2018-2019 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll (No. 3)

By Pete Scantlebury, NAIA Manager of Athletics Communications – Link

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Menlo (Calif.) becomes the first repeat No. 1-ranked team in the brief history of the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 poll, extending its lead over No. 2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) by 24 points.

 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll Highlights

  • For the second-straight poll, Menlo wrestlers claimed the top spot at six weight classes: Alleida Martinez (109), Gracie Figueroa (116), Solin Piearcy (136), Angela Peralta (143), Iman Kazem (155) and Precious Bell (170).
  • Wayland Baptist has the top-ranked wrestlers at 191 pounds (Paige Baynes) and 101 (Ovience Ray).
  • Providence (Mont.) and Campbellsville (Ky.) each have one top-ranked wrestler.
  • After falling out in the last poll, Central Christian (Kan.) and Saint Mary (Kan.) re-enter, tied at No. 20.
  • Baker (Kan.) fell out of the poll this week.
  • 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.

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 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. 3

11Menlo (Calif.)West286
22Wayland Baptist (Texas)Central262
33Southern OregonWest175
45Life (Ga.)Mid-South163
54Campbellsville (Ky.)Mid-South161
66Jamestown (N.D.)KCAC152
77Cumberlands (Ky.)Mid-South123
88Lyon (Ark.)Central89
99Ottawa (Kan.)KCAC69
1010York (Neb.)KCAC62
1111Missouri BaptistCentral59
1214Providence (Mont.)West56
1316Eastern OregonWest51
1312Midland (Neb.)KCAC51
1313Lindenwood (Ill.)Mid-South51
1617Missouri ValleyKCAC42
1715Waldorf (Iowa)Central40
1820Brewton-Parker (Ga.)Mid-South19
1918Warner Pacific (Ore.)West16
20RVCentral Christian (Kan.)Central14
20RVSaint Mary (Kan.)KCAC14

Dropped out: Baker (Kan.)

Receiving votes: Baker (Kan.) 13

Top-ranked individuals | Individual rankings

 101 – Ovieonce Ray, Wayland Baptist

109 – Alleida Martinez, Menlo

116 – Gracie Figueora, Menlo

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

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