The University of Northern Iowa didn’t see a whole lot of movement in the second February MAC coaches poll, the final poll to be released this year. UNI is still ranked third in the MAC, behind Old Dominion and Missouri.
The Panthers have four individuals ranked in the poll, led by number one Blaize Cabell at 285 pounds. Cabell has not lost in a dual this year, and hasn’t lost since December 6th. This past weekend he defeated ODU’s Matt Tourdot 11-4.
Dylan Peters and Cooper Moore come in at second at 125 and 165 pounds, respectively. Peters has won every dual match this year except one; he dropped a 10-1 major decision to #1 Alan Waters of Missouri. Peters most recently beat #3 Brandon Jeske from ODU 8-3. Moore has had a rough two weeks, dropping two decisions, a 5-2 loss to Iowa State’s Michael Moreno, and a 7-4 decision to Tristan Warner of Old Dominion. Warner took over the top spot in the MAC from Moore this week.
The other Panther making his was back to the top of the conference is Jarrett Jensen. After falling to fourth in the first poll for February, he’s bounced back with a win over #1 Ian Miller, Iowa States Luke Goettl, and secured the dual-winning pinfall over Old Dominion’s TC Warner. Jensen currently sits at third in the MAC poll.
The MAC Championship Tournament will take place on March 7th and 8th this year in Columbia, Missouri. The host Missouri Tigers just secured the number spot in Intermat’s latest poll after a win over then-number-one Iowa at the National Duals. Missouri won the tournament last year, with 118.5, beating out UNI by just 2.5 points.
2015 Second February MAC Weight Class Rankings:
125 – 1. Alan Waters (Missouri, Senior); 2. Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa, Sophomore); 3. Brandon Jeske (Old Dominion, Sophomore); 4. Derek Elmore (Northern Illinois, Senior).
133 – 1. Zach Synon (Missouri, Sophomore); 2. Vincent Pizzuto (Eastern Michigan, Junior); 3. Tyler Keselring (Central Michigan, Senior); 4. Mack McGuire (Kent State, Junior).
141 – 1. Zach Horan (Central Michigan, Junior); 2. Lavion Mayes (Missouri, Sophomore); 3. Chris Mecate (Old Dominion, Junior); 4. Tyler Small (Kent State, Senior).
149 – 1. Drake Houdashelt (Missouri, Senior); 2. Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion, Junior); 3. Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan, Redshirt Freshman); 4. Tywan Claxton (Ohio, Junior).
157 – 1. Ian Miller (Kent State, Junior); 2. Joey Lavallee (Missouri, Sophomore); 3. Jarrett Jensen (Northern Iowa, Junior); 4. Brandon Zeerip (Eastern Michigan, Senior).
165 – 1. Tristan Warner (Old Dominion, Senior); 2. Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa, Sophomore); 3. Harrison Hightower (Ohio, Senior); 4. Mikey England (Missouri, Senior).
174 – 1. Cody Walters (Ohio, Junior); 2. Johnny Eblen (Missouri, Senior); 3. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan, Redshirt Freshman); 4. Caleb Marsh (Kent State, Senior).
184 – 1. Willie Miklus (Missouri, Redshirt Freshman); 2. Jack Dechow (Old Dominion, Sophomore); 3. Andrew Romanchik (Ohio, Junior); 4. Jerald Spohn (Kent State, Redshirt Freshman).
197 – 1. J’Den Cox (Missouri, Sophomore); 2. Phil Wellington (Ohio, Junior); 3. Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois, Sophomore); 4. Anthony Abro (Eastern Michigan, Junior).
HWT – 1. Blaize Cabell (Northern Iowa, Junior); 2. Devin Mellon (Missouri, Senior); 3. Jake Henderson (Old Dominion, Senior); 4. Mimmo Lytle (Kent State, Sophomore).
2015 MAC Second February Rankings
1. Missouri (33.0)
2. Old Dominion (16.0)
t-3. Northern Iowa (12.0)
t-3. Ohio (12.0)
5. Central Michigan (10.0)
6. Kent State (9.0)
7. Eastern Michigan (5.0)
8. Northern Illinois (3.0)
9. Buffalo (0.0)