Wrestlers Hold Steady in NCAA Coaches Panel

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PHILADELPHIA – With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the second NCAA Coaches Panel rankings have been released, ranking the Top-33 at each weight class. In addition, the first RPI index which ranks the strength of a wrestler’s season has been released. Those two metrics, along with a wrestler’s overall win percentage help determine the number of automatic qualifying (AQ) spots up for grabs at each conference tournament in March.

The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team has five wrestlers ranked in the second Coaches Panel, returning all five from the first ranking in mid-January.

No. 27 Caleb Richardson (133 pounds)
No. 9 C.J. Cobb (149 pounds)
No. 25 May Bethea (157 pounds)
No. 13 Casey Kent (174 pounds)
No. 15 Lorenzo Thomas (184 pounds)

In terms of the RPI, Penn has six wrestlers ranked.

No. 20 Caleb Richardson (133 pounds)
No. 16 C.J. Cobb (149 pounds)
No. 12 May Bethea (157 pounds)
No. 5 Casey Kent (174 pounds)
No.4 Lorenzo Thomas (184 pounds)
No. 24 Frank Mattiace (197 pounds)

#27 Caleb Richardson

17-8 this season (16-8 against DI opponents, .667%) 1-4 against opponents in the CP Top-33 2-4 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Has probable matches with #1 Nahshon Garret (Cornell) and #33 Angelo Amenta (Columbia) left against CP Top-33 wrestlers. Two-time NCAA Qualifier

#9 C.J. Cobb

20-3 this season (20-3 against DI opponents, .870%) 5-3 against opponents in the CP Top-33 5-2 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Has probable matches with #11 Matt Cimato (Drexel) and #25 Victor Lopez (Bucknell) left against CP Top-33 wrestlers. Two-time NCAA Qualifier

#25 May Bethea

17-9 this season (17-9 against DI opponents, .654%) 3-3 against opponents in the CP Top-33 4-1 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Has probable matches with #9 Dylan Palacio (Cornell) and #22 Markus Scheidel (Columbia) left against CP Top-33 wrestlers. Looking for first NCAA Championships bid

#13 Casey Kent

21-4 this season (21-4 against DI opponents, .840%) 4-4 against opponents in the CP Top-33 4-4 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Has probable matches with #4 Brian Realbuto (Cornell), #23 Rustin Barrick (Bucknell), and #33 Zack Hernandez (Columbia) left against CP Top-33 wrestlers. Third at Southern Scuffle One NCAA Championships appearance

#15 Lorenzo Thomas

23-4 this season (23-4 against DI opponents, .852%) 5-4 against opponents in the CP Top-33 7-3 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Has probable matches with #1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) and #23 Tom Sleigh (Bucknell) left against CP Top-33 wrestlers Fourth at Southern Scuffle Two-time NCAA qualifier 2014 NCAA All-American (6th at 184)

#24 (RPI) Frank Mattiace

13-7 this season (13-7 against DI opponents, 0.650%) 1-6 against opponents in the CP Top-33 1-5 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Has probable match with #33 Owen Scott (Cornell) left against CP Top-33 wrestlers Missed three full weeks with injury, returning on Feb. 6 with a win.

Notes: Marc Mastropietro (141 pounds) is 6-13 this season; He has seven losses to wrestlers inside the CP Top-33 … Ray Bethea has been out with injury at 165 pounds, and sits at 7-5 against DI opponents … Bethea is 0-3 against Top-33 foes … Brooks Martino has filled in at 165 of late, and is 5-5 at the weight (13-12 overall) … Martino is 0-2 against CP Top-33 wrestlers and 1-4 against RPI Top-33 opponents … At heavyweight, Patrik Garren is 12-9, with a 1-6 record against wrestlers inside the CP Top-33 … The EIWA has 64 total wrestlers ranked in the Coaches Panel … Penn’s five CP Top-33 wrestlers are tied for third among EIWA schools … The EIWA has 68 wrestlers inside the RPI Top-33 … Penn’s six RPI Top-33 wrestlers are tied for third among EIWA schools.

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