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Grand View closes 2013-14 regular-season ranked No. 1 in NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll

By Alan Grosbach NAIA | Feb. 27, 2014, 3:52 p.m. (ET)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 15th-straight edition, Grand View (Iowa) holds the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings, who have 12 individual wrestlers ranked in the poll, accrued 180 total points to become the first team to last the entire regular-season (including preseason poll) ranked No. 1 since Notre Dame (Ohio) accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 season.

Grand View’s ranked grapplers are highlighted by Ryak Finch (125), Brandon Wright (141) and Eric Thompson (285), who all rank atop their respective weight class. Wright is making his first appearance at No. 1 this season after knocking off previously top-ranked teammate Gustavo Martinez in the Central Qualifier’s 141-pound title match. The Vikings enter the national championships coming off their fourth-straight Central Qualifier team title, as all 12 grapplers automatically qualified with top four finishes.

Checking in at No. 2 for the second-straight week is Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) with 97.5 points. The Blue Raiders, who boast nine ranked wrestlers, continue to be led by top-ranked Joe Cozart (157) and Jameel Bryant (184). Both grapplers claimed East Qualifier individual titles and have been ranked No. 1 the entire season.

Montana State-Northern jumps three spots to No. 3 with 86 points. The Lights were third at the West Group Qualifying Tournament and had four individuals claim championships. Montana State-Northern boasts six ranked individuals, including No. 1 Ethan Hinebauch at 165 pounds and No. 1 Toby Cheff at 197 pounds.

Rounding out the top five this week are No. 4 Southern Oregon and No. 5 Missouri Valley with 78.5 and 69.5 points, respectively. West Qualifying Group champion Southern Oregon has eight ranked individuals, including three top-five wrestlers. Missouri Valley has seven grapplers ranked in this edition.

In addition to Wright and Hinebauch, Colby Crank of Bethany (Kan.) takes over the top spot at 149 pounds and Michael Ruiz of Great Falls (Mont.) claims the No. 1 ranking at 133 pounds.

No. 16 Missouri Baptist and No. 20 Concordia (Neb.) are this week’s newcomers. For the Bulldogs, the ranking is the first since the 2011-12 Postseason Poll on March 9, 2011, while Missouri Baptist was ranked previously this season.

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.         

Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View’s (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 20th all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 … The Vikings have held the top spot in 15-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. 8 Campbellsville’s (Ky.) and No. 6 Great Falls’ (Mont.) current run of 70-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 … No. 3 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (61) … 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 – Final (Feb. 26)
Rank Previous Rank School Total Team Points

1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 180
2 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 97.5
3 6 Montana State-Northern 86
4 7 Southern Oregon 78.5
5 2 Missouri Valley 69.5
6 4 Great Falls (Mont.) 67
7 8 Indiana Tech 64
8 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) 60.5
9 10 Morningside (Iowa) 53
10 9 Cumberland (Tenn.) 51.5
T11 T16 Oklahoma City 39
T11 13 Simpson (Calif.) 39
13 12 Menlo (Calif.) 33.5
14 15 Bethany (Kan.) 32.5
15 T19 Midland (Neb.) 28.5
T16 RV Missouri Baptist 26
T16 11 York (Neb.) 26
18 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) 23
19 16 Northwestern (Iowa) 22
20 RV Concordia (Neb.) 21

Others receiving votes: Life (Ga.) 20; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 19.5; Benedictine (Kan.) 19; Baker (Kan.) 17; Dickinson State (N.D.) 16.5; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 13; Hastings (Neb.) 13; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 12; William Penn (Iowa) 9.5; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 9; Waldorf (Iowa) 6.5; Jamestown (N.D.) 5.5; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 5.5; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); St. Andrews (N.C.); Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 1.5

NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll – Final
NAIA Wrestling Top 16 Individuals
February 26, 2014

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

125

1 1 Ryak Finch Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 13 Chris Padilla Missouri Baptist University 72 East
3 3 cody steiner Campbellsville (Ky.) 64 East
4 4 Myron Bradbury Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 46 East
5 8 Jake Stigall Southern Oregon 45 West
6 15 Josh Heinzer Midland (Neb.) 42 North
7 9 Andrew Clark Grand View (Iowa) 35 Central
8 17 Sean Silva Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 25 West
9 9 Oscar Marin York (Neb.) 21.5 North
10 7 Dennis Welch Missouri Valley 15.5 Central
11 13 Kristopher McKinley Indiana Tech 13.5 East
12 6 Troy Lakin Menlo (Calif.) 12.5 West
12 18 Austin Mogg Concordia (Neb.) 12.5 North
14 18 Chauncey Foster St. Andrews University 8 East
15 NR Alan Callahan Baker (Kan.) 4.5 Central
16 NR Kyle Robison Briar Cliff (Iowa) 2.5 North

133
1 2 Michael Ruiz Great Falls (Mont.) 76 West
2 3 Justin Brooks Indiana Tech 72 East
3 1 AJ Valles Simpson (Calif.) 68 West
4 4 Brandon Benvenuti Grand View (Iowa) 52 Central
5 5 Bryce Shoemaker Baker (Kan.) 48 Central
6 8 Robert Rivera Concordia (Neb.) 35 North
6 6 Keaton Thomas Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 35 East
8 7 tyler alsip Campbellsville (Ky.) 26 East
9 9 Richard Rios Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 21.5 North
10 NR Cameron Bonds William Penn (Iowa) 15 Central
11 10 Joao Vicente William Penn (Iowa) 13 Central
12 NR Raymond McQueen Waldorf (Iowa) 12 North
13 NR drew ferguson Campbellsville (Ky.) 9.5 East
14 12 Nathan Ryan Morningside (Iowa) 7.5 North
15 16 Trevor Hancock Southern Oregon 6.5 West
16 NR Andrew Porras Wayland Baptist (Texas) 3.5 Central

141
1 4 Brandon Wright Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 1 Gustavo Martinez Grand View (Iowa) 72 Central
3 3 Wismit Moinius Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 64 East
4 7 Cameron Neiss Montana State-Northern 52 West
5 6 Kyle Wilson Great Falls (Mont.) 46 West
6 12 Blake Fruchtl Hastings (Neb.) 36 North
7 10 Travis Barroquillo Indiana Tech 26 East
8 NR Jerry Mayo III Northwestern (Iowa) 24 North
9 5 Jason Arreola York (Neb.) 20.5 North
10 8 colby rinehart Campbellsville (Ky.) 19.5 East
11 9 Chris Hart Wayland Baptist (Texas) 16 Central
12 NR jeremiah lutz Brewton-Parker (GA) 10.5 East
13 13 Kevin Olson Morningside (Iowa) 10 North
14 NR Steele Escobedo Menlo (Calif.) 8.5 West
15 14 Colt Rogers Bethany (Kan.) 7 Central
16 2 Brandon Westerman Campbellsville (Ky.) 6 East

149

1 2 Colby Crank Bethany (Kan.) 78 Central
2 3 Jake Williams Cumberland (Tenn.) 70 East
3 1 Jake Ekster Missouri Valley 68 Central
4 4 kyle terry Campbellsville (Ky.) 52 East
5 5 Tyler Lashbrook Morningside (Iowa) 48 North
6 6 Ryan Martin Great Falls (Mont.) 40 West
7 7 Isaac Thomas Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 31 East
8 NR Tyler Boyer Midland (Neb.) 26 North
9 10 Colin Merkley Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 19.5 West
10 8 John Lynch Northwestern (Iowa) 15.5 North
11 12 Ricky McCarty Oklahoma City 14.5 Central
12 9 Tyler Cowger Southern Oregon 13.5 West
13 14 Enrique Barajas Concordia (Neb.) 8.5 North
14 11 Kyle Gerlach Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 6.5 North
15 15 Jason Ladd Menlo (Calif.) 6 West
16 16 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 6 shawn mcghee Campbellsville (Ky.) 46 East
6 7 Dallas Houchins Grand View (Iowa) 40 Central
7 12 Tyler McMichael Midland (Neb.) 34 North
8 NR David Rios Menlo (Calif.) 21 West
8 13 Zach Fishman Northwestern (Iowa) 21 North
10 9 Chad Cebulski Great Falls (Mont.) 14.5 West
11 5 Tyler Johnson Dickinson State (N.D.) 13.5 North
12 10 Nico Martinez Missouri Valley 13 Central
13 13 Oliver Brukardt Life University 12.5 East
14 11 Jonathan Blackwell Bethany (Kan.) 8.5 Central
15 15 Jordan Langley Morningside (Iowa) 7 North
16 NR John Walters West Virginia Tech 5 East

165

1 2 Ethan Hinebauch Montana State-Northern 78 West
2 3 Chad Lowman Grand View (Iowa) 74 Central
3 7 Kafuba Donzon Indiana Tech 58 East
4 6 Trever Devestern Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 52 North
5 9 Shawn Lau Great Falls (Mont.) 45 West
6 1 Eric Lopez Menlo (Calif.) 39 West
7 NR Cameron Ream Missouri Baptist University 33 East
8 4 James Bennett Indiana Tech 29.5 East
9 12 Jordon Ward Bethany (Kan.) 20 Central
10 18 Malcolm Johnson Morningside (Iowa) 18.5 North
11 5 Sterling Terry Midland (Neb.) 14.5 North
12 8 Patrick Nord Jamestown (N.D.) 11.5 North
12 NR Bryce Alexandar Hannibal-LaGrange (MO) 11.5 Central
14 11 treyvonta rhodes Campbellsville (Ky.) 9 East
15 NR Grant Godfrey Hannibal-LaGrange (MO) 6.5 Central
16 NR Carlos Arana York (Neb.) 2 North

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 5 Jared Miller Montana State-Northern 52 West
5 6 Eziekiel Hunt Cumberland (Tenn.) 48 East
6 7 Derek Sivertsen Oklahoma City 38 Central
7 11 Anthony Pike Briar Cliff (Iowa) 32 North
8 16 LJ Grayson Indiana Tech 25 East
9 10 Taylor Vaughn Great Falls (Mont.) 18 West
10 19 Austin Fehlhafer Concordia (Neb.) 17.5 North
11 NR Kyle Delaune Cumberland (Tenn.) 13.5 East
12 8 travis McIntosh Campbellsville (Ky.) 11.5 East
13 NR Jaykob Miller Jamestown (N.D.) 10 North
14 NR Ishmael Rempson William Penn (Iowa) 7 Central
15 NR Jared Bass Oklahoma City 4 Central
15 18 Jose Cruz, III Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 4 West
15 NR Erick Gomez Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 4 East

184
1 1 Jameel Bryant Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 80 East
2 2 Cody Linton Cumberland (Tenn.) 72 East
3 4 Joseph Sievert Morningside (Iowa) 58 North
4 4 Christian Mays Grand View (Iowa) 54 Central
5 5 Trey Hicks Life University 46 East
5 12 Jacob Abrams Southern Oregon 46 West
7 18 Tuck VanMatre Southern Oregon 27.5 West
8 NR Ethan Jirak Benedictine College 23 Central
9 3 Kamron Jackson Great Falls (Mont.) 22.5 West
10 11 Randall Null Northwestern (Iowa) 19.5 North
11 8 Cody Sivertsen Oklahoma City 13.5 Central
12 13 Rulin Pederson Morningside (Iowa) 13 North
13 NR cody chaney Brewton-Parker (GA) 7.5 East
13 14 Parker Owen Baker (Kan.) 7.5 Central
15 16 Brock Binversie Waldorf (Iowa) 5 North
16 9 Taylor DeLong Indiana Tech 4 East

197
1 1 Toby Cheff Montana State-Northern 80 West
2 2 Charles Johnson Southern Oregon 70 West
3 3 Josh Manu Missouri Valley 66 Central
4 4 Jesse Hellinger Dickinson State (N.D.) 49 North
5 7 Stephen Loosbrock Benedictine College 47 Central
6 6 Samuel Johnson Cumberlands (Ky.) 44 East
7 8 Jahwon Akui Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 32 East
8 9 Garrett DeMers Montana State-Northern 28 West
9 17 Teagan Franco Oklahoma City 17 Central
10 14 AJ Mott Grand View (Iowa) 14 Central
10 16 Jacob Dempsey Life University 14 East
12 13 Grant Harrill Hastings (Neb.) 12 North
13 5 Carl Lawrence Missouri Valley 11.5 Central
14 11 Taylor Baird Bethany (Kan.) 9.5 Central
15 NR dustin branom Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 3 East
15 NR Ken Burkhardt Concordia (Neb.) 3 North

285
1 1 Eric Thompson Grand View (Iowa) 80 Central
2 2 Daniel Mueller Missouri Valley 72 Central
3 3 Saia Lotulelei York (Neb.) 64 North
4 4 Courtney Freeman Cumberlands (Ky.) 52 East
5 5 Tyler Kacmarynski Morningside (Iowa) 44 North
6 6 Gabi Musallam Missouri Valley 38 Central
6 7 Scott Brasil Menlo (Calif.) 38 West
8 NR Austin Lobsinger Simpson (Calif.) 28 West
9 9 Markese Christian Wayland Baptist (Texas) 16 Central
10 8 Clayton Burtis Southern Oregon 14.5 West
11 13 Andre Dunn Indiana Tech 14 East
12 10 Abram Reynolds Briar Cliff (Iowa) 12.5 North
13 12 Zach Anderson Bethany (Kan.) 10.5 Central
14 16 Angel Gomez Waldorf (Iowa) 8.5 North
15 NR Jacob Roza Life University 5.5 East
16 14 Beau Bennett Baker (Kan.) 3 Central
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