MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY COACHES RANKINGS
Kent State Continues Wrestling Lead in MAC Coaches February Rankings
For Immediate Release-Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the first of two 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:
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. Filiberto Colon (EMU).
141 - 1. Germane Lindsey (OU); 2. Tristen DeShazer (NIU); 3. Andrew Schutt (UB); 4. Chase Skonieczny (KSU).
149 - 1. Desi Green (UB); t-2. Donnie Corby (CMU); t-2. Brad Squire (OU); 4. Marcel Clopton (KSU).
157 - 1. Matt Cathell (KSU); 2. Bryan Deutsch (NIU); 3. Mark Lewandowski (UB); 4. Aaron Sulzer (EMU).
165 - 1. Ross Tice (KSU); 2. Mike Miller (CMU); 3. John-Martin Cannon (UB); 4. Nick Hendrick (EMU).
174 - 1. Nick Purdue (OU); 2. Ben Bennett (CMU); 3. B.J. Johnson (KSU); 4. Brian Sheehan (UB).
184 - 1. Casey Newburg (KSU); 2. Jimmy Hamel (UB); 3. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU); t-4. Ryan Garringer (OU); t-4. Chad Friend (CMU); t-4 Khodor Hoballah (EMU).
197 -1. Dustin Kilgore (KSU); 2. Erik Schuth (OU); 3. Nick Whitenburg (EMU); 4. Josh Peters (UB).
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 February Rankings
1. Kent State (29)
t-2. Central Michigan (18.8)
t-2. Ohio (18.8)
4. Buffalo (18)
5. Northern Illinois (9)
6. Eastern Michigan (6.3)
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.