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Thursday, 20 October 2011 09:30

No. 14 Preseason

10.20.11 | Wrestling

Wildcats ranked No. 14 in NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll

Ranked No. 14

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In only its third year in operation as a program, head wrestling coach Jimmy May has the Wildcats ranked 14th nationally heading into the 2011-12 campaign.

Four BU grapplers are currently ranked nationally in their respective weight classes. 133-pound Josh Haugen (Claremore, Okla.) currently sits at No. 8, 149-pound Jarell Price (Las Vegas, Nev.) No. 6, 157-pound Nathan Sommer (Parker, Kan.) No. 8, and heavyweight Brandon Gebhardt (Sparks, Nev.) No. 12.

“With our success last season, we have high hopes of having a few more guys become NAIA All-Americans this season,” said head wrestling coach Jimmy May. “We have a much tougher schedule, but I think it will payoff at the end of the year.”

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the Qualifying Groups. The first regular-season poll will be announced Dec. 23.Josh Haugen

Be sure to check back on www.bakerwildcats.com next week, as a full season preview will be released.

RankSchoolTotal Team Points
1Campbellsville (Ky.)94
2Southern Oregon85
3Midland (Neb.)67.5
4Grand View (Iowa)63.5
5Great Falls (Mont.)62.5
6Montana State-Northern61.5
7Missouri Valley58.5
8Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)58
9Morningside (Iowa)49
10Oklahoma City44
11William Penn (Iowa)29
12Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)24
13Cumberlands (Ky.)17
14Menlo (Calif.)15.5
14Baker (Kan.)15.5
16Shorter (Ga.)14.5
17Jamestown (N.D.)11.5
18Dickinson State (N.D.)9
19Concordia (Neb.)7.5
20Northwestern (Iowa)6.5

Others receiving votes: Cumberland (Tenn.) 5; York (Neb.) 2.5; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 2; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 2; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 1.5.

Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings (PDF)
125 – Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon
133 – Matt Katusin, Midland (Neb.)
141 – Anthony Varnell, Great Falls (Mont.)
149 – Eric Burgey, William Penn (Iowa)
157 – Tommy Norton/Hooper, Southern Oregon
165 – Noah Hatton, Great Falls (Mont.)
174 – Joseph Sievert, Morningside (Iowa)
184 – Derek Rottenberg, Southern Oregon
197 – Evan Hinebauch, Montana State-Northern
HWT – Leviticus Roberson, Midland (Neb.)

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