Eight Huskers earned spots in the second NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, while seven Nebraska grapplers garnered spots in the first set of RPI Rankings when the NCAA released both polls on Thursday.
Junior 157-pounder James Green holds the top spot in both set of rankings with a perfect 26-0 record. Green, a two-time All-American, has six victories against ranked opponents this season.
Fellow reigning All-American Robert Kokesh (174) is second in the RPI Rankings and third in the Coaches’ Panel Rankings. Kokesh is 28-1 this season and holds a perfect 13-0 record in duals. The junior is 4-1 against ranked opponents, with his only loss coming to top-ranked Andrew Howe of Oklahoma on Dec. 7.
Jake Sueflohn is No. 4 in the Coaches’ Panel Rankings and ninth in the RPI Rankings at 149 pounds. Sueflohn rides a 13-match winning streak following a runner-up finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in December. The junior owns a 26-3 mark, which includes a 12-1 dual record.
Redshirt freshman TJ Dudley (184) also earned spots in the top 10 of each set of rankings, taking eighth in the RPI and ninth in the coaches’ rankings. He leads a trio of redshirt freshmen in the rankings as Tim Lambert (125) and Collin Jensen (HWT) also earned spots.
Lambert is No. 11 by the coaches and 25th by the RPI, while Jensen holds the No. 23 spot in the coaches’ poll and No. 25 ranking in the RPI.
Sophomore Austin Wilson (165) is 18th in the RPI and 21st in the coaches’ rankings. Wilson is 18-11 this season after qualifying for the NCAA Championships last season.
Senior Caleb Kolb (197) is 30th in the Coaches’ Panel Rankings following his 5-4 decision over Michigan’s Chris Heald on Friday night.
The NCAA will release one more set of Coaches’ Panel Rankings and use that, along with the RPI as two of the tools used to determine qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. The national tournament is set for March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings (Feb. 13)
125: #11 Tim Lambert
149: #4 Jake Sueflohn
157: #1 James Green
165: #21 Austin Wilson
174: #3 Robert Kokesh
184: #9 TJ Dudley
197: #30 Caleb Kolb
HWT: #23 Collin Jensen
RPI Rankings (Feb. 13)
125: #25 Tim Lambert
149: #9 Jake Sueflohn
157: #1 James Green
165: #18 Austin Wilson
174: #2 Robert Kokesh
184: #8 TJ Dudley
HWT: #25 Collin Jensen