2022-23 NAIA Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll – No. 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Grand View (Iowa) has now led the NAIA Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll for the 10th consecutive ranking. Life (Ga.) and Southeastern (Fla.) stay put from the preseason poll, while Indiana tech leapfrogs Marian (Ind.) for fourth place. Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and Vanguard (Calif.) move into the rankings, replacing Southern Oregon and Thomas More (Ky.)

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.


11Grand View (Iowa)Heart294
22Life UniversityAppalachian273
33Southeastern (Fla.)Appalachian223
45Indiana TechWolverine-Hoosier175
54Marian (Ind.)Wolverine-Hoosier163
66Doane UniversityGreat Plains159
78Eastern OregonCascade154
77Ottawa (Kan.)Kansas Collegiate154
915Providence (Mont.)Cascade130
1014Cumberlands (Ky.)Mid-South124
1110Campbellsville (Ky.)Mid-South112
129Morningside (Iowa)Great Plains108
1311Menlo (Calif.)Cascade107
1413Reinhardt (Ga.)Appalachian102
1512Missouri ValleyHeart101
1617Baker (Kan.)Heart88
17RVEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Cascade86
1816Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Mid-South78
1918Montana State-NorthernCascade62
20RVVanguard UniversityCascade58


Dropped From Poll: Thomas More (Ky.); Southern Oregon

Receiving Votes: Thomas More (Ky.) 56; Oklahoma City 51; Southern Oregon 45; Corban (Ore.) 41; Graceland (Iowa) 40; Midway (Ky.) 39; Saint Mary (Kan.) 36; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 29; Cornerstone (Mich.) 28; Keiser (Fla.) 28; Cumberland (Tenn.) 27; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 25; Texas Wesleyan 25; Lourdes (Ohio) 23; Montreat (N.C.) 22; William Penn (Iowa) 22; Oklahoma Wesleyan 20; Williams Baptist (Ark.) 20; Northwestern (Iowa) 16; Rochester (Mich.) 16; Arizona Christian 12; Avila (Mo.) 12; Jamestown (N.D.) 12; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 12; Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 12; York (Neb.) 11; St. Thomas (Fla.) 10; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 9; Central Methodist (Mo.) 8; Central Baptist (Ark.) 7; Concordia (Neb.) 7; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 7; Waldorf (Iowa) 5; Dickinson State (N.D.) 4; Rio Grande (Ohio) 4; Iowa Wesleyan 3; Missouri Baptist 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 – Giovanni Bonilla, 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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