Tornado Women’s Wrestling Jumps to Second in National Rankings
The Tornado made the jump over now No. 3 Simon Fraser, who King defeated handily on Oct. 9 at Oklahoma City University, and No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.). King has yet to play Cumberlands this season but will face off with the Patriots at least twice in a pair of dual meets later this season. Oklahoma City University retained its No. 1 national ranking, remaining undefeated after 10 duals.
Missouri Valley and Missouri Baptist, both teams King has defeated this season, are ranked eighth and 10th, respectively.
King (7-1) has seen multiple wrestlers move up in the top-8 individual rankings. The Tornado now have two grapplers at the 101-pound division inside the top-8 with Tatiana Perez (Woodbridge, Va.) and freshman Victoria De Lac (Graham, N.C.) are ranked fourth and eighth, respectively. Emily Martin stayed atop the 109-pound weight class while Kayla Bartosch (Triangle, Va.) moved into the top eight, now ranked sixth, at 116 pounds.
Standout Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ind.) is ranked first in the nation at 143 pounds. Kayla Brendlinger (Slippery Rock, Pa.) and Sara Hildebrandt (Granger, Ind.) moved into the three and four spots at the 123-pound division. Julia Salata (155), Lorrie Ramos (170) and Katarina Perez (136) also moved up in their respective rankings. National champion Marina Lambert (Chesapeake, Va.) remains ranked second in the nation at the 191-pound division, despite being held out of competition through the first two weeks of the season.
The next WCWA rankings will be compiled Nov. 1. Rankings will be put together the first and 15th of each month until January.
Women's College Wrestling Association Rankings (as of Oct. 15, 2011)
1. Oklahoma City
3. Simon Fraser
5. Wayland Baptist
8. Missouri Valley
10. Missouri Baptist/Waldorf