Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan junior Zach Horan was ranked No. 7 in the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2013-14 wrestling season on Thursday afternoon.
NCAA Releases First Wrestling Coaches' Panel Rankings

Mount Pleasant, Mich. - The NCAA released Thursday the first of three coaches’ panel rankings for the 2013-14 wrestling season with the Central Michigan wrestling program featuring six wrestler ranked in the top 33 of their respective weight division.

The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. 

Sophomore Zach Horan (141) and junior Mike Ottinger (174) are the Chippewas' lone wrestler ranked in the top 10 by the coaches' panel, coming at seventh and eighth respectively. 

Redshirt freshman Corey Keener (125) and senior Joe Roth (133) are among the top 15 wrestlers in their weight divisions, ranking 13th and 15th, while redshirt sophomore Lucas Smith ranks 17th in the 157-pound division. 

Senior Scott Mattingly (149) rounded out the Chippewas' list, ranking No. 33 in the first of three polls. 

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their 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. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

This year’s event is March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.