NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel rankings

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by Matt Holmes

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2019-20 wrestling season today. The final rankings will be one of the criteria used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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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.

You can see all 330 college wrestlers ranked by class by clicking or tapping here. 

Among the top-ranked wrestlers are five former national champions with Spencer Lee of Iowa (125 pounds in 2018 and 2019), Seth Gross of Wisconsin (133 pounds in 2018 at South Dakota State), Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State (165 pounds in 2017 and 2018), Mark Hall of Penn State (174 pounds in 2017) and 184-pounder Zahid Valencia of Arizona State (174-pound champion in 2018 and 2019).

The top-ranked wrestlers at the remaining weight classes in the inaugural rankings are Luke Pletcher, Ohio State (141 pounds); Pat Lugo, Iowa (149); Ryan Deakin, Northwestern (157); Kollin Moore, Ohio State (197) and Gable Steveson of Minnesota at heavyweight.

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.

For tickets or more information about the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Minneapolis, visit http://www.ncaa.com/wrestling.

NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Rankings (through Jan. 19)

125 POUNDS
RankNameTeamConference
1Spencer LeeIowaBig Ten
2Jack MuellerVirginiaACC
3Pat GloryPrincetonEIWA
4Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma St.Big 12
5Brandon PaetzellLehighEIWA
6Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternBig Ten
7Devin SchroderPurdueBig Ten
8Michael ColaioccoPennEIWA
9Drew HildebrandtCentral Mich.MAC
10Brandon CourtneyArizona St.Pac 12
11Alex MackallIowa St.Big 12
12Joey PrataVirginia TechACC
13Patrick MckeeMinnesotaBig Ten
14Nic AguilarRutgersBig Ten
15Luke WernerLock HavenMAC
16Jacob SchwarmUNIBig 12
17Kilian CardinaleOld DominionMAC
18Eric BarnettWisconsinBig Ten
19Fabian GutierrezChattanoogaSoCon
20Logan TreasterNavyEIWA
21Jakob CamachoNC StateACC
22Daniel VegaSouth Dakota St.Big 12
23Sidney FloresAir ForceBig 12
24Gage CurryAmericanEIWA
24Trey ChalifouxArmy West PointEIWA
26Justin CardaniIllinoisBig Ten
27Nolan HellicksonHarvardEIWA
28Joe ManchioColumbiaEIWA
29Sean CarterAppalachian St.SoCon
30Bryce WestNorthern Ill.MAC
31Korbin MeinkCampbellSoCon
32Jonathon TropeaRiderMAC
33Jack MedleyMichiganBig Ten
 

133 POUNDS

1Seth GrossWisconsinBig Ten
2Austin DeSantoIowaBig Ten
3Sebastian RiveraNorthwesternBig Ten
4Roman Bravo-YoungPenn St.Big Ten
5Charles TuckerCornellEIWA
6Mickey PhillipiPittsburghACC
7Montorie BridgesWyomingBig 12
8Travis PiotrowskiIllinoisBig Ten
9Sammy AlvarezRutgersBig Ten
10Noah GosnerCampbellSoCon
11Cameron SykoraNorth Dakota St.Big 12
12Derek SpannBuffaloMAC
13Ridge LovettNebraskaBig Ten
14Todd SmallIowa St.Big 12
15Devan TurnerOregon St.Pac 12
16Anthony MadrigalOklahomaBig 12
17Tim RooneyKent St.MAC
18Collin GerardiVirginia TechACC
19Nick FarroLehighEIWA
20Louie HayesVirginiaACC
21Taylor LaMontUtah ValleyBig 12
22Jordan DecaturOhio St.Big Ten
23Mosha SchwartzNorthern Colo.Big 12
24Joshua KrammerArizona St.Pac 12
25Reece WitcraftOklahoma St.Big 12
26Jarrett TrombleyNC StateACC
27Jack SkudlarczykUNIBig 12
28DJ FehlmanLock HavenMAC
29Chance RichCSU BakersfieldPac 12
29Casey CobbNavyEIWA
31Allan HartMissouriMAC
32Garrett PeppleMichigan St.Big Ten
33Codi RussellAppalachian St.SoCon
 

141 POUNDS

1Luke PletcherOhio St.Big Ten
2Nick LeePenn St.Big Ten
3Mitch McKeeMinnesotaBig Ten
4Real WoodsStanfordPac 12
5Max MurinIowaBig Ten
6Tristan MoranWisconsinBig Ten
7Dom DemasOklahomaBig 12
8Ian ParkerIowa St.Big 12
9Chad RedNebraskaBig Ten
10Joshua HeilCampbellSoCon
11Zachary ShermanNorth CarolinaACC
12Tariq WilsonNC StateACC
13Dylan DuncanIllinoisBig Ten
14Dusty HoneOklahoma St.Big 12
15Dresden SimonCentral Mich.MAC
16Michael BlockhusUNIBig 12
17Grant LeethMissouriMAC
18Evan CheekCleveland St.MAC
19Doug ZapfPennEIWA
20Kyle ShoopLock HavenMAC
21Shakur LaneyOhioMAC
22DJ (Durbin) LlorenFresno St.Big 12
23Mitch MooreVirginia TechACC
24Cole MatthewsPittsburghACC
25Sa`Derian PerryOld DominionMAC
26Salvatore ProfaciAmericanEIWA
26Alex MadrigalGeorge MasonMAC
28Matt KazimirColumbiaEIWA
29Peter LipariRiderMAC
30Ryan PomrincaLehighEIWA
31Parker FiliusPurdueBig Ten
32Angelo MartinoniCSU BakersfieldPac 12
33Cole MattinMichiganBig Ten
 

149 POUNDS

1Pat LugoIowaBig Ten
2Austin O`ConnorNorth CarolinaACC
3Boo LewallenOklahoma St.Big 12
4Brayton LeeMinnesotaBig Ten
5Brock MaullerMissouriMAC
6Sammy SassoOhio St.Big Ten
7Kizhan ClarkeAmericanEIWA
8Kanen StorrMichiganBig Ten
8Max ThomsenUNIBig 12
10Henry PohlmeyerSouth Dakota St.Big 12
11Brock ZacherlClarionMAC
12Cole MartinWisconsinBig Ten
13Andrew AlirezNorthern Colo.Big 12
14Collin PurintonNebraskaBig Ten
14Yahya ThomasNorthwesternBig Ten
16Griffin ParriottPurdueBig Ten
17Colston DiBlasiGeorge MasonMAC
18Jonathan MillnerAppalachian St.SoCon
19Requir van der MerweStanfordPac 12
20Mike D`AngeloPrincetonEIWA
21Graham RooksIndianaBig Ten
22Tanner SmithChattanoogaSoCon
23Jacob ButlerOklahomaBig 12
24Bryce AndonianVirginia TechACC
25Alec HaganOhioMAC
26Jaron JensenWyomingBig 12
27Jimmy HoffmanLehighEIWA
28Russell RohlfingCSU BakersfieldPac 12
29Jarod VerkleerenPenn St.Big Ten
30Joshua MarucaArizona St.Pac 12
31Denton SpencerVirginiaACC
32PJ OgunsanyaArmy West PointEIWA
33Hunter RichardCornellEIWA
 

157 POUNDS

1Ryan DeakinNorthwesternBig Ten
2Hayden HidlayNC StateACC
3David CarrIowa St.Big 12
4Kaleb YoungIowaBig Ten
5Quincy MondayPrincetonEIWA
6Jesse DellavecchiaRiderMAC
7Kendall ColemanPurdueBig Ten
8Josh HumphreysLehighEIWA
9Markus HartmanArmy West PointEIWA
10Will LewanMichiganBig Ten
11Jarrett JacquesMissouriMAC
12Larry EarlyOld DominionMAC
13Anthony ArtalonaPennEIWA
14BC LaPradeVirginia TechACC
15Justin ThomasOklahomaBig 12
16Justin RuffinSIUEMAC
17Peyton RobbNebraskaBig Ten
18Jacob WrightFresno St.Big 12
19Logan ParksCentral Mich.MAC
20Austin HeadleeNorth CarolinaACC
21Jake TuckerMichigan St.Big Ten
22Wyatt SheetsOklahoma St.Big 12
23Matt ZovistoskiAppalachian St.SoCon
24Jahi JonesMarylandBig Ten
25Zac CarsonOhioMAC
26Jacori TeemerArizona St.Pac 12
27Justin McCoyVirginiaACC
28Taleb RahmaniPittsburghACC
29Alexander KluckerLock HavenMAC
30Jared FranekNorth Dakota St.Big 12
31Elijah ClearyOhio St.Big Ten
32Tyler EischensStanfordPac 12
33Dewey KruegerWyomingBig 12
 

165 POUNDS

1Vincenzo JosephPenn St.Big Ten
2Alex MarinelliIowaBig Ten
3David McFaddenVirginia TechACC
4Evan WickWisconsinBig Ten
5Isaiah WhiteNebraskaBig Ten
6Shane GriffithStanfordPac 12
7Joshua ShieldsArizona St.Pac 12
8Tanner SkidgelNavyEIWA
9Travis WittlakeOklahoma St.Big 12
10Jake WentzelPittsburghACC
11Ethan SmithOhio St.Big Ten
12Thomas BullardNC StateACC
13Dan BraunagelIllinoisBig Ten
14Quentin PerezCampbellSoCon
15Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaACC
16Philip ConigliaroHarvardEIWA
17Zach HartmanBucknellEIWA
18Ebed JarrellDrexelEIWA
19Cael McCormickArmy West PointEIWA
20Shayne OsterNorthwesternBig Ten
21Troy KellerBuffaloMAC
22Grant CuomoPrincetonEIWA
23Tanner CookSouth Dakota St.Big 12
24Izzak OlejnikNorthern Ill.MAC
25Nick KiussisWest VirginiaBig 12
26Bailee O`reillyMinnesotaBig Ten
27Drew HughesMichigan St.Big Ten
28Randy Meneweather IIAir ForceBig 12
28Shane JonesOld DominionMAC
30Bernie TruaxCal PolyPac 12
31Peyton MoccoMissouriMAC
32Brett DonnerRutgersBig Ten
33Dazjon CastoThe CitadelSoCon
 

174 POUNDS

1Mark HallPenn St.Big Ten
2Michael KemererIowaBig Ten
3Jordan KutlerLehighEIWA
4Dylan LydyPurdueBig Ten
5Bryce SteiertUNIBig 12
6Mikey LabriolaNebraskaBig Ten
7Kaleb RomeroOhio St.Big Ten
8Anthony ValenciaArizona St.Pac 12
9Devin SkatzkaMinnesotaBig Ten
10Hayden HastingsWyomingBig 12
11Anthony MantanonaOklahomaBig 12
12Samuel ColbrayIowa St.Big 12
13Joseph GuntherIllinoisBig Ten
14Daniel BullardNC StateACC
15Ben HarveyArmy West PointEIWA
16Neal RichardsVMISoCon
17Brandon WomackCornellEIWA
18Dean SherryRiderMAC
19Jacob OliverEdinboroMAC
19Spencer CareyNavyEIWA
21Clay LauttNorth CarolinaACC
22Andrew McNallyKent St.MAC
23Layne MalczewskiMichigan St.Big Ten
24Gregg HarveyPittsburghACC
25Jackson HemauerFresno St.Big 12
26Mason EaglinDukeACC
27Jacob CovaciuIndianaBig Ten
28Phillip SpadaforaMarylandBig Ten
29Jeremiah KentMissouriMAC
30Andrew ShomersOklahoma St.Big 12
30Joe GrelloRutgersBig Ten
32Jared SiegristLock HavenMAC
33Cody HughesVirginia TechACC
 

184 POUNDS

1Zahid ValenciaArizona St.Pac 12
2Hunter BolenVirginia TechACC
3Trent HidlayNC StateACC
4Taylor LujanUNIBig 12
5Lou DeprezBinghamtonEIWA
6Taylor VenzNebraskaBig Ten
7Abe AssadIowaBig Ten
8Aaron BrooksPenn St.Big Ten
9Nino BonaccorsiPittsburghACC
10Andrew MorganCampbellSoCon
11Trevor AllardBloomsburgMAC
12Noah StewartArmy West PointEIWA
13Jelani EmbreeMichiganBig Ten
14Zach BraunagelIllinoisBig Ten
15Zach CarlsonSouth Dakota St.Big 12
16Chris WeilerLehighEIWA
17Cameron CaffeyMichigan St.Big Ten
18Johnny SebastianWisconsinBig Ten
19Owen WebsterMinnesotaBig Ten
20Anthony MontalvoOklahoma St.Big 12
21Billy JanzerRutgersBig Ten
22Marcus ColemanIowa St.Big 12
23Tanner HarveyAmericanEIWA
24Matthew WaddellChattanoogaSoCon
25Brit WilsonNorthern Ill.MAC
26Rocky JordanOhio St.Big Ten
27Dylan WismanMissouriMAC
28Alan ClothierNorthern Colo.Big 12
29Jonathan LoewCornellEIWA
30Travis StefanikPrincetonEIWA
31Colt DoyleOregon St.Pac 12
32Tate SamuelsonWyomingBig 12
33Max LyonPurdueBig Ten
 

197 POUNDS

1Kollin MooreOhio St.Big Ten
2Noah AdamsWest VirginiaBig 12
3Patrick BruckiPrincetonEIWA
4Jacob WarnerIowaBig Ten
5Christian BrunnerPurdueBig Ten
6Nathan TraxlerStanfordPac 12
7Jay AielloVirginiaACC
8Eric SchultzNebraskaBig Ten
9Ethan LairdRiderMAC
10Dakota GeerOklahoma St.Big 12
11Ben DarmstadtCornellEIWA
12Thomas LaneCal PolyPac 12
13Lucas DavisonNorthwesternBig Ten
14Jake WoodleyOklahomaBig 12
15Kordell NorfleetArizona St.Pac 12
16Greg BulsakClarionMAC
17Tanner SloanSouth Dakota St.Big 12
18Jordan PaganoRutgersBig Ten
19Jacob SeelyNorthern Colo.Big 12
20Tanner OrndorffUtah ValleyBig 12
21Wyatt KoellingMissouriMAC
22JT BrownArmy West PointEIWA
23Jake JakobsenLehighEIWA
24Nick ReenanNC StateACC
24Gage BraunNorthern Ill.MAC
26Stephen BuchananWyomingBig 12
27Hunter RitterMinnesotaBig Ten
28Drew PhippsBucknellEIWA
29Joel ShapiroIowa St.Big 12
30Landon PelhamCentral Mich.MAC
31Jacob KoserNavyEIWA
32Sam SchuylerBuffaloMAC
33Cordell EatonNorth Dakota St.Big 12
 

285 POUNDS

1Gable StevesonMinnesotaBig Ten
2Mason ParrisMichiganBig Ten
3Tony CassioppiIowaBig Ten
4Matt StencelCentral Mich.MAC
5Trent HillgerWisconsinBig Ten
6Tanner HallArizona St.Pac 12
7Tate OrndorffUtah ValleyBig 12
8Jordan WoodLehighEIWA
9Demetrius ThomasPittsburghACC
10Yaraslau SlavikouskiHarvardEIWA
11Josh HokitFresno St.Big 12
12Gannon GremmelIowa St.Big 12
13Carter IsleyUNIBig 12
14Jere HeinoCampbellSoCon
15Dalton RobertsonNorthern Colo.Big 12
16Christian LanceNebraskaBig Ten
17John BorstVirginia TechACC
18Brian AndrewsWyomingBig 12
19Ben SullivanArmy West PointEIWA
20Seth NevillsPenn St.Big Ten
21Brandon MetzNorth Dakota St.Big 12
22Gary TraubOhio St.Big Ten
23Cary MillerAppalachian St.SoCon
24Quinn MillerVirginiaACC
25Jon SpauldingEdinboroMAC
26Thomas PenolaPurdueBig Ten
27Andrew GunningNorth CarolinaACC
28Tyler BagolyClarionMAC
29Colton McKiernanSIUEMAC
30Jordan EarnestOhioMAC
31Luke LuffmanIllinoisBig Ten
32Deonte WilsonNC StateACC
33Brandon NgatiWest VirginiaBig 12
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