Women's Wrestling

Recapping the Freshmen Seasons of the Top 25 Women in the Class of 2019


photo courtesy of Augsburg athletics

The 2019-20 women’s college wrestling season was an important one in the growth of the sport. For the first time, a national tournament was held (Cliff Keen/NCWWC) strictly for NCAA schools. In 2019, the NAIA held their first national championship event. Unfortunately, due to the spread of COVID-19, the tournament was canceled in 2020. In addition to those events, the mainstay for women’s college wrestling, the WCWA Championships were conducted. 

In these events, a new crop of talent came in and took the college wrestling world by storm. The high school Class of 2019 was responsible for three WCWA national champions by themselves. More could have been won had the NAIA tournament been wrestled. When we evaluated the class in April of 2019, there was the feeling that these young women would have a substantial impact on the college ranks, and sooner, rather than later. 

With the 2019-20 college season in the rearview mirror, we decided to look at the top 25 recruits from the Class of 2019 to see how their initial year in college went. Some did not see action at all, while others thrived. 

The number next to each wrestler is the ranking from the Class of 2019 by TOM. Not all high school seniors have gone on to wrestle in college, so those that did not weren’t mentioned below. 

1) Emily Shilson (Augsburg)

2020 WCWA National Champion, 2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC National Champion, 2019 US Senior Nationals fourth place

3) Vayle Rae Baker (Augsburg)

2020 WCWA National runner-up; 2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC sixth-place; Missouri Valley runner-up

4) Kiana Pugh (UW-Stevens Point)

Did not compete in 2019-20

5) Peyton Prussin (Life)

Missouri Valley runner-up

8) Alara Boyd (McKendree)

2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC National runner-up; Bearcat Open champion; North Central champion; Missouri Valley third-place; 2019 US Senior Nationals sixth-place

9) Kelani Corbett (Lyon)

2020 Sooner Athletic Conference Champion; Wayland Baptist Champion; #4 seed at 2020 NAIA National Championships

10) Kaden Campbell (Campbellsville)

Did not compete in 2019-20

11) Phoenix Dubose (King)

2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC fourth-place; Simon Fraser runner-up; Missouri Valley seventh-place, Tornado Open runner-up; Bearcat Open runner-up

12) Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg)

2020 WCWA National runner-up; 2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC sixth-place

13) Alexis Gomez (Grand View)

Lady Warrior Open champion (Unattached), York Open champion (Unattached)

14) Payton Stroud (McKendree)

2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC eighth-place; North Central fifth-place

15) Dalia Garibay (Colorado Mesa)

2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC runner-up; Bearcat Open runner-up; Lady Warrior Open champion 

16) Ainslie Lane (Presbyterian)

Injured during 2019-20 season

18) Jaslynn Gallegos (Presbyterian)

2020 WCWA National Champion; 2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC fourth-place; East Stroudsburg Open champion; Tornado Open champion

22) Kaylynn Albrecht (Wayland Baptist)

2020 Sooner Athletic Conference runner-up; Wayland Invitational champion; Missouri Valley fourth-place; #2 seed at NAIA National Championships

23) Morgan Norris (Presbyterian)

2020 WCWA National Champion; 2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC fifth-place; East Stroudsburg Open champion; Tornado Open third-place; Lady Warrior Open champion

24) Yelena Makoyed (North Central)

2020 Cliff Keen/NCWWC runner-up; Adrian Open champion, Dr. Bob Kellogg Open champion, 2019 US Senior Nationals fifth-place

25) Joanne Ortiz (East Stroudsburg)

2-0 in 2019-20

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