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    Simon Fraser No. 1 in NWCA preseason NCAA women's wrestling rankings

    Alex Hedrick is one of the leaders for top-ranked Simon Fraser (Photo/Simon Fraser Athletics)

    MANHEIM, Pa -- On Monday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the preseason individual and tournament team rankings for the NCAA women. This is the second season that the NWCA has sponsored a poll for the NCAA Women's division.


    Freshmen are not included in the preseason polls. Of note, many athletes are coming off redshirt years.

    With NCAA women competing in freestyle competition, it has been determined that results from sanctioned freestyle events such as USA Wrestling's U23 Championships will be factored into the individual rankings throughout the season.

    Ranking Team Total Points

    1. Simon Fraser 97
    2. McKendree 92
    3. Emmanuel 67
    4. King 66
    5. North Central 49
    6. Tiffin 45
    7. Colorado Mesa 40
    8. Augsburg 39
    9. Lindenwood 20
    10. Gannon 19
    T-11. Presbyterian 16
    T-11. Lakeland 16
    13. UW-Stevens Point 15
    14. Limestone 11
    15. East Stroudsburg 7

    Ranking Criteria: Teams will be permitted to enter two wrestlers per weight class, but only 15 total. Each team may receive points from only one wrestler per weight class. That point system is as follows: 1st - 16 points, 2nd - 12 points, 3rd - 10 points, 4th - 9 points, 5th - 7 points, 6th - 6 points, 7th - 4 points, 8th - 3 points.

    Ranking Committee: Cliff Cushard (Adrian College), Link Davis (Emmanuel College), Travis Mercado (Colorado Mesa University), Jason Moorman (King University), Joe Norton (North Central College), Sam Schmitz (McKendree University).

    NOTE: The NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Championships, will not take place this season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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