MVC Men's Wrestling Stays Ranked No. 3 in Latests Coaches' Poll

Posted January 2, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (January 2, 2014)-  The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team stays ranked No. 3 in the latest NAIA Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll released on Wednesday.  In addition to the No. 3 ranking, the Vikings have 12 individuals ranked in their respective weight classes, the most in the NAIA.


The Vikings trail only No. 1 Grand View (Iowa) and No. 2 Montana State-Northern in this week’s poll.  Also ranked in the poll is Heart of America Athletic Conference member Baker University at No. 17 while Benedictine College is in the “others receiving votes” category.


Since the previous rankings were released last month, the Vikings have competed at the St. Cloud (Minn.) Open and the Johnson and Wales Invitational in Providence, R.I.


The 12 individuals ranked for MVC are led by No. 1 Sophomore Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) at 149 pounds.  Other Vikings ranked include:  Sophomore Ryan Stearns (Williston, Vt.) who dropped one spot to No. 5 at 125 pounds; Junior Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) who enters the rankings at No. 12 at 125 pounds; Sophomore Todd Brackett (Farmington, Mo.) who re-enters the rankings at No. 15 at 133 pounds; Junior Brian Bitney (Puyallup, Wash.) who moved up two spots to No. 15 at 141 pounds; Sophomore Dylan King (Hamilton, Mo.) dropped two spots to No. 14 at 157 pounds; Junior Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) enters the rankings for the first time this season at No. 9 at 165 pounds; Junior Riley Boomer (Sheridan, Mich.) dropped one spot to No. 8 at 174 pounds; Senior Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) stays ranked at No. 2 at 197 pounds; Senior Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) stays ranked No. 3 at 197 pounds; Junior Daniel Mueller (Collinsville, Ill.) stays ranked No. 8 at 285 pounds and Sophomore Gabi Musallam (San Diego, Calif.) moved up three spots to No. 3 at 285 pounds.


The No. 3 Vikings will travel to the NAIA National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa to compete Jan. 11-12, then will host the Missouri Valley College Invitational on Jan. 18.


About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit

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