Feb. 9, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Air Force wrestling program had three Falcons recognized by the NCAA today, as the organization released the second of three coaches' panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2011-12 wrestling season. The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Junior co-captain Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.) is currently rated third in the coaches' panel rankings at 149 pounds and 11th in the RPI. Junior Clayton Gable (Dallastown, Pa.) enters the coaches rankings for the first time this season, rated 32nd at 174 pounds, while also ranking 28th in the RPI. Meanwhile, sophomore Josh Kreimier (Fort Collins, Colo.) has an RPI ranking of 33rd in the 157-pound weight class.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by Division I winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches across the nation. Each qualifying tournament has five coaches rank the top 33 wrestlers in two weight classes. For ranking purposes, coaches must select a wrestler as a starter at a designated weight class. In addition, coaches may only select one wrestler per weight class.
To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class. The top 33 wrestlers in the RPI are listed for each weight class.
The Falcons close out the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 19, when they visit conference rival Northern Colorado.