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NEWTON, Iowa -- WIN Magazine recognized the Ohio wrestling team in its 2019-20 Preseason NCAA Tournament Power Index and Individual Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletics.
WIN's Tournament Power Index is a prediction of accumulated NCAA points of ranked wrestlers on a respective team associated to where they might place at the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 19-21, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn.
WIN's TPI point totals are broken down by the following individual rankings: 1st – 20 (16 AA points + 4 advancement points); 2nd – 16 (12+4); 3rd – 13.5 (10+3.5); 4th – 12.5 (9+3.5); 5th – 10 (7+3); 6th – 9 (6+3); 7th – 6.5 (4+2.5); 8th – 5.5 (3+2.5). Additional points for other rankings include: 9th/12th – 2; 13th/16th – 1.5; 17th-20th – 1. TPI points will be lower than the final actual NCAA tournament points because it does not include bonus points.
The Bobcats enter the 2019-20 season tied for 41st in WIN's Power Index, earning three TPI points. Ohio finished the 2018-19 regular season with a record of 8-6, including four Mid-American Conference victories, and placed fifth at the 2019 MAC Championships in Norfolk, Va. The Bobcats sent four wrestlers to the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh, with two set to return for the 2019-20 campaign -- redshirt senior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) and redshirt junior Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio).
Carson and Guillen both enter the new season ranked in their respective weight classes by WIN, with Carson ranked 16th at 157 pounds and Guillen ranked 15th at 133 pounds.
Carson went 19-11 overall with a 9-2 dual record and a 4-2 mark in MAC competition. Competing at 157 pounds in his first season at Ohio after transferring from Eastern Michigan, Carson qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as an at-large selection after placing sixth in his weight class at the 2019 MAC Championships.
Guillen went 17-5 overall with a 7-1 dual record and a perfect 5-0 mark in MAC competition at 133 pounds. Guillen qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as an at-large selection after placing fourth in his weight classes at the 2019 MAC Championships.
Ohio's 2019-20 schedule will be announced on Thursday (Sept. 12).