In only the fifth year as a varsity program, Campbellsville University women’s wrestling has worked its way through the ranks and is the favorite going into this weekend’s WCWA National Championship at Abe Lemons Arena.
The newly-ranked No. 1 Lady Tigers are looking for their first national title as CU is seeking to dethrone King University after the Tornados have won the last four crowns.
Since the women’s wrestling college nationals began in 2004, only five schools have claimed the team crown: Missouri Valley College, University of the Cumberlands, Oklahoma City University, SFU and King University.
Campbellsville is coming off a strong season as a team, winning its first National Duals championship in its young history and posting an incredible 15-0 dual meet record.
Among CU’s stars is Kayla Miracle, who aims to become only the fourth WCWA wrestler to win four national titles.
The Tigers boast 12 other top-10 wrestlers with three predicted to finish as runners-up, including All-American Charlotte Fowler at 109, All-American and U.S. National Teamer Koral Sugiyama at 123 and Junior World bronze medalist for Norway and freshman Grace Bullen at 130.
Other former All-Americans expected to compete for CU are Shelby Hall at 130, Mariah Harris at 170 and Jessi Grubbs at 191. Crucial team points can also come from Steffanie Hampton at 123, Alexia Foca at 143, Courtney Gray at 143, Morgan Becker at 155 and Kaitlyn Hill at 191.
The tournament is set for Feb. 9-10 at Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. Fans can follow the action live on FloWrestling.org and find updates on USA Wrestling’s website and social media channels (@USAWrestling).
Past WCWA team champions:
2017 – King University
2016 – King University
2015 – King University
2014 – King University
2013 – Simon Fraser University
2012 – Oklahoma City University
2011 – Oklahoma City University
2010 – Oklahoma City University
2009 – Oklahoma City University
2008 – University of the Cumberlands
2007 – University of the Cumberlands
2006 – University of the Cumberlands
2005 – Missouri Valley College
2004 – Missouri Valley College
Friday, Feb. 9
10 a.m. – Session I (preliminary rounds)
4 p.m. – Session II (championship and consolation to AA rounds)
7 p.m. – Session III (championship semis and consolation quarters)
Saturday, Feb. 10
10 a.m. – Session IV (3rd, 5th and 7th-place matches)
5 p.m. – Session V (finals)
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