NCAA Wrestling: Coaches’ Panel Wrestling Rankings Released – 184lbs Weight Class

imageedit_59_4719776254The 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.

Cornell’s Gabriel Dean is the defending national champion.

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

184 1 Gabriel Dean Cornell EIWA
184 2 Nate Brown Lehigh EIWA
184 3 Willie Miklus Missouri MAC
184 4 Sammy Brooks Iowa Big Ten
184 5 Hayden Zillmer North Dakota St. Big 12
184 6 Jack Dechow Old Dominion MAC
184 7 Domenic Abounader Michigan Big Ten
184 8 Blake Stauffer Arizona St. Pac 12
184 9 Matt McCutcheon Penn St. Big Ten
184 9 Timothy Dudley Nebraska Big Ten
184 11 Lorenzo Thomas Penn EIWA
184 12 Mathew Miller Navy EIWA
184 13 Zachary Zavatsky Virginia Tech ACC
184 14 Kenny Courts Ohio St. Big Ten
184 15 Pete Renda North Carolina St. ACC
184 16 Nolan Boyd Oklahoma St. Big 12
184 17 Abram Ayala Princeton EIWA
184 17 Alex Utley North Carolina ACC
184 19 steven schneider Binghamton EIWA
184 20 Jeffrey Koepke Illinois Big Ten
184 21 Nicholas Gravina Rutgers Big Ten
184 22 Tom Sleigh Bucknell EIWA
184 23 John Lampe Chattanooga SoCon
184 24 Andrew Romanchik Ohio MAC
184 25 Garet Krohn Stanford Pac 12
184 26 Dane Pestano Iowa St. Big 12
184 27 Corey Griego Oregon St. Pac 12
184 28 Cole Baxter Kent St. MAC
184 29 Jordan Ellingwood Central Mich. MAC
184 30 Jakob `Bubba` Scheffel West Virginia Big 12
184 31 Ryan Christensen Wisconsin Big Ten
184 32 Ville Heino Campbell SoCon
184 33 Michale Fagg-Daves Rider EWL

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