Hawkeye wrestlers hold individual rankings in AWN poll

Eight Iowa wrestlers ranked, including seven in top six of their respective classes; UNI has five ranked, while ISU has four

March 29, 2014 | 1:13 am

The University of Iowa suffered its first setback in a dual this season, but the individuals did not experience one in the latest Amateur Wrestling News individual rankings released Monday.

The Hawkeyes have eight ranked wrestlers, including seven in the top six of their respective weight class. Defending NCAA champion Derek St. John leads the way as the top-ranked 157-pounder in the country. Ethen Lofthouse is ranked second at 184, while NCAA finalist Tony Ramos (133) and heavyweight Bobby Telford are ranked third, respectively. Red-shirt freshman Cory Clark is fourth at 125 and Nick Moore (165) and Mike Evans (174) are both sixth.

The University of Northern Iowa has five ranked wrestlers, including Ryan Loder, Joe Colon and Dylan Peters. Loder is the highest ranked Panther, sitting fourth at 184. Colon and Peters gives UNI three wrestlers in the top 10. Colon is sixth at 133 and Peters a red-shirt freshman at 125, is eighth. Cooper Moore is ranked 12th at 165 and 174-pounder Cody Caldwell is 19th.

Iowa State's Kyven Gadson leads four Cyclone wrestlers in the rankings. The returning All-American is third at 197. Mike Moreno, also a returning All-American, is seventh at 165. Tanner Weatherman (174) is 12th and Earl Hall is 13th at 125.

According to AWN, there will not be a NCAA Division I dual team poll from USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association/AWN.

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