The winner was selected from a pool of conference/Continental Athletic Conference (Independents)/unaffiliated group nominees.
Life (Ga.) claimed the No. 1 spot in the first regular season NAIA Women's Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 rating. Menlo (Calif.) and Grand View (Iowa) both sit at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Southern Oregon climbed this week, up two spots to No. 4 as William Penn (Iowa) hangs onto the fifth spot. Four new teams joined the top 20 this week with Vanguard (Calif.) in at No. 14, Missouri Valley in at No. 15, Ottawa (Kan.) at No. 17, and Lourdes (Ohio) at No. 20.
Menlo (Calif.) sits atop the NAIA Women's Wrestling Preseason Top 20. 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.