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Nickal and Nolf take over top spots for No. 1 Penn State in WIN’s Jan. 25 rankings

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Updated: January 26, 2016

NEWTON, Iowa — Bo Nickal and Jason Nolf (pictured above) may only be redshirt freshmen on the Penn State roster but the two young Nittany Lions each scored upset pins in the same dual against the No. 1-ranked wrestler at their respective weights. Nolf and Nickal take over the top spots at 174 and 157 pounds, respectively, in WIN’s Jan. 25 rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

Nolf handed 2015 NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez his first college loss with a second-period fall last Saturday, when Nickal also flattened Illinois’ Zach Brunson, in the closing seconds of their match in the dual in Champaign, Ill.

These two victories also expanded Penn State’s lead in this week’s Tournament Power Index (TPI), which is based on where the teams’ individuals are projected — according to WIN’s individual rankings — to finish in this season’s NCAA Championships, March 17-19, in New York City, with Top-8 finishers earning All-American points.

WIN’s TPI point totals are broken down as follows: 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). Additional points for other rankings include: 9th/12th – 2; 13th/16th – 1.5; 17th-20th – 1. TPI points will be lower than the final actual NCAA tournament points because it does not include bonus points.

The Nittany Lions feature six wrestlers projected to earn All-American honors, including three wrestlers ranked No. 1 at this point in the season. In addition to Nolf and Nickal, 197-pound Morgan McIntosh is also rated No. 1 for coach Cael Sanderson and staff.

Remaining in second place is Oklahoma State, which is projected to see seven Cowboys earn All-American honors in this year’s NCAAs, including two wrestlers — 141-pound Dean Heil and 165-pound Alex Dieringer — ranked No. 1 at their weight class.

In WIN’s dual-team rankings, Penn State (11-0) and Iowa (13-0) remain the top two schools while NC State (17-0) and Oklahoma State (8-2) have moved up to third and fourth. The Wolfpack was scheduled to wrestle ACC-rival North Carolina today, while the Cowboys are coming off a 23-9 victory over No. 5 Missouri, which saw its 37-dual winning streak end in the loss to OSU last weekend.

 

WIN’S Jan. 25 Tournament Power Index (TPI)

RankCollege Top 8 TPI
1Penn State6101.5
2Oklahoma State788
3Ohio State473
4Iowa571
5Virginia Tech664
6Illinois462
7Cornell358.5
8Missouri450
9NC State346.5
10Nebraska439.5
11Michigan232.5
12Lehigh227
13North Carolina225
14Wisconsin224.5
15Minnesota222.5
16Stanford121
17Edinboro118.5
18tKent State117.5
18tRutgers217.5
20tOklahoma116.5
20tOld Dominion216.5
22tArizona State115.5
22tDuke115.5
22tIowa State215.5
25Northwestern112.5
26Oregon State112
27American211
28South Dakota State110.5
29Ohio U.19.5
30tAppalachian State19
30tPittsburgh19
32tNorthern Iowa08.5
32tVirginia18.5
34North Dakota State18
35CSU Bakersfield17
36Purdue16.5
37Princeton05.5
38Penn05
39tCentral Michigan04.5
39tWest Virginia04.5
41Bucknell04
42Navy03.5
43tRider03
43tWyoming03
45Harvard02.5
46tAir Force02
46tBoise State02
46tDrexel02
46tFranklin & Marshall02
46tEastern Michigan02
46tIndiana02
46tMaryland02
46tUtah Valley02
54tCleveland State01.5
54tMichigan State01.5
56tCampbell01
56tChattanooga01
56tGeorge Mason01
56tNorthern Colorado01

 

WIN’s Jan. 25 Dual-Team Rankings

Rk.TeamRecordPrevious
1.Penn State11-01st
2.Iowa13-02nd
3.North Carolina State17-04th
4.Oklahoma State8-25th
5.Missouri9-13rd
6.Virginia Tech9-26th
7.Lehigh11-17th
8.Michigan9-18th
9.Ohio State7-29th
10.Nebraska9-410th
11.Illinois9-411th
12.Oklahoma9-212th
13.Cornell3-413th
14.Rutgers11-314th
15.North Carolina9-215th
16.Pittsburgh9-216th
17.Minnesota7-620th
18.Kent State11-319th
19.Arizona State8-717th
20.Iowa State7-518th
21.Virginia5-322nd
22.Oregon State5-423rd
23.Northern Iowa3-525th
24.Stanford9-2NR
25.Purdue7-421st

 

WIN’s Jan. 25 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Nathan TomaselloOhio StateSo.1st
2.Thomas GilmanIowaJr.2nd
3.Joey DanceVirginia TechJr.3rd
4.Nico MegaludisPenn StateSr.4th
5.Eddie KlimaraOklahoma StateSr.5th
6.Ronnie BresserOregon StateSo.6th
7.Tim LambertNebraskaJr.7th
8.David TeraoAmerican U.Sr.8th
9.Dylan PetersNorthern IowaJr.9th
10.Barlow McGheeMissouriSo.10th
11.Darian CruzLehighSo.11th
12.Ryan MillhofOklahomaSo.12th
13.Zeke MoiseyWest VirginiaSo.13th
14.Paul PetrovBucknellSr.14th
15.Josh RodriguezNorth Dakota St.Jr.15th
16.Drew TemplemanWyomingJr.16th
17.Connor SchramStanfordSo.17th
18.Chasen TolbertUtah ValleySr.18th
19.Brandon JeskeOld DominionJr.19th
20.Dalton MacriCornellFr.20th

 

133 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Nahshon GarrettCornellSr.1st
2.Zane RichardsIllinoisJr.2nd
3.Cory ClarkIowaJr.3rd
4.Cody BrewerOklahomaSr.4th
5.Ryan TaylorWisconsinJr.5th
6.Jordan ConawayPenn StateSr.6th
7.George DiCamilloVirginiaJr.7th
8.Earl HallIowa StateSr.8th
9.Rossi BrunoMichiganSr.9th
10.Geoffrey AlexanderMarylandSr.10th
11.Johnni DiJuliusOhio StateSr.11th
12.Josh AlberNorthern IowaFr.12th
13.Eric MontoyaNebraskaJr.13th
14.Emilio SaavedraOld DominionRSFr.14th
15.Mack McGuireKent StateJr.15th
16.Anthony GiraldoRutgersRSFr.16th
17.Gary Wayne HardingOklahoma StateSo.18th
18.Josh MartinezAir ForceSr.NR
19.Nathan KraisserCampbellJr.19th
20.Caleb RichardsonPennJr.20th

 

141 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Dean HeilOklahoma StateSo.1st
2.Joey McKennaStanfordFr.2nd
3.Kevin JackNC StateSo.3rd
4.Micah JordanOhio StateFr.4th
5.Solomon ChishkoVirginia TechRSFr.5th
6.Mike RacciatoPittsburghJr.6th
7.Anthony AshnaultRutgersSo.7th
8.Matt ManleyMissouriJr.9th
9.Tommy ThornMinnesotaRSFr.10th
10.Joey WardNorth CarolinaJr.11th
11.Richard DursoFranklin & MarshallSr.14th
12.Chris MecateOld DominionSr.12th
13.Todd PrestonHarvardSr.8th
14.Bryce MeredithWyomingSo.13th
15.Javier GascaMichigan StateSo.15th
16.Jimmy GulibonPenn StateJr.16th
17.Randy CruzLehighJr.19th
18.Anthony AbidinNebraskaSr.NR
19.Tyler SmithBucknellSo.18th
20.Zach HoranCentral MichiganSr.NR

 

149 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Brandon SorensenIowaSo.1st
2.Zain RetherfordPenn StateSo.2nd
3.Lavion MayesMissouriJr.3rd
4.Jason TsirtsisNorthwesternJr.4th
5.Jake SueflohnNebraskaSr.5th
6.Evan HendersonNorth CarolinaSr.6th
7.Alex RichardsonOld DominionSr.7th
8.Anthony CollicaOklahoma StateJr.9th
9.Alex PantaleoMichiganSo.11th
10.Matt CimatoDrexelJr.8th
11.Geo MartinezBoise StateSo.13th
12.Mitch FinesilverDukeSo.14th
13.B.J. ClagonRiderSo.12th
14.Jake ShortMinnesotaSo.10th
15.C.J. CobbPennSr.15th
16.Pat LugoEdinboroFr.20th
17.Chris PerezPrincetonSr.16th
18.Michael DePalmaKent StateSr.18th
19.Matt KrausArizona StateSr.19th
20.Paul FoxStanfordRSFr.17th

 

157 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Jason NolfPenn StateRSFr.3rd
2.Isaiah MartinezIllinoisSo.1st
3.Ian MillerKent StateSr.2nd
4.Thomas GanttNC StateSr.4th
5.Joe SmithOklahoma StateFr.7th
6.Cody PackSo. Dakota StateSr.6th
7.Nick BrascettaVirginia TechSr.5th
8.John BoyleAmerican U.Sr.8th
9.Mitch MinottiLehighSr.10th
10.Richie LewisRutgersJr.12th
11.Brian MurphyMichiganSo.9th
12.Dylan PalacioCornellJr.NR
13.Dylan CottrellWest VirginiaJr.13th
14.Bryce SteiertNorthern IowaFr.14th
15.Chad WalshRiderSo.NR
16.Luke SmithCentral MichiganSr.19th
17.Edwin CooperIowaSr.20th
18.Austin MatthewsEdinboroSo.11th
19.Spartak ChinoOhio U.Sr.17th
20.Greg FlournoyGeorge MasonSr.18th

 

165 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Alex DieringerOklahoma StateSr.1st
2.Bo JordanOhio StateSo.2nd
3.Isaac JordanWisconsinJr.3rd
4.Stephen RodriguezIllinoisSr.4th
5.Tanner WeathermanIowa StateSr.5th
6.Daniel LewisMissouriRSFr.6th
7.Chad WelchPurdueSr.7th
8.Anthony PerrottiRutgersSr.8th
9.Max RohskopfNC StateJr.9th
10.Austin WilsonNebraskaSr.10th
11.Duke PickettCornellSr.12th
12.Ryan PreischLehighFr.11th
13.John StaudenmayerNorth CarolinaSr.13th
14.Dave McFaddenVirginia TechFr.14th
15.Jim WilsonStanfordJr.15th
16.Cooper MooreNorthern IowaJr.16th
17.Shakur RasheedPenn StateRSFr.17th
18.Jake FaustDukeSo.18th
19.Seth ThomasOregon StateSr.19th
20.Devon GobboHarvardSr.20th

 

174 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Bo NickalPenn StateRSFr.2nd
2.Zac BrunsonIllinoisJr.1st
3.Brian RealbutoCornellJr.4th
4.Ethan RamosNorth CarolinaSo.5th
5.Kyle CrutchmerOklahoma StateJr.3rd
6.Zach EpperlyVirginia TechSo.6th
7.Alex MeyerIowaJr.7th
8.Cody WaltersOhio U.Sr.8th
9.Mike OttingerCentral MichiganSr.10th
10.Blaise ButlerMissouriSr.11th
11.Nate JacksonIndianaJr.9th
12.Davonte MahomesMichiganRSFr.14th
13.Bryce HammondCSU BakersfieldSr.NR
14.Jadaen BernsteinNavySo.13th
15.Jon SchleiferPrincetonSo.12th
16.Myles MartinOhio StateRSFr.15th
17.Casey KentPennSr.16th
18.Micah BarnesNebraskaJr.17th
19.Ricky RobertsonWisconsinSo.20th
20.Matt ReedOklahomaJr.NR

 

184 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Gabe DeanCornellJr.1st
2.Victor AveryEdinboroSr.2nd
3.Nathaniel BrownLehighSr.3rd
4.Blake StaufferArizona StateSr.4th
5.Timothy DudleyNebraskaJr.5th
6.Zack ZavatskyVirginia TechSo.6th
7.Hayden ZillmerNorth Dakota St.Sr.8th
8.Jack DechowOld DominionJr.10th
9.Willie MiklusMissouriSo.7th
10.Sammy BrooksIowaJr.9th
11.Domenic AbounaderMichiganJr.11th
12.Matt MillerNavySr.13th
13.Lorenzo ThomasPennSr.14th
14.Nolan BoydOklahoma StateJr.18th
15.Jeff KoepkeIllinoisJr.16th
16.Matt McCutcheonPenn StateSo.12th
17.Kenny CourtsOhio StateSr.15th
18.Pete RendaNC StateJr.17th
19.Abram AyalaPrincetonSr.19th
20.Andrew RomanchikOhio U.Sr.20th

 

197 pounds

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Morgan McIntoshPenn StateSr.1st
2.J’den CoxMissouriJr.2nd
3.Brett PfarrMinnesotaJr.3rd
4.Conner HartmannDukeSr.4th
5.Nathan BurakIowaSr.5th
6.Max HuntleyMichiganSr.6th
7.Aaron StudebakerNebraskaJr.7th
8.Reuben FranklinCSU BakersfieldSr.8th
9.Jared HaughtVirginia TechSo.9th
10.Zach NyeVirginiaSr.10th
11.Phillip WellingtonOhio U.Sr.11th
12.Brett HarnerPrincetonJr.12th
13.Jake SmithWest VirginiaJr.13th
14.Nate RotertSo. Dakota StateSo.14th
15.Mike BoykinNC StateSo.15th
16.Kyle ConelKent StateRSFr.16th
17.Anthony AbroEastern MichiganSr.17th
18.Parker HinesAir ForceJr.18th
19.Trent NoonNorthern ColoradoSr.20th
20.Derek ThomasUtah ValleySr.NR

 

Heavyweight

RankNameSchoolYearPrev
1.Kyle SnyderOhio StateSo.1st
2.Nick GwiazdowskiNC StateSr.2nd
3.Adam CoonMichiganJr.3rd
4.Ty WalzVirginia TechJr.4th
5.Austin MarsdenOklahoma StateSr.5th
6.Denzel DejournetteAppalachian St.Sr.6th
7.Max WessellLehighSr.7th
8.Michael KroellsMinnesotaJr.9th
9.Sam StollIowaFr.10th
10.Tanner HallArizona StateFr.8th
11.Amarveer DhesiOregon StateSo.11th
12.Billy SmithRutgersSr.12th
13.Riley ShawCleveland StateSr.13th
14.Blaize CabellNorthern IowaSr.14th
15.Joe StolfiBucknellSr.15
16.Nathan ButlerStanfordSo.19th
17.Ross LarsonOklahomaJr.16th
18.Colin JensenNebraskaJr.17th
19.Jared JohnsonChattanoogaJr.18th
20.Gabe HutchisonEastern MichiganSo.20th

 

 

 

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