The NCAA released its first coaches’ panel rankings for the 2014-15 wrestling season Thursday. Nine Pokes are featured on the list that is one of the tools used to determine the qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship hosted at the Scotttrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., on March 19-21.
Senior Tyler Cox leads the Pokes ranking 12th (125 pounds) followed by fellow seniors Andy McCulley ranked 14th at 174 pounds and Shane Woods, who is 15th (197 pounds) with sophomore Benjamin Stroh rounding out the Cowboys in the top 20, as he ranks 18th (184 pounds). Junior Tanner Harms ranks 21st (285 pounds) with senior Dakota Friesth ranking 24th (165 pounds). Sophomore Jake Elliott ranks 28th (149 pounds) with sophomore Cole Mendenhall 32nd (141 pounds) and redshirt freshman Archie Colgan ranking 33rd (157 pounds).
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 2015 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 past 30 days.
The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Alan Waters, Missouri (125 pounds); Christopher Dardanes, Minnesota (133 pounds); Logan Stieber, Ohio State (141 pounds); Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern (149 pounds); Dylan Ness, Minnesota (157 pounds); Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State (165 pounds); Robert Kokesh, Nebraska (174 pounds); Gabriel Dean, Cornell (184 pounds); J’Den Cox, Missouri (197 pounds) and Bobby Telford, Iowa (Heavyweight).
Wt. – Name (Coaches Rank)
125: Senior Tyler Cox (12th)
141: Sophomore Cole Mendenhall (32nd)
149: Sophomore Jake Elliott (28th)
157: Redshirt freshman Archie Colgan (33rd)
165: Senior Dakota Friesth (24th)
174: Senior Andy McCulley (14th)
184: Sophomore Benjamin Stroh (18th)
197: Senior Shane Woods (15th)
285: Junior Tanner Harms (21st)