To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class.


Among the top-ranked wrestlers by the coaches are five former national champions with Darian Cruz of Lehigh (125 pounds), Zain Retherford, Penn State (149), Jason Nolf, Penn State (157), Isaiah Martinez, Illinois (165) and Bo Nickal, Penn State (184).

The additional top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the coaches’ rankings are: Seth Gross, South Dakota State (133), Bryce Meredith, Wyoming (141), Zahid Valencia, Arizona State (174), Jared Haught, Virginia Tech (197) and Adam Coon, Michigan (heavyweight).

In the RPI, top-ranked wrestlers include: Taylor Lamont, Utah Valley (125 pounds), Stevan Micic, Michigan (133), Jaydin Eierman, Missouri (141), Brandon Sorensen, Iowa (149), Joshua Shields, Arizona State (157), Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State (165), Valencia (174), Myles Martin, Ohio State (184), Michael Macchiavello, NC State (197) and Coon (heavyweight).


Zahid Valencia and Adam Coon are the only two wrestlers ranked first in both the coaches’ ranking and the RPI.

The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland March 15-17. Wrestling fans can buy and sell official tickets through the NCAA Ticket Exchange™. This gives ticket holders who are unable to attend a session a place to safely sell their tickets. Buyers can also get their tickets knowing the tickets are authentic and guaranteed, visit for more information.

A full description of the entire selection process is in the 2018 Division I Wrestling Championships Pre-Championships Manual which is available at

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