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Feb 12 Grand View receives 19th all-time No. 1 NAIA ranking back to 2000-01

By Alan Grosbach NAIA | Feb. 12, 2014, 7:19 p.m. (ET)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Grand View (Iowa) maintains its position atop the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings, who collected 165.5 points en route to the top-spot, have been ranked No. 1 in 14-straight polls, which is the most since Notre Dame (Ohio) ranked atop the poll 14 times from Nov. 24, 2009 to Feb. 22, 2011. In total, Grand View has 19 all-time No. 1 mentions dating back to 2000-01.

Eight of Grand View’s 12 ranked wrestlers are listed among the top four of their respective weight classes, including top-ranked Ryak Finch (125), Gustavo Martinez (141) and Eric Thompson (285). Finch is making his second-straight appearance of the season at No. 1, while Martinez and Thompson have held the top-spot in every poll this season. The Vikings, who most recently posted a 44-3 win at Waldorf (Iowa) in the squad’s final dual of the season, return to the mat Saturday, Feb. 22 at the NAIA Central Group Qualifier in Marshall, Mo.

Propelled by dual wins against then-No. 10 Cumberland (Tenn.) and then-No. 20 Life (Ga.) last week, Lindsey Wilson slides up a poll-high four places and into the No. 2 ranking with 100.5 points. The Blue Raiders claim 10 ranked individuals, highlighted by No.1s Joe Cozart (157) and Jameel Bryant (184). Similarly to Grand View, Lindsey Wilson resumes action on Feb. 22 at the NAIA East Group Qualifier in Marietta, Ga.

No. 3 Missouri Valley accrued 95 points with 10 ranked individuals. Jake Ekster (149) is the Vikings only top-ranked grappler. Ekster enters the week with wins in 11 of his last 12 matches en route to a 16-2 record on the season, including a 13-0 mark against NAIA opponents.

Rounding out the top five for the third-straight week are No. 4 Great Falls (Mont.) and No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) with 92.5 and 87 points, respectively. Both squads feature at least 10 ranked wrestlers, however neither team has an individual at No. 1.

Individually, Toby Cheff of No. 6 Montana State-Northern takes over the No. 1 ranking at 197 pounds. Cheff, who is 19-3 on the season, replaces Charles Johnson of Southern Oregon who spent the previous four polls at No. 1.

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 final regular-season poll will be announced Feb. 26.

Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View’s (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 19th all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 … The Vikings have held the top spot in 14-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 69-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 … No. 6 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (60) … 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. 5 (Feb. 12)

Rank/Previous Rank/School/Total Team Points


1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 165.5
2 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 100.5
3 2 Missouri Valley 95
4 4 Great Falls (Mont.) 92.5
5 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) 87
6 3 Montana State-Northern 85.5
7 7 Southern Oregon 60.5
8 8 Indiana Tech 55
9 10 Cumberland (Tenn.) 51
10 T12 Morningside (Iowa) 47.5
11 11 York (Neb.) 42.5
12 15 Menlo (Calif.) 41
13 14 Simpson (Calif.) 37.5
14 9 Cumberlands (Ky.) 37
15 16 Bethany (Kan.) 36.5
T16 18 Dickinson State (N.D.) 35
T16 T12 Oklahoma City 35
18 19 Baker (Kan.) 21.5
T19 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 20
T19 RV Midland (Neb.) 20

Others receiving votes: Northwestern (Iowa) 16; Life (Ga.) 15.5; Concordia (Neb.) 9; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 9; Benedictine (Kan.) 8; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 8; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 7.5; Jamestown (N.D.) 7; Hastings (Neb.) 5.5; William Penn (Iowa) 4; Missouri Baptist 2.5; Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Waldorf (Iowa) 2.

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

125

1 1 Ryak Finch Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 2 Danny Luttrell Great Falls (Mont.) 72 West
3 3 cody steiner Campbellsville (Ky.) 64 East
4 6 Myron Bradbury Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 51 East
5 4 Javier Carbajal Cumberlands (Ky.) 46 East
6 12 Troy Lakin Menlo (Calif.) 34.5 West
7 11 Dennis Welch Missouri Valley 27 Central
8 5 Jake Stigall Southern Oregon 24 West
9 NR Andrew Clark Grand View (Iowa) 21.5 Central
9 9 Oscar Marin York (Neb.) 21.5 North
11 8 Luke Schlosser Great Falls (Mont.) 17 West
12 15 Diego Quintana Northwestern (Iowa) 11 North
13 9 Kristopher McKinley Indiana Tech 10 East
13 7 Ryan Stearns Missouri Valley 10 Central
15 NR Josh Heinzer Midland (Neb.) 5 North
16 14 Adrian Gains Oklahoma City 4.5 Central

133
1 1 AJ Valles Simpson (Calif.) 80 West
2 2 Michael Ruiz Great Falls (Mont.) 72 West
3 3 Justin Brooks Indiana Tech 64 East
4 7 Brandon Benvenuti Grand View (Iowa) 52 Central
5 5 Bryce Shoemaker Baker (Kan.) 44 Central
6 15 Keaton Thomas Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 36.5 East
7 4 Tyler Alsip Campbellsville (Ky.) 29 East
8 10 Robert Rivera Concordia (Neb.) 26 North
9 6 Richard Rios Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 20 North
10 NR Joao Vicente William Penn (Iowa) 18 Central
11 8 Mitch Pawlak Indiana Tech 17 East
12 12 Nathan Ryan Morningside (Iowa) 14.5 North
13 9 Chris Padilla Missouri Baptist 11.5 East
14 11 Andrew Tillman Cumberlands (Ky.) 8 East
15 14 Todd Brackett Missouri Valley 6 Central
16 13 Trevor Hancock Southern Oregon 4.5 West

141
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 5 Brandon Wright Grand View (Iowa) 57 Central
5 6 Jason Arreola York (Neb.) 48 North
6 9 Kyle Wilson Great Falls (Mont.) 40 West
7 4 Cameron Neiss Montana State-Northern 32 West
8 7 Colby Rinehart Campbellsville (Ky.) 28 East
9 10 Chris Hart Wayland Baptist (Texas) 17.5 Central
10 8 Travis Barroquillo Indiana Tech 16 East
11 12 Dane Edwards Bethany (Kan.) 14.5 Central
12 14 Blake Fruchtl Hastings (Neb.) 11 North
13 NR Kevin Olson Morningside (Iowa) 8.5 North
14 13 Colt Rogers Bethany (Kan.) 6.5 Central
15 18 Anthony Vega Simpson (Calif.) 5.5 West
16 16 Garret Lambrecht Morningside (Iowa) 3.5 North

149
1 1 Jake Ekster Missouri Valley 80 Central
2 2 Colby Crank Bethany (Kan.) 72 Central
3 3 Jake Williams Cumberland (Tenn.) 64 East
4 4 Kyle Terry Campbellsville (Ky.) 52 East
5 7 Tyler Lashbrook Morningside (Iowa) 46 North
6 9 Ryan Martin Great Falls (Mont.) 42 West
7 8 Isaac Thomas Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 26 East
8 NR John Lynch Northwestern (Iowa) 25.5 North
9 11 Tyler Cowger Southern Oregon 24.5 West
10 14 Colin Merkley Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 14 West
11 6 Kyle Gerlach Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 12.5 North
12 10 Ricky McCarty Oklahoma City 11.5 Central
12 5 Chase Burns Great Falls (Mont.) 11.5 West
14 11 Enrique Barajas Concordia (Neb.) 7 North
15 16 Jason Ladd Menlo (Calif.) 6.5 West
16 NR Stephen Myers Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5 East

157
1 1 Joe Cozart Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 80 East
2 2 Quinten Haynes Grand View (Iowa) 72 Central
3 3 Zach Skates Oklahoma City 64 Central
4 4 Edward Cheff Montana State-Northern 52 West
5 5 Tyler Johnson Dickinson State (N.D.) 46 North
6 6 Shawn McGhee Campbellsville (Ky.) 42 East
7 7 Dallas Houchins Grand View (Iowa) 31 Central
8 8 Aaron Lopez York (Neb.) 26.5 North
9 10 Chad Cebulski Great Falls (Mont.) 19.5 West
10 13 Nico Martinez Missouri Valley 16.5 Central
11 9 Jonathan Blackwell Bethany (Kan.) 14.5 Central
12 13 Tyler McMichael Midland (Neb.) 11 North
13 12 Oliver Brukardt Life (Ga.) 7.5 East
13 16 Zach Fishman Northwestern (Iowa) 7.5 North
15 11 Jordan Langley Morningside (Iowa) 5.5 North
16 14 Nicholas Schmidt Great Falls (Mont.) 4.5 West

165
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 5 Sterling Terry Midland (Neb.) 44 North
6 6 Trever Devestern Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 37 North
7 7 Kafuba Donzon Indiana Tech 35 East
8 8 Patrick Nord Jamestown (N.D.) 26.5 North
9 10 Shawn Lau Great Falls (Mont.) 23.5 West
10 14 Mitchell Judkins Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 15.5 East
11 11 Treyvonta Rhodes Campbellsville (Ky.) 13.5 East
12 NR Jordon Ward Bethany (Kan.) 11.5 Central
13 12 Kirk Johnson Cumberland (Tenn.) 11 East
14 NR Jon Solano Dickinson State (N.D.) 6.5 North
15 NR Marvin Lawrence Campbellsville (Ky.) 5.5 East
16 17 Jakob Price Baker (Kan.) 3 Central

174
1 1 Brock Gutches Southern Oregon 80 West
2 2 Jimmie Schuessler Grand View (Iowa) 72 Central
3 3 Brady Beamon Simpson (Calif.) 64 West
4 4 Joseph Sievert Morningside (Iowa) 52 North
5 5 Jared Miller Montana State-Northern 48 West
6 7 Eziekiel Hunt Cumberland (Tenn.) 40 East
7 5 Derek Sivertsen Oklahoma City 27.5 Central
8 11 Travis McIntosh Campbellsville (Ky.) 21.5 East
9 8 Bryant Guillen Baker (Kan.) 19.5 Central
10 13 Taylor Vaughn Great Falls (Mont.) 17 West
11 9 Anthony Pike Briar Cliff (Iowa) 16.5 North
12 10 Riley Boomer Missouri Valley 15 Central
13 12 Arthur Walthour Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 10.5 East
14 14 Parker Owen Baker (Kan.) 8.5 Central
15 17 Joe Madison York (Neb.) 4.5 North
16 19 LJ Grayson Indiana Tech 3 East

184
1 1 Jameel Bryant Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 80 East
2 3 Cody Linton Cumberland (Tenn.) 70 East
3 4 Kamron Jackson Great Falls (Mont.) 55 West
4 2 Christian Mays Grand View (Iowa) 54 Central
5 5 Trey Hicks Life (Ga.) 53 East
6 6 Kody Reed Montana State-Northern 44 West
7 8 Lane Oversen Dickinson State (N.D.) 26.5 North
8 8 Cody Sivertsen Oklahoma City 25 Central
9 12 Taylor DeLong Indiana Tech 18 East
10 10 Jonathan Wiley Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 17.5 West
11 11 Randall Null Northwestern (Iowa) 16 North
12 14 Jacob Abrams Southern Oregon 13.5 West
13 16 Rulin Pederson Morningside (Iowa) 10.5 North
14 13 Tyler Sarringar Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 8 North
15 NR Jake Maupin Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 4 East
16 NR Brock Binversie Waldorf (Iowa) 3.5 North

197
1 2 Toby Cheff Montana State-Northern 80 West
2 1 Charles Johnson Southern Oregon 72 West
3 3 Josh Manu Missouri Valley 64 Central
4 5 Jesse Hellinger Dickinson State (N.D.) 50 North
5 4 Carl Lawrence Missouri Valley 43 Central
6 6 Samuel Johnson Cumberlands (Ky.) 40 East
7 7 Stephen Loosbrock Benedictine (Kan.) 32.5 Central
8 NR Jahwon Akui Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 28 East
9 8 Garrett DeMers Montana State-Northern 19.5 West
9 10 Scott Stewart Cumberland (Tenn.) 19.5 East
11 11 Taylor Baird Bethany (Kan.) 13 Central
12 12 Nate Knauf Campbellsville (Ky.) 10.5 East
13 NR Grant Harrill Hastings (Neb.) 10 North
14 13 AJ Mott Grand View (Iowa) 9 Central
15 9 Logan Paul Eickhoff York (Neb.) 8 North
16 14 Jacob Dempsey Life (Ga.) 3 East

285
1 1 Eric Thompson Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 3 Daniel Mueller Missouri Valley 70 Central
3 2 Saia Lotulelei York (Neb.) 63 North
4 4 Courtney Freeman Cumberlands (Ky.) 54 East
5 6 Tyler Kacmarynski Morningside (Iowa) 45 North
6 5 Gabi Musallam Missouri Valley 44 Central
7 8 Scott Brasil Menlo (Calif.) 31 West
8 7 Clayton Burtis Southern Oregon 23.5 West
9 12 Markese Christian Wayland Baptist (Texas) 20.5 Central
10 10 Abram Reynolds Briar Cliff (Iowa) 17 North
11 11 Lonnie Brown Midland (Neb.) 15 North
12 14 Zach Anderson Bethany (Kan.) 11 Central
13 20 Andre Dunn Indiana Tech 9.5 East
14 19 Beau Bennett Baker (Kan.) 6.5 Central
15 15 Justin Harrison Menlo (Calif.) 4.5 West
16 NR Angel Gomez Waldorf (Iowa) 3.5 North
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