The NCAA has announced the second coaches ranking for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The latest ranking features seven Pitt grapplers. The first coaches rankings were released Wednesday, Feb. 11. Those initial rankings can be found here.
The coaches rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each conference. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. For the second ranking, wrestlers must have three Division I matches in the weight class to be considered with at least one within the last 30 days.
For the final coaches ranking that will be utilized during the at-large selection and seeding process, wrestlers will need a minimum of four Division I matches in the weight class.
The coaches ranking is one of several criteria that will be evaluated by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee during the at-large selection and seeding along with head-to-head competition, quality wins, conference tournament placement, results versus common opponents and win percentage.
Here are your ranked Panthers:
125: Colton Camacho: No. 33 (Not ranked in Feb. 11th ranking).
133: Micky Phillippi: No. 4 (No. 3 in Feb. 11th ranking).
141: Cole Matthews: No. 18 (No. 17 in Feb. 11th ranking).
149: Luke Kemerer: No. 33 (No. 28 in Feb. 11th ranking).
165: Jake Wentzel: No. 6 (No. 9 in Feb. 11th ranking).
184: Gregg Harvey: No. 24 (No. 24 in Feb. 11th ranking).
197: Nino Bonaccorsi: No. 8 (No. 7 in Feb. 11th ranking).
Looking ahead, Pitt travels back to Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2021 ACC Championships, hosted by No. 7 NC State, on Feb. 28. Then, the Panthers will head to St. Louis, Missouri for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, March 18-20.