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Eight-time champ Grand View leads NAIA preseason poll

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Updated: October 31, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After winning its eighth-consecutive national title last year, Grand View (Iowa) again starts the season as the No. 1 team in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll. The next installment of the Coaches’ Poll is scheduled for Nov. 21.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000-2001)

  • Grand View is No. 1 in the poll for the 52nd-consecutive time dating back to Oct. 17, 2012
  • After winning their 8th red banner in 2019 the Vikings are now tied with Adams State and Central State for the most national team titles (8) in NAIA history.
  • Grand View had two individual national champions a year ago Evan Hansen and Josh Wenger, and both will return this season.
  • Three-time NAIA National Champion, Evan Hansen looks to go four-for-four starting the 2019-20 season at No. 1 at 197 pounds.
  • Five wrestlers who finished last year at No. 1 also start this season at No. 1: Josh Wenger, (149) of Grand View, Lucas Lovvorn (174) of Baker (Kan.) Anthony Orozco (184) of Menlo (Cailf.) and Brandon Reed (285) of Lindsey Wilson in addition to Evan Hansen (197).
  • There are five new wrestlers at No. 1 to begin the 2019-20 season: Randy McCray Jr. (125) of Life (Ga.), Gresh Jones (133) of Dickinson State (N.D.), Ethan Owen (141) of Southeastern (Fla.), Tres Leon (157) of Cumberlands (Ky.) and Justin George (165) of Reinhardt (Ga.).
  • Four teams are new to the poll, based on the postseason poll from last season: No. 3 Marian (Ind.), No. 11 Lourdes (Ohio), No. 18 Concordia (Neb.) and No. 19 Williams Baptist (Ark.)
  • Since 2001, only Grand View (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-2018, 2018-19), former members Notre Dame (Ohio) (2010-11) and Lindenwood (Mo.) (2006-07) have spent the entire season ranked No. 1.

2019-20 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll (October 31, 2019)

RankPreviousTeamTotal Team Points
11Grand View (Iowa)169
25Reinhardt University (GA)141
3RVMarian University (IN)130
42Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)107
5T16Campbellsville (Ky.)103
66Oklahoma City99
77Cumberlands (Ky.)92
89Baker (Kan.)86
919Southeastern (Fla.)81
10T13Missouri Valley79
11RVLourdes University76
128Menlo (Calif.)74
133Life University73
T1411Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)67
T1418Graceland University67
1612Providence (Mont.)66
1710Montana State-Northern58
18RVConcordia (Neb.)55
19RVWilliams Baptist51
204Indiana Tech40

 

Others receiving votes: Briar Cliff (Iowa) 35, Cumberland (Tenn.) 34, Northwestern (Iowa) 33, Morningside (Iowa) 33, Dickinson State (N.D.) 32, Doane (Neb.) 28, Saint Mary (Kan.) 24, Ottawa (Kan.) 22, Life Pacific 21, Corban (Ore.) 19, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 18, Jamestown (N.D.) 16, Missouri Baptist (Mo.) 14, Eastern Oregon 13, Simpson (Calif.) 12, Rochester 11, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 11, York (Neb.) 9, Bethany (Kan.) 8, Hastings (Neb.) 3, Midway (Ky.) 3, William Penn (Iowa) 3, Dakota Wesleyan (1) and WVY Tech (W.Va.)

 

Individual Rankings

125 lbs

1.Randy McCrayLife
2.Justin PortilloGrand View
3.Koby MilnerReinhardt
4.Riley SiasonMenlo
5.Em. BrowneBaker
6.Montana MoonOklahoma City
7.Jaaziel SantanaSoutheastern
8.Chris SharpMarian

 

133 lbs

1.Gresh JonesDickinson State
2.Blaysen TerukinaMenlo (Calif.)
3.Jacob SetoCumberlands
4.Marvin GaletteCampbellsville
5.Zachary DurbinMissouri Valley
6.Dante TacchiaGrand View
7.Olson DeliscaSoutheastern
8.Anthony VargasLife Pacific

 

141 lbs

1.Ethan OwenSoutheastern
2.Nick HennemanLourdes U
3.Gaige TorresIndiana Tech
4.Dayton MarvelCampbellsville
5.Kendon LeeGrand View
6.Trent JohnsonLindsey Wilson
7.Brandon JamesMarian
8.Bater. BoldmaaDoane University

 

149 lbs

1.Josh WengerGrand View
2.Latrell DavisLindsey Wilson
3.Richard PocockMissouri Valley
4.Shonn RobertsProvidence
5.John BindnerWilliams Baptist
6.Enk. SukhbaatarDoane University
7.Bailey MooreMarian
8.Colby JohnsonBaker

 

157 lbs

1.Tres LeonCumberlands
2.Casey DobsonProvidence
3.Nicholas DrendelWilliams Baptist
4.Dylan ChattertonSoutheastern
5.Dalton JensenGrand View
6.Der. SmallwoodLindsey Wilson
7.Jon McGowanOklahoma City
8.Kyle FowlerMorningside

 

165 lbs

1.Justin GeorgeReinhardt
2.Brennan SwaffordGraceland
3.Cole TenetyReinhardt
4.Andrew NullNorthwestern
5.Brett JohnsonMarian
6.Drew SamsGraceland
7.Elias VaoifiMissouri Valley
8.Chris PaulsenBriar Cliff

 

174 lbs

1.Lucas LovvornBaker
2.Chase VincentOklahoma City
3.Michael CarewReinhardt
4.Daniel ButlerEmbry-Riddle
5.Nathan WaltonCumberland
6.Trajan HurdLindsey Wilson
7.Sam OshoMarian
8.Noah ClaryLourdes U

 

184 lbs

1.Anthony OrozcoMenlo
2.Antonio StewartReinhardt
3.Jacob SmithBaker
4.Tyler HallEmbry-Riddle
5.Colton GonzalezMarian University
6.John OlivieriCumberland
7.Aaron MosleyCampbellsville
8.Riley JaramilloSaint Mary

 

197 lbs

1.Evan HansenGrand View
2.Isaac BartelMont. St-Northern
3.David DowBaker
4.Diallo MatsimellaLife
5.Eric DeluseCumberlands
6.Zach LintonCampbellsville
7.John HensleyProvidence
8.Jacob HendersonReinhardt

 

Hwt

1.Brandon ReedLindsey Wilson
2.Korey WalkerOklahoma City
3.Shawn BeesonGraceland
4.Aaron JohnsonCumberlands
5.Gage JohnsonOklahoma City
6.Ashton MutuwaCampbellsville
7.Charles GriffinGrand View
8.Deaken McCoyLourdes U.

 

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