Eight Gophers Named in NCAA Coaches Ranking and RPI

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.

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NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel and RPI rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released the second of four coaches’ panel rankings and the debut reveal of the ratings percentage index (RPI) for the 2018-19 wrestling season. The final rankings will be tools used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, RPI and coaches’ rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. The RPI is calculated based on results vs. Division I wrestlers and rankings only include wrestlers that have a minimum of 17 results vs. Division I opponents.

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Top-ranked Penn State remains No. 1 after bumping off rival Ohio State; Unbeatens Oklahoma State, Missouri meet this weekend

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With top-ranked Penn State’s 28-9 thumping of sixth-ranked Ohio State this past weekend, the Nittany Lions extended the program’s dual win streak to 56 in a row and improved to 11-0 on the season. With that, Penn State remained No. 1 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday.

It was the last true test scheduled for the Nittany Lions as they finish the schedule with unranked Buffalo, Michigan State and No. 24 Illinois the next two weeks of competition. While it was expected to be close, upsets by Roman Bravo-Young at 133 pounds and Nick Lee at 141 pounds set the pace for the Penn State victory in front of over 13,000 fans at St. John Arena in Columbus.

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