17 Freshmen enter WIN’s Jan 11 College Rankings

Updated: January 11, 2021

Photo: Greg Kerkvliet (left) of Penn State, Dylan Ragusin of Michigan and A.J. Ferrari of Oklahoma State are among the notable freshmen in WIN’s Jan. 11 team and individual rankings.

NEWTON, Iowa — Now that the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling season is finally underway … and with just dual meet competition … a whopping 17 freshmen are rated in WIN Magazine’s first national rankings of this shortened season.

Four talented freshen enter WIN’s rankings for the first time in their collegiate careers in the top 10. All four wrestle in the Big Ten Conference. Penn State has two of them, Carter Starocci is the highest ranked newcomer at No. 6 at 174 pounds while teammate Greg Kerkvliet is No. 8 at heavyweight. Michigan’s Dylan Ragusin is slated at No. 9 at 125 while Ohio State freshman Carson Kharchla is in the No. 10 spot at 165 for Ohio State.

Iowa, looking to claim the program’s 25th all-time team championship this March at the NCAA Division I Championships in St. Louis, has 132 points in WIN’s Tournament Power Index, which is based on potential NCAA points that go with a wrestler’s individual ranking. Iowa features 10 ranked wrestlers, all in the Top 8 of their weight class, including a trio of  No. 1-ranked wrestlers in Spencer Lee (125), Jaydin Eierman (141) and Michael Kemmerer (174).  Iowa, which opens its season this Friday against Nebraska, also tops WIN’s Dual-Meet rankings.

Michigan is ranked second in WIN’s TPI with 81 as the Wolverines feature nine ranked wrestlers and five rated in the Top 8. This goup includes top-ranked Myles Amine at 184 pounds. Michigan, which opened its season with wins over Rutgers and Maryland, is rated No. 3 in WIN’s dual rankings.

Oklahoma State, Penn State and Nebraska make up the rest of the Top 5 schools in both team rankings.

The Cowboys, which feature nine ranked wrestlers and a top-ranked wrestler in Daton Fix at 133 pounds, have 69.5 TPI points, just ahead of Penn State with 61.5 points. Nebraska is fifth in the TPI with 53 points, based on seven ranked wrestlers and four in the Top 8. The Nittany Lions, who open their season this Saturday in a dual meet at Rutgers, are rated No. 2 in WIN’s dual rankings, followed by Michigan, Nebraska (coming off a home win against Minnesota) and Oklahoma State, which defeated Chattanooga and Oregon State last weekend on their home mat.

Among Penn State’s eight ranked wrestlers are two former All-Americans in junior Roman Bravo-Young (133) and senior Nick Lee (141), while Cael Sanderson’s squad features a No. 3-ranked wrestler in sophomore Aaron Brooks (184) and four freshmen: Joe Lee (165), Starocci (174), Michael Beard (197) and Kerkvliet (Hwt).

Michigan and Oklahoma State also feature several freshmen, including the Wolverines’ Ragusin (125) and Cameron Amine (165), while Oklahoma State has introduced freshmen Trevor Mastrogiovanni  (125), Dustin Plott (174) and A.J. Ferrari (197) to varsity competition this winter.

The following are WIN’s team and individual rankings. The TPI points are broken down by individual ranks; 20 for 1st place, 16 for 2nd, 13.5 for 3rd, 12.5 for 4th, 10 for 5th, 9 for 6th, 6.5 for 7th and 5.5 for 8th. Wrestlers ranked 9-12 earn two points each, followed by 1.5 point for wrestlers ranked 13-16 and 1 point for those ranked 17-20.


WIN’s Jan. 11, 2021 Tournament Power Index

RkSchoolTotal RankTop 8 TPI Points
3.Oklahoma State9669.5
4.Penn State8561.5
6.NC State8447.5
7.Virginia Tech6347
8.Iowa State6444.5
9.Ohio State5341.5
10.North Carolina6336
11tArizona State7334.5
16.Michigan State3227.5
17tCentral Michigan2225
19.West Virginia1120
24.Northern Colorado5114.5
27.Utah Valley2111.5
31.South Dakota State318.5
35tArmy West Point405
35tNorthern Iowa305
37.Oregon State304
38tAppalachian State203.5
38tNorthern Illinois203.5
40tFresno State203
40tNorth Dakota State203
44tKent State102
46tAmerican U.101.5
46tSIU- Edwardsville101.5
49tGeorge Mason101


WIN’S Jan. 11, 2021 Team Dual Rankings

2.Penn State0-0
5.Oklahoma State2-0
6.NC State2-0
8.Ohio State0-0
9.Virginia Tech4-0
10.Iowa State3-0
11.Arizona State2-0
14.North Carolina1-0
21.Northern Iowa2-0
22.Northern Colorado3-0


WIN Magazine’s Jan. 11, 2021 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

1.Spencer LeeIowaSenior1st
2.Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateJunior2nd
3.Devin SchroderPurdueSenior3rd
4.Drew HildebrandtCentral MichiganSenior4th
5.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternSophomore5th
6.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateJunior7th
7.Jakob CamachoNC StateSophomore8th
8.Alex MackallIowa StateSenior9th
9.Dylan RagusinMichiganFreshmanNR
10.Liam CroninNebraskaSenior14th
11.Justin CardaniIllinoisSophomore15th
12.Sam LatonaVirginia TechRS FreshmanNR
13.Trevor MastrogiovanniOklahoma StateFreshmanNR
14.Connor BrownMissouriJuniorNR
15.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJunior12th/133
16.Brock HudkinsIndianaSenior12th
17.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSophomore16th
18.Nicolas AguilarRutgersSophomore19th
19.Logan TreasterNavySophomoreNR
20Brody TeskeNorthern IowaRS FreshmanNR


133 pounds

1.Daton FixOklahoma StateSophomore2nd
2.Stevan MicicMichiganGrad.3rd
3.Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateJunior4th
4.Austin DeSantoIowaSenior5th
5.Mickey PhillippiPittsburghJunior6th
6.Michael McGeeArizona StateJunior16th
7.Brandon PaetzellLehighSeniorNR
8.Korbin MyersVirginia TechSeniorNR
9.Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoSophomore10th
10.Matt SchmittMissouriGrad.13th
11.Anthony MadrigalOklahomaJunior11th
12.Jack SkudlarczykNorthern IowaJunior14th
13.Zach PriceSouth Dakota St.SophomoreNR
14.Devan TurnerOregon StateSenior9th
15.Jarrett TrombleyNC StateSophomore17th
16.Jamie HernandezNorth CarolinaJuniorNR
17.Louie HayesVirginiaSeniorNR
18.Chris CannonNorthwesternRS FreshmanNR
19.Andrew WertArmySophomoreNR
20.Mario GuillenOhioSeniorNR


141 pounds

1.Jaydin EiermanIowaSenior1st
2.Nick LeePenn StateSenior2nd
3.Sebastian RiveraRutgersGrad.3rd
4.Ian ParkerIowa StateSenior5h
5.Chad Red Jr.NebraskaSenior6th
6.Dom DemasOklahomaJunior7th
7.Kaid BrockOklahoma StateSenior8th
8.Zachary ShermanNorth CarolinaJunior10th
9.Tariq WilsonNC StateSenior14th
10.Allen HartMissouriJuniorNR
11.Dylan DuncanIllinoisSenior19th
12.Cody TrybusNavySenior17th
13.D.J. LorenFresno StateSenior15th
14.Cole MatthewsPittsburghSophomore16th
15.Grant WillitsOregon StateJunior18th
16.Derek SpannBuffaloSenior19th/133
17.Parker FiliusPurdueJunior20th
18.Pete LipariArizona StateSeniorNR
19.Alex MadrigalGeorge MasonSeniorNR
20.Brian CourtneyVirginiaJuniorNR


149 pounds

1.Austin O`ConnorNorth CarolinaJunior1st
2.Sammy SassoOhio StateSophomore2nd
3.Brock MaullerMissouriJunior3rd
4.Boo LewallenOklahoma StateSenior4th
5.Jarrett DegenIowa StateSenior6th
6.Andrew AlirezNorthern ColoradoSophomore8th
7.Kanen StorrMichiganSenior7th
8.Max MurinIowaJunior10th
9.Mike CarrIllinoisJuniorNR
10.Griffin ParriottPurdueSenior11th
11.Jarod VerkleerenPenn StateJunior13th
12.Jonathan MillnerAppalachian StateJunior12th
13.Bryce AndonianVirginia TechSophomore14th
14.Yahya ThomasNorthwesternJunior17th
15.Graham RooksIndianaSophomore16th
16.Jaden AbasStanfordFreshmanNR
17.Joshua HeilCampbellSenior9th/141
18.Mitch MooreOklahomaJunior15th
19.Tanner SmithChattanoogaJunior19th
20.Jimmy HoffmanLehighJunior20th


157 pounds

1.Ryan DeakinNorthwesternSenior1st
2.Hayden HidlayNC StateSenior2nd
3.David CarrIowa StateSophomore3rd
4.Jesse DellavecchiaRiderGrad4th
5.Kendall ColemanPurdueSophomore5th
6.Josh HumphreysLehighJunior6th
7.Wyatt SheetsOklahoma StateJunior7th
8.Kaleb YoungIowaSenior8th
9.Brayton LeeMinnesotaSophomore5th/149
10.Will LewanMichiganSophomore10th
11.Markus HartmanArmy West PointJunior11th
12.Justin ThomasOklahomaSenior14th
13.Jacori TeemerArizona StateSophomore9th
14.Jarrett JacquesMissouriJunior15th
15.Jared FranekNorth Dakota St.Sophomore13th
16.Justin RuffinSIU EdwardsvilleJunior16th
17.Jacob WrightWyomingJunior17th
18.Justin McCoyVirginiaSophomore18th
19.Hunter WillitsOregon StateJuniorNR
20.Tyler EischensStanfordSophomore19th


165 pounds

1.Mehki LewisVirginia TechSophomore1st
2.Alex MarinelliIowaSenior2nd
3.Shane GriffithStanfordSophomore3rd
4.Travis WittlakeOklahoma StateSophomore4th
5.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateSenior5th
6.Jake WentzelPittsburghSenior8th
7.Tanner SkidgelNavySenior6th
8.Thomas BullardNC StateSenior7th
9.Zach HartmanBucknellJunior11th
10Carson KharchlaOhio StateRS FreshmanNR
11.Dan BraunagelIllinoisSophomore10th
12.Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaSenior12th
13.Jake TuckerMichigan StateSenior13th
14.Izzak OlejnikNorthern IllinoisSophomore14th
15.Tanner CookSouth Dakota StateSophomore15th
16.Keegan O’TooleMissouriFreshmanNR
17.Andrew SparksMinnesotaFreshmanNR
18.Peyton RobbNebraskaSophomore12th/157
19.Joe LeePenn StateRS FreshmanNR
20.Cameron AmineMichiganRS FreshmanNR


174 pounds

1.Michael KemererIowaGrad.1st
2.Logan MassaMichiganSenior2nd
3.Mikey LabriolaNebraskaJunior3rd
4.Kaleb RomeroOhio StateJunior4th
5.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySenior6th
6.Carter StarocciPenn StateRS FreshmanNR
7.Matt FinesilverDukeJuniorNR
8.Devin KaneNorth CarolinaSeniorNR
9.Gregg HarveyPittsburghSenior11th
10.Daniel BullardNC StateSenior10th
11.Andrew McNallyKent StateSenior12th
12.Trey MunozArizona StateRS FreshmenNR
13.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateFreshmanNR
14.Anthony MantanonaOklahomaJunior5th
15.Jackson HemauerNorthern ColoradoJunior15th
16.Thomas FlitzAppalachian StateSenior17th
17.Emil SoehnlenPurdueSophomore20th/165
18.Joe GrelloRutgersGrad.16th
19.Michael O`MalleyDrexelSophomore20th
20.Bailee O’ReillyMinnesotaJuniorNR


184 pounds

1.Myles AmineMichiganGrad2nd
2.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJunior3rd
3.Aaron BrooksPenn StateSophomore4th
4Trent HidlayNC StateSophomore5th
5.Lou DeprezBinghamtonJunior6th
6.Taylor VenzNebraskaSenior7th
7.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateSenior8th
8.Abe AssadIowaSophomore9th
9Chris WeilerWisconsinSenior10th
10.Rocky JordanOhio StateSophomore11th
11.Zach BraunagelIllinoisSophomore12th
12.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJunior13th
13.Matthew WaddellChattanoogaJunior15th
14.Tanner HarveyAmericanSenior14th
15.Clay LauttNorth CarolinaJunior9th/174
16.Jelani EmbreeMichiganJunior16th
17.Sam ColbrayIowa StateSenior7th/174
18.Jeremiah KentMissouriSophomoreNR
19.Tate SamuelsonWyomingJunior19th
20.Max LyonPurdueSenior20th


197 pounds

1.Noah AdamsWest VirginiaJunior1st
2.Eric SchultzNebraskaSenior2nd
3.Jacob WarnerIowaJunior3rd
4.Jay AielloVirginiaSenior4th
5.Cameron CaffeyMichigan StateJunior5th
6.Nino BonaccorsiPittsburghJunior6th/184
7.Greg BulsakClarionSenior7th
8.Tanner SloanSouth Dakota St.Sophomore8th
9.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateJunior6th
10.Nathan TraxlerStanfordSenior9th
11.Lucas DavisonNorthwesternSophomore10th
12.A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateFreshmanNR
13.Jake WoodleyOklahomaJunior12th
14.Jake JakobsenLehighSenior13th
15.Rocky ElamMissouriFreshmanNR
16.Stephen BuchananWyomingSophomore14th
17.Billy JanzerRutgersSophomore16th
18.Jacob SeelyNorthern ColoradoSenior17th
19.JT BrownArmy West PointJunior15th
20.Michael BeardPenn StateFreshmanNR



1.Gable StevesonMinnesotaJunior1st
2.Mason ParrisMichiganJunior2nd
3.Tony CassioppiIowaSophomore3rd
4.Matt StencelCentral MichiganSenior4th
5.Trent HillgerWisconsinJunior5th
6.Tate OrndorffOhio StateJunior6th
7.Zach ElamMissouriSophomore7th
8.Greg KerkvlietPenn StateRS FreshmanNR
9Gannon GremmelIowa StateSenior8th
10.Carter IsleyNorthern IowaSenior10th
11Brian AndrewsWyomingSenior9th
12.John BorstVirginia TechJunior12th
13.Christian LanceNebraskaSenior13th
14.A.J. NevillsFresno StateJunior14th
15.Deonte WilsonNC StateJunior15th
16.Brandon MetzNorth Dakota StateJunior16th
17.Ben SullivanArmy West PointJunior17th
18.Ethan LairdRiderSenior11th/197
19.Quinn MillerVirginiaJunior18th
20.Dalton RobertsonNorthern ColoradoSenior11th



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