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NCAA announces first coaches panel rankings

Updated: January 20, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released Friday the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2016-17 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year’s event is March 16-18 at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis, Missouri . For more information and to purchase tickets for the championship, visit

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 2017 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 last 30 days.

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