Rutgers wrestling: Nine Scarlet Knights ranked in first NCAA Coaches Poll

On Monday, the NCAA released the first coaches ranking of the 2023-24 season, with Rutgers wrestling getting some good representation.

Rutgers is currently 10-2 on the season.

No. 14 Rutgers wrestling had nine wrestlers appear in the coaches’ rankings, including six in the top 16 (No. 5 Yaraslau Slavikouski (HWT), No. 7 Dylan Shawver (133), No. 8 John Poznanski (197), No. 11 Mitch Moore (141), No. 13 Jackson Turley (174), and No. 16 Dean Peterson (125)). 

These rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class, with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences. Also, these wrestlers must have eight matches in their weight classes to qualify for this poll.

Rutgers in the First NCAA Coaches’ Rankings



Weight Class

No. 5

Yaraslau Slavikouski


No. 7

Dylan Shawver


No. 8

John Pozanski


No. 11

Mitch Moore


No. 13

Jackson Turley


No. 16

Dean Peterson


No. 18

Brian Soldano


No. 27

Andrew Clark


No. 33

Michael Cetta



The next time the Scarlet Knights hit the mat is on Saturday, January 27, when they host No. 9 Minnesota as Rutgers continues their quest to the 2024 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21-23.


The NCAA coaches’ rankings are one of several categories the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee evaluates when choosing their selections for the 2024 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Other criteria the committee reviews when selecting are head-to-head competition, quality wins, Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), conference tournament placement, results versus common opponents, and win percentage.




Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire