Photo Credit: Menlo (Calif.) Sports Information Department
Photo Credit: Menlo (Calif.) Sports Information Department

2023-24 NAIA Women's Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Menlo (Calif.) sits atop the NAIA Women's Wrestling Preseason Top 20 presented by Yes! Athletics. Life (Ga.), Grand View (Iowa), William Penn (Iowa), and Providence (Mont.) round out the top 5 to jump-start the 2023-24 women's wrestling season. Reigning national champion Southern Oregon starts the fresh season in sixth.

Rating Methodology

  • The ratings were voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the five conferences.
  • Two days prior to the national rating, each qualifying group rater submits the top 10 individuals from each weight class in the conference into the system. Only wrestlers listed on a conference ballot are considered for the national ballot.
  • The top 20 individuals in each weight class is based on how each voter ranks the best individuals. An individual receives 20 points for each first place vote, 19 for second place and so on through the list. This same point system is used to determine the team ranking.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”
  • For the complete Top 20 calendar, click here.
Rank Last Time Team Points
1 4 Menlo (Calif.) 201
2 1 Life (Ga.) 180
3 2 Grand View (Iowa) 175
4 RV William Penn (Iowa) 159
5 8 Providence (Mont.) 138
6 3 Southern Oregon 132
7 11 Indiana Tech 130
8 10 Campbellsville (Ky.) 122
9 6 Texas Wesleyan 106
10 13 Missouri Baptist 93
11 5 Cumberlands (Ky.) 78
12 17 Oklahoma City 76
13 20 Doane (Neb.) 68
14 12 Missouri Valley 62
15 16 Hastings (Neb.) 57
16 7 Central Methodist (Mo.) 54
17 19 Baker (Kan.) 47
18 15 Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 43
19 14 Eastern Oregon 40
20 18 Midland (Neb.) 36

Receiving Votes: Lourdes (Ohio) 35, Jamestown (N.D.) 35, Ottawa (Kan.) 33, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 32, Vanguard (Calif.) 29, Waldorf (Iowa) 25, Siena Heights (Mich.) 23, Friends (Kan.) 22, Avila (Mo.) 21, Saint Mary (Kan.) 18, York (Neb.) 18, St. Andrews (N.C.) 16, Jarvis Christian (Texas) 13, Montreat (N.C.) 4

 

Top-Ranked Individuals Individual Rankings

101 – Erin Hikiji, Providence (Mont.)

109 – Mia Palumbo, William Penn (Iowa)

116 – Camille Fournier, Texas Wesleyan

123 – Carolina Moreno, Southern Oregon

130 – Sarah Savidge, Life (Ga.)

136 – Adaugo Nwachukwu, William Penn (Iowa)

143 – Jamilah McBryde, Life (Ga.)

155 – Latifah McBryde, Life (Ga.)

170 – Abby McIntyre, Grand View (Iowa)

191 – Tavia Heidelberg-Tillotson, Menlo (Calif.)

Championship Information

NAIA Wrestling Championship

2nd ANNUAL
WOMEN'S WRESTLING

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 8-9, 2024
Harold Newman Arena
Jamestown, N.D.