Wrestling: Mount Union Keeps Rising; No. 10 in NWCA Coaches Poll

Mount Union took first place overall at the 7th Annual Waynesburg Invitational on January 6.
Mount Union took first place overall at the 7th Annual Waynesburg Invitational on January 6.

MANHEIM, Pa. - The Mount Union wrestling team was ranked 10th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll that was released Tuesday, January 9th.

Since their last ranking on December 12th, the Purple Raiders have remained undefeated in duals while capturing a first-place finish at the 7th Annual Waynesburg Open on January 6th.

Mount Union now has four wrestlers in the individual rankings. Seniors Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman), Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake) and Jesse Gross (Norwalk/St. Paul) all remain ranked in their respective weight classes. Mancini goes up from eighth to sixth at 125, Cotton moves a few spots down the 10th at 141 and Gross also shifts down to 10th at 165.

Joining the individual rankings in sophomore Isaiah Watson-Kirksey (Alliance/Alliance) who sits eighth at 184. Watson-Kirksey is 15-4 with a first-place finish at the Messiah Petrofes Invitational where he defeated formerly ranked-seventh Derek Beitz of Messiah in a rematch and took second place at the most recent Waynesburg Invitational.

Mount Union will next travel to Ashland University for a dual against the Eagles on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m.

National Wrestling Coaches Association Polls - January 8, 2018

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