The Statesmen received 28 points to be ranked 11th in the division. Defending national champion Lindenwood (Mo.) is the NAIA's top team with 74 points, while McKendree (Ill.) is second with 59 points. Menlo (Calif.) is third (56 points), Dana (Neb.) is fourth (46 points), and Southern Oregon (45 points) is fifth.
Fellow Iowa institutions Northwestern, in a tie for 13th with 20 points, and Morningside and Briar Cliff, in a tie for 20th with ten points, are also in the top 20.
Individually, Jordan Wall
(Sr., Liberty, N.C., Eastern Randolph HS) is the top Penn grappler as he is ranked second nationally at 285 pounds.Josh Swanson
(So., Knoxville, Knoxville HS) has turned some heads recently as he jumped into the national poll in third place at 157 pounds.
(Jr., Chicago, Ill., Harper CC) is also ranked in the NAIA, claiming sixth place at 141 pounds.
Penn received 67 points to be ranked third in the Central Qualifying Group team rankings. Oklahoma City tops of the ranking with 119 points, while Missouri Valley is second with 104 points. Grand View (52 points), Bacone (Okla.) (42 points), Waldorf (37 points), and York (Neb.) (27 points) round out the poll.
The Statesmen have seven grapplers ranked in the Central Qualifying Group, led by Swanson and Wall, who are both first at their respective weights.
Cobbs and Chris Nelson
(Jr., Knoxville, Knoxville HS), at 165 pounds, are each ranked seconds in the Group, while Taylor Louie
(So., West Covina, Calif., West Covina HS) is third at 125 pounds.Royce Thomas
(Sr., Santa Rosa, Calif., Santa Rosa CC), at 174 pounds, and Jordaryl Logan
(Sr., Allen Park, Mich., Briar Cliff), at 184 pounds, are both ranked fourth to conclude the rated Penn grapplers.
The qualifying group ratings will be very important during the year as they determine the seeding for the NAIA Central National Qualifier, which will be held February 21 in York, Neb.
For the complete NAIA National Rankings, click here
For the complete NAIA Qualifying Group Rankings, click here