2023 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 10-11 at Alliant Energy Powerhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Two rounds will be held each day, starting with the preliminary round at 10 a.m. March 10.

“Seedings and rankings don’t mean anything at this point,” head coach Todd Steidley said. “Our guys still have to go out and take care of business. There’s a lot of parity in Division II and every round is going to be a challenge.”

UCO earned two No. 1 seeds, with defending national champion Dalton Abney the top pick at 197 pounds and returning All-American Shawn Streck the first choice at heavyweight.


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