Women’s Wrestling | Wed, Jan. 23, 2019 at 4:15 PM
ATHERTON, Calif. – For the third-straight poll, Menlo College Women’s Wrestling is the top-ranked team in the NAIA. Menlo remains atop the polls with six wrestlers ranked #1 in their respective classes, three more than any other school in the country. In just the first season of NAIA Women’s Wrestling polls, the Oaks are the only team to be ranked #1 during the season, as Wayland Baptist was ranked #1 in the preseason.
Four of the top-five spots in the rankings remain unchanged with Menlo and Wayland Baptist remaining in the top two positions. The Oaks have widened the gap between first and second to 122 points, with 20 points being earned for each wrestler ranked first, 19 for second, and so on. Jamestown (N.D.) makes a big jump from sixth to third, while Life (Ga.) and Campbellsville (Ky.) round out the top-five in the same positions they were in during the last poll.
The six wrestlers who have been holding down the fort in their weight classes remain number one again in this poll: Alleida Martinez (109), Gracie Figueroa (116), Solin Piearcy (136), Angela Peralta (143), Iman Kazem (155), and Precious Bell (170). The only difference in this poll is that Bell is joined by Brittany Marshall of Wayland Baptist for the top spot in 170. All told, a whopping 23 Oaks are ranked in the top-19 in their classes, by far the most in the NAIA (Wayland Baptist is next closest with 16).
The Oaks will remain idle until the WCWA Nationals in Marietta, Georgia on February 8-9. The two-day event is the first of two national tournaments the Oaks will compete in. Menlo is currently ranked #2 in the WCWA, only behind McKendree University. Social media channels of Menlo Athletics (@menloathletics) will have complete coverage and live updates from Marietta as the Oaks compete to hoist their first banner in the College’s history.