Men’s Wrestling | Wed, Jan. 23, 2019 at 3:30 PM
ATHERTON, Calif. – Representing a three-spot jump in the NAIA Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll, Menlo College is ranked #6 in the NAIA in the penultimate regular-season poll of the 2018-19 season. The most recent poll features ten Oaks ranked individually, and this climb in the national poll helps Menlo move up to the second-best spot in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
To no one’s surprise, Grand View (Iowa) remains the top-ranked team in the NAIA, in the top spot for the 49th-straight poll, dating back to 2012. Indiana Tech remains the second-ranked team in the country, while Life University jumps up from #7 to #3. Among teams in the Cascade, Montana State – Northern sees a one-spot drop to #4, with Menlo sliding up to sixth, putting them second in the conference. They leap-frog Providence University, now #9, and Embry-Riddle, now #10.
Anthony Orozco is still the top-ranked Oaks wrestler, holding down the #2 spot in the 184 weight class. He suffered a loss in the championship match at the Missouri Valley Invitational, his first defeat of his junior season. He now has some company near the top of the rankings, however, as several Oaks are rising in this poll. A pair of Oaks are now sixth in their respective classes: Terrill Sidner in 149, up from eighth, and Alex Garcia in 165, who was previously unranked. Also on the climb for Menlo are Riley Siason, who is now ranked #10 in the 125 class after being unranked; Bruce Valdez, up three spots to #13 in 197; and Mikel Perales, who enters the rankings in 133 at #19.
Menlo finished third as a team during the highly-competitive Missouri Valley Invitational, and now prepares for the annual California Collegiate Open at San Francisco State University. The tournament will be on Saturday, January 26 at 10:00 am and is the last tournament for Menlo before the CCC Championships in February.