CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team is ranked 17th in the Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN) preseason Division I Tournament Power Index for the 2009-10 season. The ranking is the highest at any point in program history. WIN also released its preseason individual rankings, with three Cavaliers listed among the top 20 in their respective weight classes.
UVa is tied for 17th nationally in the preseason team power index with 34-time national champion Oklahoma State as well as Oklahoma.
The TPI is compiled by awarding points to each team for the ranked wrestlers listed in WIN’s current individual rankings. Teams are awarded points based on how many potential All-Americans they could have and get advancement points for wrestlers ranked No. 9-20. The order of teams in the TPI vary greatly from dual meet rankings, as some teams have a number of highly-ranked individuals but may have holes in their dual meet line-up.
Chris Henrich (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.) topped the list of Cavaliers in the individual rankings, earning a No. 2 ranking in the 174-pound class. Henrich earned All-America honors last season and went 40-3. Brent Jones (Sr., Burke, Va.) is ranked seventh at 197 pounds, while Nick Nelson (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is 13th at 141 pounds.
Virginia also is ranked 20th in the preseason D1Wrestling.net rankings, which were released in September.
Virginia has starters back at eight weight classes from last season, and also returns 2009 redshirtsMichael Chaires (So., Scotia, N.Y.), Shawn Harris (So., Cleveland, Ohio) and Danny Gonsor (So., Cleveland, Ohio) to the mix.
The Cavaliers open the 2009-10 campaign on Nov. 7 when they play host to Anderson and Campbell in a double dual at Memorial Gymnasium.
WIN Preseason Division I Tournament Power Index (Top 20)
2. Iowa State
4. Ohio State
7. Central Michigan
9. Boise State
11. Arizona State
13. Penn State
17. Oklahoma State