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The Cumberlands returns to No 1 spot in Women s College Poll for February

By Gary Abbott | Feb. 19, 2008, 4:42 p.m. (ET)

In the monthly U.S. women's college poll for February 2008, the Univ. of the Cumberlands has regained the No. 1 spot in the nation.

The Patriots, coached by Kip Flanik, moved past Oklahoma City Univ., which held the spot during the January poll. The Univ. of the Cumberlands had held the top spot in the December poll. The Univ. of the Cumberlands received received all five first place votes for 50 points, while Oklahoma City Univ., coached by Archie Randall, was in second with 45 points.

The Cumberlands and OCU met in a dual meet action in Williamsburg, Ky. on January 25. Both teams also participated in dual meets and a number of tournament during the past month.

The rest of the 10 teams remained the same from the January poll. Missouri Valley College, under coach Carl Murphree, was ranked third with 40 points. The USOEC team at Northern Michigan Univ., coached by Shannyn Gillespie, was fourth with 34 points. Holding down the No. 5 position with 31 points was Menlo College, coached by Lee Allen.

Five women's college wrestling coaches vote on the team ranking each month.

Click here for U.S. Women's College Rankings for February 18

For the fifth month in a row, individuals rankings were also released. The ranking includes full-time undergraduate college students who compete on women's college varsity teams, women's college wrestling clubs or are members of their men's college varsity programs. Also ranked are full-time undergraduate students who compete for with the USOEC program at Northern Michigan Univ.

Oklahoma City Univ. has three women ranked No. 1 in the February ranking. The top- ranked athletes from OCU are: Nicole Woody (44 kg/97 lbs.), Lacey Novinska (82 kg/180.25 lbs) and Carrie Clark (82 kg/180.25 lbs.).

The Univ. of the Cumberlands and USOEC program at Northern Michigan Univ. each have two top-ranked athletes. Holding down No. 1 for the Cumberlands are Lauren Knight (63 kg/138.75 lbs.) and Theresa Fennell (95 kg/209 lbs.) Top-ranked for the USOEC are Alyssa Lampe (48 kg/105.5 lbs) and Sadie Kaneda (51 kg/112.25 lbs.).

Rounding out the No. 1 positions are Chelynne Pringle (55 kg/121 lbs.) from Pikes Peak CC, Kelsey Campbell from Arizona State Univ. at 59 kg/130 lbs. and Missouri Valley's Amberlee Ebert at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.

Five of the No. 1 ranked wrestlers moved up in rank and took over the top spot this month: Woody, Pringle, Campbell, Knight and Fennell.

Click here for U.S. Women's College Pre-Season Rankings for February 18

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