KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Behind the strength of 12 ranked wrestlers, Grand View (Iowa) holds the top spot for the fifth-straight week in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings racked up 161 points in the fifth regular-season edition of the poll.
Grand View is 9-0 in duals this season, including six victories against teams currently ranked in the Top 20. The Vikings, who have won 24-straight duals, last lost in a dual match on Jan. 16, 2011 against former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.).
Similarly to Grand View, the Nos. 2 - 4 ranked teams stay consistent for the fourth-straight poll. No. 2 Southern Oregon checks in at No. 2 with 116.5 points and 10 ranked wrestlers, including a poll-high three top-ranked individuals. No. 3 Great Falls (Mont.) and No. 4 Montana State-Northern round out the trio with 99.5 and 92.5 points.
No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) joins the top five for the first time since the 2011-12 postseason edition with 88 points. The Blue Raiders, who had three wrestlers finish second at the Cumberland (Tenn.) Open on Jan. 19, boast 10 ranked individuals, highlighted by second-ranked Joseph Stephens at 184 pounds.
No. 11 Cumberland made the biggest improvement this week, vaulting seven places after having three individuals claim titles at the Cumberland Open. Additionally, the Bulldogs have won five-straight duals, including a 23-16 victory over No. 15 Cumberlands (Ky.) on Tuesday.
No. 18 William Penn (Iowa) and No. 20 Jamestown (N.D.) are this week's newcomers. Both squads were last ranked on March 9, 2012. Bacone (Okla.) (No. 20) and Waldorf (Iowa) (No. 20) fell from the rankings.
Two weight classes, 149 and 184 pounds, have a new No. 1 wrestler. Taking over at 149 pounds is Great Falls' Mike Vassar. The junior has won 12 of his last 13 bouts, including three-straight victories against then-ranked opponents. Montana State-Northern's Kody Reed, who is 21-2 overall this season and 8-0 against NAIA competition, took over at No. 1 in the 184-pound class. Reed is currently riding a seven-match winning streak.
Southern Oregon's Mitchell Lofstedt (125 pounds) extends his streak at No. 1 to 15-straight polls, while Brock Gutches (174 pounds) of Southern Oregon and Ethan Hinebauch (165 pounds) of Montana State-Northern receive their sixth-consecutive No. 1 ranking of the season, including the preseason poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the four Qualifying Groups.
For a complete look at the 2012-13 NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll calendar, click here. The next regular-season poll will be announced on Feb. 6.
Notes: (all information dates back to 2000-01 season) There have been 24 teams represented through six polls this season (includes preseason poll) ... Grand View's (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 10th all-time, which ranks third since 2000-01 ... Former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.) boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 39, while former NAIA member Notre Dame (Ohio) is second with 14 ... Nine programs have appeared in the top 20 for at least 20-consecutive editions, led by No. 3 Great Falls' (Mont.) and No. 6 Campbellsville's (Ky.) current run of 60-straight polls, dating back to the 2005-06 season ... No. 4 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (52) ... Southern Oregon's Mitchell Lofstedt has been ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds for 15-straight polls ... Lofstedt (125 pounds), Brock Gutches (174 pounds) of Southern Oregon and Montana State-Northern's Ethan Hinebauch (165 pounds) have been ranked atop their respective weight class in all six polls this season ... No. 18 William Penn (Iowa) and No. 20 Jamestown (N.D.) are making its first Top 20 appearance since March 9, 2012 ... Notre Dame and Lindenwood are the only programs that have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Notre Dame: 2010-11; Lindenwood: 2006-07).2012-13 NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll - No. 5 (Jan. 23)
|Rank||Prvs.||School||Total Team Points|
|1||1||Grand View (Iowa)||161|
|3||3||Great Falls (Mont.)||99.5|
|5||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||88|
|8||9||Dickinson State (N.D.)||63.5|
|17||14||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||26.5|
|18||RV||William Penn (Iowa)||24.5|
Others receiving votes: Hastings (Neb.) 13.5; York (Neb.) 10.5; Simpson (Calif.) 9; Northwestern (Iowa) 6; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 5; Benedictine (Kan.) 4.5; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 4; Life (Ga.) 3.5; Bacone (Okla.) 3; Waldorf (Iowa) 3; Calumet (Ind.) 2.
Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings - PDF
125 – Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon
133 – Prescott Gardner, Southern Oregon
141 – Myles Mazurkiewicz, Great Falls (Mont.)
149 – Mike Vassar, Great Falls (Mont.)
157 – Connor Young, Campbellsville (Ky.)
165 – Ethan Hinebauch, Montana State-Northern
174 – Brock Gutches, Southern Oregon
184 – Kody Reed, Montana State-Northern
197 – Derek Nightser, Grand View (Iowa)
HWT – Brandon Gebhardt, Baker (Kan.)