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OSU Wrestling: New Coaches Panel Rankings and RPI Released

Eight Cowboys are ranked in both the RPI and Coaches panel ranking.

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The second wrestling coaches panel rankings and first RPI has been released, and here’s how it breaks out for the Cowboys.

  • 125: Nick Piccininni (Coaches-No. 4, RPI-No. 2)
  • 133: Reece Witcraft (Coaches-No. 21, RPI-No. 16)
  • 141: Dusty Hone (Coaches-No. 15, RPI-No. 19)
  • 149: Boo Lewallen (Coaches-No. 5, RPI-No. 3)
  • 157: Wyatt Sheets (Coaches-No. 20, RPI-No. 11)
  • 165: Travis Wittlake (Coaches-No. 8, RPI-No. 1)
  • 174: Joseph Smith (Coaches-No. 10, RPI-Unranked)
  • 184: Anthony Montalvo (Coaches-No. 14, RPI-No. 7)
  • 197: Dakota Geer (Coaches-No. 13, RPI-No. 10)

The Cowboys have four wrestlers in the top 10 of the coaches poll, an additional four in the top 20 and one at 21. The RPI is a bit more favorable for OSU with the exception of 174, where the Cowboys are not ranked. They have five in the top 10 with another three in the top 20. Joe Smith did not receive an RPI rating as he does not have enough matches at this point.

The coaches panel ranking, coupled with winning percentage and rating percentage index (RPI), all earn allocation spots for the wrestlers qualifying tournaments for the NCAA Championships.

OSU is set up to do that at every weight with the exception of 174, where they need more matches to receive an RPI rating, and heavyweight, where they definitely will not add a qualifier allocation for the conference this season.

So as long as each of these wrestlers, with the exception of heavyweight, wrestle to their seed at the Big 12 tournament, they should qualify for the NCAA tournament.

It is of note that the Big 12 has eight wrestlers ranked in the RPI and seven in the coaches panel ranking at heavyweight. This means the Big 12 is almost certain to receive seven allocations at heavyweight and could potentially receive eight.

So if Brock Martin is thrown out at heavyweight for the Big 12 tournament, which many see as a possibility, and he can finish as high as seventh (possibly eighth depending on how the last few weeks of the season play out), he would receive a bid to the NCAA tournament.

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