Two UNI Wrestlers Lead MAC in NCAA Coaches’ Rankings

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
Release: Thursday 01/24/2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Six University of Northern Iowa wrestlers were among the ranks in the first of three NCAA coaches’ panel rankings for the 2012-13 season released Thursday.

Joey Lazor, 141 pounds, and David Bonin, 157 pounds, are the Mid-American Conference’s leaders in their weight classes. The MAC has 39 wrestlers total in the rankings, including top-ranked Dustin Kilgore of Kent State at 197 pounds and Dom Bradley of Missouri at heavyweight. Ben Bennett of Central Michigan is ranked second at 184 pounds. UNI’s Ryan Loder is the next highest MAC wrestler in that weight class.

The complete listing of ranked Panthers:

133 – Levi Wolfensperger 9th
141 – Joey Lazor 15th
149 – Bart Reiter 26th
157 – David Bonin 18th
174 – Cody Caldwell 21st
184 – Ryan Loder 6th
The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the 2013 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 and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Matt McDonough, Iowa (125 pounds); Tony Ramos, Iowa (133 pounds); Kendric Maple, Oklahoma (141 pounds); Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State (149 pounds); Derek St. John, Iowa (157 pounds); Kyle Dake, Cornell (165 pounds); Chris Perry, Oklahoma State (174 pounds); Edward Ruth, Penn State (184 pounds); Dustin Kilgore, Kent State (197 pounds) and Dominque Bradley, Missouri (Heavyweight).