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INDIANAPOLIS -- Four members of the Ohio wrestling team have been named to the third of four 2018-19 coaches' panel rankings, as announced by the NCAA.
Representing the Bobcats are senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio), who is ranked 14th at 141 pounds, redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio), who is ranked 18th at 157, redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio), who is ranked 21st at 125 and redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio), who is ranked 23rd at 133.
Kelly currently owns a 16-2 record with three wins by fall, three by technical fall and two by major decison. Carson is 18-6 on the year. Laney owns a 12-8 record with three wins by major decision. Guillen sports a 15-1 mark with four wins by major decision and two by fall.
The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. To be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.
The NCAA also released the second RPI rankings, with six Bobcats appearing on the list. Carson is 15th at 157, Kelly is 18th at 141, Laney is 22nd at 125, redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) is 29th at 149, freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) is 29th at 165 and redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) is 32nd.
In addition to the release of the coaches' panel and RPI rankings, the NCAA also announced the qualifier allocations for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Each qualifying tournament was awarded automatic bids per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches' ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his conference tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each conference was awarded a minimum of one automatic bid per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
After all of the conference tournaments have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 44 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 12, while brackets and seeding will be announced on NCAA.com at 6 p.m. on March 13. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches' ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.
Ohio (8-6, 4-3 MAC) is preparing to compete in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships, which will be held this weekend (March 8-9) at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The 2019 MAC Championships will be streamed live on ESPN+.