Menlo is No. 1, Jamestown No. 2 in new NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll

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By NAIA |Dec. 12, 2019, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In the second edition of the 2019 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll, Menlo (Calif.) took home the top spot for a second week in a row. The No. 1 Oaks earned a total of 206 points.

Top 20 Highlights
* The No. 1 Oaks had five wrestlers in No. 1 spots within their respective weight classes. Including: Alleida Martinez (109), Gracie Figueroa (116), Tiana Jackson (123), Marilyn Garcia (143) and Precious Bell (170).
* Wayland Baptist (Texas) had three No. 1 wrestlers this week including: Kaylynn Albrecht (155), Desiree Zavala (136) and Nina Pham (101).
* The top five remained the same from the previous poll (Dec. 6)
* All ten of the top-ranked individuals remained the same from the previous poll as well.
* This is the second year for women’s wrestling as an NAIA invitational sport. Twenty-eight NAIA institutions sponsor women’s wrestling teams during the 2019-2020 season. Women’s wrestling will be eligible for championship status once 40 institutions sponsor a varsity women’s wrestling program.

Poll Methodology
* 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 is 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.

2019-2020 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches Top 20 Poll – No. 2

Last WeekRankTeamPoints
11Menlo College206
22University of Jamestown180
33Campbellsville University178
44Life University176
55Southern Oregon University154
66Wayland Baptist University144
97University of the Cumberlands131
88University of Providence124
109Lyon College121
710Oklahoma City University119
1111Grand View101
1212Midland University90
1313Eastern Oregon University69
1414Missouri Valley College57
1515Missouri Baptist University55
1616York College46
T1717Central Methodist University44
T1718Waldorf University43
2019University of Saint Mary25
1920Texas Wesleyan20

Receiving Votes: Central Christian CollegeTop-ranked Individuals 
101 – Nina Pham, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
109 – Alleida Martinez, Menlo (Calif.)
116 – Grace Figueroa, Menlo (Calif.)
123 – Tiana Jackson, Menlo (Calif.)
130- Abigail Nette, Campbellsville (Ky.)
136 – Desiree Zavala, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
143 – Marilyn Garcia, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
155 – Kaylynn Albrecht, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
170 – Precious Bell, Menlo (Calif.)
191 – Nkechinyere Nwankwo, Oklahoma City
Click for complete individual rankings