Justin Wagner, Assistant Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As the Lyon College women’s wrestling team gets set for their first competition of the new year, the Scots are ranked No. 10 in the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll as the conference office released the rankings today. Lyon’s No. 10 ranking means that the Scots have earned a spot in the top ten for all four editions of the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll this season.
Life University claimed the top spot this week, while Campbellsville University trails by just one point for the second position. The University of Jamestown and Menlo College follow closely behind in the No. 3 and No. 4 rankings, respectively. Southern Oregon University edged Wayland Baptist University for the fifth spot. The University of the Cumberlands and the University of Providence maintained their spot at No. 7 and No. 8 in the poll, while Oklahoma City University jumped Lyon College for the No. 9 position.
The Scots placed 12 wrestlers in the individual standings as well. Elissa Douglass jumped into the top five in the 143 pound weight class, while Brianna Ribucan-Leong and Jasmine Hernandez both earned the No. 6 ranking in their respective weight divisions. Mariah Spix and Logan Mize also notched spots in the top ten of their weight classes as the wrestlers claimed the No. 7 and No. 8 positions, respectively. Seven additional Scots registered a spot in the individual rankings – Ashley Whetzal (No. 13), Jessienna Burkett-Erice (No. 14), Kelani Corbett (No. 15), Alexandrea Banag (No. 15), Rebekah Garcia (No. 16), Ashley Cook (No. 16), and Sierra Alfonso (No. 16).
Last time the Scots were in action, the Lyon College women’s wrestling team dominated the Wayland Baptist University Invitational as the Scots had four wrestlers – Ashley Whetzal, Jasmine Hernandez, Alexandrea Banag, and Kelani Corbett – claim first place in their respective weight classes.
Lyon returns to the mat on Jan. 10-11 for the NWCA National Duals. The two-day tournament will take place in Louisville, Kentucky.