College Wrestling Rankings

NAIA Preseason Wrestling Rankings – October 22, 2014

NAIA Wrestling

By Alan Grosbach
Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three-time defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) garners the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Vikings received 154.5 points en route to their 17th-consecutive top billing.

Grand View boasts a poll-best 11 ranked wrestlers, including three top-ranked individuals – Ryak Finch (125 pounds), Brandon Wright (141 pounds) and Christian Mays (184 pounds). Finch and Wright both enter the 2014-15 season looking to defend their 2014 national titles. Mays earned All-America status with a fifth-place finish at the 2014 NAIA Wrestling National Championships.

Perennial powerhouse Southern Oregon checks in at No. 2 with 101.5 points. The Raiders boast nine ranked individuals, highlighted by three-time defending national champion Brock Gutches at 174 pounds. Gutches, who was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at last year’s national championships, will represent the NAIA at the 2014 NWCA All-Star Classic’s main event on Nov. 1. He will take on two-time NCAA Division I All-American Robert Kokesh of Nebraska. The appearance by Gutches is a first for NAIA wrestling in 10 years.

No. 3 Great Falls (Mont.) with 86 points, No. 4 Missouri Valley with 71.5 points and No. 5 Montana State-Northern with 69 points. Of the trio, Missouri Valley showcases two top-ranked individuals – Jake Ekster (149 pounds) and Gabi Musallam (285 pounds) – while Montana-State Northern has one – Ethan Hinebauch (165 pounds). Great Falls is the only team in the top five to not have a No. 1 individual.

Bryce Shoemaker (133 pounds) of Baker (Kan.), Joe Cozart (157 pounds) of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Stephen Loosbrook (197 pounds) of Benedictine (Kan.) are the only No. 1 individuals not associated with a top-five program. Shoemaker and Cozart both won their first national title last season, while Loosbrook finished runner-up to Jesse Hellinger of Dickinson State (N.D.).

With seven returning All-Americans, the 157-pound weight class is the most decorated of the ten levels.

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

For the complete look at the 2014-15 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll calendar, click here. The first regular-season poll will be announced No. 19.

Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View’s (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 22nd all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 … The Vikings have held the top spot in 17-straight polls … Former member Lindenwood (Mo.) boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 39, while Notre Dame is third with 14 … Nine programs have appeared in the Top 20 for at least 20-consecutive polls, led by No. 6 Campbellsville’s (Ky.) and No. 3 Great Falls’ (Mont.) current run of 72-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 … No. 4 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (63) … Grand View (2013-14), Notre Dame (2010-11) and Lindenwood (2006-07) are the only programs to spend an entire season ranked No. 1.

Team Rankings

RankSchoolTotal Team PointsGroup
1Grand View (Iowa)154.5Central
2Southern Oregon101.5West
3Great Falls (Mont.)86West
4Missouri Valley71.5Central
5Montana State-Northern69West
6Campbellsville (Ky.)68.5East
7Midland (Neb.)57.5North
8Indiana Tech53East
9Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)51.5East
10Menlo (Calif.)45.5West
11Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)43.5West
12Oklahoma City41.5Central
13William Penn (Iowa)38.5North
14Life University36East
15Concordia (Neb.)35.5North
16Baker (Kan.)30.5Central
T17Simpson (Calif.)30West
T17York (Neb.)30North
T19Benedictine College28Central
T19Morningside (Iowa)28North
Others Receiving Votes: Bethany 20, Cumberland U. 20, Wayland Baptist 20, Dakota Wesleyan 16, Northwestern (Iowa) 15.5, Brewton-Parker 13.5, Briar Cliff 10.5, Missouri Baptist 9.5, Hastings 8, St. Andrews 8, Hannibal-LaGrange 7, Waldorf 6.5, Bacone 5.5, Jamestown 4.5, Truett-McConnell 3, Doane 1.5

Individual Rankings

1Ryak FinchGrand View (Iowa)80Central
2Josh HeinzerMidland (Neb.)72North
3Aaron LaFargeOklahoma City58Central
4Aspen KmiecMidland (Neb.)51North
5Cody SteinerCampbellsville (Ky.)49East
6Kristopher McKinleyIndiana Tech36East
7Sage OrnelasEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)30.5West
8Troy LakinMenlo (Calif.)28.5West
9Dennis WelchMissouri Valley23.5Central
10Mason SausedaSimpson (Calif.)17.5West
11Luke SchlosserGreat Falls (Mont.)13.5West
12Bo BettinsonWaldorf (Iowa)12North
13Kyle RobisonBriar Cliff (Iowa)10.5North
14Sean DolanBaker (Kan.)9Central
15Quintni NoelLife (Ga.)7East
16Kevin BonillaMissouri Valley3Central
1Bryce ShoemakerBaker (Kan.)80Central
2Scottie BondsWilliam Penn (Iowa)70North
3Michael RuizGreat Falls (Mont.)66West
4Mitch PawlakIndiana Tech48East
5Davion CastonCampbellsville (Ky.)45East
6Jacob ColonGrand View (Iowa)43Central
7Emilio RiveraConcordia (Neb.)36North
8Eric FranklinConcordia (Neb.)25North
9Jonathan GaySouthern Oregon16.5West
10Brenton BeardMontana State-Northern16West
11Andrew PorrasWayland Baptist (Texas)14Central
12Aaron HaneMissouri Baptist University13Central
13Ryan StearnsMissouri Valley11.5Central
14Brett YarbroughIndiana Tech7East
15Richard OrtizNorthwestern (Iowa)6North
16Joshua SheltonTruett-McConnell (Ga.)3.5East
1Brandon WrightGrand View (Iowa)80Central
2Kyle WilsonGreat Falls (Mont.)72West
3Travis BarroquilloIndiana Tech61East
4A.J. VallesSimpson (Calif.)55West
5Chris HartWayland Baptist (Texas)48Central
6Jerry Mayo IiiNorthwestern (Iowa)35North
7Alec ChanthapathethHastings (Neb.)27.5North
8Walker MarshallGrand View (Iowa)26.5Central
9Steele EscobedoMenlo (Calif.)22.5West
10Jeremiah LutzBrewton-Parker (GA)22East
11Bradley WatsonWilliam Penn (Iowa)14North
12Sam ConnersCampbellsville (Ky.)11East
13Colt RogersBethany (Kan.)10.5Central
14Andrew BurrEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)8.5West
15Dillan SchouwLife University6.5East
16Todd BrackettMissouri Valley1Central
16Foster BunceConcordia (Neb.)1North
16Dane EdwardsBethany (Kan.)1Central
16Daniel LeonardLindsey Wilson (Ky.)1East
1Jake EksterMissouri Valley80Central
2Gustavo MartinezGrand View (Iowa)70Central
3Ryan MartinGreat Falls (Mont.)66West
4Tyler CowgerSouthern Oregon52West
5Kyle TerryCampbellsville (Ky.)46East
6Isaac ThomasLindsey Wilson (Ky.)37East
7Enrique BarajasConcordia (Neb.)36North
8Garret LambrechtMorningside (Iowa)26North
9Victor ThomasWayland Baptist (Texas)20Central
10Courtney StraussBethany (Kan.)13.5Central
10Mitch RoadruckIndiana Tech13.5East
12William FoxYork (Neb.)12.5North
13Robert WorkmanEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)9West
14Paul LongshoreLindsey Wilson (Ky.)7.5East
15William UpsonMissouri Baptist University6.5Central
16Christian FranksMenlo (Calif.)4.5West
1Joe CozartLindsey Wilson (Ky.)80East
2Dallas HouchinsGrand View (Iowa)72Central
3Chad CebulskiGreat Falls (Mont.)61West
4Zach SkatesOklahoma City50Central
5Shawn McgheeCampbellsville (Ky.)46East
6Dalton UrrutiaSouthern Oregon44West
7Colin MerkleyEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)34West
8Nick HaugenBaker (Kan.)29Central
9Nico MartinezMissouri Valley17Central
10Joseph WeberBriar Cliff (Iowa)14North
11Travis WoodSt. Andrews University13.5East
12Charlton BenjaminWilliam Penn (Iowa)8North
13Jonathan BlackwellBethany (Kan.)7Central
14Nichloas DistasioTruett-McConnell (Ga.)5.5East
15Michael GonzalezCumberland (Tenn.)5East
16Jevon SchnaubertJamestown (N.D.)4.5North
1Ethan HinebauchMontana State-Northern78West
2Jimmie SchuesslerGrand View (Iowa)74Central
3Trever DevesternDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)61North
4Eric LopezMenlo (Calif.)55West
5Tyler McmichaelMidland (Neb.)48North
6Oliver BrukardtLife University38East
7Carlos AranaYork (Neb.)24North
8Luke RileyEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)22.5West
8Grant GodfreyHannibal-LaGrange (MO)22.5Central
10Mitchell JudkinsLindsey Wilson (Ky.)22East
11Michael NordJamestown (N.D.)12.5North
11Garrett UrrutiaSouthern Oregon12.5West
13Justin BrownCampbellsville (Ky.)10.5East
14Courtney ShaversBacone (Okla.)10Central
15Kevin CorbettDoane College6.5North
16Ricky MccartyOklahoma City4Central
1Brock GutchesSouthern Oregon80West
2Jared MillerMontana State-Northern72West
3Jose Cruz IIIEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)64West
4Thomas MomanGrand View (Iowa)51Central
5Shawn LauGreat Falls (Mont.)49West
6Travis McintoshCampbellsville (Ky.)33East
7Riley BoomerMissouri Valley30Central
8Austin FehlhaferConcordia (Neb.)28.5North
9Jared BassOklahoma City18Central
10Arthur WalthourBrewton-Parker (GA)14.5East
11Cole McarthurMontana State-Northern14.5West
11Ishmael RempsonWilliam Penn (Iowa)14.5North
13Sterling TerryMidland (Neb.)14North
14Andrew Carter-JohnsonMissouri Baptist University8.5Central
15Aaron BackLindsey Wilson (Ky.)8East
16Brandon PledgerCampbellsville (Ky.)1.5East
1Christian MaysGrand View (Iowa)80Central
2Rulin PedersonMorningside (Iowa)72North
3Jacob AbramsSouthern Oregon64West
4Brady BeamonSimpson (Calif.)51West
5Erick GomezLindsey Wilson (Ky.)49East
6Kyle SoderblomWilliam Penn (Iowa)37North
7Lj GraysonIndiana Tech33East
8Derek SivertsenOklahoma City27.5Central
9Ryan McwattersSouthern Oregon19West
10Randall NullNorthwestern (Iowa)15.5North
11Chris BerryBacone (Okla.)13.5Central
12Cody ChaneyBrewton-Parker (GA)12.5East
13Kyle DelauneCumberland (Tenn.)11East
14William MillerMontana State-Northern9West
15Taylor VaughnGreat Falls (Mont.)4.5West
16Kolbjorn SkalestadGreat Falls (Mont.)2West
1Stephen LoosbrockBenedictine College80Central
2Charles JohnsonSouthern Oregon72West
3Cody LintonCumberland (Tenn.)64East
4Garrett DemersMontana State-Northern52West
5Kolton KerstenMidland (Neb.)48North
6Jacob DempseyLife University35East
7Ethan JirakBenedictine College30Central
8Zach AndersonBethany (Kan.)26Central
9Ken Burkhardt JrConcordia (Neb.)19North
10Nate KnaufCampbellsville (Ky.)16.5East
11A.J. MottGrand View (Iowa)15.5Central
12Logan Paul EickhoffYork (Neb.)11.5North
12Taylor BairdBethany (Kan.)11.5Central
14Erick ParsonsMenlo (Calif.)8.5West
15Jared MccoyMorningside (Iowa)4.5North
16Jake MaupinLindsey Wilson (Ky.)3.5East
1Gabi MusallamMissouri Valley76Central
2Scott BrasilMenlo (Calif.)72West
3Saia LotuleleiYork (Neb.)61North
4Jacob RozaLife University59East
5Clayton BurtisSouthern Oregon46West
6Daniel MuellerMissouri Valley42Central
7Toby CheffMontana State-Northern24.5West
8Dean BroghammerGrand View (Iowa)23Central
9Denzel VaughanSt. Andrews University22.5East
10Abram ReynoldsBriar Cliff (Iowa)22North
11Angel GomezWaldorf (Iowa)13North
12Luis ContrerasMissouri Baptist University12Central
13Jake ShumpertBrewton-Parker (GA)9.5East
14Dylan LemeryGreat Falls (Mont.)6West
15Christopher Bridgeford IIMorningside (Iowa)4.5North
15Beau BennettBaker (Kan.)4.5Central

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