NAIA Wrestling Coaches? Top 20 Poll ? No. 3

NAIA Wrestling Coaches? Top 20 Poll ? No. 3
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

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.

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.
• The postseason poll was determined using the individual and team results from the national championship
• For the complete Top 20 calendar, click here.

2016-17 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll – No. 3 (December 28, 2016)
Rank Previous Rank School Total Team Points
1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 208
2 2 Indiana Tech 74.5
3 3 Williams Baptist (Ark.) 68.5
4 4 Menlo (Calif.) 63.5
5 5 Montana State-Northern 63
6 6 Oklahoma City 60.5
7 7 Southern Oregon 55.5
8 9 Missouri Valley 48.5
T9 16 Great Falls (Mont.) 48
T9 RV Midland (Neb.) 48
T11 13 Concordia (Neb.) 43.5
T11 11 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 43.5
13 8 Campbellsville (Ky.) 42.5
14 12 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 40.5
15 15 Cumberlands (Ky.) 40
16 10 Life (Ga.) 36.5
17 18 Cumberland (Tenn.) 29
18 17 Morningside (Iowa) 27.5
19 19 Southeastern (Fla.) 23
20 RV York (Neb.) 22.5

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 | Individual Rankings
125 – Da’Wayne Robertson, Grand View (Iowa)
133 – Jacob Colon, Grand View (Iowa)
141 – Tyler Fraley, Williams Baptist
149 – Victor Hughes, Baker (Kan.)
157 – Cam Tessari, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
165 – Grant Henderson, Grand View (Iowa)
174 – Lawton Benna, Grand View (Iowa)
184 – Michael Pixley, Grand View (Iowa)
197 – Dalton Bailey, Life (Ga.)
285 – Dean Broghammer, Grand View (Iowa)

Championship Information

NAIA Wrestling Championship

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