MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER COACHES RANKINGS
Kent State moves ahead of Central Michigan in MAC Coaches November Rankings
For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the November weight class individual rankings in conjunction with the league office today. The rankings will be released on the second Tuesday of each month throughout the season, with one additional ranking system (two total) in January and February.
Based on the individual rankings, Kent State is expected to edge last year's champion Central Michigan in a close call for the 2011 championship. The preseason rankings, voted on by the league's head coaches in an open forum, are as follows:
125 - 1. Nic Bedelyon (KSU); 2. Gabe Ramos (OU); 3. Christian Cullinan (CMU); 4. Jared Germaine (EMU).
133 - 1. Scott Sentes (CMU); 2. Kevin Smith (UB); 3. Andrew Novak (EMU); 4. Sean Collins (KSU).
141 - 1. Germane Lindsey (OU); 2. Pat McLemore (NIU); 3. Chase Skonieczny (KSU); 4. Andrew Schutt (UB).
149 - 1. Desi Green (UB); t2. Mallie Shuster (KSU); t2. Corey Phillips (EMU); 4. Donnie Corby (CMU).
157 - 1. Bryan Deutsch (NIU); 2. Matt Cathell (KSU); 3. Eric Cubberly (CMU); 4. Aaron Sulzer (EMU).
165 - 1. Mike Miller (CMU); 2. John-Martin Cannon (UB); 3. Ross Tice (KSU); 4. Kyle Lang (OU).
174 - 1. Ben Bennett (CMU); 2. Nick Purdue (OU); 3. Brian Sheehan (UB); 4. B.J. Johnson (KSU).
184 - 1. Jimmy Hamel (UB); 2. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU); 3. Casey Newburg (KSU); 4. Chad Friend (CMU).
197 -1. Erik Schuth (OU); 2. Dustin Kilgore (KSU); 3. Nick Whitenburg (EMU); 4. Craig Kelliher (CMU).
HWT - 1. Jared Trice (CMU); 2. Brandon Barlow (KSU); 3. David Wade (EMU); 4. Jeremy Johnson (OU).
The preseason team rankings were also decided in the same forum. The six schools were ranked based on the number of first through fourth-place votes that were earned in the individual voting system. A first-place vote was worth four team points; a second-place vote earned three team points; third-seeded votes were worth two team points, while a fourth-place tally earned that team one point in the team ranking system. The preseason team rankings for the MAC are as follows:
20010-11 MAC November Rankings
1. Kent State (23.5)
2. Central Michigan (23)
3. Buffalo (17)
4. Ohio (16)
5. Eastern Michigan (10.5)
6. Northern Illinois (10)
The 2010-11 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 5-7 and hosted by Northern Illinois University. Last year, Central Michigan won its ninth consecutive MAC wrestling championship with 94 team points. Kent State was the runner-up with 73 points, while Ohio was third with 62 points.