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National Duals champ Penn State rated No. 1 in final regular-season poll

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Updated: February 20, 2017

NEWTON, Iowa — The 2017 NCAA Division I postseason is just around the corner and defending NCAA champion Penn State solidified itself as the team to beat again this March, according to WIN’s Feb. 20 Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

Coming of a 27-13 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma State in the championship dual of the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals Series, Feb. 19 in Stillwater, Okla., the undefeated Nittany Lions (14-0) earned the top spot in WIN’s final Dual Team rankings and are also rated No. 1 in WIN’s Tournament Power Index.

Heading into the 2017 NCAA qualifying tournaments — which begins this Sunday at the Pac-12 Championships in Stanford, Calif., with the other seven tournaments to start one week later — Penn State leads the current TPI rankings with 103.5 points, followed by Oklahoma State (86.5), Ohio State (82.5) and Iowa (79.5).

WIN’s TPI point totals are based on projections of how individuals could place at this year’s NCAAs: 1st – 20 (16 All-American 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.

Both the Nittany Lions and Cowboys feature eight wrestlers ranked in the Top 8 of their weight classes, including two Penn State wrestlers — Zain Retherford (149) and Jason Nolf (157) ranked No. 1 — and Oklahoma State features Dean Heil, ranked No. 1 at 141.

Ohio State has the most top-ranked wrestlers in Nathan Tomasello (133) and Kyle Snyder (Hwt). The other No. 1-rated individuals are Iowa’s Thomas Gilman (125), Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez (165), Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia (174), Cornell’s Gabe Dean (184) and Missouri’s J’den Cox (197).

The following are the dates and locations of the eight tournaments that will eventually qualify 330 wrestlers to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships, which will be held March 16-18 in St. Louis, Mo. The NCAA is expected to announce this week how many automatic qualifiers each conference will earn at each weight class.

 

Feb. 26Pac-12 ConferenceStanford, Calif.
March 3-4Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling AssociationLewisburg, Pa.
March 4Atlantic Coast ConferenceRaleigh, N.C.
Eastern Wrestling LeagueBloomsburg, Pa.
Southern ConferenceCharleston, S.C.
March 4-5Big Ten ConferenceBloomington, Ind.
Big 12 ConferenceTulsa, Okla.
Mid-American ConferenceCedar Falls, Iowa

 

WIN’s Feb. 20, 2017 Tournament Power Index (TPI)

 TotalTop 8 TPI
RankCollegeRankedRankedPoints
1Penn State98103.5
2Oklahoma State10886.5
3Ohio State8682.5
4Iowa8579.5
5Virginia Tech7567
6Nebraska7563
7Missouri6462
8Cornell3340.5
9Illinois7240
10Lehigh8337.5
11Arizona State4337
12Minnesota7334
13Wisconsin3232.5
14Michigan5227.5
15South Dakota State5222.5
16NC State6121
17tNorth Dakota State2218.5
17tStanford4118.5
19Princeton5118
20Northern Iowa7116.5
21tRutgers4116
21tVirginia2216
23Edinboro6113
24Rider2112.5
25Duke2112
26West Virginia2111
27Wyoming4110
28Pitt319.5
29tIndiana118.5
29tNorth Carolina218.5
31Old Dominion218
32tCentral Michigan507
32tOklahoma607
34Penn216.5
35Oregon State405.5
36Bucknell305
37tDrexel204
37tNorthern Illinois304
39Iowa State203.5
40Chattanooga203
41tAmerican U.102.5
41tArmy202.5
41tBuffalo202.5
41tCampbell U.202.5
41tNavy202.5
46tAppalachian St102
46tBinghamton102
46tOhio U.202
46tSIU Edwardsville102
50tLock Haven101.5
50tMaryland101.5
52tCSU Bakersfield101
52tClarion101
52tGardner-Webb101
52tNorthwestern101

 

 

WIN’s Feb. 20, 2017 Team Dual Rankings

RkSchoolPrevW-L
1Penn State1st14-0
2Oklahoma State2nd14-1
3Iowa3rd13-2
4Ohio State4th11-3
5Virginia Tech5th18-1
6Nebraska6th12-4
7NC State7th13-2
8Cornell8th13-2
9Illinois9th9-3
10Missouri10th11-4
11Lehigh12th10-4
12Rutgers11th12-5
13Minnesota13th7-5
14Northern Iowa15th11-3
15South Dakota State14th14-5
16Oklahoma17th11-6
17Wisconsin18th7-5
18Central Michigan16th9-3
19Michigan19th8-7
20Arizona State21st10-4
21Stanford22nd10-3
22North Dakota State23rd14-5
23Appalachian State20th13-3
24North Carolina24th8-6
25Pitt25th11-5

 

WIN’s Feb. 20, 2017 NCAA Div. I Individual Rankings

125 Pounds    

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Thomas Gilman(1st)Sr.Iowa
2Nick Suriano(2nd)Fr.Penn State
3Joey Dance(3rd)Sr.Virginia Tech
4Josh Rodriguez(4th)Sr.North Dakota State
5Tim Lambert(5th)Sr.Nebraska
6Darian Cruz(6th)Jr.Lehigh
7Ethan Lizak(7th)So.Minnesota
8Jack Mueller(8th)Fr.Virginia
9Sean Russell(9th)So.Edinboro
10Josh Terao(10th)Jr.American U.
11Nick Piccininni(11th)RFr.Oklahoma State
12Dylan Peters(12th)Sr.Northern Iowa
13Sean Fausz(13th)So.NC State
14Drew Templeman(14th)So.Wyoming
15Alfredo Rodriguez(15th)Sr.SIUE
16Conor Youtsey(16th)Sr.Michigan
17Shakur Laney(17th)So.Ohio U.
18Kyle Akins(18th)So.Buffalo
19Jose Rodriguez(19th)RFr.Ohio State
20Nathan Kraisser(20th)Sr.Campbell U.

 

133 Pounds                                                 

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Nathan Tomasello(1st)Jr.Ohio State
2Eric Montoya(2nd)Sr.Nebraska
3Zane Richards(3rd)Sr.Illinois
4Seth Gross(4th)So.South Dakota State
5Kaid Brock(5th)So.Oklahoma State
6Cory Clark(6th)Sr.Iowa
7Steven Micic(7th)Fr.Michigan
8Dom Forys(8th)Jr.Pitt
9Scott Parker(9th)So.Lehigh
10Kevin Devoy(10th)Sr.Drexel
11Bryan Lantry(11th)So.Buffalo
12Josh Alber(12th)Jr.Northern Iowa
13Earl Hall(13th)Sr.Iowa State
14John Erneste(14th)So.Missouri
15Joey Palmer(15th)Sr.Oregon State
16Connor Schram(16th)Jr.Stanford
17Mitch McKee(18th)Fr.Minnesota
18Korbin Myers(19th)RFr.Edinboro
19Jamal Morris(20th)So.NC State
20Cameron Kelly(17th)So.Ohio U.

 

141 Pounds           

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Dean Heil(1st)Jr.Oklahoma State
2Joey McKenna(2nd)So.Stanford
3Kevin Jack(3rd)Jr.NC State
4Matt Kolodzik(4th)Fr.Princeton
5Anthony Ashnault(5th)Jr.Rutgers
6George DiCamillo(6th)Sr.Virginia
7Joseph Ward(7th)Sr.North Carolina
8Bryce Meredith(8th)Jr.Wyoming
9Jayden Eierman(9th)RFr.Missouri
10Tyler Smith(10th)Jr.Bucknell
11Randy Cruz(11th)Sr.Lehigh
12Jimmy Gulibon(13th)Sr.Penn State
13Tommy Thorn(14th)So.Minnesota
14Luke Pletcher(15th)Fr.Ohio State
15Topher Carton(16th)Sr.Iowa
16Jared Prince(18th)Fr.Navy
17Colton McCrystal(17th)Jr.Nebraska
18Logan Everett(12th)Sr.Army
19Brock Zacherl(19th)So.Clarion
20Michael Longo(20th)Jr.Oklahoma

 

149 Pounds                                                 

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Zain Retherford(1st)Jr.Penn State
2Anthony Collica(2nd)Sr.Oklahoma State
3Lavion Mayes(5th)Sr.Missouri
4Brandon Sorensen(3rd)Jr.Iowa
5Micah Jordan(4th)So.Ohio State
6Solomon Chishko(6th)So.Virginia Tech
7Max Thomsen(7th)RFr.Northern Iowa
8Patricio Lugo(9th)So.Edinboro
9Sam Speno(10th)Sr.NC State
10Justin Oliver(8th)So.Central Michigan
11Laike Gardner(11th)Sr.Lehigh
12Davion Jeffries(13th)So.Oklahoma
13Steve Bleise(14th)So.Northern Illinois
14Matt Cimato(15th)Sr.Drexel
15Joey Delgado(12th)Sr.Oregon State
16Alfred Bannister(16th)So.Maryland
17Alex Kocer(17th)Sr.South Dakota State
18Ken Theobold(18th)Sr.Rutgers
19Jordan Laster(19th)Sr.Princeton
20Eric Barone(20th)Fr.Illinois

 

157 Pounds             

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Jason Nolf(1st)So.Penn State
2Michael Kemerer(2nd)RFr.Iowa
3Tyler Berger(3rd)So.Nebraska
4Jordan Kutler(4th)RFr.Lehigh
5Joey Lavallee(5th)Sr.Missouri
6Dylan Palacio(11th/165)Sr.Cornell
7Joe Smith(6th)So.Oklahoma State
8Clay Ream(7th)Jr.North Dakota State
9Josh Shields(8th)RFr.Arizona State
10Russell Parsons(9th)Sr.Army
11Clark Glass(10th)Sr.Oklahoma
12Colin Heffernan(11th)Jr.Central Michigan
13Sal Mastriani(12th)Sr.Virginia Tech
14Kyle Langenderfer(13th)Jr.Illinois
15Brian Murphy(14th)Sr.Michigan
17Archie Colgan(15th)Jr.Wyoming
17Victor Lopez(16th)Sr.Bucknell
18Jake Short(17th)Jr.Minnesota
18Thomas Bullard(18th)Fr.NC State
20John Van Brill(20th)So.Rutgers

 

165 Pounds

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Isaiah Martinez(1st)Jr.Illinois
2Logan Massa(2nd)Fr.Michigan
3Isaac Jordan(3rd)Sr.Wisconsin
4Vincenzo Joseph(4th)RFr.Penn State
5Chad Walsh(5th)Jr.Rider
6Anthony Valencia(6th)RFr.Arizona State
7Daniel Lewis(7th)So.Missouri
8Chandler Rogers(9th)So.Oklahoma State
9Bryce Steiert(10th)So.Northern Iowa
10Mitch Minotti(13th)Sr.Lehigh
11Dylan Cottrell(17th)Sr.West Virginia
12Austin Matthews(8th)Jr.Edinboro
13Nick Wanzek(12th)Jr.Minnesota
14TeShan Campbell(14th)So.Pitt
15Branson Ashworth(15th)So.Wyoming
16Yoanse Mejias(16th)Jr.Oklahoma
17Lorenzo De La Riva(18th)RFr.CSU Bakersfield
18Joey Gunther(19th)RFr.Iowa
19Luke Zilverberg(20th)Jr.South Dakota State
20Keaton Subjeck(NR)Jr.Stanford

 

174 Pounds                                                 

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Zahid Valencia(1st)RFr.Arizona State
2Brian Realbuto(3rd)Sr.Cornell
3Bo Jordan(2nd)Jr.Ohio State
4Zach Epperly(5th)Jr.Virginia Tech
5Mark Hall(6th)Fr.Penn State
6Ryan Preisch(4th)So.Lehigh
7Kyle Crutchmer(8th)Sr.Oklahoma State
8Casey Kent(7th)Sr.Penn
9Taylor Lujan(10th)RFr.Northern Iowa
10Ethan Ramos(11th)Jr.North Carolina
11Alex Meyer(13th)Sr.Iowa
12Zac Brunson(14th)Sr.Illinois
13Myles Amine(12th)RFr.Michigan
14Lelund Weatherspoon(9th)Sr.Iowa State
15Jadaen Bernstein(15th)Jr.Navy
16David Kocer(16th)Jr.South Dakota State
17C.J. Brucki(17th)Jr.Central Michigan
18Jonathan Schleifer(19th)Jr.Princeton
19Connor Bass(20th)Sr.Duke
20Trace Engelkes(NR)Sr.Northern Illinois

 

184 Pounds                                                 

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Gabe Dean(1st)Sr.Cornell
2Bo Nickal(2nd)So.Penn State
3Sammy Brooks(3rd)Sr.Iowa
4Nolan Boyd(4th)Sr.Oklahoma State
5Timothy Dudley(5th)Sr.Nebraska
6Nathan Jackson(6th)Sr.Indiana
7Jack Dechow(7th)Sr.Old Dominion
8Myles Martin(8th)So.Ohio State
9Mike Macchiavello(9th)Jr.NC State
10Zach Zavatsky(10th)So.Virginia Tech
11Emery Parker(11th)So.Illinois
12Nicholas Gravina(12th)Jr.Rutgers
13Drew Foster(15th)So.Northern Iowa
14Dakota Geer(14th)Fr.Edinboro
15Bryce Carr(16th)Jr.Chattanooga
16Steven Schneider(13th)Jr.Binghamton
17Jordan Ellingwood(17th)Jr.Central Michigan
18Ville Heino(18th)Jr.Campbell
19Mitch Sliga(20th)Jr.Northwestern
20Hunter Gamble(19th)Jr.Gardner-Webb

 

197 Pounds           

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1J’den Cox(1st)Sr.Missouri
2Brett Pfarr(2nd)Sr.Minnesota
3Jared Haught(3rd)Jr.Virginia Tech
4Kollin Moore(4th)RFr.Ohio State
5Aaron Studebaker(5th)Sr.Nebraska
6Jake Smith(6th)Jr.West Virginia
7Matt McCutcheon(9th)Jr.Penn State
8Nate Rotert(7th)Jr.South Dakota State
9Preston Weigel(8th)So.Oklahoma State
10Ryan Wolfe(10th)Sr.Rider
11Brett Harner(11th)Sr.Princeton
12Kevin Beazley(12th)Jr.Old Dominion
13Ricky Robertson(14th)Jr.Wisconsin
14Austin Severn(13th)Sr.Central Michigan
15Shawn Scott(15th)Sr.Northern Illinois
16Tom Sleigh(16th)Jr.Bucknell
17Frank Mattiace(17th)So.Penn
18Corey Griego(NR)So.Oregon State
19Brad Johnson(18th)Sr.Oklahoma
20Jacob Holschlag(19th)RFr.Northern Iowa

 

Heavyweight

RkNamePrev.Yr.School
1Kyle Snyder(1st)Jr.Ohio State
2Connor Medbery(2nd)Sr.Wisconsin
3Ty Walz(4th)Sr.Virginia Tech
4Nick Nevills(5th)So.Penn State
5Jake Kasper(3rd)Jr.Duke
6Austin Schafer(6th)Sr.Oklahoma State
7Michael Kroells(7th)Sr.Minnesota
8Tanner Hall(8th)So.Arizona State
9Denzel Dejournette(9th)Sr.Appalachian State
10Collin Jensen(10th)Sr.Nebraska
11Nathan Butler(11th)Jr.Stanford
12Ryan Solomon(12th)Jr.Pitt
13Jared Johnson(13th)Sr.Chattanooga
14Brooks Black(14th)Jr.Illinois
15Doug Vollaro(15th)Sr.Lehigh
16Thomas Haines(16th)So.Lock Haven
17Ross Larson(17th)Sr.Oklahoma
18Billy Miller(18th)So.Edinboro
19Cody Crawford(19th)Jr.Oregon State
20Ray O’Donnell(20th)Sr.Princeton

 

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