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OSU Wrestling: Last Individual Coaches Rankings of Season Released Ahead of NCAA Bracket Reveal

Only one Cowboy is outside the top 20.

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For the last time this season, there’s a new set of individual coaches rankings.

The NCAA released on Wednesday the final individual coaches rankings of the season, only hours before seeding and brackets will be released for the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will start March 21 in Kansas City, Missouri. These coaches rankings, along with RPI and win percentage, are standards used to determine seeding so could be a good reflection of what will be revealed during the selection show at 7 p.m.

All 10 Oklahoma State wrestlers qualified for nationals after their performances at this past weekend’s Big 12 Wrestling Championships, and all 10 were also included in the last set of rankings, which you can see below.

Weight Wrestler Ranking Last Ranking
125 Troy Spratley 9 10
133 Daton Fix 2 2
141 Tagen Jamison 11 8
149 Jordan Williams 13 18
157 Teague Travis 18 10
165 Izzak Olejnik 7 7
174 Brayden Thompson 18 20
184 Dustin Plott 2 2
197 Luke Surber 24 20
285 Konner Doucet 12 11

Daton Fix and Dustin Plott lead the way for the Cowboys, both ranked second at 133 and 184 pounds, respectively. Plott held his No. 2 spot despite losing to top-ranked Parker Keckeisen in a 14-5 major decision in the Big 12 finals on Sunday in Tulsa. Keckeisen is responsible for two of Plott’s three losses in his first season at 184 after bumping up from 174 pounds. The fact Plott is still comfortably at No. 2 in the weight class shows how much of another level Keckeisen is on.

Fix, meanwhile, was awarded NCAA Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday after becoming the first wrestler in Big 12 and OSU history to win five conference titles. He’s in the middle of three stellar wrestlers at the top of 133, with Lehigh freshman Ryan Crookham leading the way. Defending national champion Vito Arujau from Cornell is at No. 3. His only two losses this season were both to Crookham, including in the EIWA final on Sunday.

Teague Travis saw the biggest jump of any Cowboy at 157 pounds, going up eight spots after placing fourth at the Big 12 tournament. Jordan Williams also made a leap at 149, escalating from from No. 18 to No. 13 after making a run to the Big 12 finals.

A few Cowboys went the opposite direction with their ranking, with 197-pounder Luke Surber slipping the furthest. Surber is the only OSU wrestler outside of the top 20 of their respective rankings, dropping to No. 24 from No. 20.

Overall, based on these rankings, OSU would be predicted to have three All-Americans, which is determined by placing in the top eight at nationals. Fix and Plott would be finalists, with Olejnik finishing seventh in a stacked 165-pound bracket.

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