Six SDSU wrestlers ranked by NCAA panel

INDIANAPOLIS – Six South Dakota State University wrestlers were included in the second of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2019-20 season, which were announced Thursday by NCAA officials.

Ranked Jackrabbits are:

  • Danny Vega, ranked 20th (23rd in RPI) at 125 pounds – 18-7 overall record;
  • Zach Price, ranked 33rd (26th in RPI) at 133 pounds – 13-11 overall record;
  • Henry Pohlmeyer, ranked ninth (14th in RPI) at 149 pounds – 16-4 overall record;
  • Tanner Cook, ranked 24th (19th in RPI) at 165 pounds – 15-3 overall record;
  • Zach Carlson, ranked 13th (15th in RPI) at 184 pounds – 20-5 overall record, and
  • Tanner Sloan, ranked 17th (15th in RPI) at 197 pounds – 15-5 overall record.

In addition, 141-pounder Clay Carlson has registered the 33rd-best ratings percentage index (RPI) in his weight class, but did not crack the top 33 in the coaches’ panel rankings.

Division I wrestling coaches’ panel and RPI rankings

The rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, EIWA, MAC, Pac-12 and SoCon), which is double the amount of voters that had previously been used for the coaches’ panel rankings. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. 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 to be ranked.

The first two rankings (Jan. 24/Feb. 13) are used primarily for educational purposes to promote the selection criteria to coaches, student-athletes, media and fans. The third ranking (Feb. 27) will be the ranking that will be used by the NCAA Wrestling Committee to assist in determining the advance allocations to each qualifying tournament. The final ranking following conference tournaments will be used to provide the most accurate and up-to-date rankings to the committee as an important element of the selection criteria during the in-person selection meeting.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships.

The above criteria, in addition to head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents and qualifying tournament placement are all part of the evaluation process for selection and seeding the committee uses for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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