Nine Jackrabbits end regular season ranked

INDIANAPOLIS — Nine South Dakota State wrestlers appear in the NCAA coaches’ panel rankings with Cade DeVos and Tanner Sloan leading their respective weight classes in ratings percentage index (RPI) heading into postseason competition, according to data released by the NCAA Thursday afternoon.

In addition, weight-class pre-allocations for the upcoming NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships were announced.

Both DeVos (174 pounds) and Sloan (197 pounds) were fourth in the coach rankings at their weight classes in addition to sitting atop the RPI. DeVos completed the regular season with a 20-1 record, while Sloan has compiled a 19-1 mark.

Sloan, a senior from Alburnett, Iowa, earned runner-up honors at 197 pounds at last year’s national championships.

The coaches’ rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. Wrestlers must have eight Division I matches in the weight class to be considered with at least one match within the last 30 days.

Coaches’ Ranking and RPI

The RPI is a calculation that consists of three factors: winning percentage, opponent winning percentage (strength of schedule) and opponent’s opponent winning percentage (opponent’s strength of schedule). Only matches against Division I opponents at the designated weight class count towards the RPI and a wrestler needs to have wrestled 15 matches to be ranked.

Also ranked individually in the top 10 is 184-pounder Bennett Berge. A redshirt freshman from Mantorville, Minnesota, Berge has put together a 15-3 record so far this season and has won 11 of his last 12 matches to come in at No. 5 in the RPI.

At 125 pounds, Tanner Jordan checks in at No. 14 in the coach rank and 16th in the RPI. The senior from St. Paris, Ohio, has posted a 21-7 record so far this season as he looks to make a return trip to the NCAA Championships.

Other Jackrabbits in the top 20 in the coaches’ rankings are three sophomores: Derrick Cardinal, Alek Martin and Cael Swensen. Cardinal, from Forest Lake, Minnesota, has notched a 19-7 record at 133 pounds and stands 19th in the coach rank and 16th in RPI.

Martin is 19th in the coach rank at 149 pounds and 13th in RPI with a 17-8 record, while Swensen is 17th in the 157-pound coach rank and 23rd for RPI after turning in a 17-7 record.

Two-time All-American Clay Carlson moved into No. 23 in the coach rank at 141 pounds and cracked the RPI survey at No. 27. Carlson sat out the first half of the season due to injury but has come back to post a 3-5 record over the last two months.

Rounding out the rankings is redshirt freshman heavyweight Luke Rasmussen, who is 31st in the coach rank and 29th in RPI with a 14-11 record.

The Big 12 Conference was awarded a total of 57 automatic pre-allocations for the 2024 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are slated for March 21-23 in Kansas City, Missouri. The allocations, which include at least five bids for each of the 10 weight classes, will be determined by placings at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship March 9-10 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Seven weight classes will receive six allocations, with three weight classes (141, 184, 285) awarded five. The Big 12’s 57 allocations ranked second among conferences, trailing the Big Ten’s 85 allocations.

Ncaa Pre Allocations 2024

After all the conference tournaments have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet to select the remaining 47 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 12. Brackets and seeding will be announced on at 8 p.m. ET on March 13. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers.

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