KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Grand View (Iowa) retains the No. 1 ranking in the sixth edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings, who have occupied the top spot in every poll since Nov. 21, racked up 168 points. Southern Oregon held on to its No. 2 spot for the sixth-straight poll with 118 points, while Great Falls (Mont.) checks in at No. 3 with 93 points for the fifth-consecutive edition. No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) rounds out the top five with 90.5 and 85 points.
Fueled by a duo of top-ranked wrestlers - Gustavo Martinez (141 pounds) and Derek Nightser (197 pounds) - and 10 others scattered throughout the ranks, Grand View improved to 10-0 in dual matches with a 26-12 victory over then-No. 7 Missouri Valley on Jan. 31. The victory extended the Viking's duals winning streak to 25-straight with their last loss coming on Jan. 16, 2011 against former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.). Grand View wraps up its regular-season on Thursday in a dual against Waldorf (Iowa).
For the sixth-straight week, Southern Oregon boasts the most top-ranked individuals with three - Mitchell Lofstedt (125 pounds), Prescott Gardner (133 pounds and Brock Gutches (174 pounds). Lofstedt, who has now been ranked No. 1 in 16-straight polls, enters the week with a 27-1 overall record, including a 10-0 mark against NAIA opponents. Gardner and Gutches have been similarly dominant with 20-5 (10-0 NAIA) and 16-3 (8-1 NAIA) records, respectively.
Missouri Valley, propelled by 10 ranked wrestlers, made the biggest improvement this week, leaping three places from No. 10 to No. 7. Conversely, Cumberlands (Ky.) suffered the largest fall in the poll from No. 15 to No. 19.
No new teams joined the poll this week.
Grand View's Martinez is the only new top-ranked individual this week. Martinez has won six-straight matches, including two wins against opponents currently ranked amongst the top 16 in the 141-pound weight class. He replaces Great Falls' Myles Mazurkiewicz, who had previously held the No. 1 position for five-consecutive polls.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the four Qualifying Groups. Qualifying Group tournaments, which decide the automatic qualifiers to the 2013 NAIA Wrestling National Championships on March 1-2 in Des Moines, Iowa, will be contests on Feb. 16.
For a complete look at the 2012-13 NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll calendar, click here. The final poll will be announced on Feb. 20.
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 11th 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 61-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 (53) ... Southern Oregon's Mitchell Lofstedt has been ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds for 16-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 seven polls this season ... 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. 6 (Feb. 6)
|Rank||Prvs.||School||Total Team Points|
|1||1||Grand View (Iowa)||168|
|3||3||Great Falls (Mont.)||93|
|4||5||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||90.5|
|8||8||Dickinson State (N.D.)||60|
|16||18||William Penn (Iowa)||28.5|
|17||17||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||26|
Others receiving votes: Bethany (Kan.) 13.5; Hastings (Neb.) 12; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 7; Simpson (Calif.) 5.5; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 5; Life (Ga.) 4.5; Waldorf (Iowa) 4.5; Benedictine (Kan.) 4; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 3.5; St. Andrews (N.C.) 3; York (Neb.) 3; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 2.5; Calumet (Ind.) 2; Northwestern (Iowa) 2.
Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings - PDF
125 – Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon
133 – Prescott Gardner, Southern Oregon
141 – Gustavo Martinez, Grand View (Iowa)
149 – Mike Vasser, 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.)