Northern Michigan University women wrestlers earn their national ranking

Northern Michigan University’s Noelle Gaffney, top, gains control of an opponent during a college women’s wrestling meet held at the Superior Dome in Marquette last season. (Photo courtesy NMU)

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s wrestling team is ranked 11th nationally in the latest poll conducted by The Open Mat.

The Wildcats’ Marisa Roth has a ranking of fourth in the 143-pound class, while teammates Noelle Gaffney at 155 pounds and Abigale Swanson are also ranked.

Roth has a record of 9-1 in tournaments this season as she was third with a 5-1 mark at the Pointer Open at Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Nov. 4.

Gaffner has a 13-2 record, including a perfect 5-0 mark that led to victory at the Adrian Invitational at downstate Adrian College on Nov. 11-12.

Swanson has a 12-6 win-loss total, which includes 4-2 at the Pointer Open where she was fourth.

Northern Michigan University's Diana Dzasezeva, top, gets the advantage on a wrestler from Lakeland University at the Wildcats' first-ever home women's wrestling meet on Jan. 7. (Photo courtesy NMU)

In the team poll, the Wildcats collected 35 voting points, seven behind Gannon’s No. 10 ranking as North Central leads the poll with 245 points.

In just its third season, NMU will be back on the mat at home when it hosts the Wildcat Duals on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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