Justin Wagner, Assistant Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Lyon College women’s wrestling team continues to impress this season as the Scots just garnered the No. 8 ranking in the final edition of the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll, which was released by the national office this morning.
Campbellsville University and Menlo College maintained their No. 1 and No. 2 ranking, respectively. Southern Oregon University jumped Life University for the third position, while the University of Jamestown moved up to the No. 5 spot. The University of the Cumberlands holds the sixth position, while Wayland Baptist University sits just ahead of Lyon College for the No. 7 ranking. The University of Providence fell to ninth in the poll, while Oklahoma City University stayed in the No. 10 spot.
The Scots placed 12 wrestlers in the individual standings as well. Jasmine Hernandez led Lyon as she earned the No. 2 ranking in the 123-pound weight class. Kelani Corbett recorded a No. 4 ranking in the 170-pound weight division, while Brianna Ribucan-Leong and Ashley Whetzal each jumped into the No. 5 spot in their respective weight classes. Elissa Douglass and Emma De Brum kept the top-10 rankings coming for the Scots as Douglass notched the No. 7 ranking in the 143-pound weight division, and De Brum earned the No. 10 spot in the 116-pound weight class. Six additional Scots registered a spot in the individual rankings – Alexandrea Banag (No. 12), Mariah Spix (No. 13), Jessienna Burkett-Erice (No. 17), Skye Williams (No. 17), Sierra Alfonso (No. 18), and Ashley Cook (No. 24).
Last time the Scots were on the mat, Lyon battled No. 7 University of the Cumberlands inside Becknell Gymnasium for the Scots’ senior day match. Lyon and UC exchanged leads throughout the entire dual as both teams wrestled tremendously. The dual was so tight that it ended in a draw, 23-23. Brianna Ribucan-Leong, Ashley Whetzal, Jasmine Hernandez, Elissa Douglass, and Kelani Corbett all notched impressive victories against the University of the Cumberlands.
The eighth-ranked Lyon College women’s wrestling team will travel to Texas to compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Championships this weekend. The competition will begin on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on the campus of Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas.