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Campbellsville Ranked #7 in NAIA

Postby Allen Brown » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:08 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wrestling season is upon us and the Campbellsville University Tigers claim the No. 7 ranking in the preseason edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 poll, the national office announced Wednesday evening. Also, eight Tigers will open the season in the Top 15 of their weight classes.

Grand View (Iowa) claims the No. 1 ranking with 113.5 team points. Oklahoma City (82) is second, followed by Indiana Tech (73), Missouri Valley (72.5) and Montana State-Northern (64) in fifth.

Four MSC teams appear in the preseason Top 20 poll, CU gathered 62.5 points in the rankings, 1.5 points behind Mid-South Conference foe, Lindsey Wilson College, placing in sixth. Cumberlands (Ky.) is tied for 14th and Cumberland (Tenn.) rounding out the top 20 rankings at 20th.

"Bottom line is the rankings just don't matter," said coach Franky James. "Our team is working hard and coming together great. We want to start strong and keep improving all year.

"We are excited about our alumni dual and the maroon-grey matches this weekend. We're ready to kickoff the season with that then go compete in Oklahoma City!"

Last season, Campbellsville finished sixth as a team and competed for two individual national titles, as David Caston became the National Champion at 133 pounds. Graduated senior Travis McIntosh finished runner-up at 174 pounds in the championship round.

Caston will open the season ranked No. 1 in the 133-pound weight class. Cole Manion, a sophomore, will open at 12th at 133 pounds.

Kyle Terry, a senior who is a three-time national qualifier, opens No. 9 at 157 pounds. Shawn McGhee, a senior with All-American honors, will open No. 4 at 165 pounds. LJ Henderson, a sophomore that was 23-13 last season and a national qualifier, opens at No. 9 at 165 pounds.

Sean Black, a sophomore will open tied for 15th at 174 pounds. Chuck Sharon enters the season No. 5 at 184 pounds. Nate Knauf, a senior, opens the season No. 9 at 197 pounds.

Campbellsville will begin its season Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Oklahoma City Open, in Oklahoma City.
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