Blue Hawks Picked Fifth in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll

Blue Hawks Picked Fifth in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Dickinson State University Wrestling team has been picked fifth in the preseason edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

The Blue Hawks finished 8th in the NAIA last season and return four All-Americans. DSU also returns six national qualifiers.

Dickinson State has gone to wrestling second semester only and open their 2017 season on January 3rd when they take on Dakota Wesleyan in Sturgis, SD.

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' Preseason Top 20 Poll (October 18, 2016)

Rank

Previous Rank

School

Total Team Points

1

1

Grand View (Iowa)

142.5

2

3

Indiana Tech

74.5

3

13

Oklahoma City

69

4

2

Montana State-Northern

68

T5

T8

Dickinson State (N.D.)

67

T5

15

Williams Baptist (Ark.)

67

7

10

Southern Oregon

64

8

T8

Concordia (Neb.)

63.5

9

14

Life (Ga.)

51

10

12

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

49.5

11

17

Midland (Neb.)

49

12

19

Menlo (Calif.)

47.5

13

4

Missouri Valley

46

14

11

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

42.5

15

T6

Baker (Kan.)

39.5

16

5

Campbellsville (Ky.)

36

17

RV

Cumberland (Tenn.)

30

18

RV

Briar Cliff (Iowa)

26

19

16

York (Neb.)

25.5

20

RV

Simpson (Calif.)

25


Dropped from the Top 20: Doane (Neb.) (No. 6); Warner Pacific (Ore.) (No. 18); Ottawa (Kan.) (No. 20); Northwestern (Iowa) (No. 20) 

Others receiving votes: Morningside (Iowa) 24.5; Lyon (Ark.) 20.5; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 20; Cumberlands (Ky.) 20; Doane (Neb.) 19; Northwestern (Iowa) 15; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 14; Great Falls (Mont.) 13.5; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 12; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 5.5; William Penn (Iowa) 4.5; Hastings (Neb.) 4; Graceland (Iowa) 3; Calumet (Ind.) 2.5; Eastern Oregon 2; Bethany (Kan.) 1.5; Ottawa (Kan.) 1.5; Southeastern (Fla.) 1.5; Jamestown (N.D.) 1. 

Top Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 – Mitch Pawlak, Indiana Tech
133 – Kodie Cole, Concordia (Neb.)
141 – Matt Weber, Montana State-Northern
149 – Victor Hughes, Baker (Kan.)
157 – Cam Tessari, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
165 – Grand Henderson, Grand View (Iowa)
174 – Lawton Benna, Grand View (Iowa)
184 – Jon Solano, Dickinson State (N.D.)
197 – Dalton Bailey, Life (Ga.)
285 – Dean Broghammer, Grand View (Iowa)