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

 

 

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

Rk School Total Ranked Wrestlers Top 8 TPI Points
1 Penn State 7 7 119.5
2 Ohio State 10 8 113
3 Oklahoma State 8 6 79.5
4 Michigan 8 6 74.5
5 Missouri 6 5 54
6 Lehigh 6 4 53.5
7 NC State 5 4 52
8 Arizona State 6 3 47
9 Rutgers 7 3 43.5
10 Iowa 5 3 38.5
11 Virginia Tech 5 3 35.5
12 South Dakota State 4 2 28
13 Minnesota 6 2 26.5
14 Northern Iowa 5 3 24
15 Illinois 4 1 21
16 Nebraska 5 2 20.5
17 Cornell 5 1 19.5
18 Central Michigan 6 1 19
19t Wyoming 3 1 16
19t Oregon State 3 2 16
19t Rider 3 1 16
19t Wisconsin 6 2 16
23 Princeton 2 1 15
24t Virginia 3 1 12
24t North Carolina 2 1 12
26 Duke 2 1 11
27 Edinboro 4 1 10.5
28t Maryland 3 1 9.5
28t Navy 4 1 9.5
28t Northwestern 4 1 9.5
28t Lock Haven 3 1 9.5
32 Stanford 4 0 7.5
33t West Virginia 1 1 6.5
33t CSU Bakersfield 5 0 6.5
35 Pitt 4 0 6
36 Buffalo 3 0 5
37 American U. 2 0 4
38t Oklahoma 2 0 3
38t Penn 2 0 3
38t Chattanooga 2 0 3
38t Utah Valley 2 0 3
38t Binghamton 2 0 3
38t Drexel 2 0 3
44t Michigan State 2 0 2.5
44t Bucknell 2 0 2.5
44t Appalachian State 2 0 2.5
47t Clarion 1 0 2
47t Hofstra 1 0 2
47t North Dakota State 1 0 2
47t Iowa State 2 0 2
51t Northern Colorado 1 0 1.5
51t Campbell 1 0 1.5
51t Cleveland State 1 0 1.5
51t Ohio U. 1 0 1.5
55t Purdue 1 0 1
55t Columbia 1 0 1
55t Harvard 1 0 1
55t Northern Illinois 1 0 1

 

WIN’s Individual Rankings for Dec. 4, 2017                       

125 pounds                                               

Wt/Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Nathan Tomasello Ohio State Senior 1st
2. Nick Suriano Rutgers Sophomore 2nd
3. Nick Piccininni Oklahoma State Sophomore 4th
4. Darian Cruz Lehigh Senior 5th
5. Ethan Lizak Minnesota Junior 3rd
6. Sean Fausz NC State Junior 7th
7. Sean Russell Edinboro Junior 8th
8. Ronnie Bresser Oregon State Junior 12th
9. Sebastian Rivera Northwestern RS Freshman 11th
10. Kyle Akins Buffalo Junior 10th
11. Taylor Lamont Utah Valley RS Freshman 17th
12. Ryan Millhof Arizona State Junior 6th
13. Connor Schram Stanford Senior 9th
14. Drew Mattin Michigan RS Freshman NR
15. Travis Piotrowski Illinois Sophomore 15th
16. Louie Hayes Virginia Freshman 16th
17. Christian Moody Oklahoma Sophomore 19th
18. Luke Welch Purdue Senior 14th
19. Jacob Schwarm Northern Iowa Sophomore NR
20. Brock Hudkins Northern Illinois Sophomore 20th

 

133 pounds                                               

Wt/Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Seth Gross South Dakota State Junior 1st
2. Scott Parker Lehigh Junior 3rd
3. Kaid Brock Oklahoma State Sophomore 4th
4. Stevan Micic Michigan Sophomore 2nd
5. Mitch McKee Minnesota Sophomore 5th
6. Jack Mueller Virginia Sophomore 7th
8. Luke Pletcher Ohio State Sophomore 11th
7. John Erneste Missouri Junior 8th
9. Josh Terao American U. Junior 13th
10. Bryan Lantry Buffalo Junior 9th
11. Scott Delvecchio Rutgers Senior 10th
12. Austin DeSanto Drexel Freshman 20th
13. Dom Forys Pitt Senior 6th
14. Cameron Kelly Ohio U. Junior 17th
15. Dylan Duncan Illinois Freshman 15th
16. Anthony Cefolo Rider Junior 19th
17. Korbin Myers Edinboro Sophomore NR
18. Ian Parker Iowa State RS Freshman NR
19. Dennis Gustafson Virginia Tech Senior NR
20. Sean Nickell CSU Bakersfield Junior 14th

 

141 pounds                                               

Wt/Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Dean Heil Oklahoma State Senior 1st
2. Kevin Jack NC State Senior 2nd
3. Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell Freshman 9th
4. Bryce Meredith Wyoming Senior 3rd
5. Jaydin Eierman Missouri Sophomore 4th
6. Anthony Ashnault Rutgers Senior 5th
7. Joey McKenna Ohio State Junior 6th
8. Josh Alber Northern Iowa Junior 12th
9. Chad Red Nebraska RS Freshman 13th
10. Tommy Thorn Minnesota Junior 7th
11. Jared Prince Navy Sophomore 10th
12. Brock Zacherl Clarion Junior 11th
13. Ryan Diehl Maryland Junior 14th
14. Nick Zanetta Pitt Senior NR
15. Tyler Smith Bucknell Senior 16th
16. Eli Stickley Wisconsin Sophomore NR
17. Russell Rohlfing CSU Bakersfield Sophomore 17th
18. Kanen Storr Iowa State RS Freshman 20th
19. Mason Smith Central Michigan Sophomore 18th
20. Javier Gasca III Michigan State Senior 8th

 

149 pounds                                               

Wt/Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Zain Retherford Penn State Senior 1st
2. Brandon Sorensen Iowa Senior 2nd
3. Matthew Kolodzik Princeton Sophomore 4th
4. Justin Oliver Central Michigan Junior 7th
5. Troy Heilmann North Carolina Senior 12th
6. Max Thomsen Northern Iowa Sophomore 3rd
7. Boo Lewallen Oklahoma State Sophomore NR
8. Ryan Deakin Northwestern RS Freshman 8th
9. Ke-Shawn Hayes Ohio State Sophomore 11th
10. Colton McCrystal Nebraska Senior 6th
11. Solomon Chishko Virginia Tech Junior 9th
12. Josh Maruca Arizona State Sophomore 13th
13. Steve Bleise Minnesota Junior 10th
14. Alfred Bannister Maryland Junior 14th
15. Matt Zovistoski Appalachian State Junior 16th
16. Ronnie Perry Lock Haven Senior 19th
17. Grant Leeth Missouri Junior 18th
18. Eleazar Deluca Rutgers Senior 15th
19. Zander Wick Wisconsin RS Freshman NR
20. Jamal Morris NC State Junior 20th

 

 

157 pounds                                               

Wt/Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Jason Nolf Penn State Junior 1st
2. Joey Lavallee Missouri Senior 2nd
3. Michael Kemerer Iowa Sophomore 3rd
4. Richie Lewis Rutgers Senior 5th
5. Alex Pantaleo Michigan Junior 8th
6. Josh Shields Arizona State Sophomore 6th
7. Micah Jordan Ohio State Junior 7th
8. Tyler Berger Nebraska Junior 4th
9. Paul Fox Stanford Junior 12th
10. Archie Colgan Wyoming Senior 13th
11. Colin Heffernan Central Michigan Senior 9th
12. B.J. Clagon Rider Senior 11th
13. Luke Zilverberg South Dakota State Senior 14th
14. Coleman Hammond CSU Bakersfield Senior NR
15. Clayton Ream North Dakota State Senior 10th
16. Andrew Atkinson Virginia Senior 16th
17. Mitch Finesilver Duke Junior 17th
18. Taleb Rahmani Pitt Senior 20th
19. Tristan Rifanburg Binghamton Sophomore NR
20. Jake Short Minnesota Senior 18th

 

 

165 pounds                                               

Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Vincenzo Joseph Penn State Sophomore 1st
2. Isaiah Martinez Illinois Senior 2nd
3. Logan Massa Michigan Sophomore 3rd
4. Chad Walsh Rider Senior 4th
5. David McFadden Virginia Tech Sophomore 5th
6. Chandler Rogers Oklahoma State Junior 6th
7. Chance Marsteller Lock Haven Junior 8th
8. Evan Wick Wisconsin Freshman 17th
9. Nick Wanzek Minnesota Senior 7th
10. Isaiah White Nebraska Sophomore 11th
11. Te-Shan Campbell Ohio State Junior 9th
12. Alex Marinelli Iowa RS Freshman 12th
13. Anthony Valencia Arizona State Sophomore 10th
14. Jonathan Schleifer Princeton Senior 19th
15. Austin Matthews Edinboro Senior 16th
16. Branson Ashworth Wyoming Junior 13th
17. Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Sophomore NR
18. Gordon Wolf Lehigh Junior NR
19. Jon Jay Chaves Cornell Junior 20th
20. Lorenzo DeLaRiva CSU Bakersfield Sophomore 18th

 

174 pounds                                               

Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Zahid Valencia Arizona State Sophomore 1st
2. Mark Hall Penn State Sophomore 2nd
3. Bo Jordan Ohio State Senior 3rd
4. Daniel Lewis Missouri Junior 4th
5. Jordan Kutler Lehigh Sophomore 5th
6. Myles Amine Michigan Sophomore 8th
7. Taylor Lujan Northern Iowa Sophomore 6th
8. Jadaen Bernstein Navy Senior 7th
9. Keaton Subjeck Stanford Senior 12th
10. Yoanse Mejias Oklahoma Senior 14th
11. Brandon Womack Cornell Junior 9th
12. Ethan Ramos North Carolina Senior 10th
13. Jacobe Smith Oklahoma State Senior 11th
14. Ryan Christensen Wisconsin Junior 13th
15. C.J. Brucki Central Michigan Senior 15th
16. Drew Hughes Michigan State Sophomore 16th
17. David Kocer South Dakota State Senior 17th
18. Josef Johnson Harvard Senior 18th
19. Jordan Pagano Rutgers Junior 20th
20. Forrest Pryzbysz Appalachian State Senior NR

 

184 pounds                                               

Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Bo Nickal Penn State Junior 1st
2. Myles Martin Ohio State Junior 2nd
3. Pete Renda NC State Senior 3rd
4. Ryan Preisch Lehigh Junior 4th
5. Dominic Abounader Michigan Senior 5th
6. Taylor Venz Nebraska RS Freshman NR
7. Zack Zavatsky Virginia Tech Junior 7th
8. Ricky Robertson Wisconsin Senior 6th
9. Emery Parker Illinois Junior 9th
10. Drew Foster Northern Iowa Junior 8th
11. Nick Gravina Rutgers Senior 11th
12. Steven Schneider Binghamton Senior 12th
13. Bryce Carr Chattanooga Senior 13th
14. Max Dean Cornell Freshman 14th
15. Dylan Gabel Northern Colorado Junior 15th
16. Nick Corba Cleveland State Senior 16th
17. Mitch Sliga Northwestern Senior 17th
18. Joe Heyob Penn Senior 18th
19. Jordan Ellingwood Central Michigan Senior 10th
20. Michael Coleman Navy Senior 20th

 

197 pounds                                               

Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Kollin Moore Ohio State Sophomore 1st
2. Jared Haught Virginia Tech Senior 2nd
3. Preston Weigel Oklahoma State Junior 3rd
4. Mike Macchiavello NC State Senior 6th
5. Anthony Cassar Penn State Sophomore 7th
6. Willie Miklus Missouri Senior 9th
7. Jake Smith West Virginia Senior 5th
8. Nate Rotert South Dakota State Senior 8th
9. Kevin Beazley Michigan Graduate 4th
10. Frank Mattiace Penn Senior 10th
11. Jeric Kasunic American U. Senior 15th
12. Matt Williams CSU Bakersfield Senior 11th
13. Cash Wilcke Iowa Sophomore 12th
14. Corey Griego Oregon State Junior 13th
15. Ben Honis Cornell Junior NR
16. Scottie Boykin Chattanooga Junior 17th
17. Tom Sleigh Bucknell Senior 19th
18. Hunter Ritter Wisconsin Sophomore NR
19. Stephen Loiseau Drexel Junior NR
20. Steban Cervantes Navy Senior 20th

 

Heavyweight                                   

Rank Name School Year Previous
1. Kyle Snyder Ohio State Senior 1st
2. Adam Coon Michigan Graduate 2nd
3. Nick Nevills Penn State Junior 3rd
4. Tanner Hall Arizona State Junior 5th
5. Jacob Kasper Duke Senior 6th
6. Amarveer Dhesi Oregon State Senior 4th
7. Youssif Hemida Maryland Junior 7th
8. Sam Stoll Iowa Junior 8th
9. Mike Hughes Hofstra Senior 10th
10. Derek White Oklahoma State Junior 11th
11. Nathan Butler Stanford Senior 12th
12. Ryan Solomon Pitt Senior 9th
13. Jere Heino Campbell Junior 13th
14. Billy Miller Edinboro Junior 14th
15. Thomas Haines Lock Haven Junior 16th
16. Jordan Wood Lehigh RS Freshman 17th
17. Conan Jennings Northwestern Junior 18th
18. Garrett Ryan Columbia Senior 19th
19. Newton Smerchek Central Michigan Senior 20th
20. Jake Gunning Buffalo Sophomore NR

 

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