MVC Men's Wrestling Sits at No. 5 In Final Regular Season Poll

Posted February 27, 2014

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




Marshall, Mo. (February 27, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team moved to the No. 5 spot in the final regular season NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll.


Since the last poll was released, the Vikings defeated NCAA Division II Truman State in a dual 31-17 and placed second at the NAIA Central Qualifying Group Tournament behind No. 1 Grand View University. Other teams ranked in this week’s poll that competed at last weekend’s tournament include No. 11 Oklahoma City University, No. 14 Bethany College and No. 15 Baker University.


Individually the Vikings have seven wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes in the final regular season poll, led by Junior Dan Mueller (Collinsville, Ill.) who is ranked No. 2 in the 285 pound weight class. All seven individually ranked wrestlers will compete at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships next month.


Other Vikings ranked include:

No. 10 Junior Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) at 125 pounds

No. 3 Sophomore Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) at 149 pounds

No. 12 Junior Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) at 157 pounds

No. 3 Senior Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) at 197 pounds

No. 13 Senior Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) at 197 pounds

No. 6 Sophomore Gabi Musallam (San Diego, Calif.) at 285 pounds


Three more Vikings not ranked in their respective weight classes will compete at the National tournament, including Sophomore Ryan Stearns (Williston, Vt.) at 125 pounds, Sophomore Dylan King (Hamilton, Mo.) at 165 pounds and Junior Riley Boomer (Sheridan, Mich.) in the 174 pound weight class.


The Vikings will next compete at the NAIA Wrestling National Championship March 6-8 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan.


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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