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The top four ranked teams remain the same in NAIA Wrestling rankings in December

By NAIA | Dec. 12, 2013, 12:12 p.m. (ET)
The top four teams remain unchanged for the third-straight poll with defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) headlining the group with the top-spot in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings, who tallied 129.5 points, are making their 11th-straight appearance at No. 1.

Individually, Grand View boasts 11 ranked wrestlers, including five individuals that are listed among the top three in their respective weight class. Gustavo Martinez (141) and Eric Thompson (285) are the Vikings’ two No. 1-ranked individuals and have both held that post in every poll this season. Martinez owns a 9-2 overall record this year, including three victories against NCAA Division I opponents, while Thompson is 11-1, including five pins.

Checking in a No. 2 is Montana State-Northern with 129 points. The Lights, led by top-ranked Aaron LaFarge (125), are an impressive 8-1 in duals this season, including wins over four ranked NAIA opponents – No. 5 Great Falls (Mont.), 26-15; No. 7 Southern Oregon, 36-12; No. 9 Simpson (Calif.), 41-6; and No. 11 Indiana Tech, 31-12.

Missouri Valley with 96.5 points and Campbellsville (Ky.) with 94 points hold down the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Jake Ekster (149) – one of two new top-ranked wrestlers this edition – is Missouri Valley’s lone No. 1 individual. The sophomore is 5-0 on the season, with his most recent victory coming against Cullen Halpin of NCAA Division II Lindenwood (Mo.), 4-2, on Nov. 23.

Campbellsville owns a poll-high 12 ranked grapplers. The Tigers are 8-3 in duals this season. Brandon Westerman, who is ranked No. 2 at 141 pounds is the program’s highest ranking individual.

No. 5 Great Falls (Mont.) rounds out the top five with 78 points. The Argonauts had been ranked No. 6 in the previous two editions.

For the second-straight week, Cumberland (Tenn.) made the largest improvement within the Top 20, jumping four spots to No. 8. This is the first time the Bulldogs have been ranked in the top 10 since Jan. 25, 2011.

No. 18 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 20 Morningside (Iowa) are this week’s newcomers.

Simpson’s (Calif.) A.J. Valles at 133 pounds joins Ekster as this edition’s only other new top-ranked individual. Valles has won four-straight en route to a 10-3 record on the year.

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 third regular-season poll will be announced Jan. 1.

Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View’s (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 16th all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 … The Vikings have held the top spot in 11-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. 4 Campbellsville’s (Ky.) and No. 5 Great Falls’ (Mont.) current run of 66-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 … No. 2 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (57) … Notre Dame and Lindenwood are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Notre Dame: 2010-11; Lindenwood: 2006-07).

Rank/Previous Rank/School/Total Team Points

1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 129.5
2 2 Montana State-Northern 129
3 3 Missouri Valley 96.5
4 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) 94
5 6 Great Falls (Mont.) 78
6 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)75.5
7 7 Southern Oregon 63.5
8 12 Cumberland (Tenn.) 60
9 8 Simpson (Calif.) 49
10 9 Midland (Neb.) 48
T11 11 Indiana Tech 43.5
T11 14 Baker (Kan.) 43.5
13 10 Bethany (Kan.) 34
14 13 Menlo (Calif.) 32.5
15 T18 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 30
16 T18 York (Neb.) 29.5
17 15 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 28.5
18 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 26
19 T18 Oklahoma City 23.5
20 RV Morningside (Iowa) 23

Others receiving votes: Dickinson State (N.D.) 21.5; Life (Ga.) 17; William Penn (Iowa) 16; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 16; Concordia (Neb.) 14; Benedictine (Kan.) 8.5; Northwestern (Iowa) 8.5; Missouri Baptist 8; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 7; Jamestown (N.D.) 5; Hastings (Neb.) 3; Calumet (Ind.) 2.5; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 2.

NAIA Top 16 individual ranking

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

125 pounds

1 1 Aaron La Farge Montana State-Northern 80 West
2 2 Duell Stadel Montana State-Northern 72 West
3 4 Aspen Kmiec Midland (Neb.) 58 North
4 6 Sean Silva Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 52 West
5 7 Ryan Stearns Missouri Valley 43 Central
6 3 Kristopher McKinley Indiana Tech 37 East
7 16 Jake Stigall Southern Oregon 25.5 West
8 10 Alan Callahan Baker (Kan.) 24 Central
9 11 Oscar Marin York (Neb.) 19 North
9 9 cody steiner Campbellsville (Ky.) 19 East
11 16 Adrian Gains Oklahoma City 16.5 Central
12 12 Luke Schlosser Great Falls (Mont.) 15 West
13 8 Austin Mogg Concordia (Neb.) 13.5 North
14 15 Grant Burkhalter Cumberlands (Ky.) 9.5 East
15 NR Diego Quintana Northwestern (Iowa) 7.5 North
16 NR Javier Carbajal Cumberlands (Ky.) 6.5 East

133 pounds
1 2 AJ Valles Simpson (Calif.) 80 West
2 4 Billy Ward Cumberland (Tenn.) 68 East
3 1 tyler alsip Campbellsville (Ky.) 58 East
4 5 Michael Ruiz Great Falls (Mont.) 57 West
5 6 Joao Vicente William Penn (Iowa) 49 Central
6 9 Richard Rios Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 37 North
7 10 Bryce Shoemaker Baker (Kan.) 34.5 Central
8 11 Andrew Tillman Cumberlands (Ky.) 27 East
9 12 Robert Rivera Concordia (Neb.) 22 North
10 NR Mitch Pawlak Indiana Tech 16 East
11 NR Trevor Hancock Southern Oregon 11.5 West
12 NR Keaton Thomas Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9 East
13 NR Kodie Cole Concordia (Neb.) 8 North
14 NR Scottie Bonds William Penn (Iowa) 7.5 Central
15 14 Angelo Crinzi Grand View (Iowa) 5.5 Central
16 8 Carter Tegeler Morningside (Iowa) 5 North

141 pounds
1 1 Gustavo Martinez Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 2 Brandon Westerman Campbellsville (Ky.) 72 East
3 3 Wismit Moinius Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 64 East
4 4 Cameron Neiss Montana State-Northern 52 West
5 7 Jason Arreola York (Neb.) 42 North
6 6 Brandon Wright Grand View (Iowa) 40 Central
7 8 Travis Barroquillo Indiana Tech 33 East
8 9 Chris Hart Wayland Baptist (Texas) 22.5 Central
8 5 Anthony Vega Simpson (Calif.) 22.5 West
10 10 colby rinehart Campbellsville (Ky.) 20 East
11 11 Colt Rogers Bethany (Kan.) 15 Central
12 13 Blake Fruchtl Hastings (Neb.) 12 North
13 12 Steele Escobedo Menlo (Calif.) 9 West
14 NR Daniel Rivera Missouri Valley 6 Central
15 17 Garret Lambrecht Morningside (Iowa) 4.5 North
16 17 Dillan Schouw Life University 4 East

149 pounds
1 2 Jake Ekster Missouri Valley 80 Central
2 3 Colby Crank Bethany (Kan.) 72 Central
3 4 kyle terry Campbellsville (Ky.) 64 East
4 5 Isaac Thomas Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 51 East
5 8 Ryan Martin Great Falls (Mont.) 44 West
6 10 Kyle Gerlach Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 38 North
7 13 Hunter Azure Montana State-Northern 30 West
8 6 Adam Fahs Indiana Tech 27.5 East
9 9 Enrique Barajas Concordia (Neb.) 26.5 North
10 7 Sean Elkins Dickinson State (N.D.) 15.5 North
11 NR Stephen Myers Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 13.5 East
12 NR Ricky McCarty Oklahoma City 9 Central
12 10 Matt Milton Campbellsville (Ky.) 9 East
14 16 Colin Merkley Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 6 West
15 NR Tyler Boyer Midland (Neb.) 4.5 North
15 12 Trevor Anderson Oklahoma City 4.5 Central

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 5 Dallas Houchins Grand View (Iowa) 48 Central
6 7 Aaron Seybold Baker (Kan.) 38 Central
7 13 Chad Cebulski Great Falls (Mont.) 26.5 West
8 8 Jonathan Blackwell Bethany (Kan.) 26 Central
9 9 Tyler McMichael Midland (Neb.) 25.5 North
10 6 Nicholas Schmidt Great Falls (Mont.) 15.5 West
11 17 Zach Fishman Northwestern (Iowa) 13.5 North
12 15 Oliver Brukardt Life University 13 East
13 NR Jordan Langley Morningside (Iowa) 8 North
14 14 Dylan King Missouri Valley 5.5 Central
15 NR John Lynch Northwestern (Iowa) 4.5 North
16 11 Steven Sandefer Cumberland (Tenn.) 4 East

165 pounds
1 1 Eric Lopez Menlo (Calif.) 80 West
2 2 Ethan Hinebauch Montana State-Northern 70 West
3 3 Chad Lowman Grand View (Iowa) 66 Central
4 8 James Bennett Indiana Tech 46 East
4 5 Zach Skates Oklahoma City 46 Central
6 6 Sterling Terry Midland (Neb.) 40 North
7 4 Shawn Lau Great Falls (Mont.) 36 West
8 7 Trever Devestern Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 32 North
9 9 Jakob Price Baker (Kan.) 16.5 Central
10 16 Kirk Johnson Cumberland (Tenn.) 14.5 East
11 NR Patrick Nord Jamestown (N.D.) 12.5 North
12 19 treyvonta rhodes Campbellsville (Ky.) 11 East
13 13 Jon Solano Dickinson State (N.D.) 8 North
14 12 Ishmael Rempson William Penn (Iowa) 7 Central
15 14 Jordon Ward Bethany (Kan.) 5.5 Central
16 10 Luke Riley Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 4 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.) 49 Central
5 5 Eziekiel Hunt Cumberland (Tenn.) 46 East
6 7 Brady Beamon Simpson (Calif.) 45 West
7 8 Riley Boomer Missouri Valley 32 Central
8 9 Anthony Pike Briar Cliff (Iowa) 28 North
9 10 Cody Swim Grand View (Iowa) 16.5 Central
10 12 Jared Miller Montana State-Northern 15.5 West
10 11 marvin lawrence Campbellsville (Ky.) 15.5 East
12 13 Joe Madison York (Neb.) 12 North
13 17 Jacob Shirley Cumberland (Tenn.) 9.5 East
14 NR Arthur Walthour Brewton-Parker (GA) 7 East
15 14 Jaykob Miller Jamestown (N.D.) 6.5 North
16 NR Kyle shepherd West Virginia Tech (W.Va.) 4 East

184 pounds
1 1 Jameel Bryant Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 80 East
2 2 Cody Linton Cumberland (Tenn.) 70 East
3 3 Kamron Jackson Great Falls (Mont.) 66 West
4 4 Trey Hicks Life University 52 East
5 5 Jacob Abrams Southern Oregon 48 West
6 6 Kody Reed Montana State-Northern 40 West
7 7 Christian Mays Grand View (Iowa) 32 Central
8 13 travis McIntosh Campbellsville (Ky.) 22 East
9 10 Ethan Jirak Benedictine College 21.5 Central
10 9 Lane Oversen Dickinson State (N.D.) 15.5 North
11 8 Weston Keleher Missouri Baptist University 14 East
11 11 Dalton Peterson Grand View (Iowa) 14 Central
13 8 Cody Sivertsen Oklahoma City 9 Central
14 16 Randall Null Northwestern (Iowa) 7.5 North
15 14 Brett Bader Missouri Valley 6 Central
16 NR Steven Conn Montana State-Northern 3 West

197 pounds
1 1 Charles Johnson Southern Oregon 80 West
2 2 Josh Manu Missouri Valley 72 Central
3 3 Carl Lawrence Missouri Valley 58 Central
4 4 Toby Cheff Montana State-Northern 55 West
5 7 Samuel Johnson Cumberlands (Ky.) 44 East
6 5 Jesse Hellinger Dickinson State (N.D.) 37 North
7 10 Garrett DeMers Montana State-Northern 28.5 West
8 9 Logan Paul Eickhoff York (Neb.) 26 North
9 15 Scott Stewart Cumberland (Tenn.) 24.5 East
10 17 Stephen Loosbrock Benedictine College 17.5 Central
11 16 nate knauf Campbellsville (Ky.) 16 East
12 11 Tyler Sarringar Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 14 North
13 6 Eric Johnson Calumet (Ind.) 8.5 East
14 12 Ian Mac Ineirghe Menlo (Calif.) 7 West
15 12 Taylor Baird Bethany (Kan.) 5.5 Central
16 18 Dylan Lemery Great Falls (Mont.) 3.5 West
16 14 Skyler Carroll Dickinson State (N.D.) 3.5 North

285 pounds
1 1 Eric Thompson Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 5 Tyler Kacmarynski Morningside (Iowa) 72 North
3 3 Lonnie Brown Midland (Neb.) 60 North
4 15 David Lopez Great Falls (Mont.) 54 West
5 2 Austin Lobsinger Simpson (Calif.) 47 West
6 10 Gabi Musallam Missouri Valley 38 Central
7 4 Scott Brasil Menlo (Calif.) 31.5 West
8 8 Daniel Mueller Missouri Valley 27.5 Central
9 6 Julius Anglikas Missouri Baptist University 23.5 East
10 9 Courtney Freeman Cumberlands (Ky.) 14.5 East
11 7 Markese Christian Wayland Baptist (Texas) 14 Central
12 11 Saia Lotulelei York (Neb.) 12.5 North
13 12 Zach Anderson Bethany (Kan.) 9.5 Central
14 14 Justin mcdaniel Campbellsville (Ky.) 8.5 East
15 17 Andre Dunn Indiana Tech 5 East
16 15 Beau Bennett Baker (Kan.) 3.5 Central
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