Mountaineers remain in Top-20 entering New Year

By on Monday, February 1st, 2021 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

LA GRANDE – The Second set of the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll was released Thursday morning. Eastern Oregon University finds itself still ranked in the top-20 and has multiple grapplers ranked.
The Mountaineer women find themselves ranked No. 15 with 68 points in the send edition of the coaches’ poll, which are two spots higher than their last ranking. EOU entered the 2020-21 campaign ranked No. 17 and had four wrestlers ranked. This time around, the Navy & Gold added three more student-athletes to the individual rankings to bring the total to seven.
Eastern has yet to compete this season, but have continued to put in work as the team is under the direction of first-year head coach Carlene Sluberski. Sluberski has also enlisted the continued help of Walt Anderson, who has been a staple in working with EOU women’s wrestling since its inception.
The two highest ranked individual grapplers for the Mounties are Erin Redford and Olivia Robinson at 143 pounds and 170 pounds, respectively. Both wrestlers are ranked sixth in their respective weight classes.

Macy Higa is the next highest ranker Mountaineer as she is slotted at ninth in the 130-pound weight class. Morgan Shines and Dempsi Talkington are the next ones up as they both are ranked 11th at 136 pounds, and 155 pounds, respectively.
The final two wrestlers that round out the list of ranked EOU wrestlers are Nayeli Maston and Krystal Fabricante. Maston sits at No. 17 for the 155-pound weight class, while Fabricante is 19th at 136 pounds.
Five total CCC teams are ranked in the NAIA national rankings. Southern Oregon leads the way at No. 5, followed by the Mountaineers at No. 15. University of Providence is right behind Eastern at No. 16. Corban (Ore.) and Simpson (Calif.) are both in the receiving votes category.
To see the full list of team and individual rankings, click the link above. The third set of national rankings will be released Thursday, Feb. 11.