LEWISBURG, Pa. – The NCAA released this week the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2016-17 wrestling season and Bucknell is represented with four Bison grapplers listed in the top 33 of their weight class. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Bucknell’s four wrestlers in the rankings are junior Tyler Smith (17th at 141 pounds), senior Victor Lopez (12th at 157), freshman Garrett Hoffman (33rd at 184) and junior Tom Sleigh (16th at 197).

Smith, Lopez and Sleigh are past NCAA qualifiers.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. Thirty-three wrestlers are ranked in each weight class, mirroring the size of the NCAA Championships brackets.

Bucknell is coming off a 2-2 performance at last week’s Virginia Duals. The Bison hit the road this weekend to wrestle at Harvard (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and Brown (Sunday at 12 p.m.).