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Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:31

Wrestling to Begin 2013 Ranked No. 14

All-American Robert Shadrach returns for the Wildcats in 2013-14 All-American Robert Shadrach returns for the Wildcats in 2013-14

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Under first year head coach Pete Di Pol the Baker University wrestling team will begin the 2013-14 season ranked No. 14 in the nation, announced by the national office this week in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll.

The Wildcats received 38 total team points and is one of two teams from the HAAC ranked in the poll. No. 3 Missouri Valley received 96 total points and is two spots behind No. 1 Grand View.

Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View's (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 13th all-time, which ranks third of all programs since 2000-01 ... The Vikings have held the top spot in nine-straight polls, which is the most since former member Notre Dame (Ohio) was No. 1 14-consecutive times from Nov. 24, 2009 to Feb. 22, 2011 ... Former member Lindenwood (Mo.) boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 39, while Notre Dame is second with 14 ... Nine programs have appeared in the Top 20 for at least 20-consecutive polls, led by No. 4 Campbellsville's (Ky.) and No. 6 Great Falls' (Mont.) current run of 64-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 ... No. 2 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (55) ... Notre Dame and Lindenwood are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Notre Dame: 2010-11; Lindenwood: 2006-07).

For a look at the entire Top 20 poll, please click here.

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