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)

Rank Previous Team Total Team Points
1 1 Grand View (Iowa) 169
2 5 Reinhardt University (GA) 141
3 RV Marian University (IN) 130
4 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 107
5 T16 Campbellsville (Ky.) 103
6 6 Oklahoma City 99
7 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 92
8 9 Baker (Kan.) 86
9 19 Southeastern (Fla.) 81
10 T13 Missouri Valley 79
11 RV Lourdes University 76
12 8 Menlo (Calif.) 74
13 3 Life University 73
T14 11 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 67
T14 18 Graceland University 67
16 12 Providence (Mont.) 66
17 10 Montana State-Northern 58
18 RV Concordia (Neb.) 55
19 RV Williams Baptist 51
20 4 Indiana Tech 40

 

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 McCray Life
2. Justin Portillo Grand View
3. Koby Milner Reinhardt
4. Riley Siason Menlo
5. Em. Browne Baker
6. Montana Moon Oklahoma City
7. Jaaziel Santana Southeastern
8. Chris Sharp Marian

 

133 lbs

1. Gresh Jones Dickinson State
2. Blaysen Terukina Menlo (Calif.)
3. Jacob Seto Cumberlands
4. Marvin Galette Campbellsville
5. Zachary Durbin Missouri Valley
6. Dante Tacchia Grand View
7. Olson Delisca Southeastern
8. Anthony Vargas Life Pacific

 

141 lbs

1. Ethan Owen Southeastern
2. Nick Henneman Lourdes U
3. Gaige Torres Indiana Tech
4. Dayton Marvel Campbellsville
5. Kendon Lee Grand View
6. Trent Johnson Lindsey Wilson
7. Brandon James Marian
8. Bater. Boldmaa Doane University

 

149 lbs

1. Josh Wenger Grand View
2. Latrell Davis Lindsey Wilson
3. Richard Pocock Missouri Valley
4. Shonn Roberts Providence
5. John Bindner Williams Baptist
6. Enk. Sukhbaatar Doane University
7. Bailey Moore Marian
8. Colby Johnson Baker

 

157 lbs

1. Tres Leon Cumberlands
2. Casey Dobson Providence
3. Nicholas Drendel Williams Baptist
4. Dylan Chatterton Southeastern
5. Dalton Jensen Grand View
6. Der. Smallwood Lindsey Wilson
7. Jon McGowan Oklahoma City
8. Kyle Fowler Morningside

 

165 lbs

1. Justin George Reinhardt
2. Brennan Swafford Graceland
3. Cole Tenety Reinhardt
4. Andrew Null Northwestern
5. Brett Johnson Marian
6. Drew Sams Graceland
7. Elias Vaoifi Missouri Valley
8. Chris Paulsen Briar Cliff

 

174 lbs

1. Lucas Lovvorn Baker
2. Chase Vincent Oklahoma City
3. Michael Carew Reinhardt
4. Daniel Butler Embry-Riddle
5. Nathan Walton Cumberland
6. Trajan Hurd Lindsey Wilson
7. Sam Osho Marian
8. Noah Clary Lourdes U

 

184 lbs

1. Anthony Orozco Menlo
2. Antonio Stewart Reinhardt
3. Jacob Smith Baker
4. Tyler Hall Embry-Riddle
5. Colton Gonzalez Marian University
6. John Olivieri Cumberland
7. Aaron Mosley Campbellsville
8. Riley Jaramillo Saint Mary

 

197 lbs

1. Evan Hansen Grand View
2. Isaac Bartel Mont. St-Northern
3. David Dow Baker
4. Diallo Matsimella Life
5. Eric Deluse Cumberlands
6. Zach Linton Campbellsville
7. John Hensley Providence
8. Jacob Henderson Reinhardt

 

Hwt

1. Brandon Reed Lindsey Wilson
2. Korey Walker Oklahoma City
3. Shawn Beeson Graceland
4. Aaron Johnson Cumberlands
5. Gage Johnson Oklahoma City
6. Ashton Mutuwa Campbellsville
7. Charles Griffin Grand View
8. Deaken McCoy Lourdes U.

 

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