NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2017-18 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year’s event is March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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 2018 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. 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.

ncaalogoAmong the top-ranked wrestlers are six former national champions with Darian Cruz of Lehigh (125 pounds), Zain Retherford of Penn State (149), Jason Nolf of Penn State (157), Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State (165), Bo Nickal of Penn State (184) and Kyle Snyder of Ohio State (heavyweight).

The additional top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are Seth Gross, South Dakota State (133 pounds); Bryce Meredith, Wyoming (141); Zahid Valencia, Arizona State (174) and Kollin Moore, Ohio State ( 197).

125 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Darian CruzLehighEIWA
2Nick SurianoRutgersBig Ten
3Sean FauszNC StateACC
4Ethan LizakMinnesotaBig Ten
5Spencer LeeIowaBig Ten
6Ronnie RiosOregon St.Pac 12
7Taylor LaMontUtah ValleyBig 12
8Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma St.Big 12
9Sebastian RiveraNorthwesternBig Ten
10Sean RussellEdinboroEWL
11Louie HayesVirginiaACC
11Luke WelchPurdueBig Ten
13Drew MattinMichiganBig Ten
14Zeke MoiseyWest VirginiaBig 12
15Ryan MillhofArizona St.Pac 12
16Christian MoodyOklahomaBig 12
17Jacob SchwarmUNIBig 12
18Travis PiotrowskiIllinoisBig Ten
19BrockHudkinsNorthern Ill.
20Michael McGeeOld DominionMAC
21Jake GromackiClarionEWL
22Gabe TownsellStanfordPac 12
23Korbin MeinkCampbellSoCon
24RayVon FoleyMichigan St.Big Ten
25Barlow McGheeMissouriMAC
26Elijah OliverIndianaBig Ten
27Sergio MendezCSU BakersfieldPac 12
28Gerald (JR) WertRiderEWL
29Connor BrownSouth Dakota St.Big 12
30Alonzo AllenChattanoogaSoCon
31Ibrahim BundukaGeorge MasonEWL
32Anthony DeCesareAir ForceBig 12
33Kyle AkinsBuffaloMAC
133 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.Big 12
2Luke PletcherOhio St.Big Ten
3Kaid BrockOklahoma St.Big 12
4Austin DeSantoDrexelEIWA
5Jack MuellerVirginiaACC
6Stevan MicicMichiganBig Ten
7John ErnesteMissouriMAC
8Montorie BridgesWyomingBig 12
9Scott ParkerLehighEIWA
10Josh TeraoAmericanEIWA
11Dom ForysPittsburghACC
12Mitch McKeeMinnesotaBig Ten
13Dennis GustafsonVirginia TechACC
14Ali NaserArizona St.Pac 12
15Cameron KellyOhioMAC
16Scott DelvecchioRutgersBig Ten
17Bryan LantryBuffaloMAC
18Korbin MyersEdinboroEWL
19Ian ParkerIowa St.Big 12
20Zachary ShermanNorth CarolinaACC
21Ben ThorntonPurdueBig Ten
22Corey KeenerPenn St.Big Ten
23Colin ValdivezNorthwesternBig Ten
24Rico MontoyaNorthern Colo.Big 12
25Nathan BostonCampbellSoCon
26Tariq WilsonNC StateACC
27Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.Big 12
28Sean NickellCSU BakersfieldPac 12
29Dylan DuncanIllinoisBig Ten
30Anthony CefeloRiderEWL
31Anthony TutoloKent St.MAC
32Matthew SchmittWest VirginiaBig 12
33Andy SchutzBloomsburgEWL
33Caleb RichardsonOld DominionMAC
141 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Bryce MeredithWyomingBig 12
2Kevin JackNC StateACC
3Jaydin EiermanMissouriMAC
4Dean HeilOklahoma St.Big 12
5Yianni DiakomihalisCornellEIWA
6Brock ZacherlClarionEWL
7Josh AlberUNIBig 12
8Nick LeePenn St.Big Ten
9Mason SmithCentral Mich.MAC
10Joey McKennaOhio St.Big Ten
11Thomas ThornMinnesotaBig Ten
12Chad RedNebraskaBig Ten
13Tyler SmithBucknellEIWA
14Kanen StorrIowa St.Big 12
15Nick ZanettaPittsburghACC
16Luke KaramLehighEIWA
17Cole WeaverIndianaBig Ten
18Austin HeadleeNorth CarolinaACC
18Nate LimmexPurdueBig Ten
20Nicholas GilNavyEIWA
21Javier Gasca IIIMichigan St.Big Ten
22Eli StickleyWisconsinBig Ten
23Alex MadrigalOld DominionMAC
24Kyle ShoopLock HavenEWL
25Russell RohlfingCSU BakersfieldPac 12
26Mike LongoOklahomaBig 12
27Salvatore ProfaciMichiganBig Ten
28Michael CarrIllinoisBig Ten
29Tyson DipperyRiderEWL
30Alexander JaffeHarvardEIWA
31Colton SchillingCal PolyPac 12
32Brent MooreVirginia TechACC
33Tim RooneyKent St.MAC
149 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.Big Ten
2Brandon SorensenIowaBig Ten
3Justin OliverCentral Mich.MAC
4Troy HeilmannNorth CarolinaACC
4Ryan DeakinNorthwesternBig Ten
6Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.Big Ten
7Max ThomsenUNIBig 12
8Grant LeethMissouriMAC
9Matthew KolodzikPrincetonEIWA
10Jason TsirtisArizona St.Pac 12
11Colton McCrystalNebraskaBig Ten
12Eleazar DelucaRutgersBig Ten
13Beau DonahueNC StateACC
14Boo LewallenOklahoma St.Big 12
15Steve BleiseMinnesotaBig Ten
16Ronald PerryLock HavenEWL
17Michael SpragueAmericanEIWA
18Jarrett DegenIowa St.Big 12
18Cortlandt SchuylerLehighEIWA
20Jared PrinceNavyEIWA
21Alfred BannisterMarylandBig Ten
22Khristian OlivasFresno St.Big 12
23Sam KrivusVirginiaACC
24Sam TurnerWyomingBig 12
25Davion JeffriesOklahomaBig 12
26Ryan BleesVirginia TechACC
27Tyler BuckisoThe CitadelSoCon
28Kyle GlivaNorth Dakota St.Big 12
28Trevor ElfvinDrexelEIWA
30Nicholas MonicoKent St.MAC
31Malik AmineMichiganBig Ten
32Kenan CarterOld DominionMAC
33Kyle SpringerEastern Mich.MAC
157 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Jason NolfPenn St.Big Ten
2Michael KemererIowaBig Ten
3Hayden HidlayNC StateACC
4Joseph LavalleeMissouriMAC
5Alec PantaleoMichiganBig Ten
6Joshua ShieldsArizona St.Pac 12
7Micah JordanOhio St.Big Ten
8Tyler BergerNebraskaBig Ten
9Clayton ReamNorth Dakota St.Big 12
10Archie ColganWyomingBig 12
11Mitch FinesilverDukeACC
11Luke ZilverbergSouth Dakota St.Big 12
13John VanschenkbrillRutgersBig Ten
14Mike D`AngeloPrincetonEIWA
15Markus ScheidelColumbiaEIWA
16Coleman HammondCSU BakersfieldPac 12
17Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaACC
18Bryant ClagonRiderEWL
18Paul FoxStanfordPac 12
20Jake ShortMinnesotaBig Ten
21Andrew CroneWisconsinBig Ten
22Taleb RahmaniPittsburghACC
23Larry EarlyOld DominionMAC
24Garett HammondDrexelEIWA
25Ian BrownLehighEIWA
26Justin StaudenmayerBrownEIWA
27Tyler MarinelliGardner-WebbSoCon
28Zachary DavisNavyEIWA
29Andrew ShomersEdinboroEWL
30Jonce BlaylockOklahoma St.Big 12
31Alex MossingAir ForceBig 12
32Zach MooreWest VirginiaBig 12
33Justin ThomasOklahomaBig 12
165 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Vincenzo JosephPenn St.Big Ten
2Isaiah MartinezIllinoisBig Ten
3David McFaddenVirginia TechACC
4Chad WalshRiderEWL
5Logan MassaMichiganBig Ten
5Evan WickWisconsinBig Ten
7Alex MarinelliIowaBig Ten
8Chance MarstellerLock HavenEWL
9Chandler RogersOklahoma St.Big 12
10Nicholas WanzekMinnesotaBig Ten
11Richie LewisRutgersBig Ten
12Isaiah WhiteNebraskaBig Ten
13Te`shan CampbellOhio St.Big Ten
14Branson AshworthWyomingBig 12
15Anthony ValenciaArizona St.Pac 12
16Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleyBig 12
17Gordon WolfLehighEIWA
18Andrew FogartyNorth Dakota St.Big 12
19Drew DanielsNavyEIWA
20Jonathan SchleiferPrincetonEIWA
21Jonathon ChavezCornellEIWA
22Keilan TorresNorthern Colo.Big 12
23Connor FlynnMissouriMAC
24Dawaylon BarnesOklahomaBig 12
25May BetheaPennEIWA
26Jacob MorrisseyPurdueBig Ten
27Quentin PerezCampbellSoCon
28Brian HamannNC StateACC
29Vincent DeprezBinghamtonEIWA
30Andrew AtkinsonVirginiaACC
31Jonathan ViruetBrownEIWA
32Chad PykeChattanoogaSoCon
33Ebed JarrellDrexelEIWA
174 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Zahid ValenciaArizona St.Pac 12
2Mark HallPenn St.Big Ten
3Bo JordanOhio St.Big Ten
4Daniel LewisMissouriMAC
5Jordan KutlerLehighEIWA
6Myles AmineMichiganBig Ten
7Taylor LujanUNIBig 12
8Jadaen BernsteinNavyEIWA
9David KocerSouth Dakota St.Big 12
10Keaton SubjeckStanfordPac 12
11Yoanse MejiasOklahomaBig 12
12Dylan LydyPurdueBig Ten
13Jacobe SmithOklahoma St.Big 12
14Christian BruckiCentral Mich.MAC
15Forrest PrzybyszAppalachian St.SoCon
16Johnny SebastianNorthwesternBig Ten
17Devin SkatzkaIndianaBig Ten
18Brandon WomackCornellEIWA
19Daniel BullardNC StateACC
20Ty SchoffstallEdinboroEWL
21Josef JohnsonHarvardEIWA
22Joseph GuntherIowaBig Ten
23Seldon WrightOld DominionMAC
24Ben HarveyArmy West PointEIWA
25Will SchanyVirginiaACC
26Ryan ChristensenWisconsinBig Ten
27Matt FinesilverDukeACC
28Christopher PfarrMinnesotaBig Ten
29Andrew MorganCampbellSoCon
30Austin RoseDrexelEIWA
31Hunter BolenVirginia TechACC
32Kyle PopeWyomingBig 12
33Tyrel WhiteColumbiaEIWA
184 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Bo NickalPenn St.Big Ten
2Myles MartinOhio St.Big Ten
3Pete RendaNC StateACC
4Domenic AbounaderMichiganBig Ten
5Emory ParkerIllinoisBig Ten
6Taylor VenzNebraskaBig Ten
7Zachary ZavatskyVirginia TechACC
8Ricky RobertsonWisconsinBig Ten
9Drew FosterUNIBig 12
10Steven SchneiderBinghamtonEIWA
10Maxwell DeanCornellEIWA
10Bryce CarrChattanoogaSoCon
13Jordan EllingwoodCentral Mich.MAC
14Michael ColemanNavyEIWA
15Nick GravinaRutgersBig Ten
16Canten MarriottMissouriMAC
17Chip NessNorth CarolinaACC
18Christian LaFragolaBrownEIWA
19Mitchell BowmanIowaBig Ten
20Dylan GabelNorthern Colo.Big 12
21Joe HeyobPennEIWA
22Owen WebsterMinnesotaBig Ten
23Martin MuellerSouth Dakota St.Big 12
24Keegan MooreOklahoma St.Big 12
25Alan ClothierAppalachian St.SoCon
26Mitch SligaNorthwesternBig Ten
27Noah StewartArmy West PointEIWA
28Alexander DeCiantisDrexelEIWA
29Nick CorbaCleveland St.EWL
30Greg BulsakClarionEWL
31Corey HazelLock HavenEWL
32Michale Fagg-DavesRiderEWL
33Gregg HarveyPittsburghACC
33Kordell NorfleetArizona St.Pac 12
197 Pounds
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Kollin MooreOhio St.Big Ten
2Jared HaughtVirginia TechACC
3Michael MacchiavelloNC StateACC
4Cash WilckeIowaBig Ten
5Ben DarmstadtCornellEIWA
6William MiklusMissouriMAC
7Anthony CassarPenn St.Big Ten
7Frank MattiacePennEIWA
9Nate RotertSouth Dakota St.Big 12
10Jeric KasunicAmericanEIWA
11Scottie BoykinChattanoogaSoCon
12Kevin BeazleyMichiganBig Ten
13Jacob HolschlagUNIBig 12
14Matt WilliamsCSU BakersfieldPac 12
15Daniel ChaidNorth CarolinaACC
16Stephen LoiseauDrexelEIWA
17Jacob SmithWest VirginiaBig 12
18Corey GriegoOregon St.Pac-12
19Patrick BruckiPrincetonEIWA
20Jacob SeelyNorthern Colo.Big 12
21Christian BrunnerPurdueBig Ten
22Nathan TraxlerStanfordPac 12
23Thomas LaneCal PolyPac 12
24Kyle ConelKent St.MAC
25Eric SchultzNebraskaBig Ten
26Jake JakobsenLehighEIWA
27Hunter RitterWisconsinBig Ten
28Rocco CaywoodArmy West PointEIWA
29Jordan AtienzaCentral Mich.MAC
30Garrett HoffmanBucknellEIWA
31Jay AielloVirginiaACC
32Anthony McLaughlinAir ForceBig 12
32Andrew DixonOklahomaBig 12
32Kevin MulliganRutgersBig Ten
32Dustin ContiClarionEWL
32Christian DulaneySIUESoCon
Heavyweight
RankNameSchoolLeague
1Kyle SnyderOhio St.Big Ten
2Adam CoonMichiganBig Ten
3Samuel StollIowaBig Ten
4Tanner HallArizona St.Pac 12
5Jacob KasperDukeACC
6Youssif HemidaMarylandBig Ten
7Nathan ButlerStanfordPac 12
8Nick NevillsPenn St.Big Ten
9Mike HughesHofstraEIWA
10Derek WhiteOklahoma St.Big 12
11Amar DhesiOregon St.Pac 12
12Jordan WoodLehighEIWA
13Thomas HainesLock HavenEWL
14Garrett RyanColumbiaEIWA
15Ryan SolomonPittsburghACC
16Shawn StreckPurdueBig Ten
17Andrew DunnVirginia TechACC
18William MillerEdinboroEWL
19Matt StencelCentral Mich.MAC
20Conan JenningsNorthwesternBig Ten
21Gage HutchisonEastern Mich.MAC
22Jeramy SweanyCornellEIWA
23Jake GunningBuffaloMAC
24Cory Gilliland-DanielNorth CarolinaACC
25Brett DempseyAmericanEIWA
26Dustin DennisonUtah ValleyBig 12
27Michael BoykinNC StateACC
28AJ NevillsFresno St.Big 12
29Jere HeinoCampbellSoCon
30Matt VossGeorge MasonEWL
31Antonio PelusiFranklin & MarshallEIWA
32Cary MillerAppalachian St.SoCon
33Marcus HarringtonIowa St.Big 12
33Daniel StibralNorth Dakota St.Big 12

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