KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Providence wrestling program fell one spot to No. 6 in the latest NAIA coaches poll. The Argos received 96 total points in the poll, which also saw MSU-Northern fall from 12th to No. 13.
Providence, led by Caleb Schaeffer, finished with a 2-2 record at the Battle of the Rockies duals in Great Falls over the weekend. The Argos earned wins over Minot State and Northwest Kansas Technical College. UP fell to McKendree and Simon Fraser University.
MSU-Northern, led by Tyson Thivierge, went 3-0 at the Battle of the Rockies, defeating Northwest Kansas Technical College, Northwest College and Simon Fraser. Lights wrestler Brandon Weber, the former Forsyth standout, is top-ranked at 157 pounds. Weber is the defending national champion in the class.
Weber’s brother Matt is ranked No. 8 in the 141-pound weight class. Other Lights ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes include: Andrew Bartel (seventh at 165) and Isaac Bartel (fifth at 197). Steeler French falls in at No. 18 in the 184-pound weight class.
Providence boasts eight wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes. The Argos are led by Adrian Lyons-Lopez, the No. 4 wrestler in the 174-pound division. Shonn Roberts is tied for fifth at 149 pounds, while Argos Randy Keesler and Tyler Webley are eight and ninth, respectively, at 184 pounds.
Other Argos ranked in the individual polls include: Isaac Wilson (11th at 125), Casey Dobson (ninth at 157), John Hensley (15th at 197) and Mathew Hopkins (11th at 285).