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Big Ten runner-up Penn State remains No. 1 in WIN’s March 6 TPI

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Updated: March 6, 2017

 

NEWTON, Iowa — Despite failing to win the 2017 Big Ten Championships, defending NCAA national champion Penn State remains the team to beat in this year’s national tournament, based on WIN’s March 6 Tournament Power Index released prior to qualifier list being announced.

WIN’s TPI point totals are based on projections of how individuals could place at this year’s NCAAs, which will take place March 16-18 in St. Louis: 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.

The Nittany Lions tallied 112 TPI points, based on nine ranked wrestlers, including eight ranked among the Top 8 in their weight class and are projected to claim All-American honors. That includes two top-ranked wrestlers in Zain Retherford (149 pounds) and Jason Nolf (157).

Rated second in this week’s rankings is Big 12 champion Oklahoma State with 99.5 TPI points. The Cowboys will send all 10 wrestlers to the NCAAs, including eight ranked in the Top 8 of their weight class. That group includs returning NCAA champion Dean Heil at 141 pounds.

Big Ten champion Ohio State ranks third in WIN’s final rankings with 91 points and features two top-ranked guys who have won NCAA titles in Nathan Tomasello (133) and heavyweight Kyle Snyder. There were also two other Buckeyes who won Big Ten championships in Bo Jordan (174) and Kollin Moore (197).

Iowa, which features one top-ranked wrestler (Thomas Gilman at 125 pounds) and five Top-8 wrestlers, is ranked fourth with 73.5 points; just ahead of ACC champion Virginia Tech with 71.5 points.

 

 

WIN’s March 6, 2017 NCAA I Tournament Power Index

                                 Total     Top 8 TPI
Rk College Ranked Ranked Points
1 Penn State 9 8 112
2 Oklahoma State 10 8 99.5
3 Ohio State 7 6 91
4 Iowa 6 5 73.5
5 Virginia Tech 7 6 71.5
6 Missouri 6 4 56.5
7t Nebraska 7 5 48.5
7t Cornell 5 3 48.5
9 Minnesota 7 3 39
10 Arizona State 5 3 37.5
11 Michigan 6 3 36.5
12 Illinois 5 2 34
13 Wisconsin 4 2 31.5
14 Lehigh 6 2 29
15 NC State 5 1 22.5
16 Northern Iowa 7 2 21
17 South Dakota State 4 1 19.5
18 Rutgers 5 1 17
19t Stanford 4 1 16.5
19t Edinboro 6 2 16.5
21 Princeton 3 1 13
22t Rider 2 1 12
22t North Dakota State 2 2 12
22t North Carolina 2 2 12
22t Duke 3 1 12
26 Pitt 4 1 11.5
27t Old Dominion 2 1 11
27t Virginia 2 1 11
29 Wyoming 4 1 10
30 Oklahoma 7 0 9
31 Central Michigan 5 0 8
32 West Virginia 2 1 7.5
33 Northern Illinois 4 0 5.5
34 Oregon State 3 0 5
35 Navy 3 0 4.5
36 Penn 2 0 4
37 Campbell U. 3 0 3.5
38 Drexel 2 0 3
39t Chattanooga 2 0 2.5
39t Bucknell 2 0 2.5
39t Iowa State 2 0 2.5
42t American U. 1 0 2
42t Maryland 2 0 2
42t Appalachian State 1 0 2
42t Army 1 0 2
42t Indiana 1 0 2
42t Buffalo 1 0 2
48t Columbia 1 0 1.5
48t SIU-Edwardsville 1 0 1.5
48t CSU Bakersfield 1 0 1.5
48t Michigan State 1 0 1.5
48t Ohio U. 1 0 1.5
48t Lock Haven 1 0 1.5
48t Utah Valley 1 0 1.5
55t Binghamton 1 0 1
55t Gardner-Webb 1 0 1
55t Northern Colorado 1 0 1
55t Purdue 1 0 1

 

 

 

WIN’s March 6, 2017 NCAA Div. I Individual Rankings

125 Pounds    

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

 

133 Pounds                                                 

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

 

141 Pounds

Rk Name Prev. Yr. School
1 Dean Heil (1st) Jr. Oklahoma State
2 Kevin Jack (3rd) Jr. NC State
3 Joey McKenna (2nd) So. Stanford
4 Anthony Ashnault (5th) Jr. Rutgers
5 Matt Kolodzik (4th) Fr. Princeton
6 George DiCamillo (6th) Sr. Virginia
7 Joseph Ward (7th) Sr. North Carolina
8 Bryce Meredith (8th) Jr. Wyoming
9 Jayden Eierman (9th) RFr. Missouri
10 Randy Cruz (11th) Sr. Lehigh
11 Jared Prince (16th) Fr. Navy
12 Colton McCrystal (17th) Jr. Nebraska
13 Luke Pletcher (14th) Fr. Ohio State
14 Tommy Thorn (13th) So. Minnesota
15 Tyler Smith (10th) Jr. Bucknell
16 Ronnie Perry (NR) Jr. Lock Haven
17 Michael Longo (20th) Jr. Oklahoma
18 Ryan Diehl (NR) So. Maryland
19 Cole Martin (NR) RFr. Wisconsin
20 Jimmy Gulibon (12th) Sr. Penn State

 

149 Pounds                                                 

Rk Name Prev. Yr. School
1 Zain Retherford (1st) Jr. Penn State
2 Anthony Collica (2nd) Sr. Oklahoma State
3 Lavion Mayes (3rd) Sr. Missouri
4 Micah Jordan (5th) So. Ohio State
5 Brandon Sorensen (4th) Jr. Iowa
6 Solomon Chishko (6th) So. Virginia Tech
7 Max Thomsen (7th) RFr. Northern Iowa
8 Patricio Lugo (8th) So. Edinboro
9 Justin Oliver (10th) So. Central Michigan
10 Steve Bleise (13th) So. Northern Illinois
11 Davion Jeffries (12th) So. Oklahoma
12 Laike Gardner (11th) Sr. Lehigh
13 Sam Speno (9th) Sr. NC State
14 Jordan Laster (19th) Sr. Princeton
15 Matt Cimato (14th) Sr. Drexel
16 Cole Mendenhall (NR) Sr. Wyoming
17 Zac Hall (NR) So. Michigan
18 Alfred Bannister (15th) So. Maryland
19 Josh Maruca (20th) RFr. Arizona State
20 Ken Theobold (17th) Sr. Rutgers

 

157 Pounds             

Rk Name Prev. Yr. School
1 Jason Nolf (1st) So. Penn State
2 Michael Kemerer (2nd) RFr. Iowa
3 Tyler Berger (3rd) So. Nebraska
4 Joey Lavallee (5th) Jr. Missouri
5 Dylan Palacio (6th) Sr. Cornell
6 Joe Smith (7th) So. Oklahoma State
7 Brian Murphy (15th) Sr. Michigan
8 Clay Ream (8th) Jr. North Dakota State
9 Colin Heffernan (12th) Jr. Central Michigan
10 Russell Parsons (10th) Sr. Army
11 Josh Shields (9th) RFr. Arizona State
12 Jake Short (18th) Jr. Minnesota
13 Clark Glass (11th) Sr. Oklahoma
14 Sal Mastriani (13th) Sr. Virginia Tech
15 Archie Colgan (16th) Jr. Wyoming
16 John Van Brill (20th) So. Rutgers
17 Alex Griffin (NR) Sr. Purdue
18 Kyle Langenderfer (14th) Jr. Illinois
19 Jake Faust (NR) Jr Duke
20 Taleb Rahmani (NR) RFr. Pitt

 

165 Pounds

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

 

174 Pounds                                                 

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

 

184 Pounds                                                 

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

 

197 Pounds           

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

 

Heavyweight

Rk Name Prev. Yr. School
1 Kyle Snyder (1st) Jr. Ohio State
2 Connor Medbery (2nd) Sr. Wisconsin
3 Ty Walz (3rd) Sr. Virginia Tech
4 Nick Nevills (4th) So. Penn State
5 Jake Kasper (5th) Jr. Duke
6 Austin Schafer (6th) Sr. Oklahoma State
7 Michael Kroells (7th) Sr. Minnesota
8 Tanner Hall (8th) So. Arizona State
9 Denzel Dejournette (9th) Sr. Appalachian State
10 Ryan Solomon (11th) Jr. Pitt
11 Collin Jensen (10th) Sr. Nebraska
12 Cody Crawford (15th) Jr. Oregon State
13 Dustin Dennison (NR) Jr. Utah Valley
14 Ross Larson (17th) Sr. Oklahoma
15 Garrett Ryan (NR) Jr. Columbia
16 Doug Vollaro (14th) Sr. Lehigh
17 Jere Heino (NR) So. Campbell
18 Jared Johnson (12th) Sr. Chattanooga
19 Nathan Butler (16th) Jr. Stanford
20 Billy Miller (19th) So. Edinboro

 

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