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How are college wrestling rankings determined?

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The National Wrestling Coaches Association and USA Today determine college team wrestling rankings by conducting a poll of one coach from each conference. The poll committee includes 12 coaches, one from each conference, who rank the top 25 teams each week during the season. The committee releases top 25 rankings reflecting the coaches' composite opinion. The committee releases 15 polls a year, beginning in November and continuing through February.

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The committee tabulates the rankings by giving a school 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 points for each second-place vote and so on down to one point for each 25th-place vote. Each team's point totals determine the weekly rankings. The NCAA's site lists weekly rankings of the top 20 Division II teams and the top 15 Division III teams.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association releases its final poll before the NCAA championships. Thus, the team that ranks first in the final poll is not necessarily the national champion, such as in 2015 when Ohio State ranked fifth in the final poll but won the team championship.

Numerous media organizations release unofficial rankings as well. InterMat releases team rankings as well as individual wrestler rankings for each weight class and division. FloWrestling releases team rankings, individual rankings and pound-for-pound rankings. TheOpenMat.com also releases individual and team rankings for NCAA Divisions I, II and III.

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