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NCAA Wrestling: Coaches’ Panel Wrestling Rankings Released – 165lbs 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).

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Alex Dieringer 2013 National Championships

The 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.

Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State is the two-time defending national champion. Dieringer placed 3rd his freshmen season, and took home the title the last two seasons for the Cowboys. He’s a strong favorite to win his third national title this season.

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

165 1 Alex Dieringer Oklahoma St. Big 12
165 2 Isaac Jordan Wisconsin Big Ten
165 3 Steven Rodrigues Illinois Big Ten
165 4 Daniel Lewis Missouri MAC
165 5 Chad Welch Purdue Big Ten
165 6 Anthony Perrotti Rutgers Big Ten
165 7 Max Rohskopf North Carolina St. ACC
165 8 Austin Wilson Nebraska Big Ten
165 8 Tanner Weatherman Iowa St. Big 12
165 10 John Staudenmayer North Carolina ACC
165 11 David McFadden Virginia Tech ACC
165 12 Shakur Rasheed Penn St. Big Ten
165 13 Ryan Preisch Lehigh EIWA
165 14 Connor Brennan Rider EWL
165 14 Jim Wilson Stanford Pac 12
165 16 Clark Glass Oklahoma Big 12
165 17 George Pickett Cornell EIWA
165 18 Jake Faust Duke ACC
165 19 Cooper Moore UNI MAC
165 20 Adam Fierro CSU Bakersfield Pac 12
165 21 Seth Thomas Oregon St. Pac 12
165 22 Devon Gobbo Harvard EIWA
165 23 Casey Fuller Edinboro EWL
165 24 Mitchell Wightman American EIWA
165 25 Forrest Przybysz Appalachian St. SoCon
165 26 Cody Wiercioch Pittsburgh ACC
165 27 Connor Flynn West Virginia Big 12
165 28 Tyrel White Columbia EIWA
165 29 Paul Duggan Campbell SoCon
165 30 Austin Reese Ohio MAC
165 31 Tyler Buckwalter Kent St. MAC
165 32 Jordan Atienza Central Mich. MAC
165 33 Jonathan Viruet Brown EIWA

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