Penn State now features four No. 1s as Holiday tournaments begin

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Updated: December 17, 2018

Photo: Mark Hall (right) avenged a 2018 NCAA finals loss to top-ranked Zahid Valencia, 4-0, on Dec. 14 in State College, Pa.  Hall, a 2017 NCAA champ, is now one of four No. 1-rated wrestlers for the Nittany Lions. (Penn State photo)

NEWTON, Iowa — Tis the season for holiday tournaments to begin and there’s a new No. 1-ranked wrestler in WIN Magazine’s Dec. 17 rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Penn State’s Mark Hall takes over the top spot at 174 pounds after downing defending champ and rival Zahid Valencia of Arizona State, 4-0, in a dual over the weekend.

Penn State handled Arizona State 41-3 and remains the top team in both the Tournament Power Indexand dual-meet rankings. Penn State (4-0) leads WIN’s TPI rankings with 120.5 points and features nine ranked wrestlers, including four top-ranked wrestlers: Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (197).

Penn State will now prepare for the Southern Scuffle, which will be held Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga. Prior to that event, there will be two other significant regular-season tournaments — the Reno Tournament of Champions, Dec. 20, the Midlands in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Dec. 29-30 — as well as the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29-30 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Second-ranked Ohio State has 79 TPI points and eight ranked wrestlers and is off until Jan. 6. No. 3 Iowa (74.5 TPI, nine ranked wrestlers) will head the field at the 56thannual Midlands, hosted by No. 10 Northwestern University.

No. 4 Oklahoma State, with 66.5 points and 10 ranked wrestlers, will compete in both the Reno TOC and the Southern Scuffle, which also includes No. 9 Virginia Tech.

The South Beach Duals, which will be held at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, is a dual-meet event that features four matches for 16 teams, including four teams that are ranked in WIN’s Top 15 TPI: No. 5 NC State, No. 7 Minnesota, as well as Missouri and Cornell, which are tied for 11thand 15th, respectively.

These are the final rankings of 2018. WIN’s next rankings will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 3.

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 Magazine’s Dec. 17, 2018 Dual-Team Rankings

Rk School Record Previous
1. Penn State 4-0 1st
2. Ohio State 3-0 2nd
3. Iowa 6-0 3rd
4. Oklahoma State 5-0 4th
5. Michigan 3-0 5th
6. Missouri 5-0 6th
7. NC State 6-0 7th
8. Cornell 3-0 8th
9. Minnesota 3-1 9th
10. Wisconsin 6-1 10th
11. Nebraska 5-2 11th
12. Virginia Tech 1-2 12th
13. North Carolina 3-1 13th
14. Arizona State 1-3 14th
15. Wyoming 3-2 15th
16. Pitt 3-0 16th
17. Purdue 2-1 17th
18. Northern Iowa 1-2 18th
19. North Dakota State 4-1 19th
20. Utah Valley 5-2 20th
21. Princeton 2-3 21st
22. Rutgers 6-1 22nd
23. Iowa State 2-1 23rd
24. Northwestern 1-2 24th
25. Lock Haven 2-0 25th

 

WIN Magazine’s Dec. 17, 2018 Tournament Power Index (TPI)

Rk School Total Ranked Top 8 Points
1. Penn State 9 7 120.5
2. Ohio State 8 5 79
3. Iowa 9 5 74.5
4. Oklahoma State 10 5 66.5
5. NC State 9 5 63.5
6. Michigan 8 5 52.5
7. Minnesota 7 4 46
8. Nebraska 8 3 36
9. Virginia Tech 6 4 35
10. Northwestern 4 2 35.5
11t. Arizona State 5 3 34.5
11t. Missouri 8 2 34.5
11t. Princeton 3 2 34.5
11t. Rutgers 4 2 34.5
15t. Cornell 6 2 32.5
15t. Lehigh 6 3 32.5
17. Illinois 5 2 29
18. Wisconsin 4 1 21.5
19. North Carolina 5 2 20.5
20. South Dakota State 1 1 20
21. Pitt 4 2 18.5
22. Northern Iowa 5 2 17
23. Iowa State 5 1 15
24. Lock Haven 1 1 13.5
25. Oregon State 1 1 12.5
26t. Clarion 2 1 11
26t. Maryland 2 1 11
28t. Campbell 3 1 9.5
28t. Stanford 3 1 9.5
30. Virginia 3 1 9
31t. Army 3 1 8
31t. Utah Valley 5 0 8
33. Buffalo 2 1 7.5
34. Michigan State 2 1 7
35. Purdue 4 0 6
36t. Old Dominion 3 0 5
36t. Wyoming 3 0 5
38. North Dakota State 3 0 4.5
39. Duke 2 0 3
40. Indiana 2 0 2.5
41t. Appalachian State 1 0 2
41t. Binghamton 1 0 2
41t. Brown 2 0 2
41t. George Mason 1 0 2
41t. Northern Colorado 2 0 2
41t. Ohio U. 1 0 2
41t. Oklahoma 1 0 2
48t. American U. 1 0 1.5
48t. Columbia 1 0 1.5
48t. Fresno State 1 0 1.5
48t. Gardner-Webb 1 0 1.5
52t. CSU Bakersfield 1 0 1
52t. Drexel 1 0 1
52t. Navy 1 0 1
52t. Penn 1 0 1

 

WIN Magazine’s Dec. 17, 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. 5th
6 Sean Fausz NC State Sr. 6th
7 Ryan Millhof Arizona State Sr. 7th
8 Rayvon Foley Michigan State So. 8th
9 Drew Mattin Michigan So. 9th
10 Vitali Arujau Cornell Fr. NR
11 Pat Glory Princeton Fr. 10th
12 Shakur Laney Ohio U. Jr 11th
13 Brent Fleetwood North Dakota State Sr. 12th
14 Louie Hayes Virginia So. 13th
15 Travis Piotrowski Illinois Jr. 14th
16 Zeke Moisey Nebraska Sr. 15th
17 Devin Schroder Purdue So. 16th
18 Gabe Townsell Stanford Jr. 17th
19 Rico Montoya Northern Colorado Sr. 18th
20 Colby Smith Missouri So. 19th

 

133 pounds                                               

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

 

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. 4th
5 Mitch McKee Minnesota Jr. 5th
6 Michael Carr Illinois So. 6th
7 Bryan Lantry Buffalo Sr. 7th
8 Kanen Storr Michigan So. 8th
9 Dom Demas Oklahoma RS Fr. 9th
10 Kaid Brock Oklahoma State Jr. 10th
11 Josh Alber Northern Iowa Sr. 11th
12 Matt Findlay Utah Valley So. 13th
13 Max Murin Iowa RS Fr. 14th
14 Cole Weaver Indiana Sr. 15th
15 Sa’Derian Perry Old Dominion Jr. 16th
16 A.C. Headlee North Carolina Jr. NR
17 Ian Parker Iowa State So. 20th
18 Chad Red Nebraska So. 19th
19 Jamal Morris NC State Sr. 12th
20 Nick Gil Navy Sr. 18th

 

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 Justin Oliver NC State Sr. 4th
5 Brock Zacherl Clarion Sr. 5th
6 Austin O’Connor North Carolina RS Fr. 6th
7 Paul Fox Stanford Sr. 7th
8 Max Thomsen Northern Iowa Jr. 8th
9 Jarrett Degen Iowa State So. 9th
10 Pat Lugo Iowa Sr. 10th
11 Kaden Gfeller Oklahoma State RS Fr. 11th
12 Cole Martin Wisconsin Jr. 12th
13 Mitch Finesilver Duke Sr. 14th
14 Tommy Thorn Minnesota Sr. 15th
15 Khristian Olivas Fresno State Jr. 16th
16 Josh Heil Campbell So. 17th
17 Brady Berge Penn State RS Fr. NR
18 Josh Maruca Arizona State Jr. 13th
19 Alfred Bannister Maryland Sr. 18th
20 Anthony Artalona Penn Fr. 19th

 

157 pounds                                               

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

 

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 Josh Shields Arizona State Jr. 5th
6 Isaiah White Nebraska Jr. 6th
7 Mekhi Lewis Virginia Tech RS Fr. 7th
8 Logan Massa Michigan Jr. 8th
9 Branson Ashworth Wyoming Sr. 9th
10 Chandler Rogers Oklahoma State Sr. 10th
11 Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Jr. 11th
12 Bryce Steiert Northern Iowa Sr. 12th
13 Andrew Fogarty North Dakota State Jr. 13th
14 Cole Walter Lehigh Jr. 14th
15 Connor Flynn Missouri Jr. 15th
16 Joey Gunther Illinois Jr. 16th
17 Cam Coy Virginia RS Fr. 17th
18 Bryce Martin Indiana Sr. 18th
19 Thomas Bullard NC State So. 19th
20 Jon Viruet Brown Sr. 20th

 

174 pounds                                               

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Mark Hall Penn State Jr. 2nd
2 Zahid Valencia Arizona State Jr. 1st
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 Jacobe Smith Oklahoma State Sr. 7th
8 Taylor Lujan Northern Iowa Jr. 8th
9 Mikey Labriola Nebraska RS Fr. 9th
10 Dylan Lydy Purdue Jr. 10th
11 Johnny Sebastian Northwestern Sr. 11th
12 Brandon Womack Cornell Jr. 12th
13 Matt Finesilver Duke So. 13th
14 Ben Harvey Army Jr. 14th
15 Seldon Wright Old Dominion Sr. 15th
16 Ryan Christensen Wisconsin Sr. 16th
17 Daniel Bullard NC State So. 17th
18 Devin Skatzka Minnesota Jr. 18th
19 Kimball Bastian Utah Valley Jr. 19th
20 Te’Shan Campbell Ohio State Sr. 20th

 

184 pounds                                               

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

 

197 pounds                                               

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Bo Nickal Penn State Sr. 1st
2 Kollin Moore Ohio State Jr. 2nd
3 Preston Weigel Oklahoma State Sr. 4th
4 Patrick Brucki Princeton So. 5th
5 Jacob Warner Iowa RS Fr. 6th
6 Willie Miklus Iowa State Sr. 7th
7 Jay Aiello Virginia So. 8th
8 Rocco Caywood Army Sr. 9th
9 Nathan Traxler Stanford So. 10th
10 Christian Brunner Purdue Jr. 11th
11 Randall Diabe Appalachian State Sr. 14th
12 Jake Jacobsen Lehigh So. 17th
13 Eric Schultz Nebraska So. 12th
14 Jackson Striggow Michigan Jr. 16th
15 Tom Sleigh Virginia Tech Sr. 18th
16 Malik McDonald NC State Sr. 19th
17 Jacob Seely Northern Colorado Jr. 15th
18 Tanner Orndorff Utah Valley Jr. NR
19 Stephen Loiseau Drexel Sr. 20th
20 Greg Bulsak Clarion So. NR

 

Heavyweight

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Sam Stoll Iowa Sr. 1st
2 Gable Steveson Minnesota Fr. 2nd
3 Derek White Oklahoma State Sr. 3rd
4 Anthony Cassar Penn State Sr. 4th
5 Youssif Hemida Maryland Sr. 5th
6 Jordan Wood Lehigh So. 6th
7 Jere Heino Campbell Sr. 7th
8 Bill Miller Virginia Tech Sr. 8th
9 Trent Hillger Wisconsin RS Fr. 9th
10 Tate Orndorff Utah Valley Jr. 11th
11 Zach Elam Missouri Jr. 12th
12 Matt Voss George Mason Sr. 13th
13 Chase Singletary Ohio State RS Fr. 14th
14 Cory Daniel North Carolina Sr. 10th
15 Conan Jennings Northwestern Sr. 15th
16 Demetrius Thomas Pitt Jr. 16th
17 Brian Andrews Wyoming So. 17th
18 Jake Gunning Buffalo Sr. 18th
19 Jeramy Sweany Cornell Sr. 19th
20 David Jensen Nebraska Jr. NR

 

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