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By Gary Abbott | Nov. 28, 2001, 12 a.m. (ET)
TheMat.com, the official web page of the Amateur Wrestling Alliance, has released the first North American Women's Wrestling College Rankings for teams and individuals. Women's wrestling is a growing sport in Canada and the United States on the college level. The International Olympic Committee has named women's freestyle wrestling as the newest sport added to the Summer Olympic Games program. The United States and Canada are among the most successful women's wrestling nations in the world. The team ranking poll is elected by a panel of women's college coaches, three from Canada and two from the United States. Eligible for ranking are college varsity and club women's wrestling programs. The individual rankings are selected by TheMat.com, with assistance from the panel of coaches. 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. The University of Calgary was named as the top U.S. college team in the preseason rankings. Calgary is the defending CIS women's wrestling team champions, and is currently the top-ranked women's team in this year's CIS rankings. Calgary received two first-place votes and 94 points. Ranked second is Missouri Valley College, with two first-place votes and 92 points. Missouri Valley College is the defending champion at the USA Wrestling Women's Senior Nationals and the USA Wrestling University National Championships. Missouri Valley College is affiliated with the NAIA. Ranked third is Canadian NAIA school Simon Fraser Univ. with 91 points. There is a tie for fourth place between Lock Haven Univ., from the United States, and Brock Univ. from Canada with 82 points. Lock Haven received one first-place vote. Rounding out the Top 10 teams are the Univ. of Minnesota-Morris, Lakehead Univ., the Univ. of Alberta, Pacific Univ. and Cumberland College. Athletes are ranked in the six international wrestling weight classes, used at the Senior World Championships and at major women's open wrestling tournaments. CIS Canadian colleges compete in seven recognized weight classes, but also wrestle at the international weight classes in some major events. Three of the top-ranked athletes have won silver medals at the Women's Senior World Championships. At 46 kg/101.25 lbs., Carol Huyhn of Simon Fraser Univ. won a World silver medal for Canada at the 2001 World Championships. At 51 kg/112.25 lbs., Patricia Miranda of Stanford won a World silver medal for the United States at the 2000 World Championships. At 68 kg/149.75 lbs., Toccara Montgomery of Cumberland College won a World silver medal for the United States at the 2001 World Championships. The three other top-ranked athletes are Tonya Verbeek of Brock Univ. at 56 kg/123 lbs., Sara McMann of Lock Haven Univ. at 62 kg/136.5 lbs. and Jenna Pavlik of Lock Haven Univ. at 75 kg/165.25 lbs. McMann and Pavlik competed for the United States at the 2001 Women's World Championships. Complete individual and team rankings are posted on TheMat.com, in the rankings section. TheMat.com North American College Women's Wrestling rankings will be published monthly on the following dates: Nov. 28; Dec. 26; Jan. 25; Feb. 25; March 25; April 25; May 25 TheMat.com has created a composite schedule for women's college wrestling, which includes events from the U.S. and Canadian programs. Results from these events will be posted on a regular basis throughout the season. Media outlets may reproduce these rankings only if they identify them as TheMat.com North American College Women's Wrestling individual rankings.