NCAA Wrestling: Coaches’ Panel Wrestling Rankings Released – 174lbs Weight Class

imageedit_53_4785479295The 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).

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.

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

174 1 Bo Nickal Penn St. Big Ten
174 2 Zach Brunson Illinois Big Ten
174 3 Ethan Ramos North Carolina ACC
174 4 Kyle Crutchmer Oklahoma St. Big 12
174 5 Nathan Jackson Indiana Big Ten
174 5 Brian Realbuto Cornell EIWA
174 7 Michael Ottinger Central Mich. MAC
174 8 Blaise Butler Missouri MAC
174 9 Bryce Hammond CSU Bakersfield Pac 12
174 10 Cody Walters Ohio MAC
174 11 Alex Meyer Iowa Big Ten
174 12 Jonathan Schleifer Princeton EIWA
174 13 Casey Kent Penn EIWA
174 14 Myles Martin Ohio St. Big Ten
174 15 Jadaen Bernstein Navy EIWA
174 16 Davonte Mahomes Michigan Big Ten
174 17 Micah Barnes Nebraska Big Ten
174 18 Brian Harvey Army EIWA
174 19 Lelund Weatherspoon Iowa St. Big 12
174 20 Rustin Barrick Bucknell EIWA
174 21 Nick Kee Appalachian St. SoCon
174 22 Richard Robertson Wisconsin Big Ten
174 23 Matt Reed Oklahoma Big 12
174 24 Phil Bakuckas Rutgers Big Ten
174 25 Keaton Subjeck Stanford Pac 12
174 26 Te`Shan Campbell Pittsburgh ACC
174 27 Nicholas Wanzek Minnesota Big Ten
174 28 Jack McKeever Binghamton EIWA
174 29 Frank Affronti Hofstra EIWA
174 30 David Kocer South Dakota St. Big 12
174 31 Zack Hernandez Columbia EIWA
174 32 Jacob Davis Eastern Mich. MAC
174 33 Sean Mappes Chattanooga SoCon
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Kyle Carroll
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).