By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) extended its stay at No. 1 to 10-straight, as the Vikings claim the top spot in the first regular-season edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. Grand View had a poll-best 12 individuals en route to 149.5 points. Gustavo Martinez (141), Isaiah Tatum (149) and Eric Thompson (285), who are all at the top of their respective class for the second-straight edition, headline the group as Grand View’s No. 1 ranked individuals.
Grand View owns a 1-1 record in duals this season, including a win against NCAA Division I Drexel, 22-20, on Nov. 7. The Vikings lone loss came against NCAA Division I Iowa State, 22-18, on Nov. 7. Jimmie Schuessler, who won the 165-pound national title last season, highlighted the match against Iowa State with a 6-4 win against the Cyclones then-No. 9 Tanner Weatherman at 174 pounds.
Checking in at No. 2 for the second-straight poll is Montana State-Northern with 117.5 points. The Lights boast 10 ranked wrestlers, including six individuals that rank among the top five of their weight class.
Rounding out the remainder of the top 5 is Missouri Valley with 86.5 points, Campbellsville (Ky.) with 85.5 points and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) with 73 points. Missouri Valley and Campbellsville both have 11 ranked wrestlers in the poll, while Lindsey Wilson lists six individuals, including two No. 1 wrestlers – Joe Cozart (157) and Jameel Bryant (184).
Cumberland (Tenn.) made the largest improvement within the Top 20 this week, jumping three spots to No. 12, while former-No. 10 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) fell eight spots, landing at No. 18.
No. 18 Oklahoma City, who is returning to the poll after a one edition hiatus, is the lone newcomer.
Campbellsville’s Tyler Alsip at 133 pounds and Charles Johnson of Southern Oregon at 197 pounds are the only new top-ranked individuals this week.
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 second regular-season poll will be announced Dec. 11.
Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View’s (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 15th all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 … The Vikings have held the top spot in 10-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. 6 Great Falls’ (Mont.) current run of 65-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 … No. 2 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (56) … 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. 1 (Nov. 20)
|Rank||Previous Rank||School||Total Team Points|
|1||1||Grand View (Iowa)||149.5|
|5||5||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||73|
|6||6||Great Falls (Mont.)||67|
|15||T15||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||30.5|
|16||T17||Dickinson State (N.D.)||29|
|T18||10||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||23|
Others receiving votes: Morningside (Iowa) 22; Cumberlands (Ky.) 17.5; Concordia (Neb.) 16; Life (Ga.) 16; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 15; William Penn (Iowa) 13; Calumet (Ind.) 11.5; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 9.5; Benedictine (Kan.) 4; Waldorf (Iowa) 4; Hastings (Neb.) 2.5; Jamestown (N.D.) 2; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 2.
Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 – Aaron LaFarge, Montana State-Northern
133 – Tyler Alsip, Campbellsville (Ky.)
141 – Gustavo Martinez, Grand View (Iowa)
149 – Isaiah Tatum, Grand View (Iowa)
157 – Joe Cozart, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
165 – Eric Lopez, Menlo (Calif.)
174 – Brock Gutches, Southern Oregon
184 – Jameel Bryant, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
197 – Charles Johnson, Southern Oregon
HWT – Eric Thompson, Grand View (Iowa)