LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell's Tyler Smith and Garrett Hoffman appeared in the first of four NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, which are used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Smith, a three-time NCAA qualifier, was slotted 13th in the 141-pound weight class. Hoffman, who earned an at-large bid to compete at the 2017 national tournament, was ranked 30th at 197 pounds.
Smith currently boasts an 18-3 overall record, with two victories over ranked opponents. The senior is a perfect 10-0 in dual action and owns a team-best six wins by major decision. Dating back to Jan. 14, 2017, he has won 20-straight bouts in dual competition; over the course of his winning streak, he racked up bonus points in 13 bouts, winning four by fall, two by technical fall and seven by major decision.
Smith placed third at the prestigious Ken Kraft Midlands Championships and went 3-0 at the Virginia Duals. He strung together a six-bout winning streak to open the 2017-18 campaign and will ride an eight-bout winning streak into this Saturday's duals at Penn and Columbia.
Smith is on pace to become the 10th Bison to reach the 100-win plateau, sitting at 96-34 in his collegiate career. He ranks 10th in Bucknell history in career wins and 11th in career winning percentage (.738).
Hoffman, who moved up to 197 pounds from 184 pounds as a sophomore, is 10-6 overall. Highlights of his season include an 11-8 victory over Penn State's Anthony Cassar in his second career start at 197 pounds, a six-bout winning streak that stretched from Dec. 17 to Jan. 12 and an individual title at the Lock Haven Classic on Dec. 29.
Wrestlers in each weight class are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2018 NCAA Championships, slated for March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches could only consider a wrestler that was designated as a starter at a respective weight class. To be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.