King University begins WCWA season ranked No. 1

King University, a Div. II program in Tennessee, opens as the No. 1 team in the WCWA Women's College Preseason poll.

Last season, King placed third in the WCWA Nationals. The team, coached by Jason Moorman, returns most of its starters from last season, including three individual athletes with No. 1 preseason rankings. The team features eight athletes who are ranked in the top three of their weight classes in the preseason rankings.

Taking second in the WCWA preseason poll is Oklahoma City University, an NAIA college which placed second at the WCWA women's college nationals. OCU, coached by Archie Randall, boasts two athletes with individual preseason No. 1 rankings.

Coming in third in the preseason poll is defending WCWA national champion Simon Fraser, a Div. II school from Burnaby Mountain, Canada. Mike Jones' team features four individual No. 1 wrestlers in the preseason selections.

Rounding out the top 10 are No. 4 Lindenwood, a tie for No. 5 with Jamestown and Missouri Valley, No. 7 Wayland Baptist, No. 8 Missouri Baptist, No. 9 Univ. of the Cumberlands and No. 10 Midland. There are 18 teams ranked in the preseason poll, reflecting the growth of women's college wrestling this year.

Five returning WCWA individual champions open the season with No. 1 rankings: junior Emily Webster of Oklahoma City (101), senior Victoria Anthony of Simon Fraser (109), senior Alli Ragan of King (136), senior Justina Distasio of Simon Fraser (170) and senior Jenna McLatchy of Simon Fraser (191).

Anthony and Ragan were members of the 2013 U.S. Senior World Team, which placed a strong third at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The other five athletes with No. 1 rankings are junior Nikkie Brar of Simon Fraser (116), junior Sarah Hildebrandt of King (123), senior Randi Beltz of Missouri Valley (130), senior Stephanie Geltmacher of Oklahoma City (143) and junior Julia Salata of King (155).

The 2014 WCWA Women's College Nationals are scheduled for Missouri Baptist University, January 24-25 in St. Louis, Mo.

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BoHunter0210 (1) about 4 and a half years ago
This is a great way to expand the coverage of Women's College Wrestling. There should be a permanent spot under Intermat's rankings.