2022-2023 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll – Preseason

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The reigning NAIA National Champions from Grand View (Iowa), start off their Red Banner defense with top billing in the preseason Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll. Life (Ga.), Southeastern (Fla.), Marian (Ind.) and Indiana Tech round out the Top Five heading into the 2022-23 season.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the eight conferences.
  • Two days prior to the national poll, each qualifying group rater submits the top 10 individuals from each weight class in his conference into the system. Only wrestlers listed on a conference ballot are considered for the national ballot.
  • The top 25 individuals in each weight class is based on how each voter ranks the best individuals. An individual receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through the list. This same point system is used to determine the team ranking.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot
  • For the complete Top 20 calendar, click here.
1Grand View (Iowa)Heart287
2Life (Ga.)Appalachian254
3Southeastern (Fla.)Appalachian196
4Marian (Ind.)Wolverine-Hoosier166
5Indiana TechWolverine-Hoosier164
6Doane (Neb.)Great Plains145
7Ottawa (Kan.)Kansas Collegiate142
8Eastern OregonCascade135
9Morningside (Iowa)Great Plains125
10Campbellsville (Ky.)Mid-South108
11Menlo (Calif.)Cascade107
12Missouri ValleyHeart97
13Reinhardt (Ga.)Appalachian96
14Cumberlands (Ky.)Mid-South92
15Providence (Mont.)Cascade82
16Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Mid-South71
17Baker (Kan.)Heart69
18Montana State-NorthernCascade66
19Thomas More (Ky.)Mid-South58
20Southern OregonCascade48


Receiving Votes: Graceland (Iowa) 47; Oklahoma City 46; Midway (Ky.) 42; Vanguard (Calif.) 39; Corban (Ore.) 38; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 36; Lourdes (Ohio) 32; Keiser (Fla.) 30; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 29; Texas Wesleyan 29; Montreat (N.C.) 28; William Penn (Iowa) 28; Cumberland (Tenn.) 27; Northwestern (Iowa) 26; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 25; York (Neb.) 24; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 23; Oklahoma Wesleyan 22; Rochester (Mich.) 22; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 21; Saint Mary (Kan.) 21; Williams Baptist (Ark.) 20; Cornerstone (Mich.) 19; Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 19; Concordia (Neb.) 14; St. Thomas (Fla.) 12; Jamestown (N.D.) 11; Arizona Christian 9; Missouri Baptist 8; Avila (Mo.) 7; Central Baptist (Ark.) 7; Central Methodist (Mo.) 4; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 4; Dickinson State (N.D.) 4; Hastings (Neb.) 3; Bethany (Kan.) 2; Lyon (Ark.) 2


Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings

125 – Esco Walker, Grand View (Iowa)
133 – Carson Taylor, Grand View (Iowa)
141 – Baterdene Boldmaa, Doane (Neb.)
149 – Ryan Moore, Thomas More (Ky.)
157 – Israel Casarez, Grand View (Iowa)
165 – Marty Margolis, Grand View (Iowa)
174 – Isaiah Luellen, Grand View (Iowa)
184 – Eric Vermillion, Indiana Tech
197 – Zane Lanham, Life (Ga.)
285 – Gage Braun, Southeastern (Fla.)

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