MVC Men's Wrestling Moves to No. 3 in Latest Coaches' Poll

Posted February 12, 2014

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




Marshall, Mo. (February 12, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team dropped one spot in the latest NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll released Wednesday. The Vikings fell one spot to the No. 3 ranking.


Since the last poll was released, the Vikings competed at the Mustang Open in Conway, Ark., where they finished with one individual champion and eight total medalists. MVC also competed at the Jimmy Mayhem Open at Baker University producing four weight class champions, and in the lone dual since the previous poll was released the Vikings lost to NCAA Division II Maryville University 35-6.


Individually the Vikings have 10 wrestlers ranked, led by Sophomore Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) who is ranked No. 1 in the 149 pound weight class. Ekster is 16-2 overall this season, and 13-0 against NAIA competition.


Other Vikings ranked include:

No. 7 Junior Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) at 125 pounds.

No. 13 Sophomore Ryan Stearns (Williston, Vt.) at 125 pounds.

No. 15 Sophomore Todd Brackett (Farmington, Mo.) at 133 pounds.

No. 10 Junior Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) at 157 pounds.

No. 12 Junior Riley Boomer (Sheridan, Mich.) at 174 pounds.

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

No. 5 Senior Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) at 197 pounds.

No. 2 Junior Dan Mueller (Collinsville, Ill.) at 285 pounds.

No. 5 Sophomore Gabi Musallam (San Diego, Calif.) at 285 pounds.


The Vikings will next be in action Wednesday as they host NCAA Division II Truman State University on Senior Night at 7:00 p.m., at the Burns Athletic Complex.


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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