Six Super Regionals, three qualifying spots per weight, thirty wrestlers punching their ticket to the 2018-19 NCAA Division II National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. In the simplest terms, win your weight and you are in. Lose before the finals and things can get all kinds of difficult. There is no wildcard process like Division I, no reason to wrestle for “true second” or “fourth.” If you do not finish in the top three, your season is done. For wrestlers in Super Regional I, it all comes down to Friday, February 22.
Each Super Regional has 10 teams and in Super Regional I that means with five ranked* programs, half of the teams are currently ranked. Kutztown leads the way with five ranked wrestlers, but Pittsburgh-Johnstown has four of their own. Host Mercyhurst will have three ranked wrestlers counting on home-cooking to get them through to the championships. In all, there are currently 17 ranked wrestlers in this Super Region. This serves as a kind of Pennsylvania Colleges State tournament at the Division II level, with eight of the teams hailing from the Keystone State. Who will be crowned the first Super Regional team champion and become a part of college wrestling lore? It would not surprise me if it came down to the last match of the night.
*at the time of publication the most recent rankings are from February 4th. Please note that there will be new rankings arriving Tuesday, February 20th
American International College
#25 Long Island University-Post
#9 Eric Bartos (Mercy)
#10 Brendan Howard (UPJ)
#12 Matt Wilde (Kutz)
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