LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s Michael Gonzalez, Kyle Delaune and Cody Linton were all ranked in their respective weight classes as part of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll released last week by the national office.
Linton finished as the national runner-up at the NAIA Championships last season at 184. The Winters, Calif., native is ranked third at 197 to begin his senior campaign after finishing with a 19-4 record in 2013-14.
Gonzalez’s season was cut short last year because of injury in mid-January, but the redshirt junior from Hesperia, Calif., enters the 2014-15 campaign ranked 15th at 157.
Delaune qualified for the NAIA Championships as a freshman last season, registering a 26-13 overall mark last year. The New Orleans, La., native begins his sophomore season ranked 13th at 184 for the Bulldogs.
Cumberland opens the 2014-15 dual season this Sunday with three matches, taking on Buffalo, Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb this Sunday, November 2 in Boone, N.C.