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

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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

Rk School Total Rank Top 8 Rank TPI Pts
1. Iowa 10 9 144
2. Penn State 9 5 81.5
3. Nebraska 7 4 65.5
4. Oklahoma State 8 4 60
5. NC State 7 5 56.5
6. Arizona State 7 5 55.5
7. Virginia Tech 6 4 46.5
8. Michigan 6 3 46
9. Iowa State 7 4 41
10. Minnesota 7 2 37
11t. Missouri 9 3 36
11t. Ohio State 6 3 36
13. Central Michigan 3 2 30
14. Pitt 4 3 28.5
15t. North Carolina 6 1 27
15t. Northwestern 5 1 27
15t. Rutgers 3 2 27
18. Northern Iowa 5 3 24.5
19. South Dakota State 5 1 19
20. Oklahoma 5 2 18
21. Illinois 7 1 17
22. Wyoming 5 2 16.5
23. Stanford 3 1 15.5
24. Rider 2 1 14.5
25. Binghamton 1 1 12.5
26t. Northern Colorado 2 1 11.5
26t. Purdue 4 1 11.5
28. Wisconsin 2 1 11
29. Utah Valley 2 1 10.5
30t. Navy 3 1 8.5
30t. Virginia 6 0 8.5
32t. Northern Illinois 2 1 7.5
32t. West Virginia 3 1 7.5
34. Bucknell 1 1 6.5
35. Lehigh 4 0 6
36t. Indiana 3 0 5
36. Michigan State 3 0 5
38. Oregon State 3 0 4.5
39. Appalachian State 3 0 4
40. Army West Point 3 0 3
41t. Cal Poly 1 0 2
41t. Campbell 2 0 2
41t. Fresno State 1 0 2
44t. Clarion 1 0 1.5
44t. Drexel 1 0 1.5
44t. Kent State 1 0 1.5
44t. North Dakota State 1 0 1.5
48t. Air Force 1 0 1
48t. American U. 1 0 1
48t. CSU Bakersfield 1 0 1
48t. Ohio 1 0 1
48t. SIU-Edwardsville 1 0 1

 

 

WIN Magazine’s  March 1, 2021 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

Wt Name School Year Previous
1. Spencer Lee Iowa Senior 1st
2. Drew Hildebrandt Central Michigan Senior 2nd
3. Brandon Courtney Arizona State Junior 3rd
4. Liam Cronin Nebraska Senior 4th
5. Sam Latona Virginia Tech RS Freshman 5th
6. Jakob Camacho NC State Sophomore 6th
7. Brody Teske Northern Iowa RS Freshman 7th
8. Malik Heinselman Ohio State Junior 8th
9. Patrick McKee Minnesota Sophomore 9th
10. Rayvon Foley Michigan State Junior 10th
11. Michael DeAugustino Northwestern Sophomore 11th
12. Jaret Lane Lehigh Junior 14th
13. Justin Cardani Illinois Sophomore 12th
14. Devin Schroder Purdue Senior 13th
15. Brock Hudkins Indiana Senior 15th
16. Taylor Lamont Utah Valley Junior 16th
17. Logan Treaster Navy Senior NR
18. Trevor Mastrogiovanni Oklahoma State Freshman 19th
19. Cody Russell Appalachian State Senior 20th
20. Cage Curry American U. Senior 18th

 

133 pounds

Wt Name School Year Previous
1. Daton Fix Oklahoma State Sophomore 1st
2. Roman Bravo-Young Penn State Junior 2nd
3. Austin DeSanto Iowa Senior 3rd
4. Sammy Alvarez Rutgers Sophomore 6th
5. Korbin Myers Virginia Tech Senior 7th
6. Mickey Phillippi Pittsburgh Junior 4th
7. Matt Schmitt Missouri Grad. 8th
8. Michael McGee Arizona State Junior 5th
9. Zach Price South Dakota State Sophomore 9th
10. Chris Cannon Northwestern Freshman 10th
11. Lucas Byrd Illinois RS Freshman 12th
12. Zach Redding Iowa State Freshman 13th
13. Kyle Biscoglia Northern Iowa Sophomore 14th
14. Louie Hayes Virginia Senior 15th
15. Mosha Schwartz Northern Colorado Sophomore 16th
16. Devan Turner Oregon State Senior NR
17. Mario Guillen Ohio Senior 19th
18. Malyke Hines Lehigh RS Freshman NR
19. Ryan Sullivan West Virginia RS Freshman 20th
20. Chance Rich CSU Bakersfield Sophomore 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. Chad Red Jr. Nebraska Senior 4th
5. Ian Parker Iowa State Senior 6th
6. Dom Demas Oklahoma Junior 7th
7. Tariq Wilson NC State Senior 8th
8. Allen Hart Missouri Junior 5th
9. Zachary Sherman North Carolina Junior 9th
10. Dylan Duncan Illinois Senior 10th
11. Cody Trybus Navy Senior 11th
12. D.J. Loren Fresno State Senior 12th
13. Grant Willits Oregon State Junior 13th
14. Cole Matthews Pittsburgh Sophomore 15th
15. Brian Courtney Virginia Junior 14th
16. Dresden Simon Central Michigan Senior 16th
17. Clay Carlson South Dakota State Sophomore 20th
18. Saul Ervin SIU-Edwardsville Sophomore NR
19. Lenny Petersen Air Force Senior NR
20. Marcos Polanco Minnesota RS Freshmen 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. Andrew Alirez Northern Colorado Sophomore 5th
6. Max Murin Iowa Junior 6th
7. Jarrett Degen Iowa State Senior 7th
8. Mike Carr Illinois Junior 8th
9. Bryce Andonian Virginia Tech Sophomore 9th
10. Jonathan Millner Appalachian State Junior 10th
11. Griffin Parriott Purdue Senior 11th
12. Kanen Storr Michigan Senior 12th
13. Graham Rooks Indiana Sophomore 13th
14. Jaden Abas Stanford RS Freshman 14th
15. Beau Bartlett Penn State Freshman 15th
16. Michael Blockhus Minnesota Sophomore 16th
17. Yahya Thomas Northwestern Junior 17th
18. Joshua Heil Campbell Senior 18th
19. Mitch Moore Oklahoma Junior 19th
20. P.J. Ogunsanya Army 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. Kaleb Young Iowa Senior 5th
6. Brayton Lee Minnesota Sophomore 6th
7. Kendall Coleman Purdue Sophomore 7th
8. Justin Thomas Oklahoma Senior 9th
9. Jacori Teemer Arizona State Sophomore 13th
10. Jarrett Jacques Missouri Junior 10th
11. Brady Berge Penn State Junior 11th
12. Will Lewan Michigan Sophomore 12th
13. Jared Franek North Dakota State Sophomore 14th
14. Jacob Wright Wyoming Junior 15th
15. Hunter Willits Oregon State Junior 16th
16. Requir Van der Merwe Stanford Senior 17th
17. Markus Hartman Army West Point Junior 18th
18. Justin McCoy Virginia Sophomore 19th
19. Cade DeVos South Dakota State RS Freshman NR
20. Wyatt Sheets Oklahoma State Junior 20th

 

165 pounds

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

 

174 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Michael Kemerer Iowa Grad. 1st
2. Mikey Labriola Nebraska Junior 2nd
3. Carter Starocci Penn State RS Freshman 3rd
4. Logan Massa Michigan Senior 4th
5. Kaleb Romero Ohio State Junior 5th
6. Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Senior 6th
7. Daniel Bullard NC State Senior 7th
8. Hayden Hastings Wyoming Junior 8th
9. Donnell Washington Indiana RS Freshman 11th
10. Bernie Truax Cal Poly Sophomore 12th
11. Trey Munoz Arizona State RS Freshmen 10th
12. Dustin Plott Oklahoma State Freshman 13th
13. Andrew McNally Kent State Senior 14th
14. Clay Lautt North Carolina Junior 17th
15. Michael O`Malley Drexel Sophomore 19th
16. Peyton Mocco Missouri Sophomore NR
17. Austin Murphy Campbell Junior 18th
18. Mason Kaufmann Northern Illinois Junior 16th
19. Lance Runyon Northern Iowa RS Freshman NR
20. Thomas Flitz Appalachian State Senior 15th

 

184 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Aaron Brooks Penn State Sophomore 2nd
2. Trent Hidlay NC State Sophomore 3rd
3. Hunter Bolen Virginia Tech Junior 1st
4. Lou Deprez Binghamton Junior 4th
5. Parker Keckeisen Northern Iowa RS Freshman 5th
6 Chris Weiler Wisconsin Senior 6th
7. Brit Wilson Northern Illinois Junior 7th
8. Dakota Geer Oklahoma State Senior 8th
9. Taylor Venz Nebraska Senior 9th
10. Zach Braunagel Illinois Sophomore 10th
11. Nelson Brands Iowa Sophomore 11th
12. Jeremiah Kent Missouri Sophomore 12th
13. Tate Samuelson Wyoming Junior 13th
14. Owen Webster Minnesota Grad 15th
15. Max Lyon Purdue Senior 16th
16. Sam Colbray Iowa State Senior 17th
17. John Poznanski Rutgers Freshman 18th
18. Rocky Jordan Ohio State Sophomore 19th
19. Layne Malczewski Michigan State Sophomore NR
20. Devin Kane North Carolina Senior 9th/174

 

197 pounds

Wt. Name School Year Previous
1. Eric Schultz Nebraska Senior 1st
2. Jacob Warner Iowa Junior 2nd
3. Tanner Sloan South Dakota State Sophomore 3rd
4. Myles Amine Michigan Grad 4th
5. Kordell Norfleet Arizona State Junior 5th
6. Nino Bonaccorsi Pittsburgh Junior 6th
7. Stephen Buchanan Wyoming Sophomore 7th
8. Noah Adams West Virginia Junior 8th
9. Jay Aiello Virginia Senior 9th
10. A.J. Ferrari Oklahoma State Freshman 12th
11. Cameron Caffey Michigan State Junior 11th
12. Lucas Davison Northwestern Sophomore 13th
13. Jake Woodley Oklahoma Junior 14th
14. Rocky Elam Missouri Freshman 15th
15. Greg Bulsak Clarion Senior 10th
16. Michael Beard Penn State RS Freshman 16th
17. Jake Jakobsen Lehigh Senior 17th
18. JT Brown Army West Point Junior 18th
19. Marcus Coleman Iowa State Junior 20th
20. Max Shaw North Carolina RS Freshmen 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. Greg Kerkvliet Penn State Freshman 5th
6. Cohlton Schultz Arizona State RS Freshman 6th
7 Gannon Gremmel Iowa State Senior 7th
8. Carter Isley Northern Iowa Senior 8th
9. Jordan Wood Lehigh Senior 9th
10. Trent Hillger Wisconsin Junior 10th
11. Ethan Laird Rider Senior 15th
12. Luke Luffman Illinois Sophomore 12th
13. Tate Orndorff Ohio State Junior 13th
14 Brian Andrews Wyoming Senior 14th
15. Zach Elam Missouri Sophomore 11th
16. Christian Lance Nebraska Senior 16th
17. Deonte Wilson NC State Junior 17th
18. Josh Heindselman Oklahoma RS Freshman 18th
19. Hunter Catka Virginia Tech Freshman NR
20. Quinn Miller Virginia Junior 20th

 

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