NWCA 2021-22 Preseason NCAA Women’s Poll
MANHEIM, Pa. – With the start of 2021-22 women’s wrestling season nearing, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their NCAA Women’s Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll.
Defending national champion McKendree University sits atop the poll with 108 points while 2021 runner-up King University is ranked second. McKendree has 15 individuals ranked, including five ranked atop their respective weight classes. King is the only other team to reach double figures with ten individuals ranked.
Augsburg College (third), Simon Fraser University (fourth), and Emmanuel College (fifth) round out the top five of the rankings. Simon Fraser did not compete in 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returns to the top five with five individuals ranked.
All 10 of the 2021 national champions return, with eight of them ranked atop their respective weight classes. The two that aren’t ranked atop their weight classes were supplanted by 2020 national champions, Karla Godinez-Gonzalez and Alex Hedrick of Simon Fraser. Godinez-Gonzalez is ranked No. 1 at 116 pounds with 2021 national champion, Felicity Taylor of McKendree ranked second, while Hendrick is ranked first at 123 pounds with 2021 national champion, Cheyenne Sisenstein of King ranked third.
The southwest region leads the way with 24 individuals ranked while the southeast and northwest each have 20 ranked. The northeast region has the remaining 16 individuals. ranked.