NAIA Wrestling Coaches? Postseason Top 20 Poll
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth-consecutive year, Grand View (Iowa) holds the No. 1 ranking in the postseason edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 poll, the national office announced Thursday. The Vikings, who earned 147.5 points, won their fourth-straight team title after having 9-of-12 qualifiers claim All-America honors, including two national champions.
Southern Oregon jumps back into the No. 2 spot with 109 points. The Raiders had six All-Americans, including four-time national champion Brock Gutches at 174 pounds and 197-pound title winner Charles Johnson.
Rounding out the top five are No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) with 104.5 points, No. 4 Great Falls (Mont.) with 87.5 points and No. 5 Oklahoma City with 71.0 points.
Seven of the 10 weight classes have new top-ranked grapplers: Davion Caston (133) of Campbellsville (Ky.), Jake Williams (149) of Cumberland (Tenn.), Joe Cozart (157) of Lindsey Wilson, Ricky McCarty (165) of Oklahoma City, Jose Cruz III (184) of Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), Gabi Musallam (285) of Missouri Valley and Johnson.
Additionally, two new teams joined the Top 20 in No. 18 Jamestown (N.D.) and No. 19 William Penn (Iowa). Both programs had one All-American at this year’s championships.
The poll was decided using the final individual and team results at the 2015 NAIA Wrestling National Championships, presented by Blue Chip Wrestling.
For the complete look at the 2014-15 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 28th all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 … The Vikings have held the top spot in 23-straight polls … Former member Lindenwood (Mo.) boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 39, while Notre Dame (Ohio) is third with 14 … Nine programs have appeared in the Top 20 for at least 20-consecutive polls, led by No. 6 Campbellsville’s (Ky.) and No. 4 Great Falls’ (Mont.) current run of 78-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 … No. 8 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 60-straight appearances (69).2014-15 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Postseason Poll (March 12)
|Rank||Previous Rank||School||Total Team Points|
|1||1||Grand View (Iowa)||147.5|
|3||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||104.5|
|4||3||Great Falls (Mont.)||87.5|
|11||11||Dickinson State (N.D.)||46.5|
|19||RV||William Penn (Iowa)||23.5|
Others receiving votes: Morningside (Iowa) 20; Williams Baptist (Ark.) 16.5; Benedictine (Kan.) 14.5; Ottawa (Kan.) 13; St. Andrews (N.C.) 13; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 12; Doane (Neb.) 10.5; York (Neb.) 9.5; Bethany (Kan.) 7.5; Missouri Baptist 5; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 3; Graceland (Iowa) 3; Hastings (Neb.) 3; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 2.5; Simpson (Calif.) 2; Bacone (Okla.) 1; Northwestern (Iowa) 1; Waldorf (Iowa) 1.
Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 – Ryak Finch, Grand View (Iowa)
133 – Davion Caston, Campbellsville (Ky.)
141 – Brandon Wright, Grand View (Iowa)
149 – Jake Williams, Cumberland (Tenn.)
157 – Joe Cozart, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
165 – Ricky McCarty, Oklahoma City
174 – Brock Gutches, Southern Oregon
184 – Jose Cruz III, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
197 – Charles Johnson, Southern Oregon
285 – Gabi Musallam, Missouri Valley