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Nebraska’s Venz among 20 newcomers in WIN’s Dec. 4 Rankings

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Updated: December 4, 2017

Dec. 4, 2017

NEWTON, Iowa — There are 20 wrestlers who are new to WIN’s Dec. 4 Individual Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. That includes Nebraska’s redshirt freshman Taylor Venz, who is rated No. 6 at 184 pounds after finishing third at the Las Vegas Invitational while three Wisconsin Badgers joined the rankings: sophomore Eli Stickley (16th at 141), redshirt freshman Zander Wick (19th at 149) and sophomore Hunter Ritter (18th at 197).

Meanwhile, Cornell freshman Yianni Diakomihalis made one of the bigger jumps — moving from ninth to third at 141 pounds — after winning the CKLV championship last weekend.

In WIN’s latest team rankings Penn State, which rallied from a 15-0 deficit to beat Lehigh, 23-19, on Sunday, Dec. 3, retained its No. 1 ranking in both WIN’s Dual Rankings and Tournament Power Index.

The Nittany Lions, winners of six of the last seven NCAA championships, feature seven ranked wrestlers in this week’s rankings, all of whom are ranked in the Top 8 of their weight class — including top-ranked: Zain Retherford (149), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165) and Bo Nickal (184) — to tally 119 TPI points.

WIN’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) awards teams points for individuals ranked in the respective weight classes based on how many potential All-Americans each school could produce at the 2018 NCAA Championships this March. WIN’s TPI point totals are broken down by the following individual rankings: 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.

Ohio State, coming off a second straight Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational championship without some of its ranked wrestlers, remained No. 2 with 113 TPI points. The Buckeyes have a rated wrestler at all 10 weight classes, including three top-ranked wrestlers: Nathan Tomasello (125), Kollin Moore (197) and Kyle Snyder (Hwt).

Oklahoma State and Michigan remained No. 3 and 4 as both schools feature eight ranked wrestlers, six in the Top 8 of their weight classes.

The other top-ranked wrestlers are South Dakota State’s Seth Gross (133), Oklahoma State Dean Heil (141) and Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia, who was named O.W. of last weekend’s CKLV.

WIN Dual Team Rankings for Dec. 4, 2017 
RankSchoolRecordPrevious
1Penn State(4-0)1st
2Ohio State(3-0)2nd
3Oklahoma State(3-0)3rd
4Lehigh(4-1)4th
5Michigan(1-1)5th
6Missouri(6-0)6th
7Iowa(5-0)7th
8Virginia Tech(3-1)8th
9NC State(8-0)9th
10Nebraska(2-0)10th
11Minnesota(2-1)11th
12Cornell(1-0)12th
13Rutgers(3-1)13th
14Arizona State(2-2)14th
15Northern Iowa(1-1)15th
16South Dakota State(3-2)16th
17Illinois(1-1)17th
18Central Michigan(1-1)18th
19Purdue(3-0)19th
20Wisconsin(2-0)20th
21Edinboro(2-1)21st
22Oklahoma(1-2)22nd
23Lock Haven(1-0)NR
24Rider(2-1)23rd
25North Carolina(1-2)24th

 

 

WIN’s Dec. 4, 2017 Tournament Power Index (TPI)                       

RkSchoolTotal Ranked WrestlersTop 8TPI Points
1Penn State77119.5
2Ohio State108113
3Oklahoma State8679.5
4Michigan8674.5
5Missouri6554
6Lehigh6453.5
7NC State5452
8Arizona State6347
9Rutgers7343.5
10Iowa5338.5
11Virginia Tech5335.5
12South Dakota State4228
13Minnesota6226.5
14Northern Iowa5324
15Illinois4121
16Nebraska5220.5
17Cornell5119.5
18Central Michigan6119
19tWyoming3116
19tOregon State3216
19tRider3116
19tWisconsin6216
23Princeton2115
24tVirginia3112
24tNorth Carolina2112
26Duke2111
27Edinboro4110.5
28tMaryland319.5
28tNavy419.5
28tNorthwestern419.5
28tLock Haven319.5
32Stanford407.5
33tWest Virginia116.5
33tCSU Bakersfield506.5
35Pitt406
36Buffalo305
37American U.204
38tOklahoma203
38tPenn203
38tChattanooga203
38tUtah Valley203
38tBinghamton203
38tDrexel203
44tMichigan State202.5
44tBucknell202.5
44tAppalachian State202.5
47tClarion102
47tHofstra102
47tNorth Dakota State102
47tIowa State202
51tNorthern Colorado101.5
51tCampbell101.5
51tCleveland State101.5
51tOhio U.101.5
55tPurdue101
55tColumbia101
55tHarvard101
55tNorthern Illinois101

 

WIN’s Individual Rankings for Dec. 4, 2017                       

125 pounds                                               

Wt/RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Nathan TomaselloOhio StateSenior1st
2.Nick SurianoRutgersSophomore2nd
3.Nick PiccininniOklahoma StateSophomore4th
4.Darian CruzLehighSenior5th
5.Ethan LizakMinnesotaJunior3rd
6.Sean FauszNC StateJunior7th
7.Sean RussellEdinboroJunior8th
8.Ronnie BresserOregon StateJunior12th
9.Sebastian RiveraNorthwesternRS Freshman11th
10.Kyle AkinsBuffaloJunior10th
11.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyRS Freshman17th
12.Ryan MillhofArizona StateJunior6th
13.Connor SchramStanfordSenior9th
14.Drew MattinMichiganRS FreshmanNR
15.Travis PiotrowskiIllinoisSophomore15th
16.Louie HayesVirginiaFreshman16th
17.Christian MoodyOklahomaSophomore19th
18.Luke WelchPurdueSenior14th
19.Jacob SchwarmNorthern IowaSophomoreNR
20.Brock HudkinsNorthern IllinoisSophomore20th

 

133 pounds                                               

Wt/RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Seth GrossSouth Dakota StateJunior1st
2.Scott ParkerLehighJunior3rd
3.Kaid BrockOklahoma StateSophomore4th
4.Stevan MicicMichiganSophomore2nd
5.Mitch McKeeMinnesotaSophomore5th
6.Jack MuellerVirginiaSophomore7th
8.Luke PletcherOhio StateSophomore11th
7.John ErnesteMissouriJunior8th
9.Josh TeraoAmerican U.Junior13th
10.Bryan LantryBuffaloJunior9th
11.Scott DelvecchioRutgersSenior10th
12.Austin DeSantoDrexelFreshman20th
13.Dom ForysPittSenior6th
14.Cameron KellyOhio U.Junior17th
15.Dylan DuncanIllinoisFreshman15th
16.Anthony CefoloRiderJunior19th
17.Korbin MyersEdinboroSophomoreNR
18.Ian ParkerIowa StateRS FreshmanNR
19.Dennis GustafsonVirginia TechSeniorNR
20.Sean NickellCSU BakersfieldJunior14th

 

141 pounds                                               

Wt/RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Dean HeilOklahoma StateSenior1st
2.Kevin JackNC StateSenior2nd
3.Yianni DiakomihalisCornellFreshman9th
4.Bryce MeredithWyomingSenior3rd
5.Jaydin EiermanMissouriSophomore4th
6.Anthony AshnaultRutgersSenior5th
7.Joey McKennaOhio StateJunior6th
8.Josh AlberNorthern IowaJunior12th
9.Chad RedNebraskaRS Freshman13th
10.Tommy ThornMinnesotaJunior7th
11.Jared PrinceNavySophomore10th
12.Brock ZacherlClarionJunior11th
13.Ryan DiehlMarylandJunior14th
14.Nick ZanettaPittSeniorNR
15.Tyler SmithBucknellSenior16th
16.Eli StickleyWisconsinSophomoreNR
17.Russell RohlfingCSU BakersfieldSophomore17th
18.Kanen StorrIowa StateRS Freshman20th
19.Mason SmithCentral MichiganSophomore18th
20.Javier Gasca IIIMichigan StateSenior8th

 

149 pounds                                               

Wt/RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Zain RetherfordPenn StateSenior1st
2.Brandon SorensenIowaSenior2nd
3.Matthew KolodzikPrincetonSophomore4th
4.Justin OliverCentral MichiganJunior7th
5.Troy HeilmannNorth CarolinaSenior12th
6.Max ThomsenNorthern IowaSophomore3rd
7.Boo LewallenOklahoma StateSophomoreNR
8.Ryan DeakinNorthwesternRS Freshman8th
9.Ke-Shawn HayesOhio StateSophomore11th
10.Colton McCrystalNebraskaSenior6th
11.Solomon ChishkoVirginia TechJunior9th
12.Josh MarucaArizona StateSophomore13th
13.Steve BleiseMinnesotaJunior10th
14.Alfred BannisterMarylandJunior14th
15.Matt ZovistoskiAppalachian StateJunior16th
16.Ronnie PerryLock HavenSenior19th
17.Grant LeethMissouriJunior18th
18.Eleazar DelucaRutgersSenior15th
19.Zander WickWisconsinRS FreshmanNR
20.Jamal MorrisNC StateJunior20th

 

 

157 pounds                                               

Wt/RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Jason NolfPenn StateJunior1st
2.Joey LavalleeMissouriSenior2nd
3.Michael KemererIowaSophomore3rd
4.Richie LewisRutgersSenior5th
5.Alex PantaleoMichiganJunior8th
6.Josh ShieldsArizona StateSophomore6th
7.Micah JordanOhio StateJunior7th
8.Tyler BergerNebraskaJunior4th
9.Paul FoxStanfordJunior12th
10.Archie ColganWyomingSenior13th
11.Colin HeffernanCentral MichiganSenior9th
12.B.J. ClagonRiderSenior11th
13.Luke ZilverbergSouth Dakota StateSenior14th
14.Coleman HammondCSU BakersfieldSeniorNR
15.Clayton ReamNorth Dakota StateSenior10th
16.Andrew AtkinsonVirginiaSenior16th
17.Mitch FinesilverDukeJunior17th
18.Taleb RahmaniPittSenior20th
19.Tristan RifanburgBinghamtonSophomoreNR
20.Jake ShortMinnesotaSenior18th

 

 

165 pounds                                               

RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Vincenzo JosephPenn StateSophomore1st
2.Isaiah MartinezIllinoisSenior2nd
3.Logan MassaMichiganSophomore3rd
4.Chad WalshRiderSenior4th
5.David McFaddenVirginia TechSophomore5th
6.Chandler RogersOklahoma StateJunior6th
7.Chance MarstellerLock HavenJunior8th
8.Evan WickWisconsinFreshman17th
9.Nick WanzekMinnesotaSenior7th
10.Isaiah WhiteNebraskaSophomore11th
11.Te-Shan CampbellOhio StateJunior9th
12.Alex MarinelliIowaRS Freshman12th
13.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateSophomore10th
14.Jonathan SchleiferPrincetonSenior19th
15.Austin MatthewsEdinboroSenior16th
16.Branson AshworthWyomingJunior13th
17.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySophomoreNR
18.Gordon WolfLehighJuniorNR
19.Jon Jay ChavesCornellJunior20th
20.Lorenzo DeLaRivaCSU BakersfieldSophomore18th

 

174 pounds                                               

RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Zahid ValenciaArizona StateSophomore1st
2.Mark HallPenn StateSophomore2nd
3.Bo JordanOhio StateSenior3rd
4.Daniel LewisMissouriJunior4th
5.Jordan KutlerLehighSophomore5th
6.Myles AmineMichiganSophomore8th
7.Taylor LujanNorthern IowaSophomore6th
8.Jadaen BernsteinNavySenior7th
9.Keaton SubjeckStanfordSenior12th
10.Yoanse MejiasOklahomaSenior14th
11.Brandon WomackCornellJunior9th
12.Ethan RamosNorth CarolinaSenior10th
13.Jacobe SmithOklahoma StateSenior11th
14.Ryan ChristensenWisconsinJunior13th
15.C.J. BruckiCentral MichiganSenior15th
16.Drew HughesMichigan StateSophomore16th
17.David KocerSouth Dakota StateSenior17th
18.Josef JohnsonHarvardSenior18th
19.Jordan PaganoRutgersJunior20th
20.Forrest PryzbyszAppalachian StateSeniorNR

 

184 pounds                                               

RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Bo NickalPenn StateJunior1st
2.Myles MartinOhio StateJunior2nd
3.Pete RendaNC StateSenior3rd
4.Ryan PreischLehighJunior4th
5.Dominic AbounaderMichiganSenior5th
6.Taylor VenzNebraskaRS FreshmanNR
7.Zack ZavatskyVirginia TechJunior7th
8.Ricky RobertsonWisconsinSenior6th
9.Emery ParkerIllinoisJunior9th
10.Drew FosterNorthern IowaJunior8th
11.Nick GravinaRutgersSenior11th
12.Steven SchneiderBinghamtonSenior12th
13.Bryce CarrChattanoogaSenior13th
14.Max DeanCornellFreshman14th
15.Dylan GabelNorthern ColoradoJunior15th
16.Nick CorbaCleveland StateSenior16th
17.Mitch SligaNorthwesternSenior17th
18.Joe HeyobPennSenior18th
19.Jordan EllingwoodCentral MichiganSenior10th
20.Michael ColemanNavySenior20th

 

197 pounds                                               

RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Kollin MooreOhio StateSophomore1st
2.Jared HaughtVirginia TechSenior2nd
3.Preston WeigelOklahoma StateJunior3rd
4.Mike MacchiavelloNC StateSenior6th
5.Anthony CassarPenn StateSophomore7th
6.Willie MiklusMissouriSenior9th
7.Jake SmithWest VirginiaSenior5th
8.Nate RotertSouth Dakota StateSenior8th
9.Kevin BeazleyMichiganGraduate4th
10.Frank MattiacePennSenior10th
11.Jeric KasunicAmerican U.Senior15th
12.Matt WilliamsCSU BakersfieldSenior11th
13.Cash WilckeIowaSophomore12th
14.Corey GriegoOregon StateJunior13th
15.Ben HonisCornellJuniorNR
16.Scottie BoykinChattanoogaJunior17th
17.Tom SleighBucknellSenior19th
18.Hunter RitterWisconsinSophomoreNR
19.Stephen LoiseauDrexelJuniorNR
20.Steban CervantesNavySenior20th

 

Heavyweight                                   

RankNameSchoolYearPrevious
1.Kyle SnyderOhio StateSenior1st
2.Adam CoonMichiganGraduate2nd
3.Nick NevillsPenn StateJunior3rd
4.Tanner HallArizona StateJunior5th
5.Jacob KasperDukeSenior6th
6.Amarveer DhesiOregon StateSenior4th
7.Youssif HemidaMarylandJunior7th
8.Sam StollIowaJunior8th
9.Mike HughesHofstraSenior10th
10.Derek WhiteOklahoma StateJunior11th
11.Nathan ButlerStanfordSenior12th
12.Ryan SolomonPittSenior9th
13.Jere HeinoCampbellJunior13th
14.Billy MillerEdinboroJunior14th
15.Thomas HainesLock HavenJunior16th
16.Jordan WoodLehighRS Freshman17th
17.Conan JenningsNorthwesternJunior18th
18.Garrett RyanColumbiaSenior19th
19.Newton SmerchekCentral MichiganSenior20th
20.Jake GunningBuffaloSophomoreNR

 

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