NCAA Wrestling: Coaches’ Panel Wrestling Rankings Released – 125lbs 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).

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.

Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State University is the defending national champion and is only a sophomore.

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

Weight Rank First Name Last Name Team League
125 1 Nathan Tomasello Ohio St. Big Ten
125 2 Thomas Gilman Iowa Big Ten
125 3 Joey Dance Virginia Tech ACC
125 4 Nico Megaludis Penn St. Big Ten
125 5 Eddie Klimara Oklahoma St. Big 12
125 6 Ronnie Rios Oregon St. Pac 12
125 7 Dylan Peters UNI MAC
125 8 David Terao American EIWA
125 9 Tim Lambert Nebraska Big Ten
125 10 Ryan Millhof Oklahoma Big 12
125 11 Barlow McGhee Missouri MAC
125 12 Paul Petrov Bucknell EIWA
125 13 Zeke Moisey West Virginia Big 12
125 14 Darian Cruz Lehigh EIWA
125 15 Joshua Rodriguez North Dakota St. Big 12
125 16 Drew Templeman Wyoming Big 12
125 17 Connor Schram Stanford Pac 12
125 18 Chasen Tolbert Utah Valley Big 12
125 19 Brent Fleetwood Central Mich. MAC
125 20 Dalton Macri Cornell EIWA
125 21 Sean Russell Edinboro EWL
125 21 Elijah Oliver Indiana Big Ten
125 23 Sean McCabe Rutgers Big Ten
125 24 Sean Fausz North Carolina St. ACC
125 25 Conor Youtsey Michigan Big Ten
125 26 Lorenzo Bentley Pittsburgh ACC
125 27 Nick Herrmann Virginia ACC
125 28 Ben Thornton Purdue Big Ten
125 29 Shakur Laney Ohio MAC
125 30 Steven Polakowski Minnesota Big Ten
125 31 Brandon Jeske Old Dominion MAC
125 32 Kyle Akins Buffalo MAC
125 33 Rami Haddadin Boise St. Pac 12
125 33 Vito Pasone Appalachian St. SoCon

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