Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN) has released its first preseason NCAA Division I Tournament Power Index (TPI) and individual rankings for the 2010-11 season. The Tournament Power Index (TPI) predicts where teams will finish in the NCAA Tournament. Defending ACC champions Virginia is pre-season ranked No. 20, the highest in the conference. NC State also made the top 25, tied at No. 21 with Binghamton and Wyoming.
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.
Point totals associated with individual rankings are as followed: 1st - 20 (16 AA points + 4 advancement points); 2nd - 16 (12+4); 3rd - 13.5 (10+3.5); 4th - 12. 5 (9+3.5); 5th - 10 (7+3); 6th - 9 (6+3); 7th - 6.5 (4+2.5); 8th - 5.5 (3+2.5); 9th/12th - 2; 13th/16th - 1.5; 17th-20th - 1. TPI points do not match the final NCAA tournament points because it does not include bonus points for pins, technical falls, major decisions and forfeits/defaults.
Individual wrestlers were also ranked by class, including No. 2 senior Chris Henrich (174 lbs), No. 11 sophomore Mike Salopek (197 lbs), No. 16 junior Nick Nelson (141 lbs), No. 18 junior Shawn Harris (157 lbs) and No. 18 senior John Danilkowicz (heavyweight).
Last season, Henrich placed third in the NCAAs, earning him All-American honors, the only two-time All-American in UVa wrestling history. Salopek finished last season being named to the third team of Amateur Wrestling News' 2010 All-Rookie Team. In addition to Henrich and Salopek, Harris was named to the All-ACC team.
Virginia placed 15th in the NCAAs last year, the second highest finish for the Cavaliers. Virginia head coach Steve Garland was named ACC Coach of the Year
WIN will release an updated preseason rankings and TPI in late October once coaches have determined what weights their athletes will compete. In January, WIN will also announce a dual meet ranking, separate from the TPI.