Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan wrestling team is ranked 18th and four Chippewas are ranked in their respective weight classes in WIN Magazine's Preseason Tournament Power Index and Rankings.
The Chippewas received 17 points and are the second Mid-American Conference team in the rankings. Missouri, with 51 ½ points, is fifth.
Penn State, the defending national champion, is ranked first with 118, followed by Ohio State (111 ½), Michigan (93) and Oklahoma State (75 ½). Buffalo, with 13 points, is tied for 22nd and is the only other MAC school ranked in the top 25.
Rankings are based on the number of returnees and how those returnees fared in the previous year's NCAA Championships.
CMU's Justin Oliver, Colin Heffernan, CJ Brucki and Jordan Ellingwood are ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes. All four were national qualifiers in 2016.
Oliver is ranked ranked seventh at 149 pounds, Heffernan is ninth at 157, Brucki is 10th at 174, and Ellingwood is eighth at 184. Oliver is a junior, while the other three Chippewas are seniors.