2021 NCAA Women’s Scholar All-America Awards

Manheim, PA – On Friday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the Scholar All-America Team and Individual honorees for the NCAA Women with awards going to 101 individuals representing 16 institutions.

“On behalf of the NWCA and our Board of Directors, it is my honor to celebrate this incredible list of Scholar All-America teams and individuals from the NCAA Women’s division,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It is so great to see the growth of this award program which is now in its third year. It’s important to note the incredible overlap between the National Placers and Scholar All-Americans as this is exactly what we want to see.”

In the team race, Adrian College repeated as Team Champions with a 3.743 GPA followed by #2 McKendree (3.720) and #3 King University (3.621). Rounding out the Top Five was #4 Augsburg (3.586) and #5 Gannon (3.573).

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MSHSL Approves Girls Wrestling Postseason Division

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A Girls Wrestling Division during the postseason was approved today when the 48-member Representative Assembly legislative body of the Minnesota State High School League met for its annual meeting. In other action, the Representative Assembly fell two votes short of approving the addition of Boys Volleyball as a League-sanctioned activity.

Proposed bylaw amendments require a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Both amendment proposals were approved by 9 of the 16 administrative regions prior to reaching the Representative Assembly for consideration.

“Today’s meeting demonstrated the significant desire for youth sports programs to be adopted by the Minnesota State High School League and for students to have the opportunity to represent their school as they compete,” said Erich Martens, the League’s Executive Director. “The decision by our membership to offer our girls in wrestling the chance to compete for individual honors in their own postseason division is a big step. Minnesota now joins other regional states like North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri in offering this opportunity for girls wrestlers.”

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MSHSL Representative Assembly to vote on adding boys volleyball, girls wrestling

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The 48-member Representative Assembly legislative body of the Minnesota State High School League is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 11 in a virtual format at 9 a.m. Included in its agenda is the consideration of proposed amendments to add the sport of Boys Volleyball and a Girls Wrestling postseason division to the League’s programming of co-curricular opportunities.

A two-thirds majority vote is required for approval. If approved, the activities will be enacted for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Six World Medalists Highlight Newly Formed Junior World Team In Women’s Freestyle

Shilson earns 50 kg spot, Lange is runner-up at 65 kg

IRVING, Texas – The U.S. Junior World Team in women’s freestyle is set with 10 impressive athletes after an entertaining finals session on Friday night at the 2021 Women’s Nationals in Irving, Texas.

The winners at the 10 weights will represent the USA at the 2021 Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia, Aug. 16-22. Runners-up will wrestle for the USA at the 2021 Junior Pan American Championships in Oaxtepec, Mexico, June 9-13.

At 50 kg, Emily Shilson made her fourth age-group World Team, defeating Pan American champion Samara Chavez in two-straight matches for the spot. Both wins came by fall in the second period.

Shilson is a 2018 Cadet World champion, a 2018 Youth Olympic Games champion and a 2017 Cadet World silver medalist. She was also on the 2019 U23 World Team. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Augsburg’s Vayle-Rae Baker wins title at UWW Senior Nationals

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Vayle-Rae Baker (SO, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary HS) won the 57-kilogram (126-pound) title at the United World Wrestling U.S. Senior Nationals tournament, held on Friday at the Xtream Arena. She led a group of Augsburg wrestlers competing for the Twin Cities Regional Training Center.

Baker claimed technical falls in her first two round-robin matches on Friday — a 12-2 (3:21) win over Twin Cities teammate Tateum Park and a 12-2 (5:13) win over Estrella Dorado Marin of the Army World Class Athlete Program. She then scored a 6-2 win over Oklahoma City University wrestler Sophia Smith (Team Wisconsin), and finished with an 8-7 win over Simon Fraser (B.C.) wrestler Lauren Mason (Team California), scoring a takedown in the closing seconds to overcome a 7-6 deficit.

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National Girls High School Rankings

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling on Tuesday released the sixth national rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2020-21 season.

This ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

It has been a busy time for girls high school wrestlers. Since the last ranking in March, numerous states have completed their official or unofficial girls state championships. These state tournaments play an important role in setting the rankings during this time of the year.
In addition, the major spring and summer national championships have already begun. The two events that had a tremendous impact on the April rankings were USA Wrestling’s High School National Recruiting Showcase and the Girls Folkstyle Nationals, both held in Coralville, Iowa.

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