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MSU-Northern 17th, Providence receiving votes in NAIA wrestling rankings

Isaac Bartel
Posted at 11:51 AM, Jan 08, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Isaac Bartel is the top-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, helping Montana State-Northern to a tie for 17th in the latest edition of the NAIA wrestling coaches' top 20 poll, which was released Thursday.

Nick Kunz, the Lights' reigning national champion at 125 pounds, is ranked fourth at 133 this year. Chase Short is also ranked 19th at 174 for MSUN.

Providence is among other teams to receive votes in the coaches' poll, with Jordan Komac (fourth at 165 pounds), Hayden Schrull (11th at 184) and Eli Walston (18th at 125) receiving individual rankings.

Keegan Mulhill, a Bozeman native in his junior year at Eastern Oregon, is ranked ninth at 174 pounds. The Mountaineers are 20th in the team rankings.

Grand View (Iowa), which has two top-ranked wrestlers, is first in the team rankings, followed by Life University (Ga.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Reinhardt (Ga.) and Indiana Tech to round out the top five.

The team rankings and top-ranked individuals are below. For complete individual rankings, please click here.

2020-21 NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll 3 (January 7, 2021)

TeamPoints
1Grand View (Iowa)207
2Life University170
3Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)167
4Reinhardt (Ga.)120
5Indiana Tech106
5Southeastern91
6Cumberland (Tenn.)90
7Missouri Valley79
8Oklahoma City78
9Graceland University64
10Cumberlands (Ky.)63
11Campbellsville (Ky.)61
12Doane University60
12Marian University (IN)60
14Ottawa University49
15York (Neb.)44
16Lourdes University40
17Montana State-Northern39
17Vanguard University39
19University of Saint Mary (KS)37
20Eastern Oregon University (OR)32

Receiving Votes: Arizona Christian 31, Providence (Mont.) 30, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 28, Baker (Kan.) 27, Warner Pacific 26, Southern Oregon 22, Williams Baptist 20, Hastings (Neb.) 19, Morningside (Iowa) 19, Concordia (Neb.) 18, Texas Wesleyan 17, Midway 16, Thomas More 16, William Penn (Iowa) 16, Simpson (Calif.) 15, Corban (Ore.) 14, Dickinson State (N.D.) 14, Bluefield College 13, Northwestern (Iowa) 13, Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 11, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 8, Rochester 8, Midland (Neb.) 7, Life Pacific 4, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 3.

Top-Ranked Individuals

125 – Justin Portillo, Grand View (Iowa)
133 – Austin Wallace-Lister, Warner Pacific
141 – Baterdene Boldmaa, Doane (Neb.)
149 – Marty Margolis, Grand View (Iowa)
157 – Nolan Saxton, Reinhardt (Ga.)
165 – Elias Vaoifi, Missouri Valley
174 – Brennan Swafford, Graceland (Iowa)
184 – Riley Jaramillo, Saint Mary (Kan.)
197 – Issac Bartel, Montana State-Northern
285 – Brandon Reed, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)