The Truman Wrestling team is ranked in a tie for 16th nationally and senior Ryan Maus was tabbed as the top 149-pound wrestler in Division II as the Wrestling Coaches Association released their preseason poll. The Bulldogs, under the direction of Coach David Schutter, find themselves tied with the University of Findlay (Ohio) for the 16th spot in the poll with 29 points.
Notre Dame (Ohio) was slated as Division II's top team with University of Nebraska-Kearney and the University of Central Oklahoma placing second and third respectively. Truman is the third highest MIAA school in the rankings behind UNK and UCO as the Bulldogs remain in the league as an associate member.
The Great Lakes Valley Conference does not have enough wrestling teams to sponsor a championship but are represented in the poll with the University of Indianapolis at 10 and Maryville (Mo.) at 19. Maus was 27-11 as a junior and finished third in the 149-pound weight class to earn his first All-America honor.
He is a three-time national qualifier and enters his senior season with a 79-37 overall record.
Maus is the top returning 149-pound wrestler among the eight ranked by the Coaches Association.
Second-ranked Jordan Basks, of Central Oklahoma, finished fifth in the tournament last year and five of the eight ranked wrestlers earned All-America honors. Not ranked nationally but returning from a trip to the national meet for the Bulldogs is fellow senior Colton Schmitz at 157 pounds.
Schmitz won his first round match in his first trip to the NCAA Championships but bowed out in the next two matches to finish the year with a record of 30-12 overall and a career mark of 70-36. Truman will open the season on November 9 at the Knox (Ill.) Invitational in Galesburg, Ill. followed up with a home dual with Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) College on Thursday, November 14.
Truman will compete in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Duals on January 11-12, a full-slate of six conference dual matches leading up to the NCAA Super Regional on February 28 and March 1 in Edmond, Okla.
Courtest Truman State University