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Five Phoenix ranked in latest NAIA top 20 wrestling poll

Staff Reports • Dec 14, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Cumberland dropped one spot to No. 18 in the team rankings and five individuals – Sammy Rosario, Austin Meyn, Nate Croley, Orlando Nawade and Kyle Delaune – were all ranked individually in the latest edition of the NAIA wrestling coaches’ top 20 poll, as announced by the national office.

National team rankings in wrestling are compiled based off individual rankings for wrestlers, with points awarded based on the Top 16 individuals in each weight class, unlike all of the other national polls that are strictly voted on by coaches in those sports. Cumberland was ranked 17th in the preseason and in the first regular season edition of the NAIA wrestling coaches’ top 20 poll.

Rosario is the highest-rated individual for the Phoenix at No. 4 at 133. The Cartersville, Ga., native has posted a 9-2 mark so far this season, taking the individual title at the season-opening Patriot Open and recording victories in all five dual matches.

Delaune is ranked eighth at 184 with a 5-2 record this fall. The New Orleans native has three pins and a Technical Fall among his five wins.

Croley ranks 11th at 157 with a 6-3 individual mark, including 4-1 in dual matches. The Pigeon Forge native was the program’s only All-American last season.

Nawade is ranked 12th at 174 for the Phoenix, posting an 8-4 record. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native placed third in the Patriot Open and has a 3-1 mark in dual matches this fall.

Meyn ranks 14th at 141 after a second-place showing in the Patriot Open. The New Orleans native has an overall mark of 7-1, including 3-0 in dual outings.

Cumberland will head to the 38th annual Midwest Classic this weekend in Indianapolis, Ind., before a break for the holidays and then the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Jan. 4-5.

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