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Jan 01 Grand View (Iowa) ranks No. 1 for 12th-straight NAIA Coaches Top 20 poll

By NAIA staff | Jan. 01, 2014, 4:21 p.m. (ET)
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Grand View (Iowa) claims the No. 1 ranking in the third regular-season edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings, who tallied 155 points, are making their 12th-straight appearance at No. 1 and 16th all-time dating back to 2000.

Grand View boasts 11 ranked wrestlers for the second-straight edition, including two No. 1-ranked individuals – Gustavo Martinez (141) and Eric Thompson (285). The defending national champion Vikings are 7-1 in duals this season.

Montana State-Northern holds its No. 2 ranking for the fourth-straight poll with 106 points. The Lights, led by top-ranked Aaron LaFarge (125), have nine ranked grapplers.

No. 3 Missouri Valley with 105.5 points, No. 4 Great Falls (Mont.) with 94 points and No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) with 93.5 points round out the top five. Missouri Valley owns the most ranked individuals with 12, including top-ranked 149-pounder Jake Ekster.

No. 13 Morningside (Iowa) made the largest improvement within the Top 20, jumping seven stops. The Mustangs have won three of their last four duals, including victories against Great Falls and No. 18 Menlo (Calif.).

No. 19 Dickinson State (N.D.) is this week’s newcomer.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the Qualifying Groups.

For a complete look at the 2013-14 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll calendar, click here. The fourth regular-season poll will be announced Jan. 22.

Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View’s (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 17th all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 … The Vikings have held the top spot in 12-straight polls, which is the most since former member Notre Dame (Ohio) was No. 1 14-consecutive times from Nov. 24, 2009 to Feb. 22, 2011 … Former member Lindenwood (Mo.) boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 39, while Notre Dame is third with 14 … Nine programs have appeared in the Top 20 for at least 20-consecutive polls, led by No. 5 Campbellsville’s (Ky.) and No. 4 Great Falls’ (Mont.) current run of 67-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 … No. 2 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (58) … Notre Dame and Lindenwood are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Notre Dame: 2010-11; Lindenwood: 2006-07).

2013-14 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll – No. 3 (Jan. 1)

Rank/Previous Rank/ School/Total Team Points


1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 155
2 2 Montana State-Northern 106
3 3 Missouri Valley 105.5
4 5 Great Falls (Mont.) 94
5 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) 93.5
6 7 Southern Oregon 66
7 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 64.5
8 8 Cumberland (Tenn.) 55
9 11Indiana Tech 52
10 16 York (Neb.) 51
11 15 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 35.5
12 18 Cumberlands (Ky.) 34.5
13 20 Morningside (Iowa) 32.5
T14 9 Simpson (Calif.) 32
T14 17 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 32
T14 13 Bethany (Kan.) 32
17 11 Baker (Kan.) 30
18 14 Menlo (Calif.) 28
T19 10 Midland (Neb.) 25
T19 RV Dickinson State (N.D.) 25

Others receiving votes: Life (Ga.) 21.5; Oklahoma City 19.5, William Penn (Iowa) 13; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 13; Concordia (Neb.) 12; Benedictine (Kan.) 7.5; Missouri Baptist 7.5; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 6; Jamestown (N.D.) 5.5; Northwestern (Iowa) 4.5; Hastings (Neb.) 3; West Virginia Tech 2.

Individual rankings

Rank/Prvs. Rank/First Name/Last Name/School Total Points/Group


125 pounds
1 1 Aaron La Farge Montana State-Northern 80 West
2 NR Ryak Finch Grand View (Iowa) 70 Central
3 NR Danny Luttrell Great Falls (Mont.) 63 West
4 9 cody steiner Campbellsville (Ky.) 48 East
5 4 Sean Silva Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 47 West
6 5 Ryan Stearns Missouri Valley 46 Central
7 7 Jake Stigall Southern Oregon 26.5 West
8 6 Kristopher McKinley Indiana Tech 21 East
9 9 Oscar Marin York (Neb.) 20 North
10 16 Javier Carbajal Cumberlands (Ky.) 18 East
11 12 Luke Schlosser Great Falls (Mont.) 17 West
12 NR Dennis Welch Missouri Valley 16.5 Central
13 14 Grant Burkhalter Cumberlands (Ky.) 7 East
13 13 Austin Mogg Concordia (Neb.) 7 North
13 8 Alan Callahan Baker (Kan.) 7 Central
16 11 Adrian Gains Oklahoma City 4.5 Central

133 pounds
1 1 AJ Valles Simpson (Calif.) 80 West
2 3 tyler alsip Campbellsville (Ky.) 72 East
3 4 Michael Ruiz Great Falls (Mont.) 64 West
4 5 Joao Vicente William Penn (Iowa) 51 Central
5 6 Richard Rios Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 45 North
6 7 Bryce Shoemaker Baker (Kan.) 40 Central
7 NR Brandon Benvenuti Grand View (Iowa) 32 Central
8 10 Mitch Pawlak Indiana Tech 29.5 East
9 9 Robert Rivera Concordia (Neb.) 18 North
10 17 Chris Padilla Missouri Baptist 16.5 East
11 2 Billy Ward Cumberland (Tenn.) 13.5 East
12 NR Nathan Ryan Morningside (Iowa) 11 North
12 8 Andrew Tillman Cumberlands (Ky.) 11 East
14 11 Trevor Hancock Southern Oregon 9.5 West
15 NR Todd Brackett Missouri Valley 4 Central
16 13 Kodie Cole Concordia (Neb.) 3.5 North

141 pounds
1 1 Gustavo Martinez Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 2 Brandon Westerman Campbellsville (Ky.) 70 East
3 3 Wismit Moinius Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 61 East
4 4 Cameron Neiss Montana State-Northern 57 West
5 5 Jason Arreola York (Neb.) 46 North
6 6 Brandon Wright Grand View (Iowa) 42 Central
7 8 Chris Hart Wayland Baptist (Texas) 30 Central
7 7 Travis Barroquillo Indiana Tech 30 East
9 NR Kyle Wilson Great Falls (Mont.) 16.5 West
10 10 colby rinehart Campbellsville (Ky.) 16 East
11 11 Colt Rogers Bethany (Kan.) 15 Central
12 12 Blake Fruchtl Hastings (Neb.) 12.5 North
13 15 Garret Lambrecht Morningside (Iowa) 9 North
14 13 Steele Escobedo Menlo (Calif.) 6.5 West
15 17 Brian Bitney Missouri Valley 5.5 Central
16 16 Dillan Schouw Life (Ga.) 4.5 East

149 pounds
1 1 Jake Ekster Missouri Valley 80 Central
2 2 Colby Crank Bethany (Kan.) 72 Central
3 3 kyle terry Campbellsville (Ky.) 61 East
4 NR Jake Williams Cumberland (Tenn.) 51 East
5 NR Chase Burns Great Falls (Mont.) 48 West
6 6 Kyle Gerlach Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 40 North
7 5 Ryan Martin Great Falls (Mont.) 29.5 West
8 4 Isaac Thomas Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 25.5 East
9 7 Hunter Azure Montana State-Northern 19 West
10 9 Enrique Barajas Concordia (Neb.) 17 North
11 12 Ricky McCarty Oklahoma City 13.5 Central
12 20 Tyler Lashbrook Morningside (Iowa) 13 North
13 18 Jason Ladd Menlo (Calif.) 12.5 West
14 8 Adam Fahs Indiana Tech 12 East
15 11 Stephen Myers Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 4.5 East
16 12 Matt Milton Campbellsville (Ky.) 3 East

157 pounds
1 1 Joe Cozart Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 80 East
2 2 Quinten Haynes Grand View (Iowa) 72 Central
3 3 Edward Cheff Montana State-Northern 61 West
4 4 shawn mcghee Campbellsville (Ky.) 55 East
5 4 Zach Skates Oklahoma City 40 Central
6 NR Tyler Johnson Dickinson State (N.D.) 35.5 North
7 5 Dallas Houchins Grand View (Iowa) 34 Central
8 NR Aaron Lopez York (Neb.) 27 North
9 8 Jonathan Blackwell Bethany (Kan.) 22.5 Central
10 7 Chad Cebulski Great Falls (Mont.) 19 West
11 12 Oliver Brukardt Life (Ga.) 13 East
12 9 Tyler McMichael Midland (Neb.) 11 North
13 10 Nicholas Schmidt Great Falls (Mont.) 7.5 West
14 11 Zach Fishman Northwestern (Iowa) 7 North
15 NR Michael Gonzalez Cumberland (Tenn.) 6.5 East
16 14 Dylan King Missouri Valley 5 Central

165 pounds
1 1 Eric Lopez Menlo (Calif.) 80 West
2 2 Ethan Hinebauch Montana State-Northern 72 West
3 3 Chad Lowman Grand View (Iowa) 64 Central
4 4 James Bennett Indiana Tech 52 East
5 6 Sterling Terry Midland (Neb.) 43 North
6 8 Trever Devestern Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 34.5 North
7 17 Kafuba Donzon Indiana Tech 30.5 East
8 10 Kirk Johnson Cumberland (Tenn.) 23.5 East
9 NR Nico Martinez Missouri Valley 20 Central
10 11 Patrick Nord Jamestown (N.D.) 19.5 North
11 7 Shawn Lau Great Falls (Mont.) 17.5 West
11 9 Jakob Price Baker (Kan.) 17.5 Central
13 13 Jon Solano Dickinson State (N.D.) 9 North
14 12 treyvonta rhodes Campbellsville (Ky.) 8 East
15 15 Jordon Ward Bethany (Kan.) 6.5 Central
16 16 Luke Riley Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 4.5 West

174 pounds
1 1 Brock Gutches Southern Oregon 80 West
2 2 Jose Alvarez Wayland Baptist (Texas) 72 Central
3 3 Jimmie Schuessler Grand View (Iowa) 64 Central
4 4 Parker Owen Baker (Kan.) 48 Central
5 5 Eziekiel Hunt Cumberland (Tenn.) 46 East
6 NR Joseph Sievert Morningside (Iowa) 44 North
7 6 Brady Beamon Simpson (Calif.) 30 West
8 7 Riley Boomer Missouri Valley 28.5 Central
9 8 Anthony Pike Briar Cliff (Iowa) 17 North
10 8 travis McIntosh Campbellsville (Ky.) 15.5 East
11 10 Jared Miller Montana State-Northern 14.5 West
12 9 Cody Swim Grand View (Iowa) 13.5 Central
13 12 Joe Madison York (Neb.) 9.5 North
14 13 Jacob Shirley Cumberland (Tenn.) 8 East
15 15 Jaykob Miller Jamestown (N.D.) 4 North

184 pounds
1 1 Jameel Bryant Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 80 East
2 7 Christian Mays Grand View (Iowa) 72 Central
3 3 Kamron Jackson Great Falls (Mont.) 64 West
4 2 Cody Linton Cumberland (Tenn.) 52 East
5 4 Trey Hicks Life (Ga.) 48 East
6 5 Jacob Abrams Southern Oregon 40 West
7 6 Kody Reed Montana State-Northern 32 West
8 17 Taylor DeLong Indiana Tech 21 East
9 10 Lane Oversen Dickinson State (N.D.) 19.5 North
10 18 Michael Naiper Wayland Baptist (Texas) 19 Central
11 9 Ethan Jirak Benedictine (Kan.) 15 Central
12 13 Cody Sivertsen Oklahoma City 9.5 Central
13 14 Randall Null Northwestern (Iowa) 8.5 North
14 NR Tola Morakinyo West Virginia Tech (W.Va.) 6.5 East
15 NR Tuck VanMatre Southern Oregon 6 West
16 NR Spencer Wilson Bethany (Kan.) 4 Central
16 11 Weston Keleher Missouri Baptist 4 East

197 pounds
1 1 Charles Johnson Southern Oregon 80 West
2 2 Josh Manu Missouri Valley 72 Central
3 3 Carl Lawrence Missouri Valley 64 Central
4 4 Toby Cheff Montana State-Northern 52 West
5 5 Samuel Johnson Cumberlands (Ky.) 48 East
6 7 Garrett DeMers Montana State-Northern 36 West
7 6 Jesse Hellinger Dickinson State (N.D.) 33 North
8 8 Logan Paul Eickhoff York (Neb.) 25.5 North
9 11 Nate Knauf Campbellsville (Ky.) 22.5 East
10 10 Stephen Loosbrock Benedictine (Kan.) 15.5 Central
11 12 Tyler Sarringar Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 14 North
12 9 Scott Stewart Cumberland (Tenn.) 13 East
13 15 Taylor Baird Bethany (Kan.) 7.5 Central
14 NR Jared McCoy Morningside (Iowa) 7 North
15 18 Jacob Dempsey Life (Ga.) 6 East
16 13 Eric Johnson Calumet (Ind.) 3 East
16 19 Robert Shadrach Baker (Kan.) 3 Central

285 pounds
1 1 Eric Thompson Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 12 Saia Lotulelei York (Neb.) 59 North
3 6 Gabi Musallam Missouri Valley 58 Central
4 10 Courtney Freeman Cumberlands (Ky.) 52 East
5 2 Tyler Kacmarynski Morningside (Iowa) 50 North
6 3 Lonnie Brown Midland (Neb.) 41 North
7 4 David Lopez Great Falls (Mont.) 38 West
8 8 Daniel Mueller Missouri Valley 30.5 Central
9 NR Clayton Burtis Southern Oregon 23 West
10 5 Austin Lobsinger Simpson (Calif.) 17 West
11 NR Jacob Roza Life University 11.5 East
11 7 Scott Brasil Menlo (Calif.) 11.5 West
13 9 Julius Anglikas Missouri Baptist 9.5 East
14 11 Markese Christian Wayland Baptist (Texas) 9 Central
15 NR Abram Reynolds Briar Cliff (Iowa) 5.5 North
16 13 Zach Anderson Bethany (Kan.) 4.5 Central
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