Jarvis Christian University wrestler Samyra Thomas, right, is ranked No. 18 nationally in the 191-pound weight category.

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Samyra Thomas made her debut in the No. 18 spot of the 191-pound weight category in this week’s NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll.

As a squad, the Jarvis Christian women’s wrestling team was listed in the receiving votes category outside the Top 20 as they earned four points in the poll.

Thomas’ individual ranking and JCU’s spot in the receiving votes category are another historical milestone in the program’s first season in existence. Thomas has come in and led the way for the JCU women’s wrestling program.

To start the season, Thomas is 7-0 with six pins. Thomas came through with three falls for Jarvis Christian on Sunday in the Lindenwood Dual Tournament in St. Charles, Mo. Thomas pinned Maria Valeria Estrada Cordero from the University of the Ozarks (Ark.) in 23 seconds for the quickest fall of the season for the Bulldogs.

Thomas had a pin in 1:01 against Ivana Elliott of Quincy (Ill.) and another in 1:17 vs. Kennedy Eggering of Lindenwood (Mo.).

In addition to her national ranking, Thomas ranks third in the Sooner Athletic Conference in the 191-pound weight category. Teammate Natalie Bryant ranks fifth in the 170-pound category, while Lydia Monedero sits at sixth in the 155-pound classification.

“Samyra is an amazing young woman,” JCU Wrestling head coach Lance Brown said. “She is putting in the work to be where she is at in the national rankings and has earned this great accomplishment. Bigger things are to come from her. It is exciting to see JCU women’s wrestling making history for all HBCUs.”

The Bulldogs have a break before they return to competition on Dec. 9 for a dual match at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

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