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Piccininni and Okie State make big statement in WIN’s Feb 25 Rankings

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Updated: February 25, 2019

Photo: Oklahoma State’s Nick Piccininni declared himself a strong candidate to win the 125-pound NCAA championship next month when the Cowboy pinned Iowa’s defending national champion Spencer Lee on Feb. 24 in Stillwater, Okla. (Jeremy Cook photo)

NEWTON, Iowa — Oklahoma State put an exclamation mark to the end of the regular season with a 27-12 dual victory over Iowa, especially 125-pound Nick Piccininni who pinned defending champ Spencer Lee and has moved up to second in WIN’s Feb. 25, 2019 Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

The Cowboys (15-0) are ranked second in WIN’s final dual-team rankings and third in the Tournament Power Index with nine ranked wrestlers and 77 points.

Defending national champ Penn State (14-0) remained the top-ranked team in both ratings as the Nittany Lions  (with 123 TPI points) also feature nine ranked wrestlers, including four wrestlers — Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (197) — who are ranked No. 1 at their weight class.

The remaining six top-ranked wrestlers also remained the same, including Cornell’s 141-pound Yianni Diakomihalis, who defeated Ohio State’s second-ranked Joey McKenna last weekend.

WIN’s weekly individual rankings are a prediction of final NCAA tournament placements at the 2019 NCAA Championships, March 21-23 in Pittsburgh, and based on each wrestler’s full season of competition up until each week’s release. WIN’s Tournament Power Index is a total of the TPI points that all the wrestlers on a respective team have earned based on their ranking. A team’s TPI points and TPI ranking is a prediction of a where a team might finish at the national tournament at this point in the season with their current line-up.

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.

Teams will now take two weeks off to prepare for one of eight NCAA Div. I qualifying tournaments, which will eventually send 330 wrestlers to the national tournament:

• ACC — March 9, Blacksburg, Va.
• Big 10 — March 9-10, Minneapolis, Minn.
• Big 12 — March 9-10, Tulsa, Okla.
• EIWA — March 8-9, Vestal, N.Y.
• EWL — March 9, Fairfax, Va.
• MAC — March 8-9, Norfolk, Va.
• Pac-12 — March 9, Tempe, Ariz.
• SoCon — March 10, Boone, NC

 

WIN Magazine’s Feb. 25, 2019 Dual-Team Rankings

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

 

WIN Magazine’s Feb. 25, 2019 Tournament Power Index (TPI)

Rk School Total Top 8 TPI
    Ranked Ranked Points
1. Penn State 9 7 123
2. Ohio State 9 5 80
3. Oklahoma State 9 5 77
4. Iowa 9 6 73
5. Michigan 8 6 63
6. Missouri 7 4 46
7. Minnesota 6 4 44
8. Cornell 7 3 41.5
9t. NC State 5 4 39
9t. Nebraska 8 3 39
11. Northwestern 3 2 35.5
12. Lehigh 5 3 35
13. Rutgers 3 2 34
14. Illinois 6 2 31.5
15. Arizona State 5 2 30
16. Princeton 3 2 29
17t. Oregon State 2 2 25
17t. Wisconsin 6 2 25
19. Virginia Tech 6 2 23
20. Northern Iowa 6 2 21
21. Iowa State 6 1 17.5
22t. Virginia 3 2 16.5
22t. Wyoming 5 2 16.5
24. Pitt 4 1 15.5
25. Duke 2 1 14
26t. Lock Haven 4 1 13
26t. North Carolina 3 1 13
28. Central Michigan 1 1 9
29. North Dakota State 3 1 8
30t. Army 2 1 7.5
30t. Utah Valley 4 0 7.5
32. Purdue 5 0 6.5
33. Old Dominion 4 0 5.5
34. Stanford 3 0 5
35. Drexel 3 0 4.5
36t. Buffalo 2 0 3.5
36t. Michigan State 2 0 3.5
38. Oklahoma 2 0 2.5
39t. Binghamton 1 0 2
39t. Bucknell 1 0 2
39t. Campbell 1 0 2
39t. Northern Illinois 1 0 2
39t. Ohio U. 2 0 2
44t. American U. 1 0 1.5
44t. Brown 1 0 1.5
44t. Clarion 1 0 1.5
44t. George Mason 1 0 1.5
44t. Maryland 1 0 1.5
44t. Navy 1 0 1.5
44t. Penn 1 0 1.5
51t. CSU Bakersfield 1 0 1
51t. Fresno State 1 0 1
51t. Northern Colorado 1 0 1
51t. Rider 1 0 1
51t. VMI 1 0 1
51t. West Virginia 1 0 1

 

WIN Magazine’s Feb. 25, 2019 Individual Rankings

125 pounds                                               

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

 

133 pounds

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

 

149 pounds

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Anthony Ashnault Rutgers Sr. 1st
2 Micah Jordan Ohio State Sr. 3rd
3 Matt Kolodzik Princeton Jr. 2nd
4 Mitch Finesilver Duke Sr. 7th
5 Austin O’Connor North Carolina RS Fr. 4th
6 Justin Oliver NC State Sr. 8th
7 Pat Lugo Iowa Sr. 9th
8 Brock Mauller Missouri Fr. 5th
9 Kaden Gfeller Oklahoma State RS Fr. 6th
10 Max Thomsen Northern Iowa Jr. 10th
11 Josh Heil Campbell So. 11th
12 Parker Kropman Drexel So. NR
13 Brady Berge Penn State RS Fr. 12th
14 Jarrett Degen Iowa State So. 13th
15 Requir Van Der Merwe Stanford So. 14th
16 Anthony Artalona Penn Fr. 16th
17 Cole Martin Wisconsin Jr. 17th
18 Josh Maruca Arizona State Jr. 18th
19 Christian Monserrat West Virginia Sr. 20th
20 Davion Jeffries Oklahoma Sr. 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. 5th
6 Kaleb Young Iowa So. 6th
7 Ke-Shawn Hayes Ohio State Jr. 7th
8 Steve Bleise Minnesota Sr. 8th
9 Larry Early Old Dominion Jr. 9th
10 Eric Barone Illinois Jr. 10th
11 Jarrett Jacques Missouri Fr. 12th
12 Zach Hartman Bucknell Fr. 11th
13 Taleb Rahmani Pitt Jr. 16th
14 Paul Fox Stanford Sr. 13th
15 John Van Brill Rutgers Sr. 15th
16 Josh Humphreys Lehigh Fr. 17th
17 Griffin Parriott Purdue So. 14th
18 Zac Carson Ohio U. Jr. 18th
19 BC LaPrade Virginia Tech So. 19th
20 Christian Pagdilao Arizona State Sr. 20th

 

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. 4th
5 Chance Marstellar Lock Haven Sr. 5th
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 Mekhi Lewis Virginia Tech RS Fr. 12th
11 Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Jr. 10th
12 Bryce Steiert Northern Iowa Sr. 11th
13 Andrew Fogarty North Dakota State Jr. 13th
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 Cam Coy Virginia RS Fr. 19th
20 Te’Shan Campbell Ohio State Sr. 20th

 

174 pounds                                               

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Mark Hall Penn State Jr. 1st
2 Daniel Lewis Missouri Sr. 2nd
3 Zahid Valencia Arizona State Jr. 3rd
4 Myles Amine Michigan Jr. 4th
5 Jordan Kutler Lehigh Jr. 5th
6 Jacobe Smith Oklahoma State Sr. 10th/184
7 David McFadden Virginia Tech Jr. 7th
8 Taylor Lujan Northern Iowa Jr. 8th
9 Mikey Labriola Nebraska RS Fr. 9th
10 Ryan Christiansen Wisconsin Sr. NR
11 Kimball Bastian Utah Valley Jr. 11th
12 Brit Wilson Northern Illinois RS Fr. 12th
13 Matt Finesilver Duke So. 13th
14 Dylan Lydy Purdue Jr. 14th
15 Brandon Womack Cornell Jr. 10th
16 Ethan Smith Ohio State Fr. 20th
17 Seldon Wright Old Dominion Sr. 15th
18 Ben Harvey Army Jr. 16th
19 Devin Skatzka Minnesota Jr. 18th
20 Neal Richards VMI Jr. 19th

 

184 pounds

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1 Myles Martin Ohio State Sr. 1st
2 Shakur Rasheed Penn State Sr. 2nd
3 Emery Parker Illinois Sr. 3rd
4 Ryan Preisch Lehigh Sr. 5th
5 Zack Zavatsky Virginia Tech Sr. 7th
6 Max Dean Cornell So. 6th
7 Nick Reenan NC State Jr. 4th
8 Taylor Venz Nebraska So. 8th
9 Lou DePrez Binghamton Fr. 9th
10 Dakota Geer Oklahoma State So. 10th
11 Nino Bonaccorsi Pitt Fr. 13th
12 Samuel Colbray Iowa State So. 17th
13 Drew Foster Northern Iowa Sr. 11th
14 Chip Ness North Carolina Sr. 14th
15 Cash Wilcke Iowa Jr. 12th
16 Cameron Caffey Michigan State So. 16th
17 Max Lyon Purdue So. 15th
18 Mason Reinhardt Wisconsin Jr. 18th
19 Corey Hazel Lock Haven Jr. 19th
20 Dylan Wisman Missouri Jr. 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 Preston Weigel Oklahoma State Sr. 6th
5 Jacob Warner Iowa RS Fr. 4th
6 Willie Miklus Iowa State Sr. 5th
7 Rocco Caywood Army Sr. 7th
8 Jay Aiello Virginia So. 8th
9 Christian Brunner Purdue Jr. 9th
10 Nathan Traxler Stanford So. 10th
11 Tom Sleigh Virginia Tech Sr. 11th
12 Eric Schultz Nebraska So. 12th
13 Ben Honis Cornell Sr. 13th
14 Greg Bulsak Clarion So. 19th
15 Tanner Orndorff Utah Valley Jr. 16th
16 Jackson Striggow Michigan Jr. 14th
17 Wyatt Koelling Missouri So. 18th
18 Stephen Loiseau Drexel Sr. 15th
19 Chris Weiler Lehigh So. 20th
20 Jacob Seely Northern Colorado Jr. 17th

 

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 Amar Dhesi Oregon State Sr. 4th
5 Jordan Wood Lehigh So. 5th
6 Matt Stencel Central Michigan So. 6th
7 Mason Parris Michigan Fr. 7th
8 Trent Hillger Wisconsin RS Fr. 8th
9 David Jensen Nebraska Jr. 9th
10 Demetrius Thomas Pitt Jr. 10th
11 Sam Stoll Iowa Sr. 11th
12 Conan Jennings Northwestern Sr. 12th
13 Youssif Hemida Maryland Sr. 13th
14 Jake Gunning Buffalo Sr. 14th
15 Matt Voss George Mason Sr. 15th
16 Chase Singletary Ohio State RS Fr. 16th
17 Thomas Haines Lock Haven Sr. 17th
18 Jeremy Sweany Cornell Sr. 18th
19 A.J. Nevills Fresno State So. 19th
20 Brian Andrews Wyoming So. 20th

 

 

 

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