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NCAA Wrestling: Coaches’ Panel Wrestling Rankings Released – 141lbs Weight Class

The Division-1 college wrestling coaches’ panel rankings have been released. The Big Ten claims five of the top Ten No. 1 ranked wrestlers in the nation. Five of the ten No. 1 wrestlers in the nation are former national champions. Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State (125 pounds), Isaiah Martinez of Illinois (157), Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State (165), Gabriel Dean of Cornell (184) and Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State (heavyweight).

imageedit 28 6377417862The additional top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Nahshon Garrett, Cornell (133 pounds); Dean Heil, Oklahoma State (141); Zain Retherford, Penn State (149); Bo Nickal, Penn State (174) and Morgan McIntosh, Penn State (197).

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

The first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2015-16 wrestling season were released Thursday out of Indianapolis. The final rankings will be one of the components used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year’s event is March 17-19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Rankings are through matches of Jan. 17th, 2016.


141 1 Dean Heil Oklahoma St. Big 12
141 2 Joey McKenna Stanford Pac 12
141 3 Kevin Jack North Carolina St. ACC
141 4 Micah Jordan Ohio St. Big Ten
141 5 Anthony Ashnault Rutgers Big Ten
141 6 Matt Manley Missouri MAC
141 7 Todd Preston Harvard EIWA
141 8 Solomon Chishko Virginia Tech ACC
141 9 Thomas Thorn Minnesota Big Ten
141 10 Mike Racciato Pittsburgh ACC
141 11 Joseph Ward North Carolina ACC
141 12 Bryce Meredith Wyoming Big 12
141 13 Chris Mecate Old Dominion MAC
141 14 Rick Durso Frank. & Marsh. EIWA
141 15 Steve Bleise Northern Ill. MAC
141 16 Zachary Horan Central Mich. MAC
141 17 Anthony Abidin Nebraska Big Ten
141 18 Randy Cruz Lehigh EIWA
141 19 Brock Zacherl Clarion EWL
141 20 Javier Gasca III Michigan St. Big Ten
141 21 James Gulibon Penn St. Big Ten
141 22 Mike Pongracz Chattanooga SoCon
141 23 Tyler Smith Bucknell EIWA
141 24 Brock Ervin Illinois Big Ten
141 25 Ian Nickell CSU Bakersfield Pac 12
141 26 Jamel Hudson Hofstra EIWA
141 27 Danny Sabatello Purdue Big Ten
141 28 Trevor Jauch UNI MAC
141 29 Jordan Laster Princeton EIWA
141 30 Jameson Oster Northwestern Big Ten
141 31 Robert Mathers Arizona St. Pac 12
141 32 Zach Finesilver Duke ACC
141 32 Nicholas Gil Navy EIWA

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