Warriors Crack NAIA Top 20 in Latest Rankings

December 7, 2011

For Immediate Release

Fort Wayne, IN – In the second edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll announced by the national office on Wednesday, the Indiana Tech wrestling team moved into the rankings at No. 20. The Warriors also had two individuals land among the top 12 of their respective weight classes.

“We feel we have started out on the right foot at the beginning of this inaugural season,” said Head Coach Mike Ester.  “We faced some tough, tough competition in our first three opens, and have matched up individually with probably 3/4 of the Big Ten wrestling programs, amongst other top wrestlers from all levels of college wrestling.  We had tremendous success at the Indiana Little State tournament this past weekend, with 11 of 14 wrestlers bringing home a top 8 finish, four championship finalists, and crowning our first individual tournament champion in Tanner Martin at 184-pounds, who (along with Travis Barroquillo at 133 lbs.) has earned a top 12 national ranking and he will be going down to 174-pounds where we feel he will have a stronger chance at contending for a national championship run. At this point we’ve qualified seven athletes for the National Championship and are shooting for a goal of 10.”

Both Tanner Martin and Travis Barroquillo have qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Martin, the freshman from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is ranked 12th in the 184-pound weight class while fellow freshman Travis Barroquillo is ranked 6th in the 133-pound division. The five other Tech grapplers who have qualified are Dustin Boyd (Mishawaka, IN/Calumet), Kafuba Donzon (Albany, GA/Darton), Andre Dunn (Kewanee, IL/Lincoln), Reece Lefever (Ft. Wayne, IN/Carroll), and Andre Sanders (Farmington Hills, MI/Harrison).

Coach Ester added, “We are hitting a stage in our schedule where we will be facing more NAIA teams and hope to continue to improve on our top 20 ranking by defeating some of the nation’s top ranked wrestlers.  Other than a few disappointments with some guys not performing up to their capability, we feel we are on track with some of our first year goals.  But it’s not going to happen if we feel entitled to this early success.  We must stay focused and nose to the grind to finish out this first half of the season.”

The Warriors will face two Top 20 teams on Friday, December 9 when they return to the mat in Williamsburg, Kentucky at the University of the Cumberlands for the Patriot Duals. Tech will take on No. 18 Cumberlands beginning at 5 pm. and then No. 4 Campbellsville University at 6:30 p.m. The Cumberlands enter the contest with two ranked individuals while Campbellsville brings in nine.

To see the complete NAIA Top 20 rankings please visit http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/120711aab.html

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