EDMOND, Okla. – Augustana’s Jayd Docken moved up one spot to No. 4 in the NCAA Division II Individual Rankings, while TJ North and Sean Derry held onto their top-eight rankings. The Vikings also remained in the receiving votes section of the poll for the third consecutive release.
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After opening the season at No. 5 in the 197-pound class, Docken moved up to fourth in the Wednesday-afternoon release. Undefeated in 2013-14, Docken holds a 6-0 record with a pair of pins for the Vikings. Docken will be tested this weekend as he is scheduled to face No. 6-ranked Julian Smith of McKendree in Augustana’s first dual of the Ranger Duals in Kenosha, Wis. on Saturday, Jan. 18.
North debuted in the rankings two weeks ago at No. 5 and holds onto that spot for the second consecutive release of the rankings. The sophomore 125-pounder owns the best win-loss record for any Viking this season with a 16-3 mark. When Augustana faces No. 10 Indianapolis on Saturday, North will face top-ranked Alex Johns in a bout where both wrestlers have yet to suffer losses to Division II opponents.
Holding steady at No. 8, Derry is putting together an extremely solid senior campaign at 184 pounds. With a 16-3 record, Derry is tied with North for the most wins on Augustana. Derry is not scheduled to face any other top-eight opponents this weekend, but two of the top four wrestlers in the 184-pound category are in the Vikings’ Super Region.
After winning the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, Notre Dame College (Ohio) holds onto the top spot again. Representing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference are St. Cloud State (third) and Upper Iowa (eighth) with Augustana and Minnesota State receiving votes.
The Vikings head to Kenosha, Wis. for the UW-Parkside-hosted Ranger Duals on Saturday, Jan. 18 for scheduled duals with No. 15 McKendree, No. 10 Indianapolis, and Findlay (Ohio).
NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings