Kent State Leads Final MAC Coaches Wrestling Rankings

Updated 2/23/2011

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES FINAL FEBRUARY COACHES RANKINGS

Kent State Continues Wrestling Lead in MAC Coaches February Rankings

For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

CLEVELAND, Ohio--The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the final February 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 surpass last year's champion Central Michigan for the 2011 championship. The rankings, voted on by the league's head coaches in an open forum, are as follows:

2010-11 Season:

125 - 1. Nic Bedelyon (KSU); 2. Gabe Ramos (OU); 3. Christian Cullinan (CMU); 4. Nick Smith (NIU).

133 - 1. Scott Sentes (CMU); 2. Kevin Smith (UB); 3. Tyler Small (KSU); 4. Kevin Fanta (NIU).

141 - 1. Germane Lindsey (OU); 2. Andrew Schutt (UB); 3. Tristan DeShazer (NIU); 4. Scott Mattingly (CMU).

149 - 1. Desi Green (UB); 2. Donnie Corby (CMU); 3. Brad Squire (OU); 4. Marcel Clopton (KSU).

157 - 1. Matt Cathell (KSU); 2. Mark Lewandowski (UB); 3. Bryan Deutsch (NIU); 4. Casey Gordon (OU).

165 - 1. Mike Miller (CMU); 2. Ross Tice (KSU); 3. John-Martin Cannon (UB); 4. Nick Hendrick (EMU).

174 - 1. Nick Purdue (OU); 2. Ben Bennett (CMU); 3. B.J. Johnson (KSU); 4. Chris Eggert (EMU).

184 - 1. Casey Newburg (KSU); 2. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU); 3. Jimmy Hamel (UB); 4. Craig Kelliher (CMU).

197 -1. Dustin Kilgore (KSU); 2. Erik Schuth (OU); 3. Nick Whitenburg (EMU); 4. Chad Friend (CMU).

HWT - 1. Jared Trice (CMU); 2. Brendan Barlow (KSU); 3. Jeremy Johnson (OU); 4. David Wade (EMU).

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 team rankings for the MAC are as follows:

2010-11 MAC Final February Rankings

1.             Kent State (27)

2.             Central Michigan (23)

3.             Ohio (19)

4.             Buffalo (17)

5.             Northern Illinois (9)

6.             Eastern Michigan (5)

The 2010-11 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 5-6 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.