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INDIANAPOLIS -- Four members of the Ohio wrestling team have been named to the second of four 2018-19 coaches' panel rankings, as announced by the NCAA today.
Representing the Bobcats are redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio), who is ranked 19th at 125 pounds, redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio), who is ranked 19th at at 157, senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio), who is ranked 20th at 141 and redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio), who is ranked 23rd at 133.
Laney, Carson, Kelly and Guillen were all ranked in the first 2018-19 coaches' panel rankings, which were announced in January, and all four moved up in the rankings. Laney and Carson had both previously been ranked 20th while Kelly had been ranked 23rd and Guillen had been ranked 25th.
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 ratings percentage index (RPI) today, with six Bobcats appearing on the list. Carson is 15th at 157, Laney is 21st at 125, redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) is 25th at 149, freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) is 25th at 165, redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) is 27th at 285 and junior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) is 33rd at 184.
Ohio (6-5, 4-2 MAC) returns to the road this weekend, visiting Bloomsburg (3-9) on Friday (Feb. 15) for a 7 p.m. ET matchup at Nelson Field House in Bloomsburg, Pa., before heading to Amherst, N.Y., to clash with Buffalo (10-4, 3-2 MAC) in the final Mid-American Conference match of the 2018-19 regular season for the Bobcats on Sunday (Feb. 17) at 1 p.m. ET at Alumni Arena.