Missouri & Illinois make big jumps in WIN’s Jan. 18 rankings

Updated: January 18, 2021

NEWTON, Iowa — The wrestling programs at Missouri and Illinois made the most notable jumps in the Jan. 18 national rankings by WIN Magazine.

The Tigers, with nine ranked wrestlers, moved up two spots to No. 5 in WIN’s dual ranks by collecting a pair of road wins over Iowa State and Northern Iowa to remain unbeaten (7-0) in this season that will consist of only dual meets. Meanwhile the Illini — unranked a week ago — defeated both Ohio State and Wisconsin to improve to 3-0 and now feature six wrestlers in WIN’s individual rankings. Illini heavyweight Luke Luffman also joined the national rankings (No. 11) after he collected victories over the Buckeyes’ Tate Orndorff and the Badgers’ Trent Hillger.

The University of Iowa, coming off a 31-6 home victory over Nebraska in its season-opener last Friday, remained the No. 1 team in both WIN’s dual rankings and Tournament Power Index, which is compiled by tallying the potential NCAA points associated with individual rankings. The Hawkeyes, with all 10 wrestlers rated in the Top 8 of their weight class, have 133 TPI points. The only change to the Iowa lineup saw sophomore Nelson Brands, coming off a victory over Nebraska’s Taylor Venz, replace teammate Abe Assad and move to No. 7 in the individual rankings.

The remaining top 4 teams — Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma State — remain the same in WIN’s team rankings and each team features nine ranked wrestlers.

Penn State, which saw its season-opener last Friday postponed because of COVID issues, remains No. 2 in the Dual rankings and No. 4 in WIN’s TPI with 67.5 points. Five of the Nittany Lions are ranked in the Top 8, including redshirt freshmen Greg Kerklvliet (No. 5 at heavyweight) and Carter Starocci (No. 6 at 174).

Michigan and Oklahoma State are ranked No. 3 and 4, respectively, in both team rankings.  The Wolverines, coming off a win over Indiana, improved to 3-0 on the season and feature five in the Top 8, including a pair of All-Americans — Stevan Micic (133) and Myles Amine (184) — who have yet to compete this season.

The Cowboys, now 4-0 after victories over SIU-Edwardsville and Little Rock, feature six Top-8 wrestlers, including top-ranked Daton Fix, who has yet to wrestle for the Cowboys this winter.

The following are WIN’s team and individual rankings. The TPI points are awarded for individual rankings; 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 points for wrestlers ranked 13-16 and 1 point for those ranked 17-20.


WIN Magazine’s Jan. 18 Tournament Power Index

Rk.SchoolTotal RankTop 8TPI Pts
3.Oklahoma State9674.5
4.Penn State9567.5
6.NC State8346
7.Iowa State7545.5
8.Virginia Tech6243
9.Arizona State7338.5
10.Ohio State5234.5
11.North Carolina6232.5
16t.Central Michigan2226
19.Michigan State3221
20.West Virginia1120
25t.Northern Colorado4113.5
29.Utah Valley2111.5
32.Northern Iowa319
33.South Dakota State318.5
38.Army West Point404.5
39.Oregon State304
40.Appalachian State203.5
41t.Fresno State203
43t.American U.202.5
43t.North Dakota State202.5
46.Kent State102
47tNorthern Illinois101.5
49t.George Mason101


WIN Magazine’s Jan. 18, 2021 Team Dual Rankings

2.Penn State0-02nd
4.Oklahoma State4-05th
7.NC State3-06th
8.Virginia Tech4-09th
9.Arizona State2-011th
11.Ohio State1-18th
12.Iowa State3-110th
15.North Carolina1-014th
21.Northern Iowa2-121st
22.Northern Colorado3-022nd
23.Army-West Point1-023rd




WIN Magazine’s Jan. 18, 2021 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

1.Spencer LeeIowaSenior1st
2.Devin SchroderPurdueSenior3rd
3.Drew HildebrandtCentral MichiganSenior4th
4.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateJunior6th
5.Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateJunior2nd
6.Jakob CamachoNC StateSophomore7th
7.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternSophomore5th
8.Alex MackallIowa StateSenior8th
9.Dylan RagusinMichiganFreshman9th
10.Liam CroninNebraskaSenior10th
11.Justin CardaniIllinoisSophomore11th
12.Sam LatonaVirginia TechRS Freshman12th
13.Trevor MastrogiovanniOklahoma StateFreshman13th
14.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJunior15th
15.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSophomore17th
16Brody TeskeNorthern IowaRS Freshman20th
17.Brock HudkinsIndianaSenior16th
18.Connor BrownMissouriJunior14th
19.Cage CurryAmerican U.SeniorNR
20.Jaret LaneLehighJuniorNR


133 pounds

1.Daton FixOklahoma StateSophomore1st
2.Stevan MicicMichiganGrad.2nd
3.Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateJunior3rd
4.Austin DeSantoIowaSenior4th
5.Mickey PhillippiPittsburghJunior5th
6.Michael McGeeArizona StateJunior6th
7.Sammy AlvarezRutgersSophomoreNR
8.Brandon PaetzellLehighSenior7th
9.Korbin MyersVirginia TechSenior8th
10.Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoSophomore9th
11.Matt SchmittMissouriGrad.10th
12.Jack SkudlarczykNorthern IowaJunior12th
13.Zach PriceSouth Dakota St.Sophomore13th
14.Devan TurnerOregon StateSenior14th
15.Jarrett TrombleyNC StateSophomore15th
16.Jamie HernandezNorth CarolinaJunior16th
17.Louie HayesVirginiaSenior17th
18.Anthony MadrigalOklahomaJunior11th
19.Andrew WertArmySophomore19th
20Mario GuillenOhioSenior20th


141 pounds

1.Jaydin EiermanIowaSenior1st
2.Nick LeePenn StateSenior2nd
3.Sebastian RiveraRutgersGrad.3rd
4.Chad Red Jr.NebraskaSenior5th
5.Dom DemasOklahomaJunior6th
6.Kaid BrockOklahoma StateSenior7th
7.Allen HartMissouriJunior10th
8.Ian ParkerIowa StateSenior4th
9.Zachary ShermanNorth CarolinaJunior8th
10.Tariq WilsonNC StateSenior9th
11.Dylan DuncanIllinoisSenior11th
12.Cody TrybusNavySenior12th
13.D.J. LorenFresno StateSenior13th
14.Cole MatthewsPittsburghSophomore14th
15.Grant WillitsOregon StateJunior15th
16.Derek SpannBuffaloSenior16th
17.Parker FiliusPurdueJunior17th
18.Pete LipariArizona StateSenior18th
19.Alex MadrigalGeorge MasonSenior19th
20.Brian CourtneyVirginiaJunior20th


149 pounds

1.Austin O`ConnorNorth CarolinaJunior1st
2.Sammy SassoOhio StateSophomore2nd
3.Brock MaullerMissouriJunior3rd
4.Boo LewallenOklahoma StateSenior4th
5.Jarrett DegenIowa StateSenior5th
6.Andrew AlirezNorthern ColoradoSophomore6th
7.Kanen StorrMichiganSenior7th
8.Max MurinIowaJunior8th
9.Mike CarrIllinoisJunior9th
10.Griffin ParriottPurdueSenior10th
11.Jarod VerkleerenPenn StateJunior11th
12.Jonathan MillnerAppalachian StateJunior12th
13.Bryce AndonianVirginia TechSophomore13th
14.Yahya ThomasNorthwesternJunior14th
15.Graham RooksIndianaSophomore15th
16.Jaden AbasStanfordRS Freshman16th
17.Joshua HeilCampbellSenior17th
18.Mitch MooreOklahomaJunior18th
19.Brock HardyNebraskaFreshmanNR
20.Casey CobbNavySeniorNR


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 LeeMinnesotaSophomore9th
10.Will LewanMichiganSophomore10th
11.Justin ThomasOklahomaSenior12th
12.Jacori TeemerArizona StateSophomore13th
13.Jarrett JacquesMissouriJunior14th
14.Brady BergePenn StateJuniorNR
15.Jared FranekNorth Dakota St.Sophomore15th
16.Markus HartmanArmy West PointJunior11th
17.Hunter WillitsOregon StateJunior19th
18.Justin McCoyVirginiaSophomore18th
19.Jacob WrightWyomingJunior17th
20.Tyler EischensStanfordSophomore20th



165 pounds

1.Mekhi LewisVirginia TechSophomore1st
2.Alex MarinelliIowaSenior2nd
3.Shane GriffithStanfordSophomore3rd
4.Travis WittlakeOklahoma StateSophomore4th
5.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateSenior5th
6.Jake WentzelPittsburghSenior6th
7.Tanner SkidgelNavySenior7th
8.Zach HartmanBucknellJunior9th
9.Dan BraunagelIllinoisSophomore11th
10.Ethan SmithOhio StateJuniorNR
11.Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaSenior12th
12.Keegan O’TooleMissouriFreshman16th
13.Andrew SparksMinnesotaFreshman17th
14.Jake KeatingVirginiaSeniorNR
15.Thomas BullardNC StateSenior8th
16.Tanner CookSouth Dakota StateSophomore15th
17.Peyton RobbNebraskaSophomore18th
18.Joe LeePenn StateRS Freshman19th
19.Cameron AmineMichiganRS Freshman20th
20.Jake TuckerMichigan StateSenior13th


174 pounds

1.Michael KemererIowaGrad.1st
2.Logan MassaMichiganSenior2nd
3.Mikey LabriolaNebraskaJunior3rd
4.Kaleb RomeroOhio StateJunior4th
5.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySenior5th
6.Carter StarocciPenn StateRS Freshman6th
7.Matt FinesilverDukeJunior7th
8.Devin KaneNorth CarolinaSenior8th
9.Gregg HarveyPittsburghSenior9th
10.Daniel BullardNC StateSenior10th
11.Andrew McNallyKent StateSenior11th
12.Trey MunozArizona StateRS Freshmen12th
13.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateFreshman13th
14.Anthony MantanonaOklahomaJunior14th
15.Jackson HemauerNorthern ColoradoJunior15th
16.Thomas FlitzAppalachian StateSenior16th
17.Emil SoehnlenPurdueSophomore17th
18.Joe GrelloRutgersGrad.18th
19.Michael O`MalleyDrexelSophomore19th
20.Jake AllarMinnesotaJuniorNR


184 pounds

1.Myles AmineMichiganGrad1st
2.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJunior2nd
3.Aaron BrooksPenn StateSophomore3rd
4Trent HidlayNC StateSophomore4th
5.Lou DeprezBinghamtonJunior5th
6.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateSenior7th
7.Nelson BrandsIowaSophomoreNR
8Chris WeilerWisconsinSenior9th
9.Zach BraunagelIllinoisSophomore11th
10.Rocky JordanOhio StateSophomore10th
11.Taylor VenzNebraskaSenior6th
12.Andrew MorganCampbellSeniorNR
13.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJunior12th
14.Tanner HarveyAmericanSenior14th
15.Clay LauttNorth CarolinaJunior15th
16.Jeremiah KentMissouriSophomore18th
17.Jelani EmbreeMichiganJunior16th
18.Sam ColbrayIowa StateSenior17th
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
7.Greg BulsakClarionSenior7th
8.Tanner SloanSouth Dakota St.Sophomore8th
9.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateJunior9th
10.Nathan TraxlerStanfordSenior10th
11.Lucas DavisonNorthwesternSophomore11th
12.A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateFreshman12th
13.Jake WoodleyOklahomaJunior13th
14.Rocky ElamMissouriFreshman15th
15.Stephen BuchananWyomingSophomore16th
16.Billy JanzerRutgersSophomore17th
17.JT BrownArmy West PointJunior19th
18.Michael BeardPenn StateRS Freshman20th
19.Jacob SeelyNorthern ColoradoSenior18th
20.Yonger BastidaIowa StateFreshmanNR



1.Gable StevesonMinnesotaJunior1st
2.Mason ParrisMichiganJunior2nd
3.Tony CassioppiIowaSophomore3rd
4.Matt StencelCentral MichiganSenior4th
5.Greg KerkvlietPenn StateRS Freshman8th
6Gannon GremmelIowa StateSenior9th
7.Trent HillgerWisconsinJunior5th
8.Carter IsleyNorthern IowaSenior10th
9.Tate OrndorffOhio StateJunior6th
10.Zach ElamMissouriSophomore7th
11.Luke LuffmanIllinoisSophomoreNR
12Brian AndrewsWyomingSenior11th
13.John BorstVirginia TechJunior12th
14.Christian LanceNebraskaSenior13th
15.A.J. NevillsFresno StateJunior14th
16.Deonte WilsonNC StateJunior15th
17.Brandon MetzNorth Dakota StateJunior16th
18.Ben SullivanArmy West PointJunior17th
19.Ethan LairdRiderSenior18th
20.Quinn MillerVirginiaJunior19th


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