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No. 1 Penn State features new heavyweight in WIN rankings

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Updated: November 19, 2018

Photo: Anthony Cassar has taken over the starting spot at heavyweight and is rated No. 4 nationally by WIN in the magazine’s Nov. 19, 2018 rankings. Cassar, a senior who competed at 197 pounds last season, has replaced All-American Nick Nevills, whom Cassar defeated in last weekend’s Keystone Classic.

NEWTON, Iowa — Penn State remained the top-ranked team in WIN’s Nov. 19, 2018 Tournament Power Index, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic, but the Nittany Lions feature a different athlete among their seven ranked wrestlers.

Anthony Cassar, fresh off an individual championship at the Keystone Classic this past weekend, has moved into WIN’s rankings as Penn State’s heavyweight for now after defeating teammate and returning All-American Nick Nevills in the tournament in Philadelphia. Cassar, a senior who wrestled at 197 pounds last season, is ranked No. 4 in this week’s rankings. Nevills was ranked No. 2 in last week’s rankings.

Overall, Penn State (111 TPI points) features all seven of their ranked wrestlers among the Top 8 in their weight class, led by returning champions Jason Nolf (157), Joseph Vincenzo (165) and Bo Nickal (197).

Ohio State, with seven ranked wrestlers, is rated second in the TPI with 83 points, followed by both Iowa (77) and Oklahoma State (71).

WIN’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) awards team points for individuals ranked in the respective weight classes based on how many potential All-Americans each school could produce at the 2019 NCAA Championships, March 21-23, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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.

WIN’s next weekly ranking will be announced on Monday, Nov. 26.

WIN’s first dual-team rankings will be announced on Monday, Dec. 3.

 

WIN’s Nov. 19, 2018 Tournament Power Index (TPI)

Rk School Total Rk Top 8 TPI Pts
1 Penn State 7 7 111
2 Ohio State 7 6 83
3 Iowa 10 6 77.5
4 Oklahoma State 10 7 71
5 NC State 7 5 53.5
6 Michigan 5 4 53
7 Minnesota 6 4 45.5
8 Missouri 7 3 44.5
9 Cornell 7 3 40
10 Arizona State 6 3 39.5
11 Nebraska 7 2 36
12 Lehigh 8 3 34.5
13t Northern Iowa 7 2 32
13t Rutgers 4 2 32
15 Virginia Tech 7 2 30.5
16 Northwestern 4 2 30
17 Princeton 3 2 28
18 Illinois 5 2 26.5
19t North Carolina 4 2 21.5
19t South Dakota State 2 1 21.5
19t Wisconsin 5 1 21.5
22 Lock Haven 3 2 16.5
23t Kent State 2 1 14.5
23t Stanford 4 2 14.5
25t Iowa State 3 1 14
25t Oregon State 2 1 14
27 Maryland 2 1 11
28t Buffalo 3 1 7.5
28t Virginia 3 1 7.5
30 Campbell 2 1 7
31 Purdue 4 0 6.5
32 Clarion 1 1 5.5
33 Utah Valley 4 0 5
34 Pitt 3 0 4.5
35t Navy 2 0 4
35t Old Dominion 2 0 4
37t Army 3 0 3.5
37t Duke 2 0 3.5
39t Michigan State 2 0 3
39t North Dakota State 2 0 3
39t Northern Colorado 2 0 3
39t Wyoming 2 0 3
43 Indiana 2 0 2.5
44t Brown 2 0 2
44t CSU Bakersfield 2 0 2
44t Drexel 1 0 2
44t Ohio U 2 0 2
44t Oklahoma 2 0 2
49t American U 1 0 1.5
49t Central Michigan 1 0 1.5
49t Columbia 1 0 1.5
49t Gardner Webb 1 0 1.5
53t Binghamton 1 0 1
53t Fresno State 1 0 1
53t George Mason 1 0 1
53t West Virginia 1 0 1

 

 

WIN’s Nov. 19, 2018 Individual Rankings

125 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Spencer Lee Iowa So. 1st
2 Sebastian Rivera Northwestern So. 2nd
3 Nick Piccininni Oklahoma State Jr. 3rd
4 Ronnie Bresser Oregon State Sr. 4th
5 Sean Russell Minnesota Sr. 6th
6 Connor Schram Lehigh Sr. 7th
7 Sean Fausz NC State Sr. 8th
8 Louie Hayes Virginia So. 9th
9 Ryan Millhof Arizona State Sr. 10th
10 Travis Piotrowski Illinois Jr. 11th
11 Zeke Moisey Nebraska Sr. 5th
12 Rico Montoya Northern Colorado Sr. 17th/133
13 Rayvon Foley Michigan State So. 15th
14 Jay Schwarm Northern Iowa Jr. 12th
15 Pat Glory Princeton Fr. 13th
16 Devin Schroder Purdue So. 16th
17 Gabe Townsell Stanford Jr. 18th
18 Christian Moody Oklahoma Jr. 20th
19 Shakur Laney Ohio U. Jr NR
20 Drew Mattin Michigan So. NR

 

133 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Seth Gross South Dakota State Sr. 1st
2 Stevan Micic Michigan Jr. 2nd
3 Nick Suriano Rutgers Jr. 3rd
4 Tariq Wilson NC State So. 4th
5 Luke Pletcher Ohio State Jr. 5th
6 Daton Fix Oklahoma State RS Fr. 8th
7 Ethan Lizak Minnesota Jr. NR
8 Austin DeSanto Iowa So. 7th
9 Scott Parker Lehigh Sr. 6th
10 John Erneste Missouri Sr. 10th
11 Austin Gomez Iowa State RS Fr. 11th
12 Korbin Myers Virginia Tech Jr. 12th
13 Josh Terao American U. Sr. 13th
14 Chas Tucker Cornell Jr. 14th
15 Cam Sykora North Dakota State Jr. 15th
16 Micky Phillipi Pitt Fr. NR
17 Cameron Kelly Ohio U. Sr. 16th
18 Montorie Bridges Wyoming So. 9th
19 Sean Nickell CSU Bakersfield Sr. 18th
20 Dylan Duncan Illinois So. 19th

 

141 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell So. 1st
2 Joey McKenna Ohio State Sr. 2nd
3 Jaydin Eierman Missouri Jr. 3rd
4 Nick Lee Penn State So. 5th
5 Mitch McKee Minnesota Jr. 8th
6 Kaid Brock Oklahoma State Jr. 4th
7 Michael Carr Illinois So. 6th
8 Bryan Lantry Buffalo Sr. 9th
9 Nick Gil Navy Sr. 10th
10 Sa’Derian Perry Old Dominion Jr. 7th
11 Josh Alber Northern Iowa Sr. 12th
12 Chad Red Nebraska So. 13th
13 Max Murin Iowa RS Fr. 15th
14 Cole Weaver Indiana Sr. 14th
15 Real Wood Stanford Fr. 16th
16 Tristan Moran Wisconsin Jr. 11th
17 Sam Krivus Virginia Jr. 17th
18 Ryan Diehl Maryland Sr. 18th
19 Nate Limmex Purdue Jr. 19th
20 Matt Findlay Utah Valley So. NR

 

149 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Matt Kolodzik Princeton Jr. 1st
2 Anthony Ashnault Rutgers Sr. 2nd
3 Micah Jordan Ohio State Sr. 3rd
4 Grant Leeth Missouri So. 4th
5 Max Thomsen Northern Iowa Jr. 6th
6 Justin Oliver NC State Sr. 7th
7 Paul Fox Stanford Sr. 8th
8 Brock Zacherl Clarion Sr. 9th
9 Mitch Finesilver Duke Sr. 10th
10 Pat Lugo Iowa Sr. 11th
11 Jarrett Degen Iowa State So. 12th
12 Jared Prince Navy Jr. 14th
13 Austin O’Connor North Carolina RS Fr. 16th
14 Josh Maruca Arizona State Jr. 13th
15 Henry Pohlmeyer South Dakota State Jr. 18th
16 Kaden Gfeller Oklahoma State RS Fr. NR
17 Collin Purinton Nebraska Jr. NR
18 Russell Rohlfing CSU Bakersfield Jr. 20th
19 Ryan Blees Virginia Tech Sr. 15th
20 Cole Martin Wisconsin Jr. 17th

 

157 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Jason Nolf Penn State Sr. 1st
2 Hayden Hidlay NC State So. 2nd
3 Tyler Berger Nebraska Sr. 3rd
4 Alec Pantaleo Michigan Sr. 4th
5 Ryan Deakin Northwestern So. 5th
6 Kennedy Monday North Carolina So. 6th
7 Ke-Shawn Hayes Ohio State Jr. 7th
8 Kaleb Young Iowa So. 8th
9 Taleb Rahmani Pitt Jr. 9th
10 Gordon Wolf Lehigh Sr. 10th
11 Larry Early Old Dominion Jr. 11th
12 Steve Bleise Minnesota Sr. 14th
13 Andrew Shomers Oklahoma State Jr. 15th
14 Austin Kraisser Campbell Jr. 13th
15 Danny Reed Columbia Sr. NR
16 Tyler Marinelli Gardner Webb Sr. 16th
17 John Van Brill Rutgers Sr. 17th
18 Alex Smythe Buffalo Sr. 18th
19 Luke Weiland Army Jr. 12th
20 Alex Klucker Lock Haven Jr. 19th

 

165 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Vincenzo Joseph Penn State Jr. 1st
2 Evan Wick Wisconsin So. 2nd
3 Chance Marstellar Lock Haven Sr. 3rd
4 Alex Marinelli Iowa So. 4th
5 Logan Massa Michigan Jr. 5th
6 Jon Jay Chavez Cornell Sr. 6th
7 Chandler Rogers Oklahoma State Sr. 7th
8 Josh Shields Arizona State Jr. 8th
9 Bryce Steiert Northern Iowa Sr. 10th
10 Branson Ashworth Wyoming Sr. 11th
11 Isaiah White Nebraska Jr. 9th
12 Cole Walter Lehigh Jr. 13th
13 Andrew Fogarty North Dakota State Jr. 14th
14 Mekhi Lewis Virginia Tech RS Fr. 12th
15 Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Jr. 15th
16 Connor Flynn Missouri Jr. 17th
17 Joey Gunther Illinois Jr. 16th
18 Cam Coy Virginia RS Fr. 18th
19 Bryce Martin Indiana Sr. 19th
20 Jon Viruet Brown Sr. 20th

 

174 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Zahid Valencia Arizona State Jr. 1st
2 Mark Hall Penn State Jr. 2nd
3 Myles Amine Michigan Jr. 3rd
4 Daniel Lewis Missouri Sr. 4th
5 David McFadden Virginia Tech Jr. 5th
6 Jordan Kutler Lehigh Jr. 6th
7 Michael Kemerer Iowa Jr. 7th
8 Jacobe Smith Oklahoma State Sr. 8th
9 Taylor Lujan Northern Iowa Jr. 9th
10 Dylan Lydy Purdue Jr. 10th
11 Johnny Sebastian Northwestern Sr. 12th
12 Mikey Labriola Nebraska RS Fr. 11th
13 Matt Finesilver Duke So. 13th
14 Brandon Womack Cornell Jr. 14th
15 Ryan Christensen Wisconsin Sr. 17th
16 Daniel Bullard NC State So. 15th
17 Ben Harvey Army Jr. 20th
18 Te’Shan Campbell Ohio State Sr. NR
19 Devin Skatzka Minnesota Jr. 19th
20 Kimball Bastian Utah Valley Jr. 16th

 

184 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Myles Martin Ohio State Sr. 1st
2 Emery Parker Illinois Sr. 2nd
3 Taylor Venz Nebraska So. 3rd
4 Zack Zavatsky Virginia Tech Sr. 4th
5 Shakur Rasheed Penn State Sr. 5th
6 Chip Ness North Carolina Sr. 6th
7 Nick Reenan NC State Jr. 7th
8 Max Dean Cornell So. 8th
9 Ryan Preisch Lehigh Sr. 9th
10 Drew Foster Northern Iowa Sr. 10th
11 Dakota Geer Oklahoma State So. 12th
12 Cash Wilcke Iowa Jr. 13th
13 Nick Gravina Rutgers Sr. 11th
14 Kordell Norfleet Arizona State So. 15th
15 Canten Marriott Missouri So. 14th
16 Cameron Caffey Michigan State So. 20th
17 Nino Bonaccorsi Pitt Fr. 17th
18 Lou DePrez Binghamton Sr. 18th
19 CJ LaFragola Brown Sr. 16th
20 Andrew McNally Kent State So. NR

 

197 pounds                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Bo Nickal Penn State Sr. 1st
2 Kollin Moore Ohio State Jr. 2nd
3 Kyle Conel Kent State Sr. 3rd
4 Jacob Holschlag Northern Iowa Jr. 4th
5 Willie Miklus Iowa State Sr. 5th
6 Preston Weigel Oklahoma State Sr. 6th
7 Patrick Brucki Princeton So. 7th
8 Nathan Traxler Stanford So. 8th
9 Christian Brunner Purdue Jr. 9th
10 Stephen Loiseau Drexel Sr. 10th
11 Chris Weiler Lehigh So. 11th
12 Jacob Warner Iowa RS Fr. 12th
13 Rocco Caywood Army Sr. 13th
14 Corey Griego Oregon State Sr. 14th
15 Tom Sleigh Virginia Tech Sr. 15th
16 Malik McDonald NC State Sr. 16th
17 Jake Woodley Oklahoma RS Fr. 17th
18 Noah Adams West Virginia RS Fr. NR
19 Jacob Seely Northern Colorado Jr. 18th
20 Ben Honis Cornell Sr. 19th

 

Heavyweight                                      

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Sam Stoll Iowa Sr. 1st
2 Gable Steveson Minnesota Fr. 4th
3 Derek White Oklahoma State Sr. 3rd
4 Anthony Cassar Penn State Sr. NR
5 Youssif Hemida Maryland Sr. 5th
6 Tanner Hall Arizona State Sr. 6th
7 Jordan Wood Lehigh So. 7th
8 Jere Heino Campbell Sr. 8th
9 Bill Miller Virginia Tech Sr. 9th
10 Thomas Haines Lock Haven Sr. 10th
11 Conan Jennings Northwestern Sr. 13th
12 Cory Daniel North Carolina Sr. 12th
13 Jeramy Sweany Cornell Sr. 11th
14 Trent Hillger Wisconsin RS Fr. 14th
15 Tate Orndorff Utah Valley Jr. NR
16 Matt Stencel Central Michigan So. 15th
17 A.J. Nevills Fresno State So. 16th
18 Matt Voss George Mason Sr. 17th
19 Jake Gunning Buffalo Sr. 18th
20 Zach Elam Missouri Jr. 19th

 

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