New ‘Man to Beat’ at 197 in Div. I in Nebraska’s Schultz

Updated: February 8, 2021

Photo: Eric Schultz, a three-time NCAA qualifier for Nebraska, is now ranked No. 1 at 197 pounds in WIN Magazine’s Feb. 8 rankings. ( photo)

NEWTON, Iowa — Nebraska senior Eric Schultz has taken over the top spot at 197 pounds in WIN Magazine’s Feb. 8 NCAA Division I national wrestling rankings.

This change happened after West Virginia’s previously-top-ranked Noah Adams lost 8-7 to Wyoming’s Stephen Buchanan in a Feb. 6 dual in Laramie, Wyom. Meanwhile, Schultz, formerly No. 2, improved his 2021 record to 7-0 with victories over Indiana’s Nick Willham and Michigan State’s nationally-ranked Cam Caffey last Saturday.

Another notable change came at 125 pounds as Virginia Tech’s 125-pound Sam Latona moved up two spots to No. 6 after the redshirt freshman beat No. 3 Jakob Camacho, 7-4, last Friday and helped the Hokies beat the Wolfpack on criteria.

Meanwhile, there are 13 newcomers to this week’s rankings, including four at 133 pounds  (Illinois’ Lucas Byrd, Bucknell’s Darren Miller, NC State’s Jarrett Trombley and West Virginia’s Ryan Sullivan) and three at 174 (Indiana’s Donnell Washington, Missouri’s Peyton Mocco and Cal Poly’s Bernie Truax).

In the team ratings, Iowa remained No. 1 in the dual rankings with road victories over Purdue and Ohio State and also stayed on top of WIN’s Tournament Power Index as ten ranked Hawkeyes give the team 134 TPI points. Penn State, which will host Iowa this Friday, remained No. 2 in the dual ranks with a road victory over Wisconsin. The defending champion Nittany Lions are ranked No. 5 in WIN’s TPI (57 points) with nine ranked wrestlers.

Michigan, No. 2 in WIN’s TPI (82 and eight ranked wrestlers) hopes to return to action this weekend against Ohio State after the university put all winter sports on a pause because of COVID concerns on Jan. 24. Nebraska, with seven total ranked wrestlers, has moved up to No. 3 in WIN’s TPI.

Oklahoma State, No. 4 in the TPI with 58 points and eight ranked wrestlers, improved to 9-0 on the season with a victory over Bedlam-rival Oklahoma last weekend. Oklahoma State will host the Cowboy Challenge this Sunday against undefeated Missouri (10-0 with 10 ranked wrestlers), Wyoming and West Virginia.

WIN’s Tournament Power Index is a tally of potential NCAA placement points based on where wrestlers are currently ranked and could possibly place, March 20, at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis. The following is a point breakdown of the TPI, based on a wrestler’s ranking: 20 for 1st, 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’s Feb. 8, 2021 Tournament Power Index

Rk.SchoolTotal RankTop 8 RankTPI Points
4.Oklahoma State8458
5.Penn State9457
6.Virginia Tech6453.5
7.NC State9551
8.Iowa State6445
9.Arizona State8340.5
10.Ohio State6339
14.Central Michigan3230
15.North Carolina5127.5
18.Northern Iowa4217.5
19t.South Dakota State4117
19t.West Virginia2117
28t.Utah Valley2111.5
32.Northern Colorado2110.5
35t.Michigan State217
38t.Appalachian State304
40.Oregon State203
41t.American U.202.5
41t.North Dakota State202.5
43t.Fresno State102
43t.Kent State102
43t.Northern Illinois102
49t.Cal Poly101


WIN Magazine’s Feb 8, 2021 Team Dual Rankings

Rk.SchoolW-LPreviousNext Week
1.Iowa5-01stat Penn State (2/12)
2.Penn State3-02ndvs Iowa (2/12)
3.Michigan3-03rdvs Ohio State (2/12)
4.Oklahoma State9-04thHost Cowboy Challenge (2/14)
5.Missouri10-05that Cowboy Challenge (2/14)
6.Nebraska6-16thoff until 2/21 vs Illinois
7.Virginia Tech8-08thvs Pitt (2/12)
8.NC State5-17thvs Duke (2/12)
9.Arizona State3-09thvs Cal Poly (2/12) at Iowa State with Northern Iowa (2/14)
10Minnesota5-213that Wisconsin (2/12)
11.Illinois5-210thoff until 2/21 vs. Nebraska
12.Ohio State5-211that Michigan (2/12)
13.Iowa State8-212thvs No. Colo., Arizona St., and No. Iowa (2/14)
14.North Carolina4-214thvs Virginia (2/13)
15.Navy4-115that Army (2/12)
16.Pitt3-316that Virginia Tech (2/12)
17.Wisconsin1-417thvs Minnesota (2/12) & at Northwestern (2/14)
18.Purdue2-518that Michigan State (2/12)
19.Northern Iowa4-219that Iowa State with Arizona St. & No. Colo. (2/14)
20.Oklahoma5-420that Fresno State with Oregon State (2/14)
21.Rutgers0-421stoff until 2/19 at Maryland
22.Northwestern1-522ndvs Wisconsin (2/14)
23.Virginia3-223rdat North Carolina (2/13)
24.Michigan State2-324thvs Purdue (2/13)
25.Binghamton3-125thvs Hofstra (2/13)


WIN Magazine’s Feb. 8, 2021 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

1.Spencer LeeIowaSenior1st
2.Drew HildebrandtCentral MichiganSenior2nd
3.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateJunior4th
4.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternSophomore5th
5.Liam CroninNebraskaSenior7th
6.Sam LatonaVirginia TechRS Freshman8th
7.Jakob CamachoNC StateSophomore3rd
8.Dylan RagusinMichiganFreshman6th
9Brody TeskeNorthern IowaRS Freshman9th
10.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSophomore10th
11.Devin SchroderPurdueSenior11th
12.Malik HeinselmanOhio StateJunior12th
13.Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateJunior13th
14.Justin CardaniIllinoisSophomore14th
15.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJunior15th
16.Trevor MastrogiovanniOklahoma StateFreshman16th
17.Jaret LaneLehighJunior20th
18.Brock HudkinsIndianaSenior17th
19.Connor BrownMissouriJunior18th
20.Cage CurryAmerican U.Senior19th


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 AlvarezRutgersSophomore7th
8.Korbin MyersVirginia TechSenior9th
9.Matt SchmittMissouriGrad.11th
10.Zach PriceSouth Dakota StateSophomore12th
11.Chris CannonNorthwesternFreshman14th
12.Kyle BiscogliaNorthern IowaSophomore15th
13.Jamie HernandezNorth CarolinaJunior16th
14.Lucas ByrdIllinoisRS FreshmanNR
15.Louie HayesVirginiaSenior17th
16.Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoSophomore10th
17.Darren MillerBucknellSophomoreNR
18.Jarrett TrombleyNC StateSophomoreNR
19Mario GuillenOhioSenior20th
20Ryan SullivanWest VirginiaRS FreshmanNR


141 pounds

1.Jaydin EiermanIowaSenior1st
2.Nick LeePenn StateSenior2nd
3.Sebastian RiveraRutgersGrad.3rd
4.Chad Red Jr.NebraskaSenior4th
5.Allen HartMissouriJunior6th
6.Ian ParkerIowa StateSenior7th
7.Dom DemasOklahomaJunior8th
8.Tariq WilsonNC StateSenior9th
9.Zachary ShermanNorth CarolinaJunior10th
10.Dylan DuncanIllinoisSenior11th
11.Cody TrybusNavySenior12th
12.D.J. LorenFresno StateSenior13th
13.Grant WillitsOregon StateJunior14th
14.Brian CourtneyVirginiaJunior15th
15.Cole MatthewsPittsburghSophomore16th
16.Dresden SimonCentral MichiganSenior17th
17.Pete LipariArizona StateSenior18th
18.Derek SpannBuffaloSenior19th
19.Zach TrampeBinghamtonSenior20th
20.Clay CarlsonSouth Dakota StateSophomoreNR


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.Max MurinIowaJunior7th
8.Kanen StorrMichiganSenior8th
9.Mike CarrIllinoisJunior9th
10.Griffin ParriottPurdueSenior10th
11.Jonathan MillnerAppalachian StateJunior11th
12.Bryce AndonianVirginia TechSophomore12th
13.Yahya ThomasNorthwesternJunior13th
14.Graham RooksIndianaSophomore14th
15.Jaden AbasStanfordRS Freshman15th
16.Jarod VerkleerenPenn StateJunior16th
17.Joshua HeilCampbellSenior17th
18.Mitch MooreOklahomaJunior18th
19.Casey CobbNavySenior19th
20.Tanner SmithChattanoogaJunior20th


157 pounds

1.Ryan DeakinNorthwesternSenior1st
2.Hayden HidlayNC StateSenior2nd
3.David CarrIowa StateSophomore3rd
4.Jesse DellavecchiaRiderGrad4th
5.Kaleb YoungIowaSenior5th
6.Brayton LeeMinnesotaSophomore6th
7.Kendall ColemanPurdueSophomore7th
8.Josh HumphreysLehighJunior8th
9.Justin ThomasOklahomaSenior12th
10.Wyatt SheetsOklahoma StateJunior9th
11.Will LewanMichiganSophomore10th
12.Jacori TeemerArizona StateSophomore11th
13.Jarrett JacquesMissouriJunior13th
14.Brady BergePenn StateJunior14th
15.Jared FranekNorth Dakota StateSophomore15th
16.Hunter WillitsOregon StateJunior18th
17.Requir Van der MerweStanfordSenior16th
18.Markus HartmanArmy West PointJunior17th
19.Justin McCoyVirginiaSophomore19th
20.Jacob WrightWyomingJunior20th


165 pounds

1.Mekhi LewisVirginia TechSophomore1st
2.Alex MarinelliIowaSenior2nd
3.Shane GriffithStanfordSophomore3rd
4.Travis WittlakeOklahoma StateSophomore4th
5.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateSenior5th
6.Tanner SkidgelNavySenior6th
7.Zach HartmanBucknellJunior7th
8.Dan BraunagelIllinoisSophomore8th
9.Ethan SmithOhio StateJunior9th
10.Keegan O’TooleMissouriFreshman12th
11.Jake WentzelPittsburghSenior10th
12.Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaSenior11th
13.Andrew SparksMinnesotaFreshman13th
14.Jake KeatingVirginiaSenior14th
15.Thomas BullardNC StateSenior15th
16.Tanner CookSouth Dakota StateSophomore16th
17.Peyton RobbNebraskaSophomore17th
18.Joe LeePenn StateRS Freshman18th
19.Cameron AmineMichiganRS Freshman19th
20.William FormatoAppalachian StateSophomoreNR


174 pounds

1.Michael KemererIowaGrad.1st
2.Logan MassaMichiganSenior2nd
3.Mikey LabriolaNebraskaJunior3rd
4.Kaleb RomeroOhio StateJunior4th
5.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySenior5th
6.Matt FinesilverDukeJunior6th
7.Carter StarocciPenn StateRS Freshman7th
8.Daniel BullardNC StateSenior8th
9.Jacob OliverEdinboroJunior9th
10.Devin KaneNorth CarolinaSenior10th
11.Andrew McNallyKent StateSenior11th
12.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateFreshman13th
13.Hayden HastingsWyomingJunior14th
14.Trey MunozArizona StateRS Freshmen12th
15.Sage HellerHofstraSenior16th
16.Donnell WashingtonIndianaFreshmanNR
17.Peyton MoccoMissouriSophomoreNR
18.Bernie TruaxCal PolySophomoreNR
19.Michael O`MalleyDrexelSophomore18th
20.Thomas FlitzAppalachian StateSenior20th


184 pounds

1.Myles AmineMichiganGrad1st
2.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJunior2nd
3.Aaron BrooksPenn StateSophomore3rd
4Trent HidlayNC StateSophomore4th
5.Lou DeprezBinghamtonJunior5th
6Chris WeilerWisconsinSenior6th
7.Parker KeckeisenNorthern IowaRS Freshman7th
8.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateSenior8th
9.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJunior12th
10.Zach BraunagelIllinoisSophomore9th
11.Nelson BrandsIowaSophomore10th
12.Taylor VenzNebraskaSenior11th
13.Jeremiah KentMissouriSophomore13th
14.Tanner HarveyAmericanSenior14th
15.Owen WebsterMinnesotaGrad17th
16.Sam ColbrayIowa StateSenior16th
17.Tate SamuelsonWyomingJunior18th
18.Max LyonPurdueSenior19th
19.John PoznanskiRutgersFreshman20th
20.Rocky JordanOhio StateSophomoreNR


197 pounds

1.Eric SchultzNebraskaSenior2nd
2.Noah AdamsWest VirginiaJunior1st
3.Jacob WarnerIowaJunior3rd
4.Tanner SloanSouth Dakota StateSophomore4th
5.Nino BonaccorsiPittsburghJunior5th
6.Jay AielloVirginiaSenior6th
7.Greg BulsakClarionSenior7th
8.Cameron CaffeyMichigan StateJunior8th
9.A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateFreshman9th
10.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateJunior11th
11.Lucas DavisonNorthwesternSophomore10th
12.Stephen BuchananWyomingSophomore14th
13.Jake WoodleyOklahomaJunior12th
14.Rocky ElamMissouriFreshman13th
15.Isaac TrumbleNC StateFreshmen15th
16.Michael BeardPenn StateRS Freshman17th
17.Jake JakobsenLehighSeniorNR
18.JT BrownArmy West PointJunior16th
19.Yonger BastidaIowa StateFreshman20th
20.Jacob KoserNavySophomoreNR



1.Gable StevesonMinnesotaJunior1st
2.Mason ParrisMichiganJunior2nd
3.Tony CassioppiIowaSophomore3rd
4.Matt StencelCentral MichiganSenior4th
5Gannon GremmelIowa StateSenior5th
6.Carter IsleyNorthern IowaSenior6th
7.Jordan WoodLehighSeniorNR
8.Tate OrndorffOhio StateJunior7th
9.Zach ElamMissouriSophomore8th
10.Trent HillgerWisconsinJunior9th
11.Luke LuffmanIllinoisSophomore10th
12.Seth NevillsPenn StateSophomore11th
13.Cohlton SchultzArizona StateRS Freshman12th
14Brian AndrewsWyomingSenior13th
15.Ethan LairdRiderSenior19th
16.Christian LanceNebraskaSenior14th
17.Deonte WilsonNC StateJunior16th
18.Josh HeindselmanOklahomaRS Freshman17th
19.John BorstVirginia TechJunior15th
20.Brandon MetzNorth Dakota StateJunior18th


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