Feb. 14, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team placed seven wrestlers in the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2013-14 season.
Sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) earned the Bobcats' top ranking, coming in at No. 9. Wellington owns a 27-3 record and has won his last seven decisions.
Senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio), sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) and junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) also checked in among the Top 15 in their weight classes as they ranked 11th, 13th and 15th, respectively.
Junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio), sophomore Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) and freshman Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) ranked 24th, 28th and 33rd, respectively.
The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots for their respective qualifying tournaments for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling 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 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.