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NCAA announces wrestling coaches’ panel rankings

Jan. 20, 2012:  The NCAA released Friday the first of three coaches’ panel rankings for the 2011-12 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, set for March 15-17, 2012 in St. Louis.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the 2012 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.

The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Zachary Sanders, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (125 pounds); Devin Carter, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (133 pounds); Kendric Maple, University of Oklahoma (141 pounds); Frank Molinaro, Pennsylvania State University (149 pounds); Kyle Dake, Cornell University (157 pounds); David Taylor, Penn State (165 pounds); Nick Amuchastegui, Stanford University (174 pounds); Joe LeBlanc, University of Wyoming (184 pounds); Christopher Honeycutt, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (197 pounds) and Ryan Flores, American University (Heavyweight).

The full rankings for each weight class are included as an attachment and are also available at www.ncaa.com.


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