Three new No. 1s in coaches’ panel
Ranking, RPI and winning percentage will determine qualifiers
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA released the second of three coaches’ panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2011-12 wrestling season on Thursday. The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2012 Division I Wrestling Championships.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by Division I winning percentage, RPI and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches across the nation. Each qualifying tournament has five coaches rank the top 33 wrestlers in two weight classes. For ranking purposes, coaches must select a wrestler as a starter at a designated weight class. In addition, coaches may only select one wrestler per weight class.
To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class. The top 33 wrestlers in the RPI are listed for each weight class.
The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the second rankings are:
|Weight||Wrestler, School||Weight||Wrestler, School|
|125||Matt McDonough, Iowa||165||David Taylor, Penn State|
|133||Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State||174||Nick Amuchastegui, Stanford|
|141||Kellen Russell, Michigan||184||Joe LeBlanc, Wyoming|
|149||Frank Molinaro, Penn State||197||Christopher Honeycutt, Edinboro|
|157||Kyle Dake, Cornell||HWT||Ryan Flores, American|