Grand View University recently issued the following announcement.
Grand View was ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 20 Poll for the 52nd poll in a row. The Vikings came off of the 2018-19 season winning their 8th straight NAIA National Title. The Vikings are gearing up and looking to repeat that this year for the 2019-20 season.
The Vikings have 4 out of their previous 12 All-Americans back on the mats for the 2019-20 season, Justin Portillo, Josh Wenger, Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, and Evan Hansen. Two previous, first place individuals at the NAIA National Tournament, Josh Wenger (149) and Evan Hansen (197) will be huge assets for the team as returners for the upcoming season. Justin Portillo (125) and Renaldo Rodriguez-Spence (157), who also placed in the NAIA National Tournament, will also prove to benefit the team for this next season.
Following the All-Americans, Grand View also brings four more key returners from last season. Dante Tacchia (133) won the Missouri Valley Invite last year, one of the toughest NAIA tournaments. Jacob Shoop (165) placed 2nd in that same tournament. Both Dalton Jensen (157) and Shea Ruffridge (133) had really good redshirt seasons for the Vikings.
Along with strong returners, the Vikings bring in six NJCAA All-Americans to add to the team this season as well. Kendon Lee, Kyle Caldwell, Brian Stanford, Trevor Senn, Tyree Sutton, and Charles Griffin will all be apart of the 2019-20 team.
Let the Season Begin…
Head Coach Nick Mitchell's feelings haven't changed since his first season as a Grand View Coach, still eager for what the upcoming season brings. Coach Mitchell comments, "I feel the same way in year number 12 as I did going into year number 1. I'm anxious to get into competition and see what we have in this group. In the room, they have looked good, but once we compete we're going to expose some areas we really need to work on and that's when the real improvement takes place.
This year's group is different than last year in the fact that we probably have more weights where there isn't a clear front-runner right now. We had some many returners last season. That isn't the case as much this year. We have some returners who have a big opportunity to step up this year and a big group of new guys who can be difference-makers for us immediately if they buy into the program."
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