Cumberland moved from 12th to No. 8 in the most recent edition of the NAIA wrestling coaches’ top 20 poll, the national office announced Thursday.
The Bulldogs also saw eight grapplers ranked in their respective weight classes.
CU has compiled seven straight dual victories including a 28-12 win over Life University in its last match on Nov. 26.
Billy Ward moved up two places to No. 2 at 133 after defeating Nick Johnson of the University of Tennessee by fall at the 2:30 mark in his last match on Nov. 23. Steven Sandefer fell from 11th to No. 16 at 157.
At 165, Kirk Johnson jumped from No. 16 in the previous poll to No. 10, and Eziekiel Hunt remained ranked fifth at 174. Jacob Shirley moved from 17th to 13th in the same weight class.
Cody Linton retained his No. 2 ranking at 184, trailing only Lindsey Wilson’s Jameel Bryant. Finally at 197, Scott Steward came in at No. 9 after a defeat of Matt Mannino from Life.
The Bulldogs will return to action Saturday at the Indiana Tech Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind. CU will compete against Great Falls, Indiana Tech, Missouri Baptist and Oklahoma City.