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The March 30, 2006 U.S. Women's College Wrestling Rankings for teams and individuals have been released.

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. The Cumberlands won the team title at the U.S. Women's College Nationals, in both the dual meet and individual tournaments, and also competed well at the recent Missouri Valley Showcase.

Missouri Valley College, a NAIA team coached by Carl Murphree, held down the No. 2 spot with all three second-place votes. Missouri Valley was second behind the Univ. of the Cumberlands at the U.S. Women's College Nationals.

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

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

The poll can be found at:

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 five No. 1 ranked wrestlers in the individual rankings. The athletes from Cumberland who are ranked No. 1 are:sophomore Jessica Medina at 112.25 pounds, 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. All were ranked No. 1 in their divisions in the last ranking, except Medina, who has moved up in weight and won the U.S. Women's College Nationals at that division.

Missouri Valley College featured two No. 1 ranked wrestlers: freshman Sharlee Solis at 121 pounds and sophomore Stephany Lee at 158.5 pounds. Lee has been ranked No. 1 all year, while Solis grabs the top ranking for the first time.

At 105.5 pounds, junior Sara Fulp-Allen of Menlo College retained the top ranking..

The March 30, 2006 U.S. Women's College Individual rankings can be found at:

The individual rankings are selected by 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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