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MSU-Northern wrestling preseason favorites in Cascade Conference

Posted at 8:41 AM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 10:41:18-04

(Editor’s note: Cascade Collegiate Conference release)

LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Montana State University-Northern men’s wrestling program edged out defending league co-champion Menlo College by one point in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) wrestling coaches’ poll.

MSUN received four first place votes and a total of 63 points. The Lights are coming off of a 4th place finish at the 2018 NAIA National Championships and return five all-Americans, including CCC wrestler of the year Matt Weber. Weber was also the national runner-up at 141 lbs.

Menlo received three first place votes and a total of 62 points to claim the second spot in the poll. The Oaks placed 10th at the 2018 NAIA National Championships.

The University of Providence is picked third with 60 points followed by Southern Oregon University (52) in fourth, Embry- Riddle Aeronautic University (39) in fifth, Eastern Oregon University (33) in sixth, newcomer Life Pacific University (20) in seventh, Warner Pacific University (18) in eighth and Simpson University (13) in the final spot.

Providence (Great Falls, Mont.) will be the site of the CCC Men’s Wrestling Championships February 15-16, 2019. The annual NAIA National Championships will be held March 1-2 in Des Moines, Iowa in 2019.

2019 CCC Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Poll

Team Points
1. Montana Northern (4) 63
2. Menlo (3) 62
3. Providence 60
4. Southern Oregon (1) 52
5. Embry-Riddle 39
6. Eastern Oregon 33
7. Life Pacific 20
8. Warner Pacific 18
9. Simpson 13

 

The NAIA men’s wrestling preseason poll will be released October 17th.