Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Grizzlies Wrestling move up three spots in national poll

McPeek stays fourth at 197 pounds

EDMOND, Okla.- The Adams State College wrestling team moved up three spots from their preseason ranking and sit 16th in the first regular season edition of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll that was released Wednesday.

The Grizzlies, who have now been ranked amongst the nation's top 20 for 67 straight polls dating back to the final poll of the 2000-01 season, received 37 points in the polling of eight head coaches from around the nation, two from each of the four super regions from around the country.  Each of those coaches ranked who they felt are the top 20 teams in the country.

All of them agreed that 2-time defending national champion Nebraska-Omaha is that team as the Mavericks collected all eight first place votes.  They have been ranked atop every poll during their back-to-back title run.

St. Cloud State (Minn.) collected 150 points in the polling and continues to hold down the No. 2 spot while Augustana (S.D.) remained third with 141 points.

Western State moved up two spots to No. 4 with 137 points in the polling while Newberry (S.C.) remained fifth with 130 points.  Minnesota State, Findlay (Ohio), Nebraska-Kearney, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.), which moved up five spots from No. 14, and Upper Iowa round out the top 10.

Grand Canyon (Ariz.), one of six Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference squads in the rankings, begins the second 10.  Fellow associate conference member Fort Hays State (Kan.), which also moved up five spots, is now 15th, while San Francisco State (Calif.), another of the RMAC's three associate members in the sport of wrestling, switched spots with the Grizzlies and is now 19th.

Colorado State-Pueblo is also listed amongst the others receiving votes category.

Individually, the Grizzlies continue to have a man ranked amongst the top eight in their weight class as Luke McPeek (Albuquerque, N.M.) continues to hold down the No. 4 spot at 197 pounds.  McPeek has an 8-2 record thus far in two open tournaments, placing third at the Wyoming Cowboy Open on Nov. 13 and second at last Saturday's Fort Hays State Bob Smith Open.  His only two losses have come to No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Donovan McMahill of Western State.

The Grizzlies have had contingents compete at three different open tournaments thus far but will see their first invitational action of the campaign on Dec. 19 at the Reno (Nev.) Tournament of Champions.

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