Iowa, Penn State & Nebraska are top 3 teams in Feb. 23 ranks as postseason begins

Updated: February 23, 2021

Note: There are seven conference tournaments that will eventually qualify 330 wrestlers for the 2021 NCAA Division I Championships that will be held March 18-20 in St. Louis, Mo.

NEWTON, Iowa — The two-month regular season has come to an end and Iowa, Penn State and Nebraska are considered the top three NCAA Division I teams, according to WIN Magazine’s Feb. 23 national rankings … as the 2021 postseason begins this weekend with five of seven NCAA-qualifying tournaments taking place.

The following are the seven scheduled conference tournaments that will be held the next two weekends. 330 wrestlers will qualify for the 2021 NCAA Championships, which will be held March 18-20 in St. Louis, Mo.:

Feb. 26EIWAManheim, Pa.
Feb. 26-27MACLawrenceville, N.J.
Feb. 28ACCRaleigh, N.C.
Feb. 28Pac-12Corvallis, Ore.
Feb. 28SoConBoone, N.C.
March 6-7Big TenState College, Pa.
March 6-7Big 12Tulsa, Okla.


Heading into the postseason, Iowa — which has not wrestled since Feb. 7 because of COVID protocol conflicts — ended the regular season as the top-ranked team with a 5-0 record and a 144 Tournament Power Index points. The Hawkeyes feature a ranked wrestler at all 10 weights, including four No. 1-ranked wrestlers: Spencer Lee (125), Jaydin Eierman (141), Alex Marinelli (165) and Michael Kemerer (174).

WIN’s TPI predicts approximately how many NCAA points a team will score in St. Louis, excluding bonus points, based on numbers associated with individual placements/rankings at this point in the season prior to seeds coming out: 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.

Penn State (6-0) has moved into second place in WIN’s TPI with 77.5 points and nine ranked wrestlers. Four Nittany Lions are ranked No. 2 at their weight classes — Roman Bravo-Young (133), Nick Lee (141) and Aaron Brooks (184) — while Carter Starocci is rated No. 3 at  174 pounds. There is a question mark as to what Nittany Lions will compete heavyweight during the post-season, where both Greg Kerkvliet and Seth Nevills have wrestled this winter and have been nationally ranked.

Nebraska (7-1) is rated No. 3 in WIN’s TPI (6.5) and will send seven ranked wrestlers to the postseason, including Eric Schultz, the top-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds.

The next four schools — Arizona State, Oklahoma State, NC State and Virginia Tech — are separated by four TPI points. The Cowboys and Hokies also feature a No. 1-ranked wrestler in Daton Fix (133) and Hunter Bolen (184), respectively.

The other top-ranked individual wrestlers are North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor (149), Northwestern’s Ryan Deakin (157) and Minnesota’s Gable Steveson (Hwt.).

WIN’s Feb. 23, 2021 and final Team Dual Rankings

2.Penn State6-02nd
4.Oklahoma State10-04th
7.Virginia Tech9-07th
8.NC State6-18th
9.Arizona State6-09th
12.Ohio State5-412th
13.Iowa State9-313th
14.North Carolina5-214th
19.Northern Iowa4-419th
24.Michigan State2-524th


WIN’s Feb. 23, 2021 Tournament Power Index

RkSchoolTotal RankTop 8TPI Pts
2.Penn State9577.5
4.Arizona State8557
5.Oklahoma State8456
6.NC State9555
7.Virginia Tech6453
10.Iowa State7439
11t.Ohio State6336
13.Central Michigan3230
14.North Carolina6128.5
17t.Northern Iowa4323.5
21.South Dakota State4118
26t.Northern Colorado2111.5
30.Utah Valley2110.5
33.Northern Illinois218
35.West Virginia216.5
36.Appalachian State405.5
38.Michigan State204
39t.Army West Point303
39t.Oregon State203
41.American U202.5
42t.Cal Poly102
42t.Fresno State102
46t.Kent State101.5
46t.North Dakota State101.5


WIN’s Feb. 23, 2021 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

1.Spencer LeeIowaSenior1st
2.Drew HildebrandtCentral MichiganSenior2nd
3.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateJunior3rd
4.Liam CroninNebraskaSenior4th
5.Sam LatonaVirginia TechRS Freshman5th
6.Jakob CamachoNC StateSophomore6th
7.Brody TeskeNorthern IowaRS Freshman8th
8.Malik HeinselmanOhio StateJunior10th
9.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSophomore12th
10.Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateJunior11th
11.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternSophomore7th
12.Justin CardaniIllinoisSophomore13th
13.Devin SchroderPurdueSenior14th
14.Jaret LaneLehighJunior15th
15.Brock HudkinsIndianaSenior16th
16.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJunior17th
17.Connor BrownMissouriJunior18th
18.Cage CurryAmerican U.Senior19th
19.Trevor MastrogiovanniOklahoma StateFreshman20th
20.Cody RussellAppalachian StateSeniorNR


133 pounds

1.Daton FixOklahoma StateSophomore1st
2.Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateJunior2nd
3.Austin DeSantoIowaSenior3rd
4.Mickey PhillippiPittsburghJunior4th
5.Michael McGeeArizona StateJunior5th
6.Sammy AlvarezRutgersSophomore6th
7.Korbin MyersVirginia TechSenior7th
8.Matt SchmittMissouriGrad.8th
9.Zach PriceSouth Dakota StateSophomore9th
10.Chris CannonNorthwesternFreshman10th
11.Jamie HernandezNorth CarolinaJunior11th
12.Lucas ByrdIllinoisRS Freshman12th
13.Zach ReddingIowa StateFreshman13th
14.Kyle BiscogliaNorthern IowaSophomore14th
15.Louie HayesVirginiaSenior15th
16.Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoSophomore16th
17.Darren MillerBucknellSophomore17th
18.Jarrett TrombleyNC StateSophomore18th
19.Mario GuillenOhioSenior19th
20.Ryan SullivanWest VirginiaRS Freshman20th


141 pounds

1.Jaydin EiermanIowaSenior1st
2.Nick LeePenn StateSenior2nd
3.Sebastian RiveraRutgersGrad.3rd
4.Chad Red Jr.NebraskaSenior4th
5.Allen HartMissouriJunior5th
6.Ian ParkerIowa StateSenior6th
7.Dom DemasOklahomaJunior7th
8.Tariq WilsonNC StateSenior8th
9.Zachary ShermanNorth CarolinaJunior9th
10.Dylan DuncanIllinoisSenior10th
11.Cody TrybusNavySenior11th
12.D.J. LorenFresno StateSenior12th
13.Grant WillitsOregon StateJunior13th
14.Brian CourtneyVirginiaJunior14th
15.Cole MatthewsPittsburghSophomore15th
16.Dresden SimonCentral MichiganSenior16th
17.Pete LipariArizona StateSenior17th
18.Derek SpannBuffaloSenior18th
19.Zach TrampeBinghamtonSenior19th
20.Clay CarlsonSouth Dakota StateSophomore20th


149 pounds

1.Austin O`ConnorNorth CarolinaJunior1st
2.Sammy SassoOhio StateSophomore2nd
3.Brock MaullerMissouriJunior3rd
4.Boo LewallenOklahoma StateSenior4th
5.Andrew AlirezNorthern ColoradoSophomore5th
6.Max MurinIowaJunior6th
7.Jarrett DegenIowa StateSenior7th
8.Mike CarrIllinoisJunior9th
9.Bryce AndonianVirginia TechSophomore12th
10.Jonathan MillnerAppalachian StateJunior11th
11.Griffin ParriottPurdueSenior10th
12.Kanen StorrMichiganSenior8th
13.Graham RooksIndianaSophomore14th
14.Jaden AbasStanfordRS Freshman15th
15.Beau BartlettPenn StateFreshmanNR
16.Michael BlockhusMinnesotaSophomoreNR
17.Yahya ThomasNorthwesternJunior13th
18.Joshua HeilCampbellSenior17th
19.Mitch MooreOklahomaJunior18th
20.P.J. OgunsanyaArmyJunior20th


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 ThomasOklahomaSenior9th
10.Jarrett JacquesMissouriJunior10th
11.Brady BergePenn StateJunior11th
12.Will LewanMichiganSophomore12th
13.Jacori TeemerArizona StateSophomore13th
14.Jared FranekNorth Dakota StateSophomore14th
15.Jacob WrightWyomingJunior15th
16.Hunter WillitsOregon StateJunior17th
17.Requir Van der MerweStanfordSenior18th
18.Markus HartmanArmy West PointJunior19th
19.Justin McCoyVirginiaSophomore20th
20.Wyatt SheetsOklahoma StateJunior16th


165 pounds

1.Alex MarinelliIowaSenior1st
2.Shane GriffithStanfordSophomore2nd
3.Mekhi LewisVirginia TechSophomore3rd
4.Travis WittlakeOklahoma StateSophomore4th
5.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateSenior5th
6.Tanner SkidgelNavySenior6th
7.Zach HartmanBucknellJunior7th
8.Dan BraunagelIllinoisSophomore8th
9.Ethan SmithOhio StateJunior9th
10.Keegan O’TooleMissouriFreshman10th
11.Jake WentzelPittsburghSenior11th
12.Andrew SparksMinnesotaFreshman12th
13.Jake KeatingVirginiaSenior13th
14.Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaSenior14th
15.Thomas BullardNC StateSenior15th
16.Tanner CookSouth Dakota StateSophomore16th
17.Peyton RobbNebraskaSophomore17th
18.Cameron AmineMichiganRS Freshman18th
19.Joe LeePenn StateRS Freshman19th
20.William FormatoAppalachian StateSophomore20th


174 pounds

1.Michael KemererIowaGrad.1st
2.Mikey LabriolaNebraskaJunior2nd
3.Carter StarocciPenn StateRS Freshman6th
4.Logan MassaMichiganSenior4th
5.Kaleb RomeroOhio StateJunior3rd
6.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySenior5th
7.Daniel BullardNC StateSenior8th
8.Hayden HastingsWyomingJunior9th
9.Devin KaneNorth CarolinaSenior10th
10.Trey MunozArizona StateRS Freshmen12th
11.Donnell WashingtonIndianaFreshman13th
12.Bernie TruaxCal PolySophomore14th
13.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateFreshman11th
14.Andrew McNallyKent StateSenior15th
15.Thomas FlitzAppalachian StateSenior16th
16.Mason KaufmannNorthern IllinoisJunior17th
17.Clay LauttNorth CarolinaJunior18th
18.Austin MurphyCampbellJunior19th
19.Michael O`MalleyDrexelSophomore20th
20.Jacob OliverEdinboroJuniorNR


184 pounds

1.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJunior1st
2.Aaron BrooksPenn StateSophomore2nd
3.Trent HidlayNC StateSophomore3rd
4.Lou DeprezBinghamtonJunior4th
5.Parker KeckeisenNorthern IowaRS Freshman5th
6Chris WeilerWisconsinSenior6th
7.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJunior7th
8.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateSenior9th
9.Taylor VenzNebraskaSenior11th
10.Zach BraunagelIllinoisSophomore8th
11.Nelson BrandsIowaSophomore10th
12.Jeremiah KentMissouriSophomore12th
13.Tate SamuelsonWyomingJunior13th
14.Tanner HarveyAmericanSenior14th
15.Owen WebsterMinnesotaGrad15th
16.Max LyonPurdueSenior16th
17.Sam ColbrayIowa StateSenior17th
18.John PoznanskiRutgersFreshman18th
19.Rocky JordanOhio StateSophomore19th
20.Michael BattistaVirginiaJunior20th


197 pounds

1.Eric SchultzNebraskaSenior1st
2.Jacob WarnerIowaJunior2nd
3.Tanner SloanSouth Dakota StateSophomore3rd
4.Myles AmineMichiganGrad4th
5.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateJunior6th
6.Nino BonaccorsiPittsburghJunior5th
7.Stephen BuchananWyomingSophomore7th
8.Noah AdamsWest VirginiaJunior8th
9.Jay AielloVirginiaSenior9th
10.Greg BulsakClarionSenior10th
11.Cameron CaffeyMichigan StateJunior11th
12.A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateFreshman12th
13.Lucas DavisonNorthwesternSophomore13th
14.Jake WoodleyOklahomaJunior14th
15.Rocky ElamMissouriFreshman15th
16.Michael BeardPenn StateRS Freshman16th
17.Jake JakobsenLehighSenior17th
18.JT BrownArmy West PointJunior18th
19.Isaac TrumbleNC StateFreshmen19th
20.Marcus ColemanIowa StateJuniorNR



1.Gable StevesonMinnesotaJunior1st
2.Mason ParrisMichiganJunior2nd
3.Tony CassioppiIowaSophomore3rd
4.Matt StencelCentral MichiganSenior4th
4.Greg KerkvlietPenn StateFreshmanNR
6.Cohlton SchultzArizona StateRS Freshman5th
7Gannon GremmelIowa StateSenior6th
8.Carter IsleyNorthern IowaSenior7th
9.Jordan WoodLehighSenior8th
10.Trent HillgerWisconsinJunior9th
11.Zach ElamMissouriSophomore10th
12.Luke LuffmanIllinoisSophomore11th
13.Tate OrndorffOhio StateJunior13th
14Brian AndrewsWyomingSenior14th
15.Ethan LairdRiderSenior15th
16.Christian LanceNebraskaSenior16th
17.Deonte WilsonNC StateJunior17th
18.Josh HeindselmanOklahomaRS Freshman18th
19.John BorstVirginia TechJunior19th
20.Quinn MillerVirginiaJunior20th


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