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Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
11/17/2005


The Nov. 17, 2005 TheMat.com U.S. Women's College Wrestling Rankings for teams and individuals have been released. It is the first women's college wrestling poll of the year.

The Univ. of the Cumberlands, a NAIA school in Kentucky, captured the No. 1 position in the poll, with all three first-place votes. The Univ. of Cumberlands is coached by Kip Flanik.

Missouri Valley College, a NAIA team coached by Carl Murphree, held down the No. 2 spot with all three second-place votes.

Coming in at No. 3 is Pacific Univ., a Div. III team in Oregon, coached by Scott Miller. The No. 4 team is Menlo College, a NAIA program from California, coached by Lee Allen. Taking No. 5 is Lassen College, a junior college program in California, coached by Paul Gomez.

Rounding out the top 10 were two teams tied was No. 6 Cal-State Bakersfield, No. 7 WOW club of Pennsylvania, No. 8 Univ. of Florida.and No. 9, the Univ of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine WC.

The poll can be found at:
http://www.themat.com/rankings/default.asp?CategoryID=108&RankingID=810

The team ranking poll is elected by a panel of three U.S. women's college coaches. Eligible for ranking are college varsity and club women's wrestling programs.

The Univ. of the Cumberlands had an edge in the individual rankings, with No. 1 ranked individuals in four of the eight weight divisions.

The athletes from Cumberland who are ranked No. 1 are: junior Othella Lucas at 130 pounds, senior Alaina Berube at 138.75 pounds, sophomore Heather Martin at 147.5 pounds and senior Toccara Montgomery at 176 pounds.

Missouri Valley College featured two No. 1 ranked wrestlers: junior Clarissa Calibuso at 121 pounds and sophomore Stephany Lee at 158.5 pounds.

The two lightest weight classes have No. 1 stars from other programs. At 105.5 pounds, junior Sara Fulp-Allen of Menlo College holds the top ranking. At 112.25 pounds, junior Kapua Torres of Pacific Univ. retained the No. 1 position.

The November 17, 2005 TheMat.com U.S. Women's College Individual rankings can be found at:
http://www.themat.com/rankings/default.asp?CategoryID=108&RankingID=811

The individual rankings are selected by TheMat.com. Athletes who are considered for ranking are eligible full-time college students, and are members of their college women's varsity or club program, or a member of their college men's wrestling team.

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