The first NCAA coaches panel rankings came out Thursday. Generally, these are a pretty good barometer for seedings at the national tournament.
Top-ranked Penn State and No. 2 Iowa are the only teams with a wrestler in the top 14 at all 10 weights. Fifth-ranked Northern Iowa has six wrestlers in the rankings. The Panthers would have seven if All-American Ryan Loder had enough matches to qualify, but he just returned Sunday after missing nearly two months.
Iowa State has seven wrestlers in the rankings after Gabe Moreno (141), Luke Goettl (149) and Boaz Beard (184) all sneaked in at No. 32 at their respective weights.
Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett (125), Northern Iowa’s Joe Colon (133), Edinboro’s Mitchell Port (141), Missouri’s Drake Houdashelt (149), Nebraska’s James Green (157), Penn State’s David Taylor (165), Oklahoma’s Andrew Howe (174), Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock (184), Minnesota’s Scott Schiller (197) and Michigan’s Adam Coon (heavyweight) are ranked at the top of their weight classes.
Here are how the rankings look for all three Iowa schools.
Iowa: 125-No. 4 Thomas Gilman, 133-No. 3 Tony Ramos, 141-No. 11 Josh Dziewa, 149-No. 11 Brody Grothus, 157-No. 2 Derek St. John, 165-No. 5 Nick Moore, 174-No. 6 Mike Evans, 184-No. 4 Ethan Lofthouse, 197-No. 14 Nathan Burak, Hwt.-No. 3 Bobby Telford.
Iowa State: 125-No. 20 Earl Hall, 141-No. 32 Gabe Moreno, 149-No. 32 Luke Goettl, 165-No. 11 Michael Moreno, 174-No. 9 Tanner Weatherman, 184-No. 32 Boaz Beard, 197-No. 2 Kyven Gadson.
Northern Iowa: 125-No. 6 Dylan Peters, 133-No. 1 Joe Colon, 141-No. 13 Joey Lazor, 165-No. 10 Cooper Moore, 174-No. 21 Cody Caldwell, Hwt.-No. 24 Blaize Cabell.