NAIA Wrestling Coaches? Top 20 Poll ? No. 2

NAIA Wrestling Coaches? Top 20 Poll ? No. 2
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 26th-straight installment, Grand View (Iowa) holds the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The third regular-season edition will be released on Dec. 30.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000-01)
• Fueled by 10 ranked wrestlers, four-time defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) claimed its 26th-consecutive No. 1 ranking with 136 points.
• Godwin Cutler, who ranks atop the 133-pound weight class, is the Vikings only top-ranked grappler. The junior from Pittsburgh, Pa., is 9-2 overall this season. Cutler’s two losses came against Markus Simmons and Earl Hall of NCAA Division I Iowa State.
• Five of Grand View’s 10 ranked wrestlers list among the top five in their respective weight class.
• No. 2 Indiana Tech and No. 3 Missouri Valley round out the top three for a second-consecutive week.
• No. 2 is the highest ranking in program history for Indiana Tech. The Warriors boast 10 ranked individuals, highlighted by No. 2 Travis Barroquillo (141 pounds) and No. 2 LJ Grayson (184 pounds). Barroquillo is a perfect 10-0 on the year, while Grayson owns a 8-1 mark.
• Cutler and Steele Escobedo (141 pounds) of Menlo (Calif.) are the only new top-ranked individuals. Escobedo ranked No. 2 last edition and is 3-0 on the year, including a 7-6 decision over NCAA Division I Colton Schilling of San Francisco State (Calif.).
• For the third-consecutive edition, Missouri Valley – Jake Ekster (149 pounds) and Gabi Musallam (285 pounds) and No. 5 Oklahoma City – Zach Skates (157 pounds) and Ricky McCarty (165 pounds) – are the only programs to boast multiple top-ranked grapplers. McCarty and Musallam are both defending national champions.
• No new teams joined the Top 20 this edition.
• 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. 2 (December 9)
Rank Previous Rank School Total Team Points
1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 136
2 2 Indiana Tech 107.5
3 3 Missouri Valley 105
4 5 Montana State-Northern 82
5 4 Oklahoma City 70.5
6 7 Life (Ga.) 67
7 6 Campbellsville (Ky.) 64.5
8 11 Simpson (Calif.) 50
9 T9 Concordia (Neb.) 48
10 14 Southern Oregon 43
11 T15 Doane (Neb.) 41
12 17 Menlo (Calif.) 40
13 8 Great Falls (Mont.) 38
14 T15 York (Neb.) 36.5
15 12 Midland (Neb.) 32.5
16 20 Cumberland (Tenn.) 29.5
17 T9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 27
18 19 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 24
19 13 Cumberlands (Ky.) 22
20 18 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 20

Dropped from the Top 20: None

Others receiving votes: Williams Baptist (Ark.) 18.5; Ottawa (Kan.) 17; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 16; Benedictine (Kan.) 14; Lyon (Ark.) 13; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 13; William Penn (Iowa) 12; Northwestern (Iowa) 10.5; Missouri Baptist 10; Baker (Kan.) 8; Morningside (Iowa) 7; Hastings (Neb.) 7; Davenport (Mich.) 7; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 6; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 5.5; Jamestown (N.D.) 4; Waldorf (Iowa) 2.5; St. Andrews (N.C.) 2.5; Bacone (Okla.) 1.5; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 1.

Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 – Devane Dodgens, Life (Ga.)
133 – Godwin Cutler, Grand View (Iowa)
141 – Steele Escobedo, Menlo (Calif.)
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

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63rd ANNUAL WRESTLING
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