MVC Men's Wrestling Up to No. 5 in Coaches' Poll
MARSHALL, MO -- The Missouri Valley College men's wrestling team jumped back into the top five in the latest NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll to the No. 5 position. The Vikings were ranked No. 4 in the first regular season poll released in late November, before dropping out of the top five in the previous poll.
Since the last poll released two weeks ago the Vikings competed at the Kaufman Open in St. Louis, Mo., and the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.
Other notable teams ranked in this week's poll include Grand View (Iowa) at No. 1. The Vikings host Grand View in a dual Jan. 30. Baker University comes in at No. 11.
Also released were the individual rankings in each weight class, and the Vikings have nine members of their team ranked. Freshman Ryan Sterns (Williston, Vt.) moved into the No. 9 ranking at 125 pounds, Junior Brian Bitney stays in the No. 4 ranking at 133 pounds, Sophomore Logan Welch dropped one spot and is ranked No. 9 at 133 pounds, Freshman Jake Ekster re-enters the rankings at No. 5 at 149 pounds, Sophomore Nico Martinez enters the rankings at No. 9 at 157 pounds, Senior Gian Traverso is now ranked No. 11 at 165 pounds, Junior Josh Manu dropped one spot and is ranked No. 5 at 197 pounds, Junior Daniel Mueller moved up two spots and is now ranked No. 4 at 285 pounds, and Freshman Gabi Musallam is up three spots and is ranked No. 8 at 285 pounds.
The next big event for Viking wrestling team is the NAIA National Duals in Springfield, Illinois on January 12-13.