Minnesota edges Iowa & Cornell in WIN’s 2014-15 Preseason TPI & Ranks

Updated: September 2, 2014

Editor’s Note: These rankings are subject to change once schools finalize plans to what weight their wrestlers will compete and/or if their wrestlers redshirt this season. WIN’s next individual rankings will be announced on Nov. 3, 2014.


Sept. 2, 2014

NEWTON, Iowa — Minnesota, which settled for a disappointing second place in last year’s NCAAs after it looked like they could dethrone Penn State for a time during the event, has been picked No. 1 in WIN’s Preseason Tournament Power Index (TPI), which predicts how team will finish in the 2015 NCAAs in St. Louis next March.

The Gophers, who return all but one of their seven All-Americans from last year’s runner-up team, have tallied 76 points, which is based on how many All-American points they could score.

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 will be lower than the final NCAA tournament points because it does not include bonus points.

Among those Minnesota wrestlers ranked in the Top 8 of their weight class are two No. 1s: 157-pound Dylan Ness, a two-time national runner-up (2012, ‘14) and 174-pound Logan Storley. As reported in the Sept. issue of WIN from an interview the Gopher coach J Robinson, Minnesota is looking at a number of weight-class changes would could greatly impact where some of the current starters are ranked and the team-race picture.

Just behind the Gophers and tied for second place are Iowa and Cornell, which finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in 2014. The Hawkeyes feature the most predicted All-Americans (7), but none are ranked No. 1 at their weight class, while the Big Red will be led by 184-pound Gabe Dean, the only man to beat Penn State’s three-time champ Ed Ruth before settling for third place at the Nationals.

Penn State, the four-time defending NCAA team champs, is picked in fifth place, one-half point behind Big Ten-rival Ohio State. Nittany Lion coach Cael Sanderson lost his two champs — Ruth and two-time Hodge Trophy winner David Taylor — but features six predicted All-Americans, including two-time national runner-up Nico Megaludis (125). However, some reports have both Megaludis and true sophomore Zain Retherford (141) redshirting, much limiting the number of potential All-American points PSU would start the year with on paper.

The Buckeyes are expected to earn six All-American honors, including OSU’s three-time champ Logan Stieber (141), who will be reunited with his All-American brother Hunter Stieber (149), who redshirted last winter. Not factored into WIN’s Preseason Rankings because they have yet to wrestle a college varsity match for the Buckeyes: Kyle Snyder, Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello. Snyder, for example, would start off the year ranked No. 4 at 197 and would give the Buckeyes enough TPI points to start the year ranked No. 1 ahead of Minnesota.

WIN will announce a separate Dual Team rankings, beginning Dec. 1. WIN’s TPI will be updated in early November once line-ups are set and will continue on a weekly basis through the NCAA Division I qualifying tournaments in early March.


2014-15 WIN’s Preseason Tournament Power Index (TPI)

The following is a breakdown of WIN’s 2014-15 Tournament Power Index. This includes a projection of Top 8 All-American finishers and TPI points each school will score next March in the NCAA tournament … as well as a listing where each school placed in last year’s Nationals, including how many individual champs and All-Americans each school had. Updated TPI rankings will begin on Nov. 3.


RkCollege‘14-15 Proj. ‘13-14 NCAA 
Top 8TPI PtsFinishCh/AA
 4Ohio State6666th1/2
 5Penn State665.51st2/7
 6Oklahoma State3573rd2/5
 12Iowa State232.512th0/3
 13Virginia Tech231.58th0/3
 17tNC State12419th1/2
 20Old Dominion120.523rd0/1
 22Kent State116.529th0/1
 23Oregon State21628th0/0
 24Northern Iowa11515th0/3
 26North Carolina11425th0/1
 28tOhio U.112.535th0/1
 31tCentral Michigan19.533rd0/1
 33CSU Bakersfield1947th0/1
 35Franklin & Marshall16.544th0/1
 38tNorth Dakota St0321st0/1
 44tAmerican U.0256th0/0
 44tArizona State0258th0/0
 44tLock Haven0256th0/0
 44tUtah Valley0264th0/0
 51tAir Force01.558th0/0
 51tAppalachian State01.566th0/0
 51tCal Poly01.563rd0/0
 51tMichigan State01.532nd0/1

WIN’s 2014-15 Individual Rankings

Rk.   Name, School, Year, ’13-14 Record  NCAA Finish

125 pounds

1.Jesse DelgadoIllinoisSenior30-21st
2.Nahshon GarrettCornellJunior34-22nd
3.Nico MegaludisPenn StateSenior31-43rd
 4.Alan WatersMissouriSeniorRS
5.Joey DanceVirginia TechSophomore29-104th
6.Dylan PetersNorthern IowaSophomore34-75th
7.Thomas GilmanIowaSophomore17-3
 8.Tyler CoxWyomingSeniorRS
9.Darian CruzLehighSophomore28-107th
 10.Earl HallIowa StateJunior21-158th
11.Eddie KlimaraOklahoma StateJunior21-10NQ
12.David TeraoAmerican U.Junior34-10NQ
13.Ryan TaylorWisconsinSophomore19-6NQ
14.Josh MartinezAir ForceJunior33-5NQ
15.Tim LambertNebraskaSophomore24-13NQ
16.Nathan TomaselloOhio StateRS Freshman19-0
17.Robert DeutschRiderJunior32-6NQ
18.Evan SilverStanfordJunior24-6NQ
19.Kory MinesEdinboroSenior24-11NQ
20.Conor YoutseyMichiganSophomore20-13NQ
133 Pounds      
1.A.J. SchoppEdinboroSenior35-34th
2.Mason BeckmanLehighJunior28-66th
3.Cody BrewerOklahomaJunior23-108th
4.Cory ClarkIowaSophomore22-55th/125
5.Mark GreyCornellSophomore33-9NQ
6.Zane RichardsIllinoisSophomore27-9NQ
7.Johnni DiJuliusOhio StateJunior28-9NQ
8.Nick SotoChattanoogaSenior35-11NQ
9.Geoffrey AlexanderMarylandSenior25-2RS
10.James GulibonPenn StateSophomore18-15NQ
11.Rossi BrunoMichiganJunior22-16NQ
12.Levi WolfenspergerNorthern IowaJunior/Senior21-7RS
13.Devon LotitoCal PolyJunior24-11NQ
14.Dennis GustafsonVirginia TechSophomore25-15NQ
15.Joey PalmerOregon StateJunior19-12NQ
16.Matt ManleyMissouriSophomore24-16NQ
17.Mackenzie McGuireKent StateJunior27-15NQ
18.Kevin DevoyDrexelSophomore19-10NQ
19.Chuck ZeisloftRiderSenior24-16NQ
20.Colton RascheNavySenior25-14NQ
141 Pounds      
 1.Logan StieberOhio StateSenior30-11st
 2.Devin CarterVirginia TechSenior18-12nd
 3.Mitchell PortEdinboroSenior32-13rd
 4.Evan HendersonNorth CarolinaSenior37-84th
5.Zain RetherfordPenn StateSophomore33-35th
 6.Stephen DuttonMichiganSenior13-67th
7.Richard DursoF. & MarshallSenior37-68th
8.Chris DardanesMinnesotaSenior28-8NQ
9.Zach HoranCentral MichiganJunior32-6NQ
10.Chris MecateOld DominionJunior28-9NQ
11.Anthony CollicaOklahoma StateSophomore31-9NQ
12.Josh DziewaIowaSenior27-10NQ
13.Lavion MayesMissouriSophomore25-13NQ
14.Edgar BrightPittSophomore19-11NQ
15.Todd PrestonHarvardSenior24-10NQ
16.Sam SpenoNC StateJunior26-12NQ
17.Dan NeffLock HavenJunior32-10NQ
18.Joe SpisakVirginiaSenior19-14NQ
19.Stephen RodriguesIllinoisJunior12-11NQ
20.Shyheim BrownMarylandSophomore15-10NQ
149 Pounds      
1.Jason TsirtsisNorthwesternSophomore32-31st
2.Josh KindigOklahoma StateSenior24-92nd
3.Hunter StieberOhio StateJunior18-0RS
4.David HabatEdinboroSenior32-64th
5.Drake HoudasheltMissouriSenior38-35th
6.Mitchell MinottiLehighSophomore25-116th
7.Nick DardanesMinnesotaSenior34-5NQ
8.Jake SueflohnNebraskaSenior31-6NQ
9.Chris VillalongaCornellSenior34-4NQ
10.Gus SakoVirginiaSenior19-5NQ
11.Andrew AltonPenn StateSenior8-1
12.Brody GrothusIowaJunior24-12NQ
13.Alex RichardsonOld DominionJunior26-9NQ
14.Tywan ClaxtonOhio U.Senior27-9NQ
15.Dylan CottrellAppalachian StateSophomore26-3NQ
16.Rylan LubeckWisconsinSophomore14-14NQ
17.Mike DepalmaKent StateJunior26-20NQ
18.Justin ArthurClarionSophomore29-16NQ
19.Matt FrischCitadelJunior28-11NQ
20.Caleb ErvinIllinoisJunior8-8RS
157 Pounds      
1.Dylan NessMinnesotaSenior23-62nd
2.James GreenNebraskaSenior35-23rd
3.Ian MillerKent StateJunior31-64th
4.Brian RealbutoCornellSophomore36-86th
5.Isaac JordanWisconsinSophomore31-77th
6.Dylan AltonPenn StateSenior20-7NQ
7.Anthony PerrottiRutgersSophomore22-158th
8.Josh DemasOhio StateSenior20-12NQ
9.Isaiah MartinezIllinoisRS Freshman13-2RS
10.Joe LaValleeMissouriSophomore30-10NQ
11.Luke SmithCentral MichiganJunior22-12NQ
12.Brian MurphyMichiganSophomore18-9NQ
13.Justin DeAngelisOklahomaSenior18-7NQ
 14.Blaise ButlerVirginiaJunior22-8NQ
15.Austin MatthewsClarionSophomore23-9NQ
16.Aaron WalkerThe CitadelSophomore31-9NQ
17.Tristan WarnerOld DominionSenior19-13NQ
18.Im. Kerr-BrownDukeSenior26-13NQ
19.Spartak ChinoOhio U.Junior19-13NQ
20.Thomas GanttNC StateSenior35-10NQ
165 Pounds      
1.Alex DieringerOklahoma StateJunior32-11st/157
2.Nick SulzerVirginiaSenior36-33rd
3.Mike MorenoIowa StateSenior31-95th
4.Pierce HargerNorthwesternSenior29-108th
5.Dylan PalacioCornellSophomore32-9NQ
6.Nick MooreIowaSenior23-5NQ
7.Bo JordanOhio StateRS Freshman23-0RS
8.Corey MockChattanoogaSenior31-5NQ
9.Jim WilsonStanfordSophomore35-8NQ
10.Chris MoonVirginia TechSenior23-11NQ
11.Cooper MooreNorthern IowaSophomore27-8NQ
12.Taylor WalshIndianaSenior35-7NQ-157
13.Jackson MorseIllinoisSenior25-8NQ
14.Harrison HightowerOhio U.Senior31-13NQ
15.Austin TrottGardner-WebbSophomore29-9NQ
16.John StaudenmayerNorth CarolinaJunior15-14NQ
17.Dakota FriesthWyomingSenior29-10NQ
18.Casey KentPennJunior19-9NQ
19.Austin WilsonNebraskaJunior23-16NQ
20.Peyton WalshNavySenior26-14NQ
174 Pounds      
1.Logan StorleyMinnesotaSenior35-63rd
2.Robert KokeshNebraskaSenior37-34th
3.Matt BrownPenn StateSenior33-65th
4.Mike EvansIowaSenior28-76th
5.Tyler WilpsPittSenior32-77th
6.Bryce HammondCSU-BakersfieldJunior24-118th
7.Cody WaltersOhio U.Junior13-4NQ
8.Mike OttingerCentral MichiganSenior27-7NQ
9.Matt MillerNavyJunior24-6NQ
10.Elliot RiddickLehighSophomore25-12NQ
11.Tanner WeathermanIowa StateJunior25-16NQ
12.Kyle CrutchmerOklahoma StateRS Freshman15-1RS
13.Joe LathamOregon StateSenior30-16NQ
14.Pete RendaNC StateSophomore27-11NQ
15.Mark MartinOhio StateJunior28-13NQ
16.Hayden ZillmerNorth Dakota St.Junior27-8NQ
17.Cody CaldwellNorthern IowaJunior17-15NQ
18.Austin GabelVirginia TechJunior14-9NQ
19.Caleb MarshKent StateSenior18-13NQ
20.Mike EnglandMissouriSenior19-16NQ
184 Pounds      
1.Gabe DeanCornellSophomore40-33rd
2.Jack DechowOld DominionSophomore21-64th
3.Lorenzo ThomasPennSenior30-116th
4.Ophir BernsteinBrownSenior36-118th
5.Max ThomusseitPittSenior21-4NQ
6.Kenny CourtsOhio StateJunior32-9NQ
7.Brett PfarrMinnesotaSophomore25-3
8.Sam BrooksIowaSophomore18-7
9.Blake StaufferArizona StateJunior25-11NQ
10.Victor AveryEdinboroJunior25-7NQ
11.Lazarus ReyesIllinoisSophomore20-14NQ
12.Domenic AbounaderMichiganSophomore16-11NQ
13.Ben StrohWyomingSophomore28-8NQ
14.John RisqallahMichigan StateSenior22-12NQ
15.Lelund WeatherspoonIowa StateSophomore25-11NQ
16.Kurtis JulsonNorth Dakota St.Senior23-13NQ
17.Clint MorrisonRiderSenior19-6NQ
 18.Timothy DudleyNebraskaSophomore26-8NQ
19.Nolan BoydOklahoma StateSophomore29-13NQ
20.Fred GarciaLock HavenSenior25-9NQ
197 Pounds      
1.J’den CoxMissouriSophomore38-21st
2.Scott SchillerMinnesotaSenior34-53rd
3.Kyven GadsonIowa StateSenior30-44th
4.Conner HartmanDukeJunior28-115th
5.Morgan McIntoshPenn StateJunior32-57th
6.Nathan BurakIowaJunior19-88th
7.Taylor MeeksOregon StateSenior28-8NQ
8.Nick BonaccorsiPittJunior24-14NQ
9.Phillip WellingtonOhio U.Junior34-5NQ
10.Braden AtwoodPurdueSenior27-12NQ
11.Jace BennettCornellSenior31-11NQ
12.Tim McCallWisconsinSenior17-16NQ
13.Alex PolizziNorthwesternSenior25-12NQ
14.Austin SchaferOklahoma StateSophomore15-1
15.Spencer JohnsonJuniorNebraska25-8RS
16.Shane WoodsWyomingSenior24-9NQ
17.James FoxHarvardSenior15-11NQ
18.Zach NyeVirginiaJunior21-11NQ
19.Bryce BarnesArmyJunior20-15NQ
20.John BolichLehighJunior16-15NQ
1.Nick GwiazdowskiNC StateJunior43-21st
2.Mike McMullanNorthwesternSenior20-53rd
3.Bobby TelfordIowaSenior26-74th
4.Austin MarsdenOklahoma StateJunior23-98th
5.Adam CoonMichiganSophomore32-5NQ
6.Connor MedburyWisconsinJunior26-9NQ
7.Amarveer DhesiOregon StateSophomore28-9NQ
8.James LawsonPenn StateSenior16-5
9.Joe StolfiBucknellSenior34-8NQ
10.Adam FagerUtah ValleySenior19-9NQ
11.Nick TavanelloOhio StateSophomore25-19NQ
12.Ross LarsenOklahomaSophomore23-12NQ
13.William SmithRutgersSophomore27-8NQ
14.Spencer MyersMarylandSenior24-6NQ
15.Devin MellonMissouriSenior24-12NQ
16.Michael KroellsMinnesotaSophomore30-11
17.Dawson PeckChattanoogaSophomore20-7NQ
18.Blaize CabellNorthern IowaJunior22-14NQ
19.Brooks BlackIllinoisRS Freshman0-0
20.Ty WalzVirginia TechSophomore27-14NQ


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