Wrestling: Mount Union Ranked No. 9 by National Wrestling Coaches Association

Left to Right: Nick Mancini, Isaiah Watson-Kirksey, Alec Cotton
Left to Right: Nick Mancini, Isaiah Watson-Kirksey, Alec Cotton

MANHEIM, Pa. - The Mount Union wrestling team was ranked 9th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll that was released Monday, January 22nd.

The Purple Raiders (9-1, 3-0 OAC) have moved up one spot from their prior ranking on January 8th after losing their first dual of the season against NCAA Division II No. 3 Ashland 24-10 while defeating Muskingum 39-9 to remain perfect in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Three wrestlers have remained in the individual rankings. Seniors Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman) and Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake) are both ranked in their respective weight classes; Mancini remains sixth at 125 while Cotton moves up to ninth at 141. After making his ranking-debut on January 8th, sophomore Isaiah Watson-Kirksey (Alliance/Alliance) still holds eighth at 184. 

Mount Union is next in action at John Carroll on Tuesday, January 23 at 7:30 pm for an OAC Dual.

National Wrestling Coaches Association Polls - January 22, 2018

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