NCAA Release First Wrestling Coaches' Panel Rankings
Jan. 26, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS--- The NCAA released Monday the first of three coaches’ panel rankings for the 2008-09 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2009 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
The Pac-10 boasts 28 wrestlers listed in the NCAA rankings. The highest Pac-10 wrestlers ranked in each weight class include: No. 11 Anthony Robles, Arizona State (125); No. 5 Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise State (133); No. 6 Chris Drouin, Arizona State (141); No. 15 Heinrich Barnes, Oregon State (149); No. 6 Adam Hall, Boise State (157); No. 19 Tyler Sherfey (165); No. 15 Nathan Lee, Boise State (174); No. 4 Kirk Smith, Boise State (184); No. 6 Brandon Halsey, Cal State Bakersfield (197); No. 7 Mitchell Monteiro, Cal State Bakersfield (285).
Boise State is the only Pac-10 team listed in the most recent USA Today/NWCA/ InterMat Division I poll. The Broncos, who are 10-3 on the year, are ranked 10th in the nation.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the 2009 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 two weight classes each from one to 33. A wrestler receives 33 points for a first-place vote, 32 points for a second-place vote, etc. The high and low vote total for each wrestler is dropped to give a final point total.