Missouri Valley Men's Wrestling moves up in final Coaches' Poll

4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago February 08, 2017 Feb 8, 2017 Wednesday, February 08 2017 Wednesday, February 08, 2017 7:03:30 PM CST in Sports
By: Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

Marshall, Mo. - The Missouri Valley College Vikings Men's Wrestling squad has moved up three spots in this week's NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, which was released Wednesday. They now sit at No. 16 in the final regular season poll with six individuals ranked as well. 

Since the most recent poll was released on Jan. 18, the Vikings placed fourth at the Missouri Valley Invitational. They also amassed a 3-1 record in duals including a convincing 43-4 win over Truman State Tuesday evening. 

Out of the six wrestlers that recieved NAIA rankings, junior Andrew Simmons leads the pack at No. 3 in the 165-pound class. Simmons was recently named to the Heart All-Conference first team and claims a 19-1 record on the season. 

The Vikings next test will be at the Central Regional Qualifier on Feb. 18. The top three wrestlers in each class, along with five wildcards, will be awarded a spot in the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships in Topeka, Kansas the first weekend in March. 

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