Five things to know about the Missouri Valley Invitational

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Is the Missouri Valley Invitational the toughest women’s college tournament in the country? It’s hard to argue against it. National year-end tournaments don’t have teams from different divisions competing against each other, so this will certainly be one of the best matches you’ll see all season.

“I think this is one of the biggest tournaments in the country because you’re going to see a lot of crossover,” Missouri Valley women’s coach Kevin Corbett said. “You’re going to see a lot of big-name matchups. It helps with the unspoken rivalry between the NCAA and the NAIA. You get to see crossover matches a bit more.

“I’m glad we aired it on Flo so it’s in the public eye a little bit more. Having him in FloWrestling is a step in the right direction in terms of getting an audience and support for women’s wrestling.”

Here are five things to know before watching the FloWrestling live stream on November 18-19.

Supports are fully loaded

The number of wrestlers per group makes this a college wrestling event like no other. Consult the participants by weight (as of November 16).

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These numbers are likely to fluctuate, but it paints a picture of how prestigious it is to win this tournament.

Iowa will be (more or less) present

The University of Iowa made waves by becoming the first Power Five program to add women’s wrestling. The Hawkeyes won’t officially compete until next season, but seven athletes from the program will battle it out alone. Here’s a full list of future Hawks you can check out.

101: Sterling Days
101: Emilie Gonzalez
109: Brianna Gonzalez
109: Nyla Valencia
116: Felicity Taylor
136: Enjoy Star
143: Reese Larramendy

High school wrestlers will be in attendance

It’s not uncommon to see top high school wrestlers enter college tournaments these days. As of now, there are three prep girls who will be competing.

Haley Ward, 155 (#5 in 164)
Valerie Hamilton, 136 (#1 at 138 and #8 pound-for-pound)
Ava Ward, 116 (#3 at #112)

World teams will be present

There’s nothing like being the best, and several of the best age level fighters in the world are competing. Sterling Dias, Valerie Hamilton, Nyla Valencia, Felicity Taylor, Reese Larramendy, Lexie Basham, Cam Guerin, Ava Ward, Adaugo Nwachukwu and Alara Boyd have made it to world teams and all are expected to compete in Marshall, Missouri.

The tournament field is 49 strong teams

Below is a full list of competing teams, including the reigning team champions from all three divisions: McKendree (NCAA), Campbellsville (NAIA), and Indian Hills (NJCAA). No wonder the pools are so big and why this is such a prestigious tournament. Getting to the podium is not a picnic.

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Alvernia (Pennsylvania)
Avila, Missouri
Baker University (Kansas)
Brewton Parker (Georgia)
Campbellville, Kentucky
Carl Albert State (Oklahoma)
Central Methodist (Missouri)
Colorado Mesa, Colorado
Doane (Nebraska)
Emmanuel (Georgia)
Fontbonne, Missouri
Friends (Kansas)
Gannon (Pennsylvania)
Great View (Iowa)
Hastings, Nebraska
Indian Hills (Iowa)
Indiana Tech (Indiana)
Iowa-No Strings Attached (Iowa)
Iowa Wesleyan (Iowa)
Lakeland University (Wisconsin)
Life (Georgia)
Lindenwood, Missouri
Lourdes, OH
McKendree (Ill.)
Midlands, Nebraska
Missouri Baptist (Missouri)
Missouri Valley College (Missouri)
Oklahoma City (Oklahoma)
University of Ottawa (Kansas)
Providence (Montana)
Sacred Heart (Connecticut)
St. Mary’s (Kansas)
Simon Fraser (British Columbia)
Simpson College (Iowa)
Southern Oregon (Oregan)
Texas Wesleyan (Texas)
Texas Women’s University (Texas)
Tiffin, OH
UHSP (Missouri)
Umpqua Community College (Oregon)
University of Alberta (Canada)
Cumberlands University (Kentucky)
University of the Ozarks (Arkansas)
Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Wisconsin)
Vanguard (California)
Wayland Baptist (Texas)
William Jewell (Missouri)
William Penn (Iowa)
York (Nebraska)