The NCAA released the latest edition of their coaches ranking on February 14 and ranked eight Gophers, including six in the top-10 of their weight classes. In the first installment of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) the Gophers also have eight wrestlers among the list. Both measurements will be used to help organize wrestlers for seeding at the NCAA Tournament from March 21-23.
Heavyweight Gable Steveson ranked first among heavyweights with an undefeated 26-0 record. He is followed by 125-pound Sean Russell in sixth place, 133-pound Ethan Lizak and 141-pound Mitch McKee in eighth, and 157-pound Steve Bleise in ninth place. Devin Skatzka rounds out the top-ten among 174-pounders to give the Gophers six among the top-ten.