Jan. 24, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Eight Maryland wrestlers were included in the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2011-12 wrestling season the NCAA released on Friday. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Junior Josh Asper is the highest-rated Maryland wrestler. The Parkton, Md., native is the second-rated grappler at 165 pounds. Asper is 20-0 this season with five technical falls which is tied for the 10th-best mark among Division I wrestlers.
Other Terrapins in the poll include sixth-ranked Christian Boley (197), 10th-ranked Spencer Myers (285), 13th-ranked Kyle John (157), 13th-ranked Jimmy Sheptock (174), 22nd-ranked Shane Gentry (125), 26th-ranked Geoffrey Alexander (133) and 31st-ranked Ty Snook (184).
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches across the nation. Each qualifying tournament has five coaches rank the top-33 wrestlers in two weight classes. For ranking purposes, coaches must select a wrestler as a starter at a designated weight class. In addition, coaches may only select one wrestler per weight class.
Complete rankings are available on NCAA.com.