The NCAA released its first Coaches Panel rankings on Thursday and here’s how it breaks out for OSU.
- 125 — Piccininni — No. 4
- 133 — Fix — No. 3
- 141 — Brock — No. 12
- 149 — Gfeller — No. 4
- 157 — Shomers — No. 23
- 165 — Rogers — No. 10
- 174 — Joe Smith — No. 5
- 184 — Jacobe Smith –No. 11
- 197 — Dakota Geer — No. 10
- 285 — Derek White — No. 2
Here’s the NCAA explanation of these rankings:
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the 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. 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. [NCAA]
So naturally these are the rankings as a fan you should be most concerned with. The rankings from other outlets stir debate and are fun to follow, but this is ultimately what determines allocations and seeds for the conference and NCAA tournaments.
A few thoughts came to mind when seeing these.
1. Lineups Can Change
Who knows if this will be the lineup at the end of the season. Preston Weigel is out right now and so is Chandler Rogers. Boo Lewallen has not wrestled since the first dual, but is expected back sooner than anyone. Boo will certainly shake things up, and if Preston comes in he will too.
Who Can Make Up Ground
Brock, Shomers, Rogers, Jacobe Smith, and Dakota Geer have the best chance to make up ground. You can see in the rankings that there is more room for them to move up, but for the rest of the lineup jockeying in the rankings doesn’t seem like it would significantly impact their matchups at the NCAA tournament or their likelihood of scoring more points. If those guys can get into the top-8 tier and finish there it would significantly impact the team finish for OSU.
Everyone Should Qualify
The top 29 spots are allocated. Everyone is ranked in a spot where they will receive an allocation for their conference, and if they wrestle to their seed at the Big 12 tournament they should qualify for the NCAA tournament if the RPI and winning percentage factors end up being similar. Shomers is on the fringe though and the Big 12 only has two other guys ranked in the top 33 who are both on the fringe as well with Air Force at 29 and OU at 33. That would mean only two allocations for the Big 12. Every win for Shomers is huge and fans will even want to pull for the other guys in the conference at this weight in hopes that they secure a few more allocations and solidify the Cowboys’ chances of a bid at 157.