NAIA Wrestling Coaches? Top 20 Poll ? No. 1

NAIA Wrestling Coaches? Top 20 Poll ? No. 1
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 25th-consecutive edition, Grand View (Iowa) locks down the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The second regular-season installment will be released on Dec. 9.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000-01)
• Four-time defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) earned its 25th-straight No. 1 ranking with 131 points. Jacob Colon at 133 pounds, who ranked No. 2 in the preseason edition, is the Vikings lone ranked grappler.
• Six of Grand View’s 12 ranked wrestlers list among the top five in their respective weight class.
• The Vikings own 30 all-time No. 1 rankings, which is second to former member Lindenwood’s (Mo.) 39 dating back to 2000-01.
• Devane Dodgens of Life (Ga.) (125 pounds), Simpson’s (Calif.) Brady Beamon (184 pounds) and Colon are the only new top-ranked individuals. Beamon and Colon were ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll, while Dodgens was No. 3.
• No. 2 Indiana Tech garners its highest ranking in program history. The Warriors have 10 wrestlers listed among the top 16, highlighted by No. 1 LJ Grayson (184 pounds). Grayson is 6-0 on the season and won the individual 184-pound title at the Patriot Open on Oct. 31 with a 10-5 decision of Lindsey Wilson’s Corey Hinkle.
• For a second-straight poll, No. 3 Missouri Valley – Jake Ekster (149 pounds) and Gabi Musallam (285 pounds) and No. 4 Oklahoma City – Zach Skates (157 pounds) and Ricky McCarty (165 pounds) – boast multiple top-ranked grapplers. McCarty and Musallam are both defending national champions
• No. 19 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) is the lone newcomer to the Top 20. The Eagles, which were last ranked No. 15 in the 2015 postseason poll on March 12, boast five ranked individuals.
• Twenty-six different programs were ranked last season.
• Since 2001, only Grand View (2013-14, 2014-15), former member Notre Dame (Ohio) (2010-11) and Lindenwood (2006-07) have spent the entire season ranked No. 1.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the six national qualifying groups.
• One day prior to the national poll, each qualifying group rater submits the top six individuals from each weight class in his geographic area into the system. Only wrestlers listed on a qualifying group ballot are considered for the national ballot.
• The top 16 individuals in each weight class is based on how each voter ranks the best individuals. An individual receives 20 points for each first place vote, 18 for second place and so on through the list. This same point system is used to determine the team ranking.
• For the complete Top 20 calendar, click here.

2015-16 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll – No. 1 (November 18)
Rank Previous Rank School Total Team Points
1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 131
2 3 Indiana Tech 91
3 4 Missouri Valley 88.5
4 2 Oklahoma City 80.5
5 5 Montana State-Northern 75
6 7 Campbellsville (Ky.) 64.5
7 10 Life (Ga.) 56.5
8 16 Great Falls (Mont.) 54.5
T9 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 53
T9 8 Concordia (Neb.) 53
11 9 Simpson (Calif.) 46.5
12 12 Midland (Neb.) 40
13 T14 Cumberlands (Ky.) 38
14 13 Southern Oregon 37
T15 18 Doane (Neb.) 35.5
T15 11 York (Neb.) 35.5
17 17 Menlo (Calif.) 34
18 19 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 27
19 RV Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 24
20 20 Cumberland (Tenn.) 22

Dropped from the Top 20: Dickinson State (N.D.) (No. 15)

Others receiving votes: Ottawa (Kan.) 21; Benedictine (Kan.) 20; William Penn (Iowa) 16.5; Williams Baptist (Ark.) 15; Missouri Baptist 13; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 13; Morningside (Iowa) 12.5; Northwestern (Iowa)11; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 8.5; Lyon (Ark.) 6; Graceland (Iowa) 5.5; Hastings (Neb.) 5.5; Baker (Kan.) 4.5; Jamestown (N.D.) 4; Bacone (Okla.) 4; Davenport (Mich.) 4; St. Catharine (Ky.) 3; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 2.5; St. Andrews (N.C.) 2; Southeastern (Fla.) 1.5.

Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 – Devane Dodgens, Life (Ga.)
133 – Jacob Colon, Grand View (Iowa)
141 – Daniel Leonard, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
149 – Jake Ekster, Missouri Valley
157 – Zach Skates, Oklahoma City
165 – Ricky McCarty, Oklahoma City
174 – Tyler McMichael, Midland (Neb.)
184 – Brady Beamon, Simpson (Calif.)
197 – Garrett DeMers, Montana State-Northern
285 – Gabi Musallam, Missouri Valley

Championship Information

NAIA Wrestling Championship

63rd ANNUAL WRESTLING
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 6-7, 2020
Hartman Arena
Park City, Kan.