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).