WIN’s Jan. 7 rankings feature three new No. 1s

Updated: January 7, 2019

Photo: Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera is ranked No. 1 in WIN’s Jan. 7 rankings at 125 pounds after beating Iowa’s defending national champ Spencer Lee at the 2018 Midlands in December.

NEWTON, Iowa — The calendar has changed to January and there are three new top-ranked individual wrestlers in WIN’s Jan. 7 Tournament Power Index and Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

Coming off a Midlands championship win over Iowa’s defending champion Spencer Lee on Dec. 30, Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera is now ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds.

At 133 pounds, South Dakota State’s defending national champ Seth Gross has only wrestled once this year (in November) and an injury has kept him from competing again since that victory. He has been pulled from the rankings until he competes again and Rutgers’ Nick Suriano has moved into the top spot at that weight.

Meanwhile at heavyweight, Minnesota’s true freshman Gable Steveson has taken over the top spot. The young Gopher, who is 18-0 on the season, is ranked ahead of Oklahoma State’s Derek White, Penn State’s Anthony Cassar, and Iowa’s Sam Stoll, who was ranked No. 1 before the Midlands, where the Hawkeye was forced to medically forfeit after winning two bouts.

Penn State, which captured an eighth all-time Southern Scuffle team championship on Jan. 2 with six individual champions, remains the top team in WIN’s Tournament Power Index with 125.5 points. The Nittany Lions, with nine ranked wrestlers, leads No. 2 Ohio State (82.5) by 43 points.

Oklahoma State, which won four Southern Scuffle individual championships and finished second in the team race, has moved to No. 3 in the WIN TPI. Coming off a Midlands team championship, Iowa is ranked fourth with 64 points. The Cowboys made several changes to their lineup, including the return of two-time All-American Joe Smith, who is ranked No. 5 at 174 pounds.

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.

In WIN’s Dual-Team Rankings, the top 11 teams remained the same from previous rankings as the top six schools — Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Missouri — remained undefeated. However, Stanford (3-0) moved into the Top 25 dual rankings in this week’s release.


WIN’s Jan. 7 Tournament Power Index

Rk.SchoolTotal RankedTop 8TPI Pts
1.Penn State97125.5
2.Ohio State8582.5
3.Oklahoma State9677.5
5.NC State6555
14.Arizona State5230.5
16t.Virginia Tech5223.5
19.Northern Iowa5220.5
20t.Iowa State6220
22t.Oregon State2219
24.North Carolina5116
25.Lock Haven2113.5
28t.Utah Valley5010
30t.Old Dominion318
33t.Michigan State217
36.North Dakota State305
37t.Central Michigan202.5
37t.CSU Bakersfield202.5
37t.Northern Colorado202.5
41t.Fresno State202
41t.George Mason102
41t.Ohio U.202
41t.Oklahoma U.102
47t.American U.101.5
47t.Northern Illinois101.5
49t.South Dakota State101
49t.West Virginia101



WIN’s Jan 7, 2019 Dual-Team Rankings

1.Penn State4-01st
2.Ohio State5-02nd
4.Oklahoma State5-04th
8.NC State9-27th
13.Virginia Tech2-212th
14.Arizona State1-414th
16.Northern Iowa1-218th
18.North Carolina7-413th
23.Iowa State2-123rd
24.Lock Haven2-025th
25.North Dakota State6-319th



WIN’s Jan. 7, 2019 Individual Rankings

125 pounds                                               

1Sebastian RiveraNorthwesternSo.2nd
2Spencer LeeIowaSo.1st
3Nick PiccininniOklahoma StateJr.3rd
4Ronnie BresserOregon StateSr.4th
5Jack MuellerVirginiaJr.NR
6Sean RussellMinnesotaSr.5th
7Sean FauszNC StateSr.6th
8Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateSo.8th
9Pat GloryPrincetonFr.11th
10Ryan MillhofArizona StateSr.7th
11Vitali ArujauCornellFr.10th
12Drew MattinMichiganSo.9th
13Brent FleetwoodNorth Dakota StateSr.13th
14Zeke MoiseyNebraskaSr.16th
15Connor BrownWisconsinSo.NR
16Travis PiotrowskiIllinoisJr.15th
17Rico MontoyaNorthern ColoradoSr.19th
18Alonzo AllenChattanoogaSr.NR
19Alex MackallIowa StateSo.NR
20Shakur LaneyOhio U.Jr12th


133 pounds                                               

1Nick SurianoRutgersJr.2nd
2Stevan MicicMichiganJr.3rd
3Daton FixOklahoma StateRS Fr.5th
4Luke PletcherOhio StateJr.6th
5Tariq WilsonNC StateSo.4th
6Micky PhillippiPittFr.7th
7Ethan LizakMinnesotaJr.8th
8Austin GomezIowa StateRS Fr.10th
9John ErnesteMissouriSr.9th
10Montorie BridgesWyomingSo.11th
11Austin DeSantoIowaSo.13th
12Chas TuckerCornellJr.12th
13Korbin MyersVirginia TechJr.14th
14Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateFr.20th
15Josh TeraoAmerican U.Sr.15th
16Cam SykoraNorth Dakota StateJr.16th
17Dylan DuncanIllinoisSo.17th
18Sean NickellCSU BakersfieldSr.18th
19Ben ThorntonPurdueSr.19th
20Gary Wayne HardingNorth CarolinaSr.NR


141 pounds

1Yianni DiakomihalisCornellSo.1st
2Joey McKennaOhio StateSr.2nd
3Jaydin EiermanMissouriJr.3rd
4Nick LeePenn StateSo.4th
5Mitch McKeeMinnesotaJr.5th
6Michael CarrIllinoisSo.6th
7Bryan LantryBuffaloSr.7th
8Kanen StorrMichiganSo.8th
9Dom DemasOklahomaRS Fr.9th
10Josh AlberNorthern IowaSr.11th
11Matt FindlayUtah ValleySo.12th
12Kaid BrockOklahoma StateJr.10th
13Max MurinIowaRS Fr.13th
14Sa’Derian PerryOld DominionJr.15th
15A.C. HeadleeNorth CarolinaJr.16th
16Sam TurnerWyomingSo.NR
17Chad RedNebraskaSo.18th
18Ian ParkerIowa StateSo.17th
19Nick GilNavySr.20th
20Cameron KellyOhio U.Sr.NR


149 pounds

1Matt KolodzikPrincetonJr.1st
2Anthony AshnaultRutgersSr.2nd
3Micah JordanOhio StateSr.3rd
4Justin OliverNC StateSr.4th
5Austin O’ConnorNorth CarolinaRS Fr.6th
6Max ThomsenNorthern IowaJr.8th
7Kaden GfellerOklahoma StateRS Fr.11th
8Mitch FinesilverDukeSr.13th
9Pat LugoIowaSr.10th
10Brady BergePenn StateRS Fr.17th
11Josh HeilCampbellSo.16th
12Brock MaullerMissouriFr.NR
13Alec PantaleoMichiganSr.5th/157
14Tommy ThornMinnesotaSr.14th
15Russell RohlfingCSU BakersfieldJr.NR
16Jarrett DegenIowa StateSo.9th
17Khristian OlivasFresno StateJr.15th
18Josh MarucaArizona StateJr.18th
19Anthony ArtalonaPennFr.20th
20Henry PohlmeyerSouth Dakota StateJr.NR


157 pounds                                               

1Jason NolfPenn StateSr.1st
2Tyler BergerNebraskaSr.3rd
3Ryan DeakinNorthwesternSo.2nd
4Hayden HidlayNC StateSo.4th
5Kaleb YoungIowaSo.8th
6Taleb RahmaniPittJr.6th
7Griffin ParriottPurdueSo.NR
8Larry EarlyOld DominionJr.10th
9Ke-Shawn HayesOhio StateJr.9th
10Steve BleiseMinnesotaSr.12th
11Eric BaroneIllinoisJr.NR
12Zach HartmanBucknellFr.NR
13Logan ParksCentral MichiganJr.NR
14Paul FoxStanfordSr.7thh/149
15Josh HumphreysLehighFr.NR
16Christian PagdilaoArizona StateGr.18th
17John Van BrillRutgersSr.17th
18Jake KeatingVirginiaSo.NR
19Jarrett JacquesMissouriFr.20th
20Quincy MondayPrincetonFr.NR


165 pounds                                               

1Vincenzo JosephPenn StateJr.1st
2Alex MarinelliIowaSo.4th
3Evan WickWisconsinSo.2nd
4Chance MarstellarLock HavenSr.3rd
5Josh ShieldsArizona StateJr.5th
6Isaiah WhiteNebraskaJr.6th
7Branson AshworthWyomingSr.9th
8Logan MassaMichiganJr.8th
9Chandler RogersOklahoma StateSr.10th
10Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleyJr.11th
11Bryce SteiertNorthern IowaSr.12th
12Andrew FogartyNorth Dakota StateJr.13th
13Mekhi LewisVirginia TechRS Fr.7th
14Connor FlynnMissouriJr.15th
15Jon ViruetBrownSr.20th
16Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaSo.7th/157
17Thomas BullardNC StateSo.19th
18Joey GuntherIllinoisJr.16th
19Jesse DellavecchiaRiderJr.NR
20Nick KiussisWest VirginiaSo.NR


174 pounds                                               

1Mark HallPenn StateJr.1st
2Zahid ValenciaArizona StateJr.2nd
3Myles AmineMichiganJr.3rd
4Daniel LewisMissouriSr.4th
5Joe SmithOklahoma StateJr.NR
6David McFaddenVirginia TechJr.5th
7Jordan KutlerLehighJr.6th
8Taylor LujanNorthern IowaJr.8th
9Mikey LabriolaNebraskaRS Fr.9th
10Brandon WomackCornellJr.12th
11Ryan ChristensenWisconsinSr.16th
12Kimball BastianUtah ValleyJr.19th
13Matt FinesilverDukeSo.13th
14Johnny SebastianNorthwesternSr.11th
15Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisRS Fr.NR
16Devin SkatzkaMinnesotaJr.18th
17Seldon WrightOld DominionSr.15th
18Ben HarveyArmyJr.14th
19Dylan LydyPurdueJr.10th
20Te’Shan CampbellOhio StateSr.20th


184 pounds                                               

1Myles MartinOhio StateSr.1st
2Shakur RasheedPenn StateSr.3rd
3Emery ParkerIllinoisSr.2nd
4Nick ReenanNC StateJr.4th
5Zack ZavatskyVirginia TechSr.5th
6Ryan PreischLehighSr.6th
7Taylor VenzNebraskaSo.7th
8Max DeanCornellSo.8th
9Drew FosterNorthern IowaSr.11th
10Chip NessNorth CarolinaSr.9th
11Lou DePrezBinghamtonFr.12th
12Cash WilckeIowaJr.13th
13Nino BonaccorsiPittFr.14th
14Dylan WismanMissouriJr.17th
15Cameron CaffeyMichigan StateSo.16th
16Jacobe SmithOklahoma StateSr.7th/174
17Nick GravinaRutgersSr.15th
18Samuel ColbrayIowa StateSo.19th
19Jackson HemauerFresno StateRS Fr.NR
20CJ LaFragolaBrownSr.18th


197 pounds

1Bo NickalPenn StateSr.1st
2Kollin MooreOhio StateJr.2nd
3Patrick BruckiPrincetonSo.4th
4Preston WeigelOklahoma StateSr.3rd
5Willie MiklusIowa StateSr.6th
6Jay AielloVirginiaSo.7th
7Nathan TraxlerStanfordSo.9th
8Rocco CaywoodArmySr.8th
9Jacob WarnerIowaRS Fr.5th
10Christian BrunnerPurdueJr.10th
11Eric SchultzNebraskaSo.13th
12Tanner OrndorffUtah ValleyJr.18th
13Tom SleighVirginia TechSr.15th
14Jackson StriggowMichiganJr.14th
15Lucas DavisonNorthwesternFr.NR
16Jacob SeelyNorthern ColoradoJr.17th
17Wyatt KoellingMissouriSo.NR
18Jake JacobsenLehighSo.12th
19Stephen LoiseauDrexelSr.19th
20Greg BulsakClarionSo.20th



1Gable StevesonMinnesotaFr.2nd
2Derek WhiteOklahoma StateSr.3rd
3Anthony CassarPenn StateSr.4th
4Sam StollIowaSr.1st
5Youssif HemidaMarylandSr.5th
6Mason ParrisMichiganFr.NR
7Amar DhesiOregon StateSr.NR
8Jordan WoodLehighSo.6th
9Tate OrndorffUtah ValleyJr.10th
10Matt VossGeorge MasonSr.12th
11Trent HillgerWisconsinRS Fr.9th
12Demetrius ThomasPittJr.16th
13Jake GunningBuffaloSr.18th
14David JensenNebraskaJr.20th
15Conan JenningsNorthwesternSr.15th
16Chase SingletaryOhio StateRS Fr.13th
17Jeramy SweanyCornellSr.19th
18Brian AndrewsWyomingSo.17th
19Matt StencelCentral MichiganSo.NR
20Thomas HainesLock HavenSr.NR


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