KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two teams leapfrogged the University of Providence wrestling program in this week’s NAIA coaches poll, as the Argos slid from third to No. 5. Providence received 101 team points in the poll, 17 behind Menlo (Calif.) and 22 behind Indiana Tech.
Providence defeated in-state rival MSU-Northern 25-15 on Wednesday in the first of two duals this winter.
The Argos competed at the challenging Grand View Open on Saturday, with four wrestlers reaching the semifinals. Shonn Roberts (fourth), Adrian Lyons-Lopez (third), Isaac Wilson (sixth) and Matt Hopkins (fifth) reached the semis in their respective brackets. Roberts is the sixth-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds.
Lyons-Lopez earned Frontier Conference wrestler of the week for his 4-1 performance in the tournament, the lone loss coming against NCAA opponent Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa. Lyons-Lopez is ranked No. 6 nationally at 174 pounds, while teammate Randy Keesler is tied for ninth.
MSU-Northern climbed five spots from No. 17 to 12th in this week’s poll. Following the loss to the Argos last Wednesday, the Lights captured four individual titles in the Trapper Open on the campus of Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.
Brandon Weber (157), Andrew Bartel (165), Chris Nile (174) and Isaac Bartel (197) won individual championships in their weight classes. Chase Short finished runner-up to Nile in the 174-pound title match, while Nick Kunz and Dace Fisher captured fourth-place finishes in the tournament. Fisher wrestled unattached.
Weber, the former Forsyth standout, is the top-ranked wrestler in the 157-pound class. His brother, Matt Weber, is tied for seventh at 141 pounds. Andrew and Isaac Bartel are also ranked for Tyson Thivierge’s program.
Grand View (Iowa) remains the top-ranked team in the poll, which can be viewed below.