Wrestling: Mount Union Climbs to No. 13 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Poll

Wrestling: Mount Union Climbs to No. 13 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Poll

MANHEIM, Pa. - The Mount Union wrestling team was ranked 13th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll that was released Tuesday, December 12th.

The Purple Raiders are currently undefeated on the season with victories over Messiah (Pa.), Waynesburg (Pa.), Greensboro (N.C.), Wilkes (Pa.), Alma (Mich.), Otterbein, Ohio Northern and Thiel (Pa.). Messiah dropped from sixth to 14th, just under the Raiders, and Waynesburg moved up from 24th to 22nd.

Outside of duals, Mount Union placed third at the season-opening Mount Union Invitational and second at the Messiah Petrofes Invitational.

Seniors Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman), Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake), and Jesse Gross (Norwalk/St. Paul) all remain ranked in their respective weight classes, all moving up from their initial rankings in the Novmeber 15th poll. Mancini moved up from the 10th to seventh at 125 pounds, Cotton from eighth to sixth at 141 pounds, and Gross from ninth to fifth at 165 pounds.

As Mount Union looks to continue their success on the mat, they are next in action on Saturday, January 6th at the Waynesburg Open.

National Wrestling Coaches Association Polls - December 12, 2017

Rank Team Record Prev. Ranking
1.  Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) 3-0 4
2.  Wartburg College (Iowa) 5-1 1
3.  Ithaca College (N.Y.) 4-1 5
4.  Loras College (Iowa) 5-0 8
5.  Augsburg University (Minn.) 5-1 2
6.  University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 5-3 12
7.  Wabash College (Ind.) 1-0 7
8.  Baldwin Wallace University  9-0 9
9.  Ferrum College (Va.) 3-0 11
10.  Steven Institute of Technology (N.J.) 2-1 3
11.  Coe College (Iowa) 2-0 15
12.  Central College (Iowa) 2-1 13
13.  University of Mount Union 8-0 22
14.  Messiah College (Pa.) 4-2 6
15.  University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 4-1 17
16.  North Central College (Ill.) 2-0 NR
17.  University of Chicago (Ill.) 1-0 23
18.  Roger Willliams University (R.I.) 5-0 19
19.  Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.) 6-0 NR
20.  Wesleyan University (Conn.) 0-0 NR
21.  Centenary University (N.J.) 0-0 20
22.  Waynesburg University (Pa.) 6-3 24
23.  SUNY Brockport (N.Y.) 1-0 NR
24.  Olivet College (Mich.) 4-0 NR
25.  York College (Pa.) 2-1 14