Univ of the Cumberlands holds No 1 spot in TheMat com U S Women s College Poll for January

By Gary Abbott | Jan. 23, 2006, 4:29 p.m. (ET)
The January 23, 2006 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.

Both of these teams have seen much action this season, including appearances at the Gord Garvie Duals in Canada and the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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:

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 four No. 1 ranked wrestlers in the individual rankings, all who were also No. 1 during the November rankings

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 three No. 1 ranked wrestlers: freshman Samantha Schuman at 112.25 pounds, sophomore Courtney Martell at 121 pounds and sophomore Stephany Lee at 158.5 pounds.

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

The January 23, 2006 TheMat.com U.S. Women's College Individual rankings can be found at:

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.