The NCAA has announced the second coaches ranking for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The latest ranking features four WVU grapplers. The first coaches rankings were released Wednesday, Feb. 11.
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.
125: Killian Cardinale: No. 22 (No. 24 in Feb. 11th ranking).
133: Ryan Sullivan: No. 16 (No. 19 in Feb. 11th ranking).
165: Peyton Hall: No. 20 (No. 21 in Feb. 11th ranking).
197: Noah Adams: No. 6 (No. 4 in Feb. 11th ranking).
The Mountaineers finished the regular season ranked No. 22 in the final Dual Meet Rankings by InterMat and FloWrestling.
— WVU Wrestling (@WVUWrestling) February 25, 2021
Looking ahead, West Virginia travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship on March 6-7. The action starts Saturday with preliminary and quarterfinal rounds set for a noon ET start.
The semifinals and consolation quarterfinals will take place at 6 p.m. ET that evening. The consolation semifinals, as well as the third- and fifth-place matches will start at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the championship matches set for 6 p.m. ET.
The first three sessions of the championship will be distributed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform, while the championship matches will be televised live on ESPN2. All matches from the championship also will be available on the ESPN App.