2020-21 National Girls High School Rankings
USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum has published its sixth national rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2020-21 season.
This ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.
It has been a busy time for girls high school wrestlers. Since the last ranking in March, numerous states have completed their official or unofficial girls state championships. These state tournaments play an important role in setting the rankings during this time of the year.
In addition, the major spring and summer national championships have already begun. The two events that had a tremendous impact on the April rankings were USA Wrestling’s High School National Recruiting Showcase and the Girls Folkstyle Nationals, both held in Coralville, Iowa.
Two athletes who were No. 1 in March are now ranked No. 1 in different weight classes in April, based upon their amazing runner-up finishes at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling in Fort Worth, Texas: Kennedy Blades of Illinois at 152 pounds and Kylie Welker of Wisconsin at 164 pounds. Blades dropped in weight to 68 kg, where she reached the Olympic Trials finals against World champion Tamyra Mensah-Stock. Welker moved up to 76 kg, where she reached the Olympic Trials finals against five-time World champion Adeline Gray.
There are seven new No. 1 wrestlers in this ranking: Brianna Gonzalez of California (100), Olivia Shore of Ohio (106), Sage Mortimer of Utah (112), Katie Gomez of California (117), London Houston of Washington (132), Maddie Kubicki of Missouri (144) and Eliana Bommarito of Michigan (225).
Coaches, parents and athletes are encouraged to provide information about specific athletes and their achievements throughout the year for the committee to consider. If they have information on specific girls who should be considered for ranking or updates on their achievements, please send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The quality of these rankings continue to improve as people choose to share updated information.
The next major national event that will affect rankings is the USA Wrestling Women’s Nationals in Irving, Texas, set for May 7-9. There will be high school stars competing in one or more of the following divisions at that event (UWW Junior, UWW Cadet, U15). The next major high school event is the Texas UIL state championships, set for this weekend. A few high school state associations have placed their wrestling season in the spring period, so additional state meets are expected. Another event that will have impact on the May rankings is the NHSCA Nationals this coming weekend.
To reiterate what the committee has shared in the past, the rankings are selected by a committee, using the following standards in priority order:
1. International competition results
2. USA Wrestling National Championship results in both freestyle and folkstyle (U15, 16U, UWW Cadet, Junior, UWW Junior, Senior), including the National Duals
3. State high school championships results (both official and unofficial)
4. Other major national-level open tournament in the pre-season and post-season
5. Competition during the high school season,
6. USA Wrestling Regional competitions and USA Wrestling state tournaments
7. All other competitions for high school age girls
Evaluation will include specific available data on:
- Head-to-head matches
- Ranked wins (victories over a nationally ranked opponent)
- Most recent competitions
- Body of work
- Common opponents
Note: Head-to-head wins and ranked wins will carry more weight when achieved during major national events as well as state high school championships.
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