Jan. 21, 2010

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INDIANAPOLIS--- The NCAA released Thursday the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2009-10 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling 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.

A full description of the entire selection process is available in appendix C of the 2010 Division I Wrestling Championships Handbook which is available at http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/champ_handbooks/wrestling/2009/1_wrestling_handbook.pdf.

The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Angel Escobedo, Indiana University, Bloomington (125 pounds); Franklin Gomez, Michigan State University (133 pounds); Kyle Dake, Cornell University (141 pounds); Brent Metcalf, University of Iowa (149 pounds); J.P. O'Connor, Harvard University (157 pounds); Andrew Howe, University of Wisconsin, Madison (165 pounds); Mack Lewnes, Cornell (174 pounds); Kirk Smith, Boise State University (184 pounds); Jake Varner, Iowa State University (197 pounds) and Jared Rosholt, Oklahoma State University (Heavyweight).

The full rankings of each weight class are available at www.ncaa.com. Click here for the full rankings!