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Appalachian State Wrestling Ranked 24th in Latest Poll

For the second straight season, App State Wrestling has earned a Top 25 national dual team ranking from the National Wrestling Coaches Association Coaches Poll.

Coached by JohnMark Bentley, the Mountaineers improved to 1-1 a week ago Sunday and landed at No. 24 in the NWCA Poll by winning 24-14 over then-No. 21 North Carolina in their second dual of the season against a ranked ACC program. NC State, currently ranked fourth, beat App State in its dual opener.

Ethan Oakley, Ike Byers, Tommy Askey, Will Miller, Luke Uliano and Jacob Sartorio prevailed Sunday for App State, which won six of 10 matches against the Tar Heels. Six-point pins from Miller and Uliano were crucial as the Mountaineers increased their advantage from 9-6 to 21-6 against an opponent that had four ranked wrestlers in its lineup for the dual in Varsity Gym and already owned a win against then-No. 13 Arizona State.

Last year, a 19-16 win at North Carolina propelled App State into the national rankings, and the Mountaineers finished at No. 20 in the final NWCA Poll of the 2022-23 season. They also have been ranked in the NWCA Poll during the 2018-19, 2016-17 and 2015-16 seasons.

App State returns to action on Jan. 1-2 at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Mountaineers’ next dual is at Duke on Monday, Jan. 8.