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App State Wrestling Has Six Wrestlers Nationally Ranked

App State Wrestling Has Six Wrestlers Nationally Ranked

Six wrestlers from App State, up from five earlier this month, have top-33 national rankings within their weight classes in the Division I Coaches Rankings that were released Thursday.

* Codi Russell, No. 18 at 125 pounds (11-1)
* Anthony Brito, No. 32 at 141 pounds (11-3)
* Jonathan Millner, No. 14 at 149 pounds (11-1)
* Cody Bond, No. 31 at 157 pounds (10-4)
* Will Formato, No. 16 at 165 pounds (13-1)
* Thomas Flitz, No. 13 at 174 pounds (12-2)

The rankings are relevant when determining at-large berths within the 33-wrestler brackets for each weight class at the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 18-20 in St. Louis.

Each champion in the 10 weight classes at the SoCon Championships on Sunday in Boone will qualify automatically for the NCAAs. The SoCon’s second-place finishers at 149 pounds, 184 pounds and 285 pounds have also been pre-allocated to qualify automatically, with the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee switching its process for evaluating the strength of weight classes within each conference to a five-year historical average instead of a single-year formula measuring wrestlers’ Division I winning percentage, ratings percentage index and coaches ranking.

The SoCon went from four pre-allocations for second-place tournament finishers last year to three this year, but this year there are more at-large spots nationwide (64) across the 10 weight classes than there were last season (47). There are seven Division I wrestling leagues, and the Big Ten, for instance, will get as many as seven automatic qualifiers from some weight classes based on its strength as a league and the rankings of its wrestlers.

Weight Class Automatic allotments out of 33 spots nationally Automatic SoCon allotments SoCon wrestlers ranked in top 33
125 26 of 33 (7 at-large) 1 2
133 27 of 33 (6 at-large) 1 0
141 27 of 33 (6 at-large) 1 1
149 27 of 33 (6 at-large) 2 3
157 27 of 33 (6 at-large) 1 2
165 26 of 33 (7 at-large) 1 3­
174 26 of 33 (7 at-large) 1 2
184 27 of 33 (6 at-large) 2 2
197 26 of 33 (7 at-large) 1 2
285 27 of 33 (6 at-large) 2 1

After the conference tournaments have concluded, the Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining at-large qualifiers to fill out the 33-man bracket in each weight class. The complete field will be announced March 9, while brackets and seeding will be announced on NCAA.com at 6 p.m. on March 10.

The Division I Coaches Rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches, with two head coaches from each conference. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class.