NIACC ranked 12th in latest NJCAA wrestling poll

NIACC's Noah Jackson (left) is ranked third at 157 pounds in the latest NJCAA Intermat rankings.
NIACC's Noah Jackson (left) is ranked third at 157 pounds in the latest NJCAA Intermat rankings.

MASON CITY - The NIACC wrestling team is ranked No. 12 in the second Intermat NJCAA Division I rankings released Monday.

NIACC was ranked 11th in the preseason rankings in November.

In the latest rankings, Ellsworth is No. 3, Iowa Lakes is No. 4, Iowa Western is No. 7 and Iowa Central is No. 10.

In the individual by Intermat, NIACC sophomore Austin Anderly (2-0) is ranked No. 1 at 141 pounds and freshman Noah Jackson (5-2) is No. 3 at 157 pounds.

Anderly earned all-American honors by placing fifth at 141 pounds at last season's national tournament. Anderly, who has not wrestled since Nov. 15, is out of the lineup with a broken hand and is expected back on mat after the holiday break in January.

At 157 pounds, Ellsworth's Steven Lawrence is ranked No. 1 and Iowa Lakes' Anthony Maia is ranked fourth. Lawrence pinned Jackson in a dual meet on Nov. 15 and Jackson topped Maia 11-8 in a dual meet on Nov. 29.

NIACC hosts Iowa Central in a dual meet on Wednesday. Match time is set for 7 p.m. in the NIACC gym.

NJCAA Division I wrestling rankings

Clackamas, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Ellsworth, Iowa Lakes, Western Wyoming, Northwest, Iowa Western, North Idaho, RCTC, Iowa Central, Southwestern Oregon, NIACC, Northwest Kansas Tech, Barton, Nassau, Muskegon, Lincoln, Niagara County, Highline, Ridgewater, Spartanburg Methodist.