Women’s Wrestling Earns Menlo’s First #1 NAIA Ranking

Women's Wrestling Earns Menlo's First #1 NAIA Ranking

ATHERTON, Calif. – Just announced by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Menlo College Women’s Wrestling is ranked #1 in the nation in the latest Coaches’ Poll. This marks the first time in the history of Menlo Athletics that a varsity program has earned a #1 ranking.

The previous best ranking for any Menlo College varsity sports were both wrestling programs at #2: Women’s Wrestling (2018) and Men’s Wrestling (2008). This is the first year that women’s wrestling is an NAIA invitational sport, as there are 25 NAIA institutions who field women’s wrestling programs.

Menlo makes the jump from the #2 spot in the inaugural poll of 2018-19, surpassing Wayland Baptist of Texas for the top spot in the nation. Menlo has an incredible six wrestlers ranked in the top of their weight classes in the NAIA: Alleida Martinez (109), Gracie Figueroa (116), Solin Piearcy (136), Angela Peralta (143), Iman Kazem(155), and Precious Bell (170). Wayland Baptist is the only other school to have multiple wrestlers ranked #1, with a pair of individuals in the top spot. Campbellsville is the only other school to have a top-ranked individual, with Andribeth Rivera holding down the top spot in the 130 class.