Limestone Wrestling Ranked No. 10 In National Polls; Scanlan Ascends to No. 1
Dan Scanlan

Limestone wrestling (6-6) has moved into the top ten in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Poll that was released Wednesday, January 11.

The Saints come in at No. 10 overall after an impressive seventh place showing at the National Duals on Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8. Senior Dan Scanlan (Leesburg, Va.), after a remarkable performance at the National Duals, has moved into the top spot in the 197-pound division.

Unranked in the last national poll, the Saints skyrocketed up the poll with an eye-opening showing at the 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. For the first time all season, LC's heralded starting line-up flexed its muscles in wins over San Francisco State (25-12), No. 15 King (16-15) and No. 11 Wisconsin-Parkside (22-18). Limestone's only two losses came to No. 2 Upper Iowa and No. 6 Augustana (S.D.), and even in defeat they showed their true mettle.

Scanlan ascends to No. 1 in the country in the 197-pound class after a truly impressive showing at the Duals. His opening match of the tournament pitted him against No. 1 Carl Broghammer of Upper Iowa in showdown of No. 1 vs. No. 2. Scanlan shutout Broghammer, 4-0, and essentially cemented his rise to the top spot.

He wasn't done though as he also defeated No. 6 Charles Morgan of King for the second time in three weeks. Scanlan was pushed to the limit by Morgan, but a takedown in the fourth overtime gave him the hard fought, 4-2, decision. For the tournament, he went 4-0 and outscored his opponents 31-6 on his way to being named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the event. He is also 9-0 on the season with and has outpaced his opponents by the amazing margin of 90-8.

Junior Jeremy Bommarito (Fenton, Mich.) makes his first appearance in the national polls with a No. 8 ranking in the 157-pound division. The Fenton, Mich. native started out the Duals with a notable 5-4 decision over No. 7 Winston Robbins of Upper Iowa. The winning continued as he then went on to defeat Vicente Aboytes of San Francisco State and Jeremy Miller of King to close out Saturday, January 7.

His only loss of the tournament came to No. 6 Marcus Edgington of Augustana in closely contested, 4-2, decision. Bommarito rebounded to pin UWP's LaQuan Lunford in only 1:39 to finish 4-1 during the two-day tournament. Bommartio is currently 10-4 on the season with two wins by pin fall.

NCAA Division II Team Rankings:

1. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 160 3rd
2. Newberry (S.C.) 152 1st
3. Upper Iowa 141 2nd
4. Nebraska-Kearney 138 4th
5. Augustana (S.D.) 127 6th
6. Central Oklahoma 116 7th
7. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 112 5th
8. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 93 8th
9. Wisconsin-Parkside 85 11th
10. Limestone (S.C.) 80 NR
T11. King (Tenn.) 79 15th
T11. Adams State (Colo.) 79 9th
13. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 63 14th
14. West Liberty (W.Va.) 60 13th
15. Fort Hays State (Kan.) 47 12th
16. Findlay (Ohio) 40 17th
17. Minnesota State 27 19th
18. Ashland (Ohio) 23 10th
19. San Francisco State (Calif.) 16 NR
20. Colorado State-Pueblo 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Chadron State (Neb.), Colorado Mesa, East Stroudsburg (Pa.), Gannon (Pa.), Kutztown (Pa.), Mary (N.D.), Maryville (Mo.), North Carolina-Pembroke, Western State (Colo.).

Individual Rankings:

157 Pounds
1. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
5. Jacob D. Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Jordan Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
7. Bobby Williams, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
8. Jeremy Bommarito, Limestone (S.C.)

197 Pounds
1. Dan Scanlan, Limestone (S.C.)
2. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
3. Lucas Munkelwitz, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
4. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
5. Frank Morgan, King (Tenn.)
6. Matt Baker, Maryville (Mo.)
7. Eddie Ebewo, East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
8. Shane Nolan, North Carolina-Pembroke