Grand View is No. 1 in NAIA Coaches Poll for the 35th straight time

By Alan Grosbach, NAIA | Dec. 28, 2016, 5:40 p.m. (ET)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 40th time since the start of the 2000-01 season, Grand View (Iowa) locks down the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings claimed 208 points in the third regular-season installment. The fourth edition is scheduled for release on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000-01)

• Grand View boasts the No. 1 ranking for the 40th time in program history, which is the most for any institution since the start of the 2000-01 season. Additionally, the Vikings, who are gunning for a sixth-straight national title, have held the mark in 35-straight editions.

• The last time Grand View was not ranked No. 1 was on Oct. 17, 2012.

• Once again, Grand View boasts 12 ranked grapplers – all of which rank among the top six in their respective weight class.

• Six of the 10 weight classes are led by individuals from Grand View – Da’Wayne Robertson (125 pounds), Jacob Colon (133 pounds), Grand Henderson (165 pounds), Lawton Benna (174 pounds), Michael Pixley (184 pounds) and Dean Broghammer (285 pounds).

• Robertson is 10-4 on the year, including a 5-2 decision against then-No. 1 Troy Lakin of Menlo (Calif.) on Dec. 19. He also knocked off then-No. 8 Joshua Johnson of Warner Pacific (Ore.), 6-4, on the same day. Similar to Robertson, Henderson – the national runner-up last season – jumps into the No. 1 ranking after upsetting the previous top-ranked individual. The 165-pounder downed then-No. 1 Blake Cooper of Warner Pacific, 6-4.

• Colon and Pixley are both defending national champions. Colon is 14-2 on the year with his only losses coming to NCAA Division I grapplers, while Pixley is 10-1 with his only loss being an injury default in the first-place match at the Luther Hill Invitational on Dec. 10.

• All other top-ranked individuals held strong for at least a second-straight installment – Tyler Fraley of Williams Baptist (Ark.) (141 pounds), Victor Hughes of Baker (Kan.) (149 pounds), Cam Tessari of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (157 pounds), Benna (174 pounds), Dalton Bailey of Life (Ga.) (197 pounds) and Broghammer (285 pounds).

• The next six teams remain unchanged from the Dec. 7 edition with No. 2 Indiana Tech (74.5), No. 3 Williams Baptist (68.5), No. 4 Menlo (63.5), No. 5 Montana State-Northern (63 points), No. 6 Oklahoma City (60.5) and No. 7 Southern Oregon (55.5) making up the group.

• Indiana Tech, which is in the second position for a fourth-straight poll, boasts nine ranked individuals. Mitch Pawlak at 133 pounds and 165 pounder John Weldon headline the group. Pawlak, who is No. 2 at 133 pounds, is 7-3 on the season and has won five-straight matches since falling to Ian Parker of NCAA Division I Iowa State in the consolation semifinals of the Michigan State Open. Weldon, who is No. 3 at 165 pounds, is 8-2 on the season.

• No. 9 Midland (Neb.) and No. 20 York (Neb.) are the two newcomers to the Top 20. The Warriors have six ranked grapplers, highlighted by No. 2 Hugo Perez at 125 pounds. The Panthers have three individuals ranked, including No. 5 Oscar Marin at 125 pounds.

• Since 2001, only Grand View (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16), former members Notre Dame (Ohio) (2010-11) and Lindenwood (Mo.) (2006-07) have spent the entire season ranked No. 1.

2016-17 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll – No. 3 (December 28, 2016)
Previous Rank
Total Team Points
Grand View (Iowa)
Indiana Tech
Williams Baptist (Ark.)
Menlo (Calif.)
Montana State-Northern
Oklahoma City
Southern Oregon
Missouri Valley
Great Falls (Mont.)
Midland (Neb.)
Concordia (Neb.)
Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Campbellsville (Ky.)
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Cumberlands (Ky.)
Life (Ga.)
Cumberland (Tenn.)
Morningside (Iowa)
Southeastern (Fla.)
York (Neb.)

Dropped from the Top 20: Warner Pacific (Ore.) (No. 14); Baker (Kan.) (No. 20) 

Others receiving votes: Warner Pacific (Ore.) 22; Baker (Kan.) 20; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 18; Eastern Oregon 17.5; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 16; Northwestern (Iowa) 16; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 14; Hastings (Neb.) 11; Benedictine (Kan.) 8; Lyon (Ark.) 6.5; Bacone (Okla.) 6.5; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 5.5; Simpson (Calif.) 3.5; Bethany (Kan.) 2.5; Doane (Neb.) 2.5; Calumet (Ind.) 2; Graceland (Iowa) 1; Kansas Wesleyan 1. 

Top Ranked Individuals

Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Da`Wayne Robertson Grand View (Iowa) 114 Central
2nd Hugo Perez Midland (Neb.) 103 North
3rd Troy Lakin Menlo (Calif.) 98 West
4th Matthew Nguyen Eastern Oregon University (OR) 66 West
5th Oscar Marin York (Neb.) 57 South
6th Adrian Camposano Campbellsville (Ky.) 54 East
7th Casey Coulter Southern Oregon 53 West
8th Sawyer Miller Indiana Tech 43.5 Midwest
9th Mhar Caballa Eastern Oregon University (OR) 35 West
10th Devane Dodgens Life University 33 East
11th Isaac Wilson Great Falls (Mont.) 24.5 West
12th Giovanni Castillo Concordia (Neb.) 21 North
13th Chandler Strand Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 18 West
14th Mason Naifeh Oklahoma City 15 South
15th Dmitri Smith Concordia (Neb.) 9.5 North
16th Dustin Miller Lyon College 5 Midwest
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Jacob Colon Grand View (Iowa) 120 Central
2nd Mitch Pawlak Indiana Tech 103 Midwest
3rd Hunter Genco Grand View (Iowa) 88 Central
4th Brian Ha Menlo (Calif.) 82 West
5th Sammy Rosario Cumberland (Tenn.) 76 East
6th Jake Sinkovics Cumberlands (Ky.) 53.5 East
7th Michael Andreano Briar Cliff (Iowa) 53 North
8th David Berg Midland (Neb.) 46 North
9th Kodie Cole Concordia (Neb.) 29.5 North
10th Isaiha Johnson Midland (Neb.) 19 North
11th Tanner Irwin Williams Baptist 16 Midwest
12th Erique Early Indiana Tech 15 Midwest
13th Ty Kolterman Bethany (Kan.) 14.5 South
14th DeMarco Speller Wayland Baptist (Texas) 13 South
15th Jarren Komac Great Falls (Mont.) 9.5 West
16th Cartland Allen Graceland University 6.5 Central
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Tyler Fraley Williams Baptist 120 Midwest
2nd Josh Wenger Grand View (Iowa) 102 Central
3rd Scottie Bonds Midland (Neb.) 99 North
4th Steele Escobedo Menlo (Calif.) 80 West
5th Shonn Roberts Great Falls (Mont.) 61.5 West
6th Matt Weber Montana State-Northern 49 West
T7th Sonny Gulesian Briar Cliff (Iowa) 48.5 North
T7th Tres Leon Cumberlands (Ky.) 48.5 East
9th Matthew Miller Indiana Tech 32 Midwest
10th Matt Landgraff Oklahoma City 28.5 South
11th dillon scanlon Benedictine College 18.5 Central
12th Garrett Webb Life University 15.5 East
13th Christian Mesa Hastings (Neb.) 12 North
14th Devin Poppen Southern Oregon 10 West
15th Austin Meyn Cumberland (Tenn.) 8.5 East
16th Marcelo Sierra Lindenwood - Belleville (Ill.) 7 Midwest
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Victor Hughes Baker (Kan.) 120 Central
2nd Tyler Cowger Southern Oregon 108 West
3rd Walker Marshall Grand View (Iowa) 86 Central
4th Steven Garcia Morningside (Iowa) 81 North
5th Jaedin sklapsky Campbellsville (Ky.) 71 East
6th Daniel Leonard Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 61 East
7th Justin Atkinson Indiana Tech 53 Midwest
8th Hunter Bell Cumberlands (Ky.) 31 East
9th Anton King Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 27.5 West
10th Adrian Hughes Southeastern 23.5 East
11th Patrick Grigsby Williams Baptist 21.5 Midwest
12th Chris Vaughan Hastings (Neb.) 19 North
13th Dallas Brown Life University 17 East
14th Casey Dobson Great Falls (Mont.) 13 West
15th Chase Krutzky Missouri Valley 7.5 Central
16th Tyler Bennett Bacone (Okla.) 5 South
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Cam Tessari Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 120 East
2nd Nathen Pristavec Brewton-Parker (GA) 108 East
3rd Hunter Hodges Southern Oregon 90 West
4th Tobias Barnes Missouri Valley 80 Central
5th Tyler Lashbrook Morningside (Iowa) 74 North
6th Brandon Weber Montana State-Northern 46 West
7th Zach Revier Williams Baptist 42.5 Midwest
8th Kristian Holguin-Mendez Oklahoma City 39 South
9th Giovanny Bonilla Southeastern 31.5 East
10th James Williams Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 25 West
11th Chandler Michael Southern Oregon 23 West
12th Nate Croley Cumberland (Tenn.) 20 East
13th Martin Phillips Doane College 18.5 North
14th Tristan Macri Cumberlands (Ky.) 11.5 East
15th Tyler Mann Benedictine College 6.5 Central
16th Tyler Wilson Kansas Wesleyan 6 South
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Grant Henderson Grand View (Iowa) 120 Central
2nd Blake Cooper Warner Pacific 108 West
3rd John Weldon Indiana Tech 89 Midwest
4th Khaldoon Rashid Great Falls (Mont.) 80 West
5th Tim Dinsdale Southeastern 72 East
6th Andrew Simmons Missouri Valley 60 Central
7th Dalton Tipton Missouri Valley 47 Central
8th Andrew Bartel Montana State-Northern 42 West
9th Diorian Coleman Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 28 East
10th Ryan Whittle Williams Baptist 20.5 Midwest
T11th Zachary Mitchell Wayland Baptist (Texas) 18 South
T11th Anthony Orozco Benedictine College 18 Central
T13th Austin Coy York (Neb.) 12 South
T13th Sam Goings Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 12 West
15th Austin Moyer Hastings (Neb.) 9 North
16th Peter Donchev Cumberland (Tenn.) 7.5 East
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Lawton Benna Grand View (Iowa) 120 Central
2nd Jose Alvarez Wayland Baptist (Texas) 108 South
3rd Ricky McCarty Oklahoma City 90 South
4th Sadarriss Patterson Missouri Valley 74.5 Central
5th Andras Lukacs-Farkas Northwestern (Iowa) 71 North
6th Joseph Jauregui Menlo (Calif.) 59 West
7th Nicholas Meck York (Neb.) 44 South
8th Antonio Rodriguez Indiana Tech 38 Midwest
9th justin brown Campbellsville (Ky.) 33.5 East
10th Keion McVay Williams Baptist 27.5 Midwest
11th Orlando Nawade Cumberland (Tenn.) 27 East
12th Randy Keesler Great Falls (Mont.) 17.5 West
13th Zach Colgan Southeastern 16 East
14th Billy Thompson Hastings (Neb.) 12.5 North
15th Colton Gonzalez Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7 East
16th Brenn Schiess Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 4 West
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Michael Pixley Grand View (Iowa) 118 Central
2nd Ben Stroh Montana State-Northern 110 West
3rd charles sharon Campbellsville (Ky.) 93 East
4th Michael Naiper Wayland Baptist (Texas) 77 South
5th Jeffrey Haley Williams Baptist 74 Midwest
6th Derek Sivertsen Oklahoma City 54.5 South
7th Kyle Delaune Cumberland (Tenn.) 52 East
8th Dillon Francisco Indiana Tech 38 Midwest
9th Matt Walker Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 34.5 East
10th Jacob Hill Lyon College 22 Midwest
11th Tyler Noon Menlo (Calif.) 21 West
12th Nicholas Null Northwestern (Iowa) 18 North
13th Logan Moore Morningside (Iowa) 13.5 North
14th Nicholas Whitehead Missouri Valley 10.5 Central
15th Josh Chiles Williams Baptist 6 Midwest
T16th Felipe Nava Bacone (Okla.) 4 South
T16th Max Hane Southern Oregon 4 West
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Dalton Bailey Life University 120 East
2nd Ken Burkhardt Jr Concordia (Neb.) 104 North
3rd Evan Hansen Grand View (Iowa) 100 Central
4th John Hensley Great Falls (Mont.) 75 West
5th Johnathen Dennis Grand View (Iowa) 71 Central
6th Ramsey Bloy Cumberlands (Ky.) 62 East
7th Tanner Fischer Southern Oregon 49 West
8th Riley Williams Wayland Baptist (Texas) 34.5 South
9th Darius Lewis Lindenwood - Belleville (Ill.) 26.5 Midwest
10th Oscar Martinez Indiana Tech 26 Midwest
11th Alexander Reimers Concordia (Neb.) 21 North
12th Evan Hudson Oklahoma City 14 South
13th Eric Deluse Cumberlands (Ky.) 13.5 East
14th Jeremiah Gerl Hastings (Neb.) 13 North
15th Troy Mercer Lyon College 10 Midwest
16th Luis Rivera-Santiago Northwestern (Iowa) 8.5 North
Rank First Name Last Name School Total Points Group
1st Dean Broghammer Grand View (Iowa) 120 Central
2nd Taylor Kornoely Montana State-Northern 108 West
3rd Korey Walker Oklahoma City 96 South
4th Ceron Francisco Concordia (Neb.) 77 North
5th Demetrius Thomas Williams Baptist 63 Midwest
6th Jacob Laden Grand View (Iowa) 47 Central
7th Javier Gonzalez Menlo (Calif.) 44.5 West
8th Jacob Roza Life University 42.5 East
9th Fernando Herrera Bacone (Okla.) 34.5 South
T10th Stephen Wilbert Warner Pacific 25.5 West
T10th Austin Lobsinger Simpson (Calif.) 25.5 West
12th James Jones Midland (Neb.) 22 North
13th Bryson McGowan Oklahoma City 13.5 South
14th Scott Pitrowski Calumet (Ind.) 11 Midwest
15th Quandre Chisolm Cumberlands (Ky.) 10 East
16th Justin Smith Missouri Valley 9.5 Central