17 Freshmen enter WIN’s Jan 11 College Rankings

By Mike Finn
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

Rk School Total Rank Top 8 TPI Points
1. Iowa 10 10 132
2. Michigan 9 5 81
3. Oklahoma State 9 6 69.5
4. Penn State 8 5 61.5
5. Nebraska 7 4 53
6. NC State 8 4 47.5
7. Virginia Tech 6 3 47
8. Iowa State 6 4 44.5
9. Ohio State 5 3 41.5
10. North Carolina 6 3 36
11t Arizona State 7 3 34.5
11t Northwestern 5 2 34.5
13. Pittsburgh 5 3 31.5
14. Missouri 9 2 31
15. Purdue 6 2 28.5
16. Michigan State 3 2 27.5
17t Central Michigan 2 2 25
17t Minnesota 5 1 25
19. West Virginia 1 1 20
20t Lehigh 4 2 18
20t Stanford 4 1 18
22. Oklahoma 6 1 17
23t Rutgers 4 1 16.5
23t Virginia 5 1 16.5
24. Northern Colorado 5 1 14.5
25. Rider 2 1 13.5
26. Wisconsin 2 1 12
27. Utah Valley 2 1 11.5
28t Binghamton 1 1 10
28t Illinois 5 0 10
30. Navy 3 1 9.5
31. South Dakota State 3 1 8.5
32t Clarion 1 1 6.5
32t Duke 1 1 6.5
32t Wyoming 4 0 6.5
35t Army West Point 4 0 5
35t Northern Iowa 3 0 5
37. Oregon State 3 0 4
38t Appalachian State 2 0 3.5
38t Northern Illinois 2 0 3.5
40t Fresno State 2 0 3
40t Indiana 2 0 3
40t North Dakota State 2 0 3
43. Chattanooga 2 0 2.5
44t Bucknell 1 0 2
44t Kent State 1 0 2
46t American U. 1 0 1.5
46t Buffalo 1 0 1.5
46t SIU- Edwardsville 1 0 1.5
49t Campbell 1 0 1
49t Drexel 1 0 1
49t George Mason 1 0 1
49t Ohio 1 0 1

 

WIN’S Jan. 11, 2021 Team Dual Rankings

Rk. School W-L
1. Iowa 0-0
2. Penn State 0-0
3. Michigan 2-0
4. Nebraska 1-0
5. Oklahoma State 2-0
6. NC State 2-0
7. Missouri 5-0
8. Ohio State 0-0
9. Virginia Tech 4-0
10. Iowa State 3-0
11. Arizona State 2-0
12. Minnesota 0-1
13. Pitt 2-0
14. North Carolina 1-0
15. Rutgers 0-1
16. Purdue 0-0
17. Lehigh 0-1
18. Stanford 0-0
19. Oklahoma 0-1
20. Wisconsin 0-0
21. Northern Iowa 2-0
22. Northern Colorado 3-0
23. Army 0-0
24. Northwestern 0-0
25. Wyoming 1-2

 

WIN Magazine’s Jan. 11, 2021 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Spencer Lee Iowa Senior 1st
2. Rayvon Foley Michigan State Junior 2nd
3. Devin Schroder Purdue Senior 3rd
4. Drew Hildebrandt Central Michigan Senior 4th
5. Michael DeAugustino Northwestern Sophomore 5th
6. Brandon Courtney Arizona State Junior 7th
7. Jakob Camacho NC State Sophomore 8th
8. Alex Mackall Iowa State Senior 9th
9. Dylan Ragusin Michigan Freshman NR
10. Liam Cronin Nebraska Senior 14th
11. Justin Cardani Illinois Sophomore 15th
12. Sam Latona Virginia Tech RS Freshman NR
13. Trevor Mastrogiovanni Oklahoma State Freshman NR
14. Connor Brown Missouri Junior NR
15. Taylor Lamont Utah Valley Junior 12th/133
16. Brock Hudkins Indiana Senior 12th
17. Patrick McKee Minnesota Sophomore 16th
18. Nicolas Aguilar Rutgers Sophomore 19th
19. Logan Treaster Navy Sophomore NR
20 Brody Teske Northern Iowa RS Freshman NR

 

133 pounds

Wt Name School Year Previous
1. Daton Fix Oklahoma State Sophomore 2nd
2. Stevan Micic Michigan Grad. 3rd
3. Roman Bravo-Young Penn State Junior 4th
4. Austin DeSanto Iowa Senior 5th
5. Mickey Phillippi Pittsburgh Junior 6th
6. Michael McGee Arizona State Junior 16th
7. Brandon Paetzell Lehigh Senior NR
8. Korbin Myers Virginia Tech Senior NR
9. Mosha Schwartz Northern Colorado Sophomore 10th
10. Matt Schmitt Missouri Grad. 13th
11. Anthony Madrigal Oklahoma Junior 11th
12. Jack Skudlarczyk Northern Iowa Junior 14th
13. Zach Price South Dakota St. Sophomore NR
14. Devan Turner Oregon State Senior 9th
15. Jarrett Trombley NC State Sophomore 17th
16. Jamie Hernandez North Carolina Junior NR
17. Louie Hayes Virginia Senior NR
18. Chris Cannon Northwestern RS Freshman NR
19. Andrew Wert Army Sophomore NR
20. Mario Guillen Ohio Senior NR

 

141 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Jaydin Eierman Iowa Senior 1st
2. Nick Lee Penn State Senior 2nd
3. Sebastian Rivera Rutgers Grad. 3rd
4. Ian Parker Iowa State Senior 5h
5. Chad Red Jr. Nebraska Senior 6th
6. Dom Demas Oklahoma Junior 7th
7. Kaid Brock Oklahoma State Senior 8th
8. Zachary Sherman North Carolina Junior 10th
9. Tariq Wilson NC State Senior 14th
10. Allen Hart Missouri Junior NR
11. Dylan Duncan Illinois Senior 19th
12. Cody Trybus Navy Senior 17th
13. D.J. Loren Fresno State Senior 15th
14. Cole Matthews Pittsburgh Sophomore 16th
15. Grant Willits Oregon State Junior 18th
16. Derek Spann Buffalo Senior 19th/133
17. Parker Filius Purdue Junior 20th
18. Pete Lipari Arizona State Senior NR
19. Alex Madrigal George Mason Senior NR
20. Brian Courtney Virginia Junior NR

 

149 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Austin O`Connor North Carolina Junior 1st
2. Sammy Sasso Ohio State Sophomore 2nd
3. Brock Mauller Missouri Junior 3rd
4. Boo Lewallen Oklahoma State Senior 4th
5. Jarrett Degen Iowa State Senior 6th
6. Andrew Alirez Northern Colorado Sophomore 8th
7. Kanen Storr Michigan Senior 7th
8. Max Murin Iowa Junior 10th
9. Mike Carr Illinois Junior NR
10. Griffin Parriott Purdue Senior 11th
11. Jarod Verkleeren Penn State Junior 13th
12. Jonathan Millner Appalachian State Junior 12th
13. Bryce Andonian Virginia Tech Sophomore 14th
14. Yahya Thomas Northwestern Junior 17th
15. Graham Rooks Indiana Sophomore 16th
16. Jaden Abas Stanford Freshman NR
17. Joshua Heil Campbell Senior 9th/141
18. Mitch Moore Oklahoma Junior 15th
19. Tanner Smith Chattanooga Junior 19th
20. Jimmy Hoffman Lehigh Junior 20th

 

157 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Ryan Deakin Northwestern Senior 1st
2. Hayden Hidlay NC State Senior 2nd
3. David Carr Iowa State Sophomore 3rd
4. Jesse Dellavecchia Rider Grad 4th
5. Kendall Coleman Purdue Sophomore 5th
6. Josh Humphreys Lehigh Junior 6th
7. Wyatt Sheets Oklahoma State Junior 7th
8. Kaleb Young Iowa Senior 8th
9. Brayton Lee Minnesota Sophomore 5th/149
10. Will Lewan Michigan Sophomore 10th
11. Markus Hartman Army West Point Junior 11th
12. Justin Thomas Oklahoma Senior 14th
13. Jacori Teemer Arizona State Sophomore 9th
14. Jarrett Jacques Missouri Junior 15th
15. Jared Franek North Dakota St. Sophomore 13th
16. Justin Ruffin SIU Edwardsville Junior 16th
17. Jacob Wright Wyoming Junior 17th
18. Justin McCoy Virginia Sophomore 18th
19. Hunter Willits Oregon State Junior NR
20. Tyler Eischens Stanford Sophomore 19th

 

165 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Mehki Lewis Virginia Tech Sophomore 1st
2. Alex Marinelli Iowa Senior 2nd
3. Shane Griffith Stanford Sophomore 3rd
4. Travis Wittlake Oklahoma State Sophomore 4th
5. Anthony Valencia Arizona State Senior 5th
6. Jake Wentzel Pittsburgh Senior 8th
7. Tanner Skidgel Navy Senior 6th
8. Thomas Bullard NC State Senior 7th
9. Zach Hartman Bucknell Junior 11th
10 Carson Kharchla Ohio State RS Freshman NR
11. Dan Braunagel Illinois Sophomore 10th
12. Kennedy Monday North Carolina Senior 12th
13. Jake Tucker Michigan State Senior 13th
14. Izzak Olejnik Northern Illinois Sophomore 14th
15. Tanner Cook South Dakota State Sophomore 15th
16. Keegan O’Toole Missouri Freshman NR
17. Andrew Sparks Minnesota Freshman NR
18. Peyton Robb Nebraska Sophomore 12th/157
19. Joe Lee Penn State RS Freshman NR
20. Cameron Amine Michigan RS Freshman NR

 

174 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Michael Kemerer Iowa Grad. 1st
2. Logan Massa Michigan Senior 2nd
3. Mikey Labriola Nebraska Junior 3rd
4. Kaleb Romero Ohio State Junior 4th
5. Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Senior 6th
6. Carter Starocci Penn State RS Freshman NR
7. Matt Finesilver Duke Junior NR
8. Devin Kane North Carolina Senior NR
9. Gregg Harvey Pittsburgh Senior 11th
10. Daniel Bullard NC State Senior 10th
11. Andrew McNally Kent State Senior 12th
12. Trey Munoz Arizona State RS Freshmen NR
13. Dustin Plott Oklahoma State Freshman NR
14. Anthony Mantanona Oklahoma Junior 5th
15. Jackson Hemauer Northern Colorado Junior 15th
16. Thomas Flitz Appalachian State Senior 17th
17. Emil Soehnlen Purdue Sophomore 20th/165
18. Joe Grello Rutgers Grad. 16th
19. Michael O`Malley Drexel Sophomore 20th
20. Bailee O’Reilly Minnesota Junior NR

 

184 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Myles Amine Michigan Grad 2nd
2. Hunter Bolen Virginia Tech Junior 3rd
3. Aaron Brooks Penn State Sophomore 4th
4 Trent Hidlay NC State Sophomore 5th
5. Lou Deprez Binghamton Junior 6th
6. Taylor Venz Nebraska Senior 7th
7. Dakota Geer Oklahoma State Senior 8th
8. Abe Assad Iowa Sophomore 9th
9 Chris Weiler Wisconsin Senior 10th
10. Rocky Jordan Ohio State Sophomore 11th
11. Zach Braunagel Illinois Sophomore 12th
12. Brit Wilson Northern Illinois Junior 13th
13. Matthew Waddell Chattanooga Junior 15th
14. Tanner Harvey American Senior 14th
15. Clay Lautt North Carolina Junior 9th/174
16. Jelani Embree Michigan Junior 16th
17. Sam Colbray Iowa State Senior 7th/174
18. Jeremiah Kent Missouri Sophomore NR
19. Tate Samuelson Wyoming Junior 19th
20. Max Lyon Purdue Senior 20th

 

197 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Noah Adams West Virginia Junior 1st
2. Eric Schultz Nebraska Senior 2nd
3. Jacob Warner Iowa Junior 3rd
4. Jay Aiello Virginia Senior 4th
5. Cameron Caffey Michigan State Junior 5th
6. Nino Bonaccorsi Pittsburgh Junior 6th/184
7. Greg Bulsak Clarion Senior 7th
8. Tanner Sloan South Dakota St. Sophomore 8th
9. Kordell Norfleet Arizona State Junior 6th
10. Nathan Traxler Stanford Senior 9th
11. Lucas Davison Northwestern Sophomore 10th
12. A.J. Ferrari Oklahoma State Freshman NR
13. Jake Woodley Oklahoma Junior 12th
14. Jake Jakobsen Lehigh Senior 13th
15. Rocky Elam Missouri Freshman NR
16. Stephen Buchanan Wyoming Sophomore 14th
17. Billy Janzer Rutgers Sophomore 16th
18. Jacob Seely Northern Colorado Senior 17th
19. JT Brown Army West Point Junior 15th
20. Michael Beard Penn State Freshman NR

 

Heavyweight

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Gable Steveson Minnesota Junior 1st
2. Mason Parris Michigan Junior 2nd
3. Tony Cassioppi Iowa Sophomore 3rd
4. Matt Stencel Central Michigan Senior 4th
5. Trent Hillger Wisconsin Junior 5th
6. Tate Orndorff Ohio State Junior 6th
7. Zach Elam Missouri Sophomore 7th
8. Greg Kerkvliet Penn State RS Freshman NR
9 Gannon Gremmel Iowa State Senior 8th
10. Carter Isley Northern Iowa Senior 10th
11 Brian Andrews Wyoming Senior 9th
12. John Borst Virginia Tech Junior 12th
13. Christian Lance Nebraska Senior 13th
14. A.J. Nevills Fresno State Junior 14th
15. Deonte Wilson NC State Junior 15th
16. Brandon Metz North Dakota State Junior 16th
17. Ben Sullivan Army West Point Junior 17th
18. Ethan Laird Rider Senior 11th/197
19. Quinn Miller Virginia Junior 18th
20. Dalton Robertson Northern Colorado Senior 11th

 

 

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