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

Posted December 11, 2013



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





Marshall, Mo. (December 11, 2013)- The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team remains ranked No. 3 in the latest NAIA Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll released Wednesday. In addition to the No. 3 ranking, the Vikings have ten individuals ranked in their respective weight classes.


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. 11 while Benedictine College is in the “others receiving votes” category.


Recently the Vikings have defeated Missouri Baptist University in a dual by a 31-6 team score and had members compete in the Joe Parisi Open at Lindenwood University.


Ten Viking wrestlers are ranked as individuals in their respective weight classes, led by Sophomore Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) who is ranked No. 1 in the 149 pound weight class..


Other Vikings ranked include Sophomore Ryan Stearns (Williston, Vt.) who moves up two spots to No. 5 at 125 pounds, Freshman Daniel Rivera (Houston, Texas) who moved into the rankings for the first time at No. 14 at 141 pounds, Sophomore Dylan King (Hamilton, Mo.) remained ranked at No. 14 at 157 pounds, Junior Riley Boomer (Sheridan, Mich.) moved up one spot to No. 7 at 174 pounds, Sophomore Brett Bader (Farmington, Mo.) moved down one spot to No. 15 at 184 pounds, Senior Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) stayed at No. 2 and Senior Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) stayed ranked No. 3 at 197 pounds, Sophomore Gabi Musallam (San Diego, Calif.) jumped up four spots to No. 10 in the 285 pound weight class and Junior Daniel Mueller (Collinsville, Ill.) stayed No. 8 at 285 pounds.


The No. 3 Vikings go on the road this weekend to St. Cloud, Minn., for the St. Cloud Open Saturday, then travel to Providence, R.I., for the Johnson & Wales Invitational Dec. 20.


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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