March 1 Rankings feature top Big Ten, Big 12 meetings this weekend

Updated: March 1, 2021

Photo: Iowa’s Jaydin Eierman (left, wrestling Nebraska’s Chad Red in January) and Penn State’s Nick Lee (right) are the top two-ranked wrestlers at 141 pounds in WIN’s March 1 rankings. They could also meet in this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in State College, Pa.

NEWTON, Iowa — The final two 2021 NCAA-qualifying tournaments — the Big Ten and the Big 12 Championships — will be held this weekend and will feature many of the highest-ranked teams and individuals who appear in WIN Magazine’s March 1 national rankings.

The Big Ten tournament, which will be held in State College, Pa., Saturday and Sunday, features WIN’s top-3 ranked teams — Iowa, Penn State and Nebraska — and 73 ranked wrestlers, including 32 competitors who rank in the Top 8 of their weight class.

Among those are 14 of the top-2 rated wrestlers, including four of Iowa’s 10 ranked wrestlers — Spencer Lee (125), Jaydin Eierman (133), Alex Marinelli (165) and Michael Kemerer (174) — who are top-ranked and helping lead Iowa, which has 144 points in this week’s Tournament Power Index.

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 features nine ranked wrestlers, including sophomore Aaron Brooks, who has taken over the top spot at 184 pounds as the Nittany Lions are ranked second with 81.5 TPI points.

Nebraska also features a No. 1-ranked wrestler — Eric Schultz (197) — among the seven rated Cornhuskers who earned 65.5 points.  Meanwhile, both Northwestern — with Ryan Deakin (157) — and Minnesota — with Gable Steveson (Hwt) — also feature a top-ranked wrestler.

Oklahoma State, which ranks fourth with 60 TPI points, is looking to win a ninth consecutive Big 12 championship, which will be held Saturday and Sunday in Tulsa, Okla. The Cowboys feature eight ranked wrestlers, including sophomore Daton Fix, who is No. 1 at 133 pounds. Another Big 12 team that is looking to challenge OSU is Iowa State, which is ranked 9th nationally with seven ranked wrestlers and 41 points.

These rankings come out after four conference tournaments were held last weekend: No. 5 NC State topped No. 7 Virginia Tech for the ACC title, No. 6 Arizona State won the Pac-12 championship, No. 11 Missouri won a tenth-straight Mid-American Conference tournament and Appalachian State won the SoCon championship.

WIN Magazine’s March 1, 2021 Tournament Power Index

RkSchoolTotal RankTop 8 RankTPI Pts
2.Penn State9581.5
4.Oklahoma State8460
5.NC State7556.5
6.Arizona State7555.5
7.Virginia Tech6446.5
9.Iowa State7441
11t.Ohio State6336
13.Central Michigan3230
15t.North Carolina6127
18.Northern Iowa5324.5
19.South Dakota State5119
26t.Northern Colorado2111.5
29.Utah Valley2110.5
32t.Northern Illinois217.5
32t.West Virginia317.5
36.Michigan State305
38.Oregon State304.5
39.Appalachian State304
40.Army West Point303
41t.Cal Poly102
41t.Fresno State102
44t.Kent State101.5
44t.North Dakota State101.5
48t.Air Force101
48t.American U.101
48t.CSU Bakersfield101



WIN Magazine’s  March 1, 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 Freshman7th
8.Malik HeinselmanOhio StateJunior8th
9.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSophomore9th
10.Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateJunior10th
11.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternSophomore11th
12.Jaret LaneLehighJunior14th
13.Justin CardaniIllinoisSophomore12th
14.Devin SchroderPurdueSenior13th
15.Brock HudkinsIndianaSenior15th
16.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJunior16th
17.Logan TreasterNavySeniorNR
18.Trevor MastrogiovanniOklahoma StateFreshman19th
19.Cody RussellAppalachian StateSenior20th
20.Cage CurryAmerican U.Senior18th


133 pounds

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



141 pounds

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


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 CarrIllinoisJunior8th
9.Bryce AndonianVirginia TechSophomore9th
10.Jonathan MillnerAppalachian StateJunior10th
11.Griffin ParriottPurdueSenior11th
12.Kanen StorrMichiganSenior12th
13.Graham RooksIndianaSophomore13th
14.Jaden AbasStanfordRS Freshman14th
15.Beau BartlettPenn StateFreshman15th
16.Michael BlockhusMinnesotaSophomore16th
17.Yahya ThomasNorthwesternJunior17th
18.Joshua HeilCampbellSenior18th
19.Mitch MooreOklahomaJunior19th
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.Justin ThomasOklahomaSenior9th
9.Jacori TeemerArizona StateSophomore13th
10.Jarrett JacquesMissouriJunior10th
11.Brady BergePenn StateJunior11th
12.Will LewanMichiganSophomore12th
13.Jared FranekNorth Dakota StateSophomore14th
14.Jacob WrightWyomingJunior15th
15.Hunter WillitsOregon StateJunior16th
16.Requir Van der MerweStanfordSenior17th
17.Markus HartmanArmy West PointJunior18th
18.Justin McCoyVirginiaSophomore19th
19.Cade DeVosSouth Dakota StateRS FreshmanNR
20.Wyatt SheetsOklahoma StateJunior20th


165 pounds

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


174 pounds

1.Michael KemererIowaGrad.1st
2.Mikey LabriolaNebraskaJunior2nd
3.Carter StarocciPenn StateRS Freshman3rd
4.Logan MassaMichiganSenior4th
5.Kaleb RomeroOhio StateJunior5th
6.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySenior6th
7.Daniel BullardNC StateSenior7th
8.Hayden HastingsWyomingJunior8th
9.Donnell WashingtonIndianaRS Freshman11th
10.Bernie TruaxCal PolySophomore12th
11.Trey MunozArizona StateRS Freshmen10th
12.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateFreshman13th
13.Andrew McNallyKent StateSenior14th
14.Clay LauttNorth CarolinaJunior17th
15.Michael O`MalleyDrexelSophomore19th
16.Peyton MoccoMissouriSophomoreNR
17.Austin MurphyCampbellJunior18th
18.Mason KaufmannNorthern IllinoisJunior16th
19.Lance RunyonNorthern IowaRS FreshmanNR
20.Thomas FlitzAppalachian StateSenior15th


184 pounds

1.Aaron BrooksPenn StateSophomore2nd
2.Trent HidlayNC StateSophomore3rd
3.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJunior1st
4.Lou DeprezBinghamtonJunior4th
5.Parker KeckeisenNorthern IowaRS Freshman5th
6Chris WeilerWisconsinSenior6th
7.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJunior7th
8.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateSenior8th
9.Taylor VenzNebraskaSenior9th
10.Zach BraunagelIllinoisSophomore10th
11.Nelson BrandsIowaSophomore11th
12.Jeremiah KentMissouriSophomore12th
13.Tate SamuelsonWyomingJunior13th
14.Owen WebsterMinnesotaGrad15th
15.Max LyonPurdueSenior16th
16.Sam ColbrayIowa StateSenior17th
17.John PoznanskiRutgersFreshman18th
18.Rocky JordanOhio StateSophomore19th
19.Layne MalczewskiMichigan StateSophomoreNR
20.Devin KaneNorth CarolinaSenior9th/174


197 pounds

1.Eric SchultzNebraskaSenior1st
2.Jacob WarnerIowaJunior2nd
3.Tanner SloanSouth Dakota StateSophomore3rd
4.Myles AmineMichiganGrad4th
5.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateJunior5th
6.Nino BonaccorsiPittsburghJunior6th
7.Stephen BuchananWyomingSophomore7th
8.Noah AdamsWest VirginiaJunior8th
9.Jay AielloVirginiaSenior9th
10.A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateFreshman12th
11.Cameron CaffeyMichigan StateJunior11th
12.Lucas DavisonNorthwesternSophomore13th
13.Jake WoodleyOklahomaJunior14th
14.Rocky ElamMissouriFreshman15th
15.Greg BulsakClarionSenior10th
16.Michael BeardPenn StateRS Freshman16th
17.Jake JakobsenLehighSenior17th
18.JT BrownArmy West PointJunior18th
19.Marcus ColemanIowa StateJunior20th
20.Max ShawNorth CarolinaRS FreshmenNR



1.Gable StevesonMinnesotaJunior1st
2.Mason ParrisMichiganJunior2nd
3.Tony CassioppiIowaSophomore3rd
4.Matt StencelCentral MichiganSenior4th
5.Greg KerkvlietPenn StateFreshman5th
6.Cohlton SchultzArizona StateRS Freshman6th
7Gannon GremmelIowa StateSenior7th
8.Carter IsleyNorthern IowaSenior8th
9.Jordan WoodLehighSenior9th
10.Trent HillgerWisconsinJunior10th
11.Ethan LairdRiderSenior15th
12.Luke LuffmanIllinoisSophomore12th
13.Tate OrndorffOhio StateJunior13th
14Brian AndrewsWyomingSenior14th
15.Zach ElamMissouriSophomore11th
16.Christian LanceNebraskaSenior16th
17.Deonte WilsonNC StateJunior17th
18.Josh HeindselmanOklahomaRS Freshman18th
19.Hunter CatkaVirginia TechFreshmanNR
20.Quinn MillerVirginiaJunior20th


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