Blue Hawks ranked 11th in latest NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll

Blue Hawks ranked 11th in latest NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll

KANSAS CITY, MO. – The Dickinson State University Wrestling team has been ranked 11th in the fifth regular-season edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll. This ratings marks the final of the regular-season, with the next installment being the postseason edition following the national championships on March 9.

Gresh Jones is ranked 8th in the NAIA at 133 pounds, Seth Ehlang is ranked 5th at 149 pounds, Sean Elkins is ranked 6th at 157 pounds, Jon Solano is ranked 7th while Lane Oversen is ranked 12th at 184 pounds.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000-01)
• Fueled by 12 ranked grapplers, Grand View (Iowa) collected 196.5 points en route to its 42nd all-time No. 1 ranking, which is the most for any program dating back to the start of the 2000-01 season.
• The last time Grand View was not ranked No. 1 was on Oct. 17, 2012.
• Eleven of the 12 ranked Vikings fall in the top four of their respective weight classes, including top ranked Jacob Colon (133 pounds), Grant Henderson (165 pounds), Lawton Benna (174 pounds) and Dean Broghammer (285 pounds).
• Both Benna and Broghammer have been ranked No. 1 at their respective weight class in every poll this season. Benna is 12-0 on the year with six of those victories being pins. Broghammer, the defending national champion, has been equally as dominant with a 20-3 record.
• Victor Hughes of Baker (Kan.) at 149 pounds and Cam Tessari of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 157 pounds are the only other individuals to hold the No. 1 ranking through every poll so far this season. Hughes owns a 16-3 mark, including a title at the Missouri Valley Invitational, while Tessari is 32-1.
• Adrian Camposano of Campbellsville (Ky.) and Matthew Nguyen of Eastern Oregon, who are tied atop the 125-pound weight class, are the only new top-ranked wrestlers. Camposano is 13-1 on the season, including an 11-7 decision against then-No. 1 Da'Wayne Robertson of Grand View on Jan. 5. Nguyen is 22-6 on the year and is unbeaten against NAIA opponents in the 125-pound weight class.
• For the sixth-straight poll, Indiana Tech comes in at No. 2 with 62 points. The Warriors boast 11 ranked individuals, highlighted by second ranked Mitch Pawlak at 133 pounds.
• The remainder of the top five consists of No. 3 Menlo (Calif.) (60 points), No. 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) (56 points), and Lindsey Wilson (53 points) and Montana State-Northern (53 points), which are tied at the No. 5 spot.
No. 11 (tied) Dickinson State (N.D.) and No. 20 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) are the two newcomers to the poll this week. Both programs have five ranked wrestlers, respectively.
• All six qualifying groups have at least two programs represented in the Top 20, led by five programs each out the East and the West groups.
• 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.
• National qualifying events are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at six sites across the country. The top three finishers at each weight class, per qualifier automatically claim a spot in the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships. The remainder of the 240-wrestler field is made up of wildcards selected at both the qualifying group and national level.

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. 5 (February 8, 2017)

Rank

Previous Rank

School

Total Team Points

1

1

Grand View (Iowa)

196.5

2

2

Indiana Tech

62

3

6

Menlo (Calif.)

60

4

4

Campbellsville (Ky.)

56

T5

7

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

53

T5

3

Montana State-Northern

53

7

14

Cumberlands (Ky.)

52

8

5

Great Falls (Mont.)

49.5

9

T11

Life (Ga.)

42

10

T9

Southern Oregon

40.5

T11

T9

Williams Baptist (Ark.)

40

T11

RV

Dickinson State (N.D.)

40

T13

18

Cumberland (Tenn.)

39

T13

8

Oklahoma City

39

15

T11

Concordia (Neb.)

38

16

19

Missouri Valley

37

17

15

Midland (Neb.)

33

18

20

Northwestern (Iowa)

31.5

19

13

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

28

20

RV

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)

26.5


Dropped from the Top 20: Southeastern (Fla.) (No. 16); Morningside (Iowa) (No. 17) 

Others receiving votes: Warner Pacific (Ore.) 25; Hastings (Neb.) 24.5; Morningside (Iowa) 24; Eastern Oregon 24; Baker (Kan.) 23; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 22.5; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 20.5; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 18; Southeastern (Fla.) 18; York (Neb.) 15.5; Benedictine (Kan.) 12; Bacone (Okla.) 7; Doane (Neb.) 3; Graceland (Iowa) 3; Lyon (Ark.) 2; Missouri Baptist 2; Simpson (Calif.) 2; Calumet (Ind.) 1.5; Jamestown (N.D.) 1. 

Top Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 – Adrian Camposano, Campbellsville (Ky.) / Matthew Nguyen, Eastern Oregon
133 – Jacob Colon, Grand View (Iowa)
141 – Tyler Fraley, Williams Baptist (Ark.)
149 – Victor Hughes, Baker (Kan.)
157 – Cam Tessari, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
165 – Grant Henderson, Grand View (Iowa)
174 – Lawton Benna, Grand View (Iowa)
184 – Charles Sharon, Campbellsville (Ky.)
197 – Dalton Bailey, Life (Ga.)
285 – Dean Broghammer, Grand View (Iowa)