INDIANAPOLIS – Five American University wrestlers appear in the second of four coaches' panel rankings for the 2015-16 season, released Thursday by the NCAA. Additionally, four Eagles are listed in the preliminary ratings percentage index (RPI), also released Thursday.
Senior captain David Terao, a three-time NCAA qualifier for the Eagles, leads the way for AU, listed at 10th in the coaches' panel rankings at 125 pounds and 12th in the RPI. Fellow captain John Boyle, a 2015 NCAA qualifier, is rated 12th in the coaches' panel rankings at 157 pounds and 11th in the RPI.
Redshirt senior Mitchell Wightman, who qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championships while wrestling at Boston University, is listed at 27th in the coaches' panel rankings and 29th in the RPI at 165, while sophomore Jeric Kasunic is 30th in the coaches' panel rankings and 31st in the RPI at 197 pounds.
Rounding out the group of Eagles is redshirt junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera, who is rated 32nd in the coaches' panel rankings at 133.
The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are being held March 17-19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, which will be held March 5-6, will serve as the qualifying tournament for the Eagles.
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 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 last 30 days.
To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class.