Dec. 17, 2019 – In the first installment of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) NCAA Individual Rankings, Amanda Martinez, Asia Nguyen-Smith, and Yelena Makoyed of the North Central College women’s wrestling team are ranked in the top-10 of their respective weight classes.
The ranking committee consists of six women’s wrestling coaches, including North Central head coach Joe Norton and were released on Monday. The polls are set to be released every other week.
North Central boasts two wrestlers in the 130-pound weight class as both Martinez and Nguyen-Smith compete in that division. Martinez, who is ranked third in the poll, has compiled a 20-3 overall record and has won both the Dr. Bob Kellogg Open and the North Central College Invitational. Nguyen-Smith sits at sixth-place in the 130-pound division, but has also moved around to compete in the 136-pound weight class for dual meets. Overall, she is 12-3 and won the Adrian College Open on Oct. 26th.
Makoyed is selected as the third-ranked wrestler at the 170-pound division in the latest edition of the rankings. She is 16-1 overall, including seven pins and seven wins via tech fall. Makoyed took home the individual championships at both the Adrian College Open and Dr. Bob Kellogg Open.