Marshall, Mo., (Sept. 22, 2022)- The Missouri Valley College women’s wrestling program has put together a top ten recruiting class, according to Intermat, under new Head Coach Kevin Corbett.
Intermat has ranked the women’s wrestling recruiting class at No. 10 across all collegiate divisions. The recruiting rankings are based off final high school girls wrestling rankings from the 2021-22 season, previous high school rankings and previous collegiate results for transfers.
Corbett’s first recruiting class features 19 individuals, including 2022 NAIA National champion at 191 pounds Kelani Corbett, who transfers into the program from Lyon (Ark.). Other transfers into the program include Ashley Whetzal, Landon McCartney, Elizabeth Hubbard, Laura Lincoln, Emma Carter, Hailey Holland and Aniseta Acosta. Joining them are high school recruits, Sage Beltran, Madison Byroads, Jericka Renner, Mykenzie Clark, Jade Martin, Julianna Burkett-Erice, Malia Hickman, Madeline Santana, Kori Davidson, Tracey Kessler and Bryn Grandon.
“Having our recruiting class ranked tenth in the country is exciting,” said Corbett. “My assistant and I put a lot of work into bringing in the recruiting class. It was a little more challenging since I was hired in April and we basically started from scratch. So to have our hard work recognized feels good. I’m really excited to start this new journey with all our young ladies, recruits and returners both.”
Corbett enters his first season coaching the Missouri Valley women’s wrestling program, after spending five seasons leading the program at Lyon (Ark.). He produced two individual National champions at Lyon, along with 13 All-Americans. He replaced long-time Viking women’s wrestling coach Carl Murphree, who retired after a 19-year career in April.
2022 Intermat Women’s Collegiate Recruiting Rankings
1. University of Iowa (NCAA Division I)
2. Life (Ga.) (NAIA)
3. North Central (Ill.) (NCAA Division III)
4. Central Methodist (Mo.) (NAIA)
5. Southern Oregon (NAIA)
6. McKendree (Ill.) (NCAA Division II)
7. Menlo (Calif.) (NAIA)
8. Grand View (Iowa) (NAIA)
9. Colorado-Mesa (NCAA Division II)
10. Missouri Valley (NAIA)