NCAA releases first coaches’ panel rankings of each DI weight class

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released Thursday the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2014-15 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year’s event is March 19-21 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

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Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the past 30 days.

The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Alan Waters, Missouri (125 pounds); Christopher Dardanes, Minnesota (133 pounds); Logan Stieber, Ohio State (141 pounds); Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern (149 pounds); Dylan Ness, Minnesota (157 pounds); Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State (165 pounds); Robert Kokesh, Nebraska (174 pounds); Gabriel Dean, Cornell (184 pounds); J’Den Cox, Missouri (197 pounds) and Bobby Telford, Iowa (Heavyweight).

NCAA Division I Coaches Ranking Panel Ranking – January, 22 2015

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