Gross & Lugo new No. 1s, Purdue joins Top 10 in WIN’s Jan. 6 Rankings

Updated: January 6, 2020

Photo: Wisconsin’s Seth Gross (left) defeated Iowa’s Austin DeSanto in the 2019 Midlands to take over No. 1 spot at 133 pounds in WIN’s Jan. 6 rankings. Iowa’s Pat Lugo (right) knocked off top-ranked Austin O’Connor for the 149-pound Midlands title and is now rated No. 1 at 149 pounds. (Ginger Robinson photos)


NEWTON, Iowa — Coming off Midlands championships where they knocked off the top-ranked wrestlers at 133 and 149 pounds, Wisconsin’s Seth Gross and Iowa’s Pat Lugo have taken over the top spots at those weight classes in WIN Magazine’s Jan. 6, 2020 Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

Gross, who transferred this year from South Dakota State (where he won an NCAA title in 2018), returned to WIN’s No. 1 ranking at 133 pounds after the Badger senior defeated Iowa’s Austin DeSanto, 6-5, for the 133-pound championship at the Midlands, Dec. 30, in Chicago. This victory also avenged an earlier-season loss to the Hawkeye junior, who held the top spot for a month.

Lugo became the new No. 1-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds after the senior defeated North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor, 8-4, in the finals at this year’s Midlands.

Iowa, which dominated the recent Midlands with five individual champions and a tournament-record 196.5 points, remained the No. 1 team in WIN’s dual team rankings (4-0) and Tournament Power Index. The Hawkeyes continue to feature a ranked wrestler at all 10 weight classes with nine rated in the Top 8 of their weight class, including Spencer Lee No. 1 at 125, and leads the current TPI with 130.5 points.

Penn State, which has not competed as a full team since Dec. 8, remains No. 2 in both the Dual rankings (3-1) and TPI (105). Seven of the eight ranked Nittany Lions are rated in the Top 8, including four wrestlers ranked No. 1: Nick Lee (141), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Anthony Cassar (Hwt).

Ohio State is ranked No. 3 in the TPI (51) with six ranked wrestlers, including top-ranked Kollin Moore at 197. The other top-ranked wrestler are Northwestern’s Ryan Deakin at 157 pounds and  Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia at 184.

Among the schools making the biggest jump as a team is Purdue, which is tied for fourth place in WIN’s TPI (49) and features five ranked wrestlers; four in the Top 8, including Devin Schroder  (No. 5 at 125 pounds), Kendall Coleman (No. 6 at 157), Dylan Lydy (No. 4 at 174) and Christian Brunner (No. 2 at 197).

WIN’s Tournament Power Index is a prediction of accumulated NCAA points of ranked wrestlers on a respective team associated to where they might place at the 2020 NCAA Championships, March 19-21, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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 Jan. 6, 2020 Dual Team Rankings

2.Penn State3-12nd
4.NC State7-04th
5.Virginia Tech5-05th
6.Oklahoma State4-16th
7.Ohio State3-17th
9.Arizona State5-09th
12.Iowa State2-112th
14.Northern Iowa1-215th
18.North Carolina4-123rd
21.Army West Point6-218th
25.North Dakota State3-2NR



WIN Magazine’s Jan. 6, 2020 Tournament Power Index

Pl.SchoolTotal RankedTop 8 RankedTPI Pts
2.Penn State87105
3.Ohio State6351
8.Arizona State6443.5
11.Oklahoma State8236.5
12.NC State6235
13.Northern Iowa5433.5
14.Iowa State8230.5
15.Virginia Tech7227.5
21.North Carolina3119
26.Utah Valley2112
27.Central Michigan2111
28t.West Virginia1110
33t.North Dakota State217.5
37t.American U.304.5
37t.Fresno State304.5
37t.Old Dominion304.5
41t.Lock Haven303.5
43t.Northern Colorado203
45t.South Dakota State202.5
47t.Michigan State202
49t.Air Force101.5
49t.Northern Illinois101.5
52t.Appalachian State101
52t.Cal Poly101
52t.Cleveland State101
52t.George Mason101


WIN Magazine’s Jan. 6, 2020 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr  Prev 
1.Spencer LeeIowaJr.1st
2.Jack MuellerVirginiaSr.2nd
3.Pat GloryPrincetonSo.3rd
4.Nick PiccininniOklahoma StateSr.4th
5.Devin SchroderPurdueJr.5th
6.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternRS Fr.10th
7.Brock HudkinsIndianaJr.7th
8.Brandon PaetzellLehighJr.9th
9.Michael ColaioccoPennFr.14th
10.Drew HildebrandtCentral MichiganJr.8th
11.Alex MackallIowa StateJr.12th
12.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaRS Fr.13th
13.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateSo.15th
14.Joey PrataVirginia TechJr.11th
15.Sidney FloresAir ForceSo.NR
16.Logan TreasterNavyJr.NR
17.Michael McGeeOld DominionJr.NR
18.Luke WernerLock HavenJr.NR
19.Nicolas AguilarRutgersRS Fr.19th
20.Cage CurryAmerican U.Jr.20th


133 pounds                                               

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Seth GrossWisconsinGr.2nd
2.Austin DeSantoIowaJr.1st
3.Sebastian RiveraNorthwesternJr.3rd
4.Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateSo.4th
5.Charles TuckerCornellSr.6th
6.Micky PhillippiPittSo.5th
7.Montorie BridgesWyomingJr.8th
8.Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.Sr.7th
9.Travis PiotrowskiIllinoisSr.10th
10.Noah GonserCampbellSr.9th
11.Sammy AlvarezRutgersFr.15th
12.Zack TrampeBinghamtonSo12th
13.Louie HayesVirginiaJr.13th
14.Nick FarroLehighJr.14th
15.Todd SmallIowa StateJr.17th
16.Reece WitcraftOklahoma StateFr.NR
17.Cole ManleyLock HavenSo.NR
18.Ridge LovettNebraskaFr.11th
19.Devan TurnerOregon StateJr.NR
20.Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoFr.18th


141 pounds

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Nick LeePenn StateJr.1st
2Luke PletcherOhio StateSr.2nd
3.Mitch McKeeMinnesotaSr.3rd
4.Dom DemasOklahomaSo.4th
5.Real WoodsStanfordRSFr.10th
6.Chad RedNebraskaJr.5th
7.Max MurinIowaSo.6th
8.Joshua HeilCampbellJr.11th
9.Ian ParkerIowa StateJr.9th
10.Tristan MoranWisconsinSr.7th
11.Zach ShermanNorth CarolinaSo.NR
12.Dusty HoneOklahoma StateJr.NR
13.Sa’Derian PerryOld DominionSr.13th
14.Shakur LaneyOhioSr.14th
15.Kyle ShoopLock HavenSr.12th
16.Grant LeethMissouriSo.8th
17.Tariq WilsonNC StateJr.16th
18.Mitch MooreVirginia TechSo.17th
19.Evan CheekCleveland StateSr.NR
20.Dylan DuncanIllinoisJr.NR


149 pounds           

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Pat LugoIowaSr.3rd
2.Austin O’ConnorNorth CarolinaSo.1st
3.Boo LewallenOklahoma StateJr.4th
4.Brock MaullerMissouriSo.2nd
5.Brayton LeeMinnesotaRSFr.5th
6.Sammy SassoOhio StateRSFr.6th
7.Jarrett DegenIowa StateJr.7th
8.Max ThomsenNorthern IowaSr.9th
9.Andrew AlirezNorthern ColoradoFr.16th
10.Brock ZacherlClarionSr.12th
11.Kizhan ClarkeAmerican U.Jr.13th
12.Mike D’AngeloPrincetonSr.11th
13.Collin PurintonNebraskaSr.18th
14.Yayha ThomasNorthwesternSo.8th
15.Kanen StorrMichiganJr.NR
16.Griffin ParriottPurdueJr.10th
17.Brent MooreVirginia TechSo.17th
18.Colston DiBlasiGeorge MasonSr.NR
19.John MilnerAppalachian StateSo.20th
20.Cole MartinWisconsinSr.15th


157 pounds           

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Ryan DeakinNorthwesternJr.1st
2.Hayden HidlayNC StateJr.2nd
3.David CarrIowa StateRSFr.3rd
4.Kaleb YoungIowaJr.4th
5.Quincey MondayPrincetonSo.7th
6.Kendall ColemanPurdueRSFr.6th
7.Jesse DellavecchiaRiderSr.8th
8.Brady BergePenn StateSo.9th
9.Josh HumphreysLehighSo.13th
10.Jarrett JacquesMissouriSo.11th
11.Markus HartmanArmySo.NR
12.Larry EarlyOld DominionSr.5th
13.Justin ThomasOklahomaJr.15th
14.BC LaPradeVirginia TechJr.18th
15.Jacob WrightFresno StateSo.14th
16.Wyatt SheetsOklahoma StateSo.NR
17.Zach CarsonOhioSr.17th
18.Peyton RobbNebraskaRSFr.16th
19.Jake TuckerMichigan StateJr.19th
20.Will LewanMichiganRSFr.20th


165 pounds                                               

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Vincenzo JosephPenn StateSr.1st
2.Alex MarinelliIowaJr.2nd
3.Isaiah WhiteNebraskaSr.4th
4.David McFaddenVirginia TechSr.5th
5.Evan WickWisconsinJr.3rd
6.Josh ShieldsArizona StateSr.6th
7.Shane GriffithStanfordRSFr.8th
8.Tanner SkidgelNavyJr.9th
9.Andrew FogartyNorth Dakota St.Sr.11th
10.Travis WittlakeOklahoma StateRSFr.13th
11.Ethan SmithOhio StateSo.15th
12.Philip ConigliaroHarvardFr.NR
13.Danny BraunagelIllinoisFr.NR
14.Zach HartmanBucknellSo.12th
15.Thomas BullardNC StateJr.14th
16.Jake WentzellPittJr.10th
17.Ebed JarrellDrexelSr.18th
18.Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaJr.19th
19.Quentin PerezCampbellJr.17th
20.Jake KeatingVirginiaJr.NR


174 pounds

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Mark HallPenn StateSr.1st
2.Michael KemererIowaSr.2nd
3.Jordan KutlerLehighSr.3rd
4.Dylan LydyPurdueSr.4th
5.Bryce SteiertNorthern IowaSr.5th
6.Mikey LabriolaNebraskaSo.6th
7.Devin SkatzkaMinnesotaSr.8th
8.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateSr.9th
9.Kimball BastianUtah ValleySr.10th
10.Joey GuntherIllinoisSr.NR
11.Ben HarveyArmySr.14th
12.Kaleb RomeroOhio StateSo.11th
13.Jackson HemauerFresno StateSo.12th
14.Hayden HastingsWyomingSo.13th
15.Joe SmithOklahoma StateSr.7th
16.Brandon WomackCornellSr.15th
17.Marcus ColemanIowa StateSo.16th
18.Daniel BullardNC StateJr.17th
19.Spencer CareyNavyJr.NR
20.Neal RichardsVMISr.NR


184 pounds                                   

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1Zahid ValenciaArizona StateSr.1st
2.Lou DePrezBinghamtonSo.7th
3.Trent HidlayNC StateRSFr.2nd
6.Nino BonaccorsiPittSo.3rd
5.Taylor LujanNorthern IowaSr.4th
6.Hunter BolenVirginia TechSo.5th
7.Taylor VenzNebraskaJr.6th
8.Aaron BrooksPenn StateFr.9th
9.Sam ColbrayIowa StateJr.10th
10.Johnny SebastianWisconsinSr.NR
11.Cash WilckeIowaJr.NR
12.Zac BraunagelIllinoisRSFr.12th
13.Tanner HarveyAmerican U.Jr.19th
14.Jelani EmbreeMichiganSo.14th
15Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisSo.15th
16.Zach CarlsonSouth Dakota StateSr.NR
17.Matt WaddellChattanoogaSo.NR
18.Cameron CaffeyMichigan StateSo.18th
19.Owen WebsterMinnesotaSr.NR
20.Jonathan LoewCornellFr.NR


197 pounds

Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Kollin MooreOhio StateSr.1st
2.Christian BrunnerPurdueSr.8th
3.Patrick BruckiPrincetonJr.3rd
4.Ben DarmstadtCornellJr.8th/184
5.Noah AdamsWest VirginiaSo.17th
6.Jacob WarnerIowaSo.2nd
7.Jacob HolschlagNorthern IowaSr.5th
8.Nathan TraxlerStanfordJr.7th
9.Jay AielloVirginiaJr.NR
10.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateJr.4th
11.Nick ReenanNC StateJr.6th
12.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateJr.9th
13.Shakur RasheedPenn StateSr.11th
14.Jake WoodleyOklahomaSo.12th
15.Eric SchultzNebraskaJr.13th
16.Greg BulsakClarionJr.14th
17.Tanner SloanSouth Dakota StateRSFr.15th
18.Ethan LairdRiderJr.16th
19.Thomas LaneCal PolySr.10th
20.Jake JakobsenLehighJr.19th



Wt/Rk  Name    School    Yr    Prev 
1.Anthony CassarPenn StateSr.1st
2.Gable StevesonMinnesotaSo.2nd
3.Mason ParrisMichiganSo.3rd
4.Anthony CassioppiIowaRSFr.5th
5.Tate OrndorffUtah ValleySo.4th
6.Matt StencelCentral MichiganJr.7th
7.Trent HillgerWisconsinSo.6th
8.Tanner HallArizona StateGr.8th
9.Jordan WoodLehighJr.11th
10.Yaraslau SlavikouskiHarvardFr.NR
11.Gannon GremmelIowa StateJr.16th
12.Chase SingletaryOhio StateSo.9th
13.Carter IsleyNorthern IowaJr.17th
14.Josh HokitFresno StateSr.13th
15.Demetrius ThomasPittSr.10th
16.Jere HeinoCampbellJr.12th
17.Christian LanceNebraskaSr.18th
18.John BorstVirginia TechSo.NR
19.Ben SullivanArmySo.NR
20.Brian AndrewsWyomingJr.19th


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