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Oklahoma State ranked No. 1 in WIN Preseason Ratings

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Updated: September 8, 2016

 

NEWTON, Iowa — Oklahoma State University, the all-time leader in NCAA team championships, is ranked No. 1 in WIN’s 2016-17 Preseason Tournament Power Index.

The TPI is based on the schools’ wrestlers who are rated in WIN’s individual rankings, predicting possible All-American candidates in the 2017 NCAA Championships, which will be held March 16-18 in St. Louis.

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.

With eight wrestlers ranked in the top 8 in their weight class, the Cowboys earned 87.5 TPI points. This included 141-pound defending national champion Dean Heil, three returning All-Americans — Anthony Collica (149), Joe Smith (157) and Nolan Boyd (184) — and two other Cowboys — Kaid Brock (133) and Kyle Crutchmer (174) — who were highly ranked last season but were unable to compete in the 2016 postseason because of injuries. Oklahoma State, which has won 34 all-time team titles, is looking to capture its first team championship since 2006.

Ranked preseason No. 2 two months before the season starts is Virginia Tech. The Hokies, who claimed a school-best fourth place in last year’s NCAA tournament, feature six returning All-Americans and ranked in the Top 8 of their weight class in 2016-17: Joey Dance (125), Solomon Chishko (141), David McFadden (165), Zach Epperly (174), Jared Haught (197) and Ty Walz (Hwt.)

The next three ranked teams include Iowa, Ohio State and Missouri.

The Hawkeyes feature three wrestlers who reached the finals of the 2016 NCAAs: 125-pound Thomas Gilman, 133-pound Cory Clark and 149-pound Brandon Sorensen. The Buckeyes return three former champions, two who have moved up a weight class — 133-pound Nathan Tomasello and 184-pound Myles Martin — and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder (197). The Tigers, who will serve as the host team for the 2017 NCAAs in St. Louis, feature four All-Americans, including Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox.

Michigan, which returns four returning All-Americans (including 2015 finalist Adam Coon at heavyweight), is ranked No. 6, while Penn State, last year’s team champion, is rated No. 7. The Nittany Lions feature a returning champion in 149-pound Zain Retherford and two 2016 finalists in Jason Nolf (157) and Bo Nickal, who has moved up to 184 pounds.

Two other returning individual national champions return: two-time Illinois champ Isaiah Martinez, who may move up to 165 pounds this winter, and another two-time champ in Cornell’s Gabe Dean at 184 pounds.

These rankings are subject to change as teams finalize their line-ups before the start of the season in November. WIN will also create a dual-team ranking that will begin in December.

 

 

WIN’s 2016-17 Preseason Tournament Power Index

RankCollege           Top 8     TPI
1Oklahoma State887.5
2Virginia Tech684
3Iowa677
4Ohio State572.5
5Missouri564.5
6Michigan663.5
7Penn State359.5
8Cornell354
9Nebraska448
10Illinois344.5
11Stanford332
12Minnesota230
13Wisconsin227
14Lehigh324
15Rutgers223.5
16Oklahoma121.5
17Iowa State220.5
18Northern Iowa119
19NC State218.5
20Oregon State118
21Wyoming117
22Rider116.5
23Penn115.5
24Princeton114.5
25Central Michigan113.5
26North Carolina112.5
27tNorthern Illinois111.5
27tIndiana111.5
29Arizona State110.5
30West Virginia18
31tDrexel17.5
31tOld Dominion07.5
31tVirginia17.5
31tChattanooga07.5
35Edinboro07
36tPitt06
36tAppalachian State06
38Duke05
39Navy04
40Bucknell03.5
41tOhio U.03
41tHofstra03
41tSouth Dakota State03
44Columbia02.5
45tMichigan State02
45tEastern Michigan02
45tKent State02
45tNorth Dakota St02
49tSIUE01.5
49tBrown01.5
51tBinghamton01
51tBuffalo01
51tArmy01
51tPurdue01
51tCSU Bakersfield01
51tThe Citadel01

 

125 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Thomas GilmanSr.Iowa2nd28-2
2Joey DanceSr.Virginia TechNQ/2014 AA29-3
3Dylan PetersSr.Northern Iowa6th18-5
4Ryan MillhofJr.Oklahoma7th25-8
5Conor YoutseySr.Michigan5th17-15
6Connor SchramJr.Stanford8th23-8
7Barlow McGheeJr.MissouriNQ25-9
8Darian CruzJr.LehighNQ/2014 AA31-7
9Ronnie BresserJr.Oregon StateNQ31-9
10Tim LambertSr.NebraskaNQ25-11
11Josh RodriguezSr.North Dakota StateNQ37-10
12Dalton MacriSo.CornellNQ18-9
13Sean RussellSo.EdinboroNQ28-9
14Alfredo RodriguezSr.SIUENQ17-3
15Brandon JeskeSr.Old DominionNQ21-13
16Elijah OliverSo.IndianaNQ32-10
17Drew TemplemanSr.WyomingNQ19-10
18Zach FuentesJr.DrexelNQ22-14
19Kyle LarsonSr.Iowa StateNQ23-17
20Lorenzo BentleySo.PittNQ19-12

 

133 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Cory ClarkSr.Iowa2nd26-2
2Zane RichardsSr.Illinois4th27-3
3Nathan TomaselloJr.Ohio State3rd-12527-1
4Eric MontoyaSr.Nebraska5th29-10
5Earl HallSr.Iowa State7th33-9
6Kaid BrockSo.Oklahoma StateInj.19-1
7Steven MicicFr.Michigan
8George DiCamilloSr.VirginiaNQ29-5
9Dom ForysJr.PittNQ28-5
10Joey PalmerSr.Oregon StateNQ26-12
11Emilio SaavedraSo.Old DominionInj.15-5
12Jamal MorrisSo.NC StateNQ16-10
13Josh AlberJr.Northern IowaNQ27-12
14Corey KeenerSr.Central MichiganNQ19-12
15Cameron KellySo.Ohio U.NQ23-9
16Zach SynonSr.MissouriNQ16-14
17Caleb RichardsonSr.PennNQ21-15
18Zach DavisJr.NavyNQ29-16
19Anthony GiraldoSo.RutgersNQ17-16
20Austin EicherSo.Northern IllinoisNQ19-13

 

141 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Dean HeilJr.Oklahoma State1st32-1
2Bryce MeredithJr.Wyoming2nd29-5
3Joey McKennaSo.Stanford3rd27-3
4Anthony AshnaultJr.Rutgers4th33-5
5Solomon ChishkoSo.Virginia Tech6th30-7
6Joseph WardSr.North Carolina7th23-6
7Kevin JackJr.NC StateNQ/2015 AA26-5
8Randy CruzSr.Lehigh8th28-10
9Matt ManleySr.MissouriNQ27-8
10Javier Gasca IIIJr.Michigan StateNQ21-10
11Tommy ThornSo.MinnesotaNQ36-11
12Jimmy GulibonSr.Penn StateNQ/2015 AA14-11
13Ke-Shawn HayesRFr.Ohio State
14Jamel HudsonSr.HofstraNQ21-10
15Mike PongraczSr.ChattanoogaNQ23-6
16Mike LongoJr.Appalachian StNQ21-11
17Tyler SmithJr.BucknellNQ23-13
18Robert MathersJr.Arizona StateNQ22-13
19Zach FinesilverJr.DukeNQ25-14
20Nicholas GilSo.NavyNQ25-17

 

 

149 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Zain RetherfordJr.Penn State1st34-0
2Brandon SorensenJr.Iowa2nd29-2
3Lavion MayesSr.Missouri3rd32-3
4Anthony CollicaSr.Oklahoma State4th29-9
5Alec PantaleoJr.Michigan6th27-8
6Justin OliverSo.Central Michigan7th32-7
7Matt CimatoSr.DrexelNQ36-7
8Micah JordanSo.Ohio StateNQ-14127-4
9Mitch FinesilverJr.DukeNQ31-9
10Bryant ClagonJr.RiderNQ/2015 AA21-12
11Patricio LugoSo.EdinboroNQ32-9
12Davion JeffriesSo.OklahomaNQ26-12
13Jake ShortJr.MinnesotaNQ16-11
14Laike GardnerSr.LehighNQ22-11
15Victor LopezSr.BucknellNQ30-14
16Steve BleiseSo.Northern IllinoisNQ26-10
17Ken TheoboldSr.RutgersRS22-5
18Coleman HammondJr.CSU BakersfieldNQ23-15
19Nick BarberSr.Eastern MichiganNQ19-11
20Alex GriffinSr.PurdueNQ14-9

 

157 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Jason NolfSo.Penn State2nd33-2
2Dylan PalacioSr.Cornell4th19-3
3Joe SmithSo.Oklahoma State7th35-5
4Chad WalshJr.Rider5th29-9
5Mitch MinottiSr.LehighInj.11-3
6Brian MurphySr.MichiganNQ/2015 AA11-9
7Richie LewisSr.RutgersNQ27-7
8Tyler BergerSo.NebraskaNQ24-13
9Andrew AtkinsonJr.VirginiaNQ24-11
10Joey LavalleeSr.MissouriRS
11Bryce SteiertJr.Northern IowaNQ24-11
12Austin MatthewsJr.EdinboroNQ12-6
13Jake RyanSo.Ohio StateNQ17-7
14Colin HeffernanJr.Central Michigan18-7
15J. StaudenmayerSr.BrownNQ30-10
16Dylan CottrellSr.West VirginiaNQ33-11
17May BetheaJr.PennNQ23-15
18Kamaal ShakurSo.ChattanoogaNQ24-8
19Russell ParsonsSr.ArmyNQ28-13
20Aaron WalkerSr.The CitadelNQ28-9

 

165 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Isaiah MartinezJr.Illinois1st-15732-1
2Isaac JordanSr.Wisconsin2nd29-1
3Brian RealbutoSr.CornellNQ/’14&15 AA33-5
4Daniel LewisSo.Missouri4th29-6
5Logan MassaFr.Michigan
6David McFaddenSo.Virginia Tech6th26-12
7Jim WilsonSr.StanfordNQ/2015 AA27-8
8Chandler RogersSo.Oklahoma StateNQ29-9
9Clark GlassSr.OklahomaNQ24-10
10Geno MorelliSr.Penn StateNQ21-12
11Cooper MooreSrNorthern IowaNQ16-8
12Jake FaustJr.DukeNQ19-10
13Anthony ValenciaRFr.Arizona State
14Ryan PreischSo.LehighNQ17-10
15Tyrel WhiteJr.ColumbiaNQ28-12
16Austin ReeseSo.Ohio U.NQ21-14
17Burke PaddockSo.Iowa
18Cody WierciochJr.PittNQ17-13
19Forrest PrzybyszJr.Appalachian StNQ22-13
20Dakota JuarezSo.Eastern MichiganNQ14-12

 

174 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Zach EpperlyJr.Virginia Tech3rd17-3
2Bo JordanJr.Ohio State3rd-16521-3
3Casey KentSr.Penn4th32-9
4Kyle CrutchmerSr.Oklahoma StateInj./2015 AA15-4
5Nathan JacksonSr.Indiana5th35-9
6Alex MeyerSr.Iowa8th27-7
7Tanner WeathermanSr.Iowa StateNQ30-10
8Zac BrunsonSr.IllinoisNQ22-5
9Ethan RamosJr.North CarolinaNQ/2015 AA22-5
10Matt ReedSr.OklahomaNQ21-11
11Jadsen BernsteinJr.NavyNQ34-13
12Micah BarnesSr.NebraskaNQ22-12
13Nick KeeJr.Appalachian StNQ29-9
14Nicholas WanzekJr.MinnesotaNQ21-13
15David KocerJr.South Dakota StNQ30-13
16Sean MappesSr.ChattanoogaNQ19-12
17Te’Shan CampbellSo.PittNQ18-12
18Jonathan SchleiferJr.PrincetonNQ21-11
19Phil BakuckasSr.RutgersNQ18-15
20Keaton SubjeckJr.StanfordNQ21-9

 

184 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Gabe DeanSr.Cornell1st34-1
2Timothy DudleySr.Nebraska2nd24-7
3Myles MartinSo.Ohio State1st-17433-6
4Bo NickalSo.Penn State2nd-17433-2
5Pete RendaSr.NC State3rd26-8
6Nolan BoydSr.Oklahoma State4th33-8
7Willie MiklusJr.Missouri6th21-8
8Sammy BrooksSr.Iowa8th27-6
9Domenic AbounaderSr.MichiganNQ26-4
10Zach ZavatskySo.Virginia TechNQ25-7
11Pat DowneyJr.Iowa State5th-19711-4
12Jack DechowSr.Old DominionNQ21-5
13Zahid ValenciaRFr.Arizona State
14Jordan EllingwoodJr.Central MichiganNQ29-14
15Nicholas GravinaJr.RutgersNQ22-11
16Corey GriegoSo.Oregon StateNQ24-12
17Steven SchneiderJr.BinghamtonNQ30-11
18Tom SleighJr.BucknellNQ28-10
19Ricky RobertsonJr.WisconsinNQ14-15
20Joe AriolaJr.BuffaloNQ14-17

 

197 Pounds

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1J’den CoxSr.Missouri1st33-1
2Brett PfarrSr.Minnesota3rd40-4
3Jared HaughtJr.Virginia Tech6th22-10
4Brett HarnerSr.Princeton8th36-6
5Aaron StudebakerSr.NebraskaNQ23-11
6Shawn ScottSr.Northern IllinoisNQ27-11
7Jake SmithJr.West VirginiaNQ31-12
8Preston WeigelSo.Oklahoma StateNQ19-12
9Kevin BeasleyJr.Old DominionRS
10Kyle ConelSo.Kent StateNQ28-8
11Scottie BoykinSr.ChattanoogaNQ24-8
12Ryan WolfeSr.RiderNQ30-10
13Nate RotertJr.South Dakota StNQ27-11
14Anthony CasserFrPenn State
15Owen ScottSr.CornellNQ16-9
16Chip NessJr.North CarolinaNQ19-14
17Kollin MooreRFr.Ohio State
18Andre LeeSo.IllinoisNQ11-12
19Marcus HarringtonRFr.Iowa State
20Brad JohnsonSr.OklahomaNQ12-15

 

Heavyweight

RkNameYr.SchoolNCAA 16 Record
1Kyle SnyderJr.Ohio State1st11-0
2Adam CoonSr.Michigan3rd23-3
3Ty WalzSr.Virginia Tech4th27-4
4Amanveer DhesiJr.Oregon State5th32-5
5Connor MedberrySr.WisconsinRS/2015 AA
6Michael KroellsSr.Minnesota7th35-9
7Tanner HallSo.Arizona StateNQ26-12
8Sam StollSo.IowaNQ22-7
9Brooks BlackJr.IllinoisNQ22-11
10Ross LarsonSr.OklahomaNQ21-13
11Nathan ButlerJr.StanfordNQ27-9
12Denzel DejournetteSr.Appalachian StNQ32-4
13Nick NevillsSo.Penn StateNQ6-3
14Mike HughesSr.HofstraNQ41-10
15Jared JohnsonSr.ChattanoogaNQ23-7
16William MillerSo.EdinboroNQ29-11
17Ray O’DonnellSr.PrincetonNQ28-13
18Garrett RyanJr.ColumbiaNQ23-10
19Ryan SolomonJr.PittNQ18-10
20Jeramy SweanySo.CornellNQ22-10

 

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