NAIA Team & Individual Rankings – January 9, 2013

By Alan Grosbach,
Manager of Communications and Sports Information

naia-280KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth-consecutive week and ninth time in the last 10 polls, Grand View (Iowa) obtained the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll., the NAIA announced Wednesday. The Vikings totaled 150 points in the fourth edition of the poll with 12 ranked wrestlers, including one top-ranked individual in their respective weight class.

Grand View most recently improved to 4-0 in dual matches this season with a 23-13 win over then-No. 9 Morningside (Iowa) on Jan. 5. The Vikings took the first four matches, only to see Morningside storm back with four-straight victories of their own. However, the match would go the way of Grand View when Tanner Werner upended Alex Rust, 8-6, at 133 pounds. The Viking’s second-ranked Gustavo Martinez wrapped up the event with a 6-3 decision over Garrett Lambrecht at 141 pounds.

In addition to Grand View’s run at No. 1, three of the remaining top five hold strong for the third-straight poll. No. 2 Southern Oregon, who boasts 11 ranked individuals, including a poll-high four top-ranked grapplers, remains second with 126 points, while Great Falls (Mont.) is third with 92 points and No. 4 Montana State-Northern rounds out the trio with 87.5 points. Great Falls is tied with Grand View with a poll-best 12 ranked individuals. No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) climbs one spot from the last rating with 83.5 points to round out the top five.

All ten weight classes retained its top-ranked wrestler. Southern Oregon’s Mitchell Lofstedt (125 pounds) – now ranked for 14-straight polls -, Jimmy Eggemeyer (149 pounds) and Brock Gutches (174 pounds), along with Ethan Hinebauch of Montana State-Northern take their fifth No. 1 ranking of the season, including the preseason poll. Myles Mazurkiewicz of Great Falls (141 pounds), Brian Block of Morningside (184 pounds) and Derek Nightser of Grand View (197 pounds) have earned top mention in four-straight polls.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the four Qualifying Groups.

Notes: (all information dates back to 2000-01 season) There have been 21 teams represented through five polls this season (includes preseason poll) … Grand View’s (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its ninth 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. 5 Campbellsville’s (Ky.) current run of 59-straight polls … No. 4 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (50) … Southern Oregon’s Mitchell Lofstedt has been ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds for 14-straight polls … Lofstedt (125 pounds), Jimmy Eggemeyer (149 pounds) of Southern Oregon, 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 five polls this season … No. 20 Waldorf (Iowa) is 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).

1Grand View (Iowa)1502
2Southern Oregon1262
3Great Falls (Mont.)923
4Montana State-Northern87.56
5Campbellsville (Ky.)83.58
6Oklahoma City72.59
7Morningside (Iowa)71.511
8Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)7011
9Dickinson State (N.D.)64.513
10Missouri Valley636
11Cumberlands (Ky.)4913
12Baker (Kan.)48.513
13Missouri Baptist University39.513
14Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)3618
15Menlo (Calif.)33.515
16Indiana Tech3113
17Midland (Neb.)3013
18Cumberland (Tenn.)20.518
19York (Neb.)2018
20 (tie)Waldorf (Iowa)14.520
20 (tie)Bacone (Okla.)14.520

Others receiving votes:
Northwestern (Iowa) 10.5
Hannibal-LaGrange (MO) 8.5
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 8
Life University 8
Hastings (Neb.) 4.5
Jamestown (N.D.) 3.5
William Penn (Iowa) 3
Central Baptist (Ark.) 2
Brewton-Parker (GA) 1.5

Individual Rankings

RankWrestlerSchoolTotal PointsPrevious
125 pounds
1Mitchell LofstedtSouthern Oregon801
2Kory KistnerMorningside (Iowa)72NR
3Bryden LazaroDickinson State (N.D.)642
4Deteoreious PraytherMissouri Baptist484
5Aaron La FargeMontana State-Northern43NR
6Gabriel RomanMissouri Baptist396
7Sean SilvaEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)353
8Kidd GomezOklahoma City26.57
9Luke SchlosserGreat Falls (Mont.)26NR
10Alex PeitzGrand View (Iowa)148
10Justin BrooksIndiana Tech1414
12Andrew TillmanCumberlands (Ky.)10.515
13Bo BettinsonWaldorf (Iowa)1010
14Ryan StearnsMissouri Valley8.59
15Oscar MarinYork (Neb.)513
16Edgar PaezMenlo (Calif.)312
133 pounds
1Prescott GardnerSouthern Oregon801
2Angel GarciaMenlo (Calif.)672
3Luis BaltazarSouthern Oregon523
3Brian BitneyMissouri Valley524
5Richard RiosDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)467
5Travis BarroquilloIndiana Tech465
7Cameron NeissMontana State-Northern396
8Tyler AlsipCampbellsville (Ky.)348
9Chris PadillaMissouri Baptist1710
10Dennis WelchMissouri Valley16.59
11Jacob McCombsLindsey Wilson (Ky.)12.511
12Joao VicenteWilliam Penn (Iowa)11.5NR
13Jerry Mayo IIINorthwestern (Iowa)1113
14Jared WilmertMidland (Neb.)7.5NR
15Luke ZeigerGreat Falls (Mont.)6.514
16Nathan RyanMorningside (Iowa)2.515
141 pounds
1Myles MazurkiewiczGreat Falls (Mont.)801
2Gustavo MartinezGrand View (Iowa)722
3Wismit MoiniusLindsey Wilson (Ky.)643
4Kevin OlsonMorningside (Iowa)514
5Jake WilliamsCumberland (Tenn.)436
6Ryan MartinGreat Falls (Mont.)397
7Josh LopezYork (Neb.)31.55
8Brandon WestermanCampbellsville (Ky.)318
9Hunter AzureMontana State-Northern2010
10Joel OlivasBaker (Kan.)17.59
11Dillon KiferJamestown (N.D.)13.511
12Dillan SchouwLife (Ga.)11.512
13Gustavo LopezMenlo (Calif.)1013
14Drew PartainBacone (Okla.)813
15Esmond FordMissouri Baptist6.516
16Garret LambrechtMorningside (Iowa)4.515
149 pounds
1Jimmy EggemeyerSouthern Oregon801
2Isaiah TatumGrand View (Iowa)722
3Anthonie LinaresCumberlands (Ky.)643
4Brad SteeleDickinson State (N.D.)524
5Mike VassarGreat Falls (Mont.)446
6Jake EksterMissouri Valley425
7Chris TeagueCampbellsville (Ky.)30.514
8Nick HaugenBaker (Kan.)289
9Cody GreenMidland (Neb.)1910
10Steven SandeferCumberland (Tenn.)168
10Josh StewartOklahoma City1612
12Nicholas ClarkeYork (Neb.)1212
13kyle terryCampbellsville (Ky.)10.511
14Henry ReyesCentral Baptist (Ark.)5.516
15Jeremiah LutzBrewton-Parker (Ga.)3.515
15Connor BlancoHastings (Neb.)3.5NR
157 pounds
1Conor YoungCampbellsville (Ky.)801
2Ryan LeonardGreat Falls (Mont.)722
3Mark MeyerOklahoma City604
4Trever DevesternDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)516
5Quinten HaynesGrand View (Iowa)44NR
6Chad LowmanGrand View (Iowa)375
7James BennettIndiana Tech33.57
8Kyle GerlachDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)24NR
9Javier ArellanoCumberlands (Ky.)21.510
10Sterling TerryMidland (Neb.)203
11Dalton UrrutiaSouthern Oregon198
12shawn mcgheeCampbellsville (Ky.)10.511
13Tyler McMichaelMidland (Neb.)9NR
14Nico MartinezMissouri Valley89
15Arnol ArroligaBacone (Okla.)5.513
16Oliver BrukardtLife (Ga.)3.516
165 pounds
1Ethan HinebauchMontana State-Northern801
2Jimmie SchuesslerGrand View (Iowa)722
3Zach SkatesOklahoma City613
4Dallas HouchinsGrand View (Iowa)464
5Eric LopezMenlo (Calif.)4311
6Zachary BarkettCumberlands (Ky.)416
7Zach FishmanNorthwestern (Iowa)33.58
8Bryce AlexandarHannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)297
9Shawn LauGreat Falls (Mont.)24.59
10Nathan SommerBaker (Kan.)1510
11James HaywoodLindsey Wilson (Ky.)148
12Gian TraversoMissouri Valley10.511
13Derek MestrovichSouthern Oregon105
13Chad MoreheadMorningside (Iowa)1013
15Cadyn McKeethLindsey Wilson (Ky.)714
16Steadman WangHastings (Neb.)415
174 pounds
1Brock GutchesSouthern Oregon801
2Max PayneMontana State-Northern703
3Jameel BryantLindsey Wilson (Ky.)613
4Thomas MomanGrand View (Iowa)574
5Anthony PikeWaldorf (Iowa)445
6Parker OwenBaker (Kan.)316
7michael johnsonCampbellsville (Ky.)29.5NR
8Tanner MartinIndiana Tech24.52
9Cody SwimGrand View (Iowa)237
10Tyler SarringarDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)17.59
11Teagan FrancoOklahoma City1615
12Eziekiel HuntCumberland (Tenn.)1411
13Taylor VaughnGreat Falls (Mont.)1310
14Rulin PedersonMorningside (Iowa)9.513
15Nathan DownsHannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)712
16Connor HoveyMidland (Neb.)3NR
16Brock PicardGreat Falls (Mont.)314
184 pounds
1Brian BlockMorningside (Iowa)801
2Kody ReedMontana State-Northern702
3Joseph StephensLindsey Wilson (Ky.)63NR
4Jesse HellingerDickinson State (N.D.)484
5Mitchell EichenauerOklahoma City43.55
6Josh AshbrookCampbellsville (Ky.)386
7Chris BerryBacone (Okla.)28.57
8Weston KeleherMissouri Baptist25.58
9Adam WolfeGreat Falls (Mont.)249
10Trey HicksLife (Ga.)19.510
11Christian MaysGrand View (Iowa)17.5NR
12Jacob AbramsSouthern Oregon1313
13Jeremy GardnerCumberlands (Ky.)9.5NR
14Cody SivertsenOklahoma City817
15Cody LintonCumberland (Tenn.)6.511
16Tyler ThomasSouthern Oregon5.516
197 pounds
1Derek NightserGrand View (Iowa)801
2Allen ScruggsCampbellsville (Ky.)722
3Kolton KerstenMidland (Neb.)643
4Charles JohnsonSouthern Oregon524
5Josh ManuMissouri Valley465
6Mike BrownOklahoma City386
7Fred ByarsCumberlands (Ky.)367
8Toby CheffMontana State-Northern288
9Kevin KeislerDickinson State (N.D.)16.510
10Jacob BradfordLindsey Wilson (Ky.)1612
11Robert ShadrachBaker (Kan.)15.511
12Bradlee CarlsYork (Neb.)12NR
13Courtney FreemanCumberlands (Ky.)7.514
14Grant HarrillHastings (Neb.)6.515
15Dylan LemeryGreat Falls (Mont.)516
16Andrew AnthoferMorningside (Iowa)4.513
285 pounds
1Brandon GebhardtBaker (Kan.)801
2Jose LopezDickinson State (N.D.)70NR
3Eric ThompsonGrand View (Iowa)562
4Tyler KacmarynskiMorningside (Iowa)555
5Sears TiernanGreat Falls (Mont.)533
6Daniel MuellerMissouri Valley394
7Theodore FurnishLindsey Wilson (Ky.)316
8Bubba OwensSouthern Oregon247
9Ray JohnsonYork (Neb.)20.510
10Gabi MusallamMissouri Valley19.58
11Julius AnglikasMissouri Baptist169
12Ceser PonceBacone (Okla.)1212
13Michael PezzutoCumberlands (Ky.)9.5NR
14Stanley LattimoreOklahoma City715
15Jonathan HuppLindsey Wilson (Ky.)511
16Austin LobsingerSimpson (Calif.)3.513