By Pete Scantlebury, NAIA Manager of Athletics Communications
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Menlo (Calif.) jumped ahead of Wayland Baptist (Texas) in the second edition of the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll. Seven points separate the two teams.
Top 25 Highlights
- Menlo claims six of the top-ranked wrestlers in the most recent poll:
AlleidaMartinez (109 pounds), Gracie Figueroa (116 pounds), Solin Piearcy (136 pounds), Angela Peralta (143 pounds), Iman Kzem(155 pounds) and Precious Bell (170 pounds).
- Wayland Baptist has two top-ranked wrestlers in
OvieonceRay (101 pounds) and Paige Baynes (191 pounds).
- Rounding out the top five were No. 3 Southern Oregon, No. 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 5 Life (Ga.).
- Entering the poll was Missouri Baptist at No. 11.
- This is the first year for women’s wrestling as an NAIA invitational sport. Twenty-five NAIA institutions field wrestling teams during the 2018-2019 season. Women’s wrestling will be eligible for championship status after two years of competition as an invitational sport and 40 institutions sponsor a varsity women’s wrestling team.
- The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the four conferences and groupings.
- Two days prior to the national poll, each qualifying group rater submits the top six individuals from each weight class in his conference into the system. Only wrestlers listed on a conference ballot are considered for the national ballot.
- The top 20 individuals in each weight class are based on how each voter ranks the best individuals. An individual receives 20 points for each first-place vote, 19 for second place and so on through the list. This same point system is used to determine the team ranking.
- For the complete Top 20 calendar, click here.
2018-2019 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches Top 20 Poll – No. 2
|2||1||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||Central||261|
|18||17||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||West||36|
Dropped out: Central Christian (Kan.), Saint Mary (Kan.)
Receiving votes: Central Christian (Kan.) 14, Saint Mary (Kan.) 13
Top-ranked individuals | Individual Rankings
116 – Gracie
123 – Dajan Treder, Providence
130 – Andribeth Rivera, Campbellsville
136 – Solin Piearcy, Menlo
143 – Angela Peralta, Menlo
155 – Iman Kazem, Menlo
170 – Precious Bell, Menlo
191 – Paige Baynes, Wayland Baptist