KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As the Vikings top the fifth regular-season edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, they extend their streak to 37-straight No. 1 rankings. This rating marks the final of the regular-season, with the next installment being the postseason edition following the national championships on March 9.
Fueled by 12 ranked grapplers, Grand View collected 196.5 points en route to its 42nd all-time No. 1 ranking, which is the most for any program dating back to the start of the 2000-01 season.
Eleven of the 12 ranked Vikings fall in the top four of their respective weight classes, including top ranked Jacob Colon (SR/Clear Lake, Iowa) (133 pounds), Grant Henderson (JR/Alburnett, Iowa) (165 pounds), Lawton Benna (SO/Wentzville, Missouri) (174 pounds) and Dean Broghammer (JR/Manchester, Iowa) (285 pounds). Both Benna and Broghammer have been ranked No. 1 at their respective weight class in every poll this season. Benna is 12-0 on the year with six of those victories being pins. Broghammer, the defending national champion, has been equally as dominant with a 20-3 record.
Top Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 – No. 4 Da'Wayne Robertson (SR/Phoenix, Arizona)
133 – No. 1 Jacob Colon
141 – No. 4 Josh Wenger (FR/Walford, Iowa)
149 – No. 4 Walker Marshall (SR/Missouri Valley, Iowa)
165 – No. 1 Grant Henderson
174 – No. 1 Lawton Benna
174 – No. 3 Dylan Blackford (JR/Des Moines, Iowa)
184 – No. 3 Michael Pixley (JR/Granite City, Illinois)
197 – No. 2 Johnathen Dennis (SR/Shelton, Washington)
197 – No. 9 Evan Hansen (FR/Kimballton, Iowa)
285 – No. 1 Dean Broghammer
285 – No. 2 Jacob Laden
National qualifying events are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at six sites across the country, one being Grand View. The top three finishers at each weight class, per qualifier automatically claim a spot in the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships. The remainder of the 240-wrestler field is made up of wildcards selected at both the qualifying group and national level.