INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Seven North Dakota State University wrestlers were listed in the second NCAA Division I coaches’ panel rankings and first ratings percentage index (RPI) released Thursday, Feb. 14. The next rankings will be released Thursday, Feb. 28 and include conference allocations.
North Dakota State (9-5, 4-3 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host South Dakota State (2-8, 1-5 #Big12WR) at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Scheels Center. The Bison are ranked No. 24 by InterMat.com this week.
Leading the way was NDSU redshirt senior 125-pounder Brent Fleetwood, who is ranked No. 9 by the coaches’ panel and No. 11 in the RPI. Fleetwood (19-3, 11-1) is bidding for his third career bid to the NCAA tournament. To be eligible for the RPI, wrestlers need to have 17 Division I matches.
North Dakota State redshirt junior 133 Cam Sykora (18-5, 10-3) is ranked No. 15 by the coaches’ panel and No. 11 in the RPI. Sykora is looking for his third straight NCAA tournament appearance.
NDSU redshirt freshman 285 Brandon Metz (13-10, 4-8) is ranked No. 31 by the coaches’ panel and No. 20 in the RPI.
North Dakota State redshirt junior 165 Andrew Fogarty (15-3, 2-2) is ranked No. 18 by the NCAA coaches’ panel, while redshirt sophomore 157 Luke Weber (8-2, 4-1) is ranked No. 33.
In the RPI, NDSU redshirt junior 197 Cordell Eaton (16-7, 9-5) is No. 29, and redshirt freshman Jaden Van Maanen (15-9, 8-6) is No. 30.
The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year’s event is March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
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 2019 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.
For a full list of the coaches rankings by weight class please click here.
For the full RPI please click here.