CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (Jordan Alves, sports information director, Campbellsville University) For the first time in program history, Lady Tiger wrestling earns the No. 1 ranking in the WCWA Poll, officials announced on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Tigers earned 110 points from the national raters – 25 more points than No. 2 Simon Fraser University.
McKendree University (79), King University (60) and Emmanuel College (55) round out the Top 5.
In addition to Campbellsville, two other Mid-South Conference foes are in the Top 13. University of the Cumberlands earned 14 voting points and sits at No. 12 while Life University is at No. 13 with 13 points.
The Lady Tigers went 15-0 this season in duals, including 13 wins over ranked foes.
"The recognition is well deserved," said coach Lee Miracle. "I told the team to give themselves a moment to think about what this program has been through to get to this point abd to be proud of this accomplishment. But after they have taken a minute to enjoy this moment, realize that this is just a stepping stone to our goal of winning a WCWA National Championship as a team. I told them to remember we still have work to do to make this ranking a reality."
Led by three-time national champion Kayla Miracle, Campbellsville has a nation-high 13 Lady Tigers ranked in their respective weight classes. Miracle ranks No. 1 at 136 lbs., while Campbellsville has three Lady Tigers sitting at No. 2 – Grace Bullen (130), Koral Sugiyama (123) and Charlotte Fowler (109).
CU also has a pair of Lady Tigers sitting at No. 3 – Shelby Hall (130) and Kaitlyn Hill (191).
At 143 lbs., Alexia Foca remained at No. 4, while Courtney Gray sits at No. 7. Mariah Harris comes in at No. 4 at 170 lbs. this month, while Morgan Becker (155) and McKayla Campbell (101) are both at No. 6.
Lastly, Steffanie Hampton (123) is at No. 7, while Jessie Grubbs (191) is at No. 10.
Campbellsville, which is in its fifth season as a program, is seeking its first national championship. The Lady Tigers are competing at the WCWA National Championship on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
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