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WIN’s Jan. 28 rankings features upcoming bouts between highly-ranked wrestlers

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Updated: January 28, 2019

(Photo: The last time Princeton’s Matt Kolodzik (right) and Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault met in a college match was during the 141-pound quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Championships, where Ashnault prevailed and both earned All-American honors. Nearly two years later, the wrestlers from New Jersey colleges are the top-ranked wrestlers at 149 pounds. No. 1 Kolodzik is expected to meet No. 2 Ashnault this Sunday at Rutgers.)

NEWTON, Iowa — As the calendar turns to February, all eyes will be on State College, Pa., this Friday, and Piscataway, N.J., this Sunday when big battles for several top-ranked wrestlers, according to WIN’s Jan. 28 rankings presented by Cliff Keen Athletic, could happen in both locations.

Penn State (9-0) remains top-ranked in WIN’s team dual rankings and Tournament Power Index and features three No. 1-rated wrestlers, who will be challenged by other Top-10 wrestlers from fourth-ranked Michigan (9-0), which is coming off a road upset of then second-ranked Ohio State.

Penn State’s Mark Hall (right) held off Michigan’s Myles Amine in the finals of the 2018 Big Ten Championships last March.

The best match-ups may be at 157, where PSU’s No. 1 Jason Nolf takes on No. 5 Alec Pantaleo; at 165 where the Lions’ No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph will be challenged by No. 8 Logan Massa; and at 174 where Penn State’s No. 1 Mark Hall will battle No. 3 Myles Amine. Meanwhile, other Top-10 battles should happen at 141, where Penn State’s No. 5 Nick Lee faces Michigan’s No. 8 Kanen Storr; and at heavyweight where the Lions’ No. 3 Anthony Cassar face off against No. 6 Mason Parris.

Two days later, there will be a battle of New Jersey’s highest-ranked Division I teams and the nation’s top wrestlers at 149 pounds as Princeton’s top-ranked Matt Kolodzik will face second-ranked Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers.

Overall, Iowa and Oklahoma State, both 10-0 on the season, have each moved up one spot to No. 2 and 3, respectively, in the dual rankings. In WIN’s Tournament Power Index, the Hawkeyes are rated No. 3 with nine ranked wrestlers and 82.5 points, while the Cowboys, with nine ranked wrestlers, are rated No. 4 with 72.5 TPI points.

Despite the dual loss, Ohio State, with seven rated wrestlers, remained the second-ranked team in the TPI (85), while Michigan is rated No. 5 with 66.5 TPI points.

WIN’s Tournament Power Index 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 Jan. 28 Tournament Power Index

Rk School Total Rank Top 8 Rank TPI Pts
1. Penn State 9 7 123
2. Ohio State 7 6 85
3. Iowa 9 7 82.5
4. Oklahoma State 9 5 72.5
5. Michigan 8 6 66.5
6. NC State 6 5 45.5
7. Nebraska 8 3 43.5
8. Minnesota 7 3 42.5
9. Missouri 8 2 35.5
10. Princeton 3 2 35.5
11. Northwestern 3 2 35
12. Cornell 7 2 34
13. Arizona State 3 2 30.5
14. Virginia Tech 6 3 30
15. Rutgers 4 2 28.5
16. Illinois 6 2 27
17. Lehigh 4 3 22.5
18t. Northern Iowa 6 2 21.5
18t. Wisconsin 6 1 21.5
20. Oregon State 2 2 19
21. Pitt 4 1 17
22t. North Carolina 4 1 16.5
22t. Virginia 3 2 16.5
24. Wyoming 4 2 14.0
25. Army 2 1 13.5
26. Stanford 2 1 11.5
27. Duke 2 1 10.5
28t. Lock Haven 1 1 10
28t. Maryland 1 1 10
30. Iowa State 6 0 9.5
31. Utah Valley 5 0 8.5
32. Michigan State 2 1 8
33. Old Dominion 4 0 6.5
34. Purdue 4 0 6
35. Bucknell 1 1 5.5
36. North Dakota State 3 0 5
37. Fresno State 4 0 4.5
38. Buffalo 2 0 4
39t. Campbell 2 0 3
39t. Navy 3 0 3
41t. CSU Bakersfield 2 0 2.5
41t. Drexel 2 0 2.5
41t. Northern Colorado 2 0 2.5
41t. Oklahoma 2 0 2.5
45t. Binghamton 1 0 2
45t. George Mason 1 0 2
47t. American U. 1 0 1.5
47t. Brown 1 0 1.5
47t. Northern Illinois 1 0 1.5
50t. Central Michigan 1 0 1
50t Clarion 1 0 1
50t Ohio U. 1 0 1
50t Penn 1 0 1
50t Rider 1 0 1
50t South Dakota State 1 0 1
50t West Virginia 1 0 1

 

WIN’s Jan. 28, 2019 Dual-Team Rankings

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

 

WIN’s Jan. 28, 2019 Individual Rankings

125 pounds                                               

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Sebastian Rivera Northwestern So. 1st
2 Spencer Lee Iowa So. 2nd
3 Nick Piccininni Oklahoma State Jr. 3rd
4 Ronnie Bresser Oregon State Sr. 4th
5 Jack Mueller Virginia Jr. 5th
6 Sean Russell Minnesota Sr. 6th
7 Rayvon Foley Michigan State So. 8th
8 Sean Fausz NC State Sr. 7th
9 Pat Glory Princeton Fr. 9th
10 Ryan Millhof Arizona State Sr. 10th
11 Vitali Arujau Cornell Fr. 11th
12 Brent Fleetwood North Dakota State Sr. 12th
13 Connor Brown Wisconsin So. 14th
14 Travis Piotrowski Illinois Jr. 15th
15 Drew Mattin Michigan So. 16th
16 Zeke Moisey Nebraska Sr. 13th
17 Alex Mackall Iowa State So. 18th
18 Michael McGee Old Dominion So. 19th
19 Jay Schwarm Northern Iowa Jr. NR
20 Rico Montoya Northern Colorado Sr. 17th

 

133 pounds                                               

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Stevan Micic Michigan Jr. 1st
2 Daton Fix Oklahoma State RS Fr. 3rd
3 Austin DeSanto Iowa So. 5th
4 Micky Phillippi Pitt RS Fr. 2nd
5 Nick Suriano Rutgers Jr. 6th
6 Luke Pletcher Ohio State Jr. 4th
7 Tariq Wilson NC State So. 7th
8 Montorie Bridges Wyoming So. 8th
9 Austin Gomez Iowa State RS Fr. 9th
10 John Erneste Missouri Sr. 10th
11 Ethan Lizak Minnesota Jr. 11th
12 Chas Tucker Cornell Jr. 12th
13 Korbin Myers Virginia Tech Jr. 14th
14 Roman Bravo-Young Penn State Fr. 13th
15 Josh Terao American U. Sr. 15th
16 Cam Sykora North Dakota State Jr. 16th
17 Ben Thornton Purdue Sr. 19th
18 Sean Nickell CSU Bakersfield Sr. 18th
19 Dylan Duncan Illinois So. 17th
20 Gary Wayne Harding North Carolina Sr. 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 Michael Carr Illinois So. 4th
5 Nick Lee Penn State So. 6th
6 Josh Alber Northern Iowa Sr. 9th
7 Mitch McKee Minnesota Jr. 5th
8 Kanen Storr Michigan So. 8th
9 Bryan Lantry Buffalo Sr. 7th
10 Matt Findlay Utah Valley So. 10th
11 Sa’Derian Perry Old Dominion Jr. 12th
12 Tristan Moran Wisconsin Jr. 14th
13 Ian Parker Iowa State So. 18th
14 Dom Demas Oklahoma RS Fr. 13th
15 Kaid Brock Oklahoma State Jr. 11th
16 Max Murin Iowa RS Fr. 15th
17 Sam Turner Wyoming So. 16th
18 Chad Red Nebraska So. 17th
19 A.C. Headlee North Carolina Jr. 19th
20 Nick Gil Navy Sr. 20th

 

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 Austin O’Connor North Carolina RS Fr. 4th
5 Kaden Gfeller Oklahoma State RS Fr. 5th
6 Mitch Finesilver Duke Sr. 7th
7 Justin Oliver NC State Sr. 6th
8 Pat Lugo Iowa Sr. 8th
9 Brock Mauller Missouri Fr. 9th
10 Max Thomsen Northern Iowa Jr. 10th
11 Josh Heil Campbell So. 11th
12 Brady Berge Penn State RS Fr. 12th
13 Tommy Thorn Minnesota Sr. 16th
14 Jarrett Degen Iowa State So. 14th
15 Khristian Olivas Fresno State Jr. 15th
16 Russell Rohlfing CSU Bakersfield Jr. 13th
17 Henry Pohlmeyer South Dakota State Jr. 18th
18 Davion Jeffries Oklahoma Sr. NR
19 Anthony Artalona Penn Fr. 19th
20 Jared Prince Navy Jr. NR

 

157 pounds                                               

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Jason Nolf Penn State Sr. 1st
2 Tyler Berger Nebraska Sr. 2nd
3 Ryan Deakin Northwestern So. 3rd
4 Hayden Hidlay NC State So. 4th
5 Alec Pantaleo Michigan Sr. 6th
6 Ke-Shawn Hayes Ohio State Jr. 7th
7 Kaleb Young Iowa So. 5th
8 Zach Hartman Bucknell Fr. 8th
9 Steve Bleise Minnesota Sr. 9th
10 Griffin Parriott Purdue So. 10th
11 Larry Early Old Dominion Jr. 11th
12 Eric Barone Illinois Jr. 12th
13 Josh Humphreys Lehigh Fr. 13th
14 Jarrett Jacques Missouri Fr. 14th
15 Paul Fox Stanford Sr. NR
16 John Van Brill Rutgers Sr. 15th
17 Taleb Rahmani Pitt Jr. 17th
18 BC LaPrade Virginia Tech So. 18th
19 Zac Carson Ohio U. Jr. 19th
20 Jake Keating Virginia So. NR

 

165 pounds                                               

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

 

174 pounds                                               

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Mark Hall Penn State Jr. 1st
2 Zahid Valencia Arizona State Jr. 2nd
3 Myles Amine Michigan Jr. 3rd
4 Daniel Lewis Missouri Sr. 4th
5 Joe Smith Oklahoma State Jr. 5th
6 Jordan Kutler Lehigh Jr. 7th
7 David McFadden Virginia Tech Jr. 6th
8 Taylor Lujan Northern Iowa Jr. 8th
9 Mikey Labriola Nebraska RS Fr. 9th
10 Brandon Womack Cornell Jr. 10th
11 Ryan Christensen Wisconsin Sr. 11th
12 Kimball Bastian Utah Valley Jr. 12th
13 Matt Finesilver Duke So. 13th
14 Brit Wilson Northern Illinois RS Fr. 14th
15 Devin Skatzka Minnesota Jr. 15th
16 Seldon Wright Old Dominion Sr. 16th
17 Dylan Lydy Purdue Jr. 17th
18 Ben Harvey Army Jr. 18th
19 Spencer Carey Navy Jr. 19th
20 Andrew Morgan Campbell Jr. NR

 

184 pounds                                               

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

 

197 pounds

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Bo Nickal Penn State Sr. 1st
2 Kollin Moore Ohio State Jr. 2nd
3 Patrick Brucki Princeton So. 3rd
4 Rocco Caywood Army Sr. 4th
5 Nathan Traxler Stanford So. 5th
6 Jacob Warner Iowa RS Fr. 6th
7 Tom Sleigh Virginia Tech Sr. 7th
8 Jay Aiello Virginia So. 8th
9 Willie Miklus Iowa State Sr. 9th
10 Dakota Geer Oklahoma State So. 10th
11 Christian Brunner Purdue Jr. 11th
12 Eric Schultz Nebraska So. 12th
13 Jackson Striggow Michigan Jr. 13th
14 Jacob Seely Northern Colorado Jr. 14th
15 Wyatt Koelling Missouri So. 15th
16 Ben Honis Cornell Sr. 16th
17 Stephen Loiseau Drexel Sr. 17th
18 Josh Hokit Fresno State Jr. 18th
19 Tanner Orndorff Utah Valley Jr. 19th
20 Greg Bulsak Clarion So. 20th

 

Heavyweight

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Gable Steveson Minnesota Fr. 1st
2 Derek White Oklahoma State Sr. 2nd
3 Anthony Cassar Penn State Sr. 3rd
4 Sam Stoll Iowa Sr. 4th
5 Youssif Hemida Maryland Sr. 5th
6 Mason Parris Michigan Fr. 6th
7 Amar Dhesi Oregon State Sr. 7th
8 Jordan Wood Lehigh So. 8th
9 Matt Voss George Mason Sr. 9th
10 Demetrius Thomas Pitt Jr. 10th
11 Jake Gunning Buffalo Sr. 11th
12 David Jensen Nebraska Jr. 12th
13 Tate Orndorff Utah Valley Jr. 13th
14 Conan Jennings Northwestern Sr. 14th
15 Trent Hillger Wisconsin RS Fr. 15th
16 Chase Singletary Ohio State RS Fr. 16th
17 Jeramy Sweany Cornell Sr. 17th
18 Brian Andrews Wyoming So. 18th
19 Matt Stencel Central Michigan So. 19th
20 A.J. Nevills Fresno State So. 20th

 

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