The NCAA released its first of three coaches’ panel rankings for the 2011-12 wrestling season last Friday, and three Apex Wrestling School Members and Alumni found themselves among the top ranked wrestlers in the country. Included in the rankings were, Hofstra’s Jamie Franco (27th at 133), Harvards James Fox (26th at 197), and Boston Universities Kevin Innis (29th at 285.)

Jamie Franco

Franco, a Sophomore for Hofstra, was one of Monroe-Woodbury High School’s (NY) winniest wrestlers ever and is well on his way to finding success on the Division I wrestler.  In only his second year Jamie is starting at 133 for the 24th ranked Hofstra Pride.  He is 14-8 on the season and placed at the Binghamton Open.  James Fox, a true freshman, was a State Champion for St. Peters Prep, NJ, the first in the programs history.  He is 17-10 and has placed at the Binghamton Open, Cliff Keen Classic and Keystone Classic tournaments.  Kevin Innis, a true Sophomore, was a state finalist for St. Peters Prep where he set the school record for career wins.  He is 13-3 on the season placing at the Keystone Classic.

James Fox

The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2012 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 the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Each qualifying tournament has five coaches rank the top 33 wrestlers in two weight classes. For ranking purposes, coaches must select a wrestler as a starter at a designated weight class. In addition, coaches may only select one wrestler per weight class.  These rankings affect wild card critera, the number of qualifiers from each conference and seeding.

Congratulations guys and keep up the hard work!