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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA released the second of three coaches’ panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2011-12 wrestling season. The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by Division I winning percentage, RPI and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches across the nation. Each qualifying tournament has five coaches rank the top 33 wrestlers in two weight classes. For ranking purposes, coaches must select a wrestler as a starter at a designated weight class. In addition, coaches may only select one wrestler per weight class.

To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class. The top 33 wrestlers in the RPI are listed for each weight class.

The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the second rankings are: Matt McDonough, University of Iowa (125 pounds); Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State University (133 pounds); Kellen Russell, University of Michigan (141 pounds); Frank Molinaro, Pennsylvania State University (149 pounds); Kyle Dake, Cornell University (157 pounds); David Taylor, Penn State (165 pounds); Nick Amuchastegui, Stanford University (174 pounds); Joe LeBlanc, University of Wyoming (184 pounds); Christopher Honeycutt, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (197 pounds) and Ryan Flores, American University (Heavyweight).

The full rankings and RPI of each weight class are available at NCAA.com as well as in the links below.

NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings

NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI)


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