Iowa-Penn State rated No. 1-2 in WIN’s Preseason Ranks

Updated: September 29, 2021

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NEWTON, Iowa — With most All-American wrestlers returning this season after the NCAA offered another year of eligibility because of the pandemic, defending national champion Iowa and runner-up Penn State are ranked first and second, respectively, in WIN Magazine’s 2021-22 NCAA Division I Preseason Tournament Power Index.

The Hawkeyes, shooting for a 25th all-time national championship this March in Detroit, return all ten national qualifiers from last season, including three-time NCAA champion Spencer Lee at 125 pounds, as well as past All-Americans Austin DeSanto (133), Jaydin Eierman (141), Kaleb Young (157), Alex Marinelli (165), Michael Kemerer (174), Jacob Warner (197) and Anthony Cassioppi (Hwt).

The Nittany Lions return all four national champs in Roman Bravo-Young (133), Nick Lee (141), Carter Starocci (174) and Aaron Brooks (184) as well as All-American Greg Kerkvliet (Hwt) and welcomes Cornell All-American Max Dean, who was forced to sit out last season when the Ivy League cancelled the season. Dean was an NCAA finalist in 2019.

Cornell’s two-time national champ Yianni Diakomihalis, whose last national tournament was in 2019, is returning and most likely will be moving up to 149 pounds.

The other 2021 national champs returning are North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor, who is expected to move up to 157 pounds, as well as Iowa State’s David Carr (157), Stanford’s Shane Griffith (165), Oklahoma State A.J. Ferrari (197) and Minnesota’s Gable Steveson (Hwt). The Gopher, who also is coming off an Olympic gold-medal performance this past summer, was co-winner of the 2021 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy with Iowa’s Spencer Lee.

WIN’s TPI predicts approximately how many NCAA points a team will score in Detroit in March at the Division I Championships, excluding bonus points, based on numbers associated with individual placements/rankings based on our preseason rankings: 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 individual rankings, which will be updated in November, are subject to change as wrestlers finalize what weights they will wrestle later this fall. WIN will also announce Dual Rankings in December.

Each wrestler’s year deals with athletic eligibility. The 2021 finish indicates where wrestlers finished in the 2021 Nationals as well as others who did not wrestle in the 2021 NCAAs but may have placed or qualified in past national tournaments.


WIN Magazine’s 2021-22 Tournament Power Index (TPI)


Rk.SchoolTotal RankTop 8TPI Points
2.Penn State76101
3.Oklahoma State9563.5
4.Arizona State7561.5
6.NC State8344
7t.Ohio State7443.5
10.Virginia Tech6441.5
16.Iowa State5229.5
17.Cal Poly2222.5
18.Northern Iowa5221
26t.North Carolina4114.5
28.Northern Colorado4113.5
29.Utah Valley2111
30.Northern Illinois317.5
33t.Army-West Point405.5
35.North Dakota State305
36t.Central Michigan304.5
36t.Michigan State304.5
36t.South Dakota State304.5
39.Oregon State304
40t.Air Force203.5
40t.West Virginia203.5
43t.CSU Bakersfield203


WIN Magazine’s 2021-22 Preseason Rankings

125 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYear2021 Finish
1.Spencer LeeIowaSr.won third NCAA title
2.Vito ArujauCornellSo.DNC/2019 AA (4th)
3.Pat GloryPrincetonJr.DNC/2019 AA (2nd)
4.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateJr.AA-2nd
5.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSr.AA-3rd
6.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJr.AA-5th
7.Sam LatonaVirginia TechRSFr.AA-6th
8.Brody TeskeNorthern IowaSo.NQ-R12
9.Jakob CamachoNC StateSo.NQ-R12
10.Killian CardinaleWest VirginiaSr.AA-7th
11.Eric BarnettWisconsinJr.AA-8th
12.Devin SchroederPurdueSr.NQ-R12
13.Malik HeinselmanOhio StateSr.NQ-R24
14.Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateJr.NQ-R16
15.Jaret LaneLehighSr.NQ-R16
16.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternJr.NQ-R12
17.Trevor MastrogiovaniOklahoma StateSo.NQ-R16
18.Robert HowardPenn StateRSFr.NQ-R16
19.Liam CroninNebraskaSr.NQ-R24
20.Noah SurtinMissouriSo.NQ-R24


133 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateJr.AA-1st
2.Daton FixOklahoma StateJr.AA-2nd
3.Austin DeSantoIowaSr.AA-3rd
4.Korbin MyersVirginia TechGr.AA-4th
5.Lucas ByrdIllinoisRSFr.AA-5th
6.Michael McGeeArizona StateSr.AA-6th
7.Chris CannonNorthwesternSo.AA-7th
8.Sammy AlvarezRutgersSo.DNC /2020 NQ
9.Micky PhillippiPittJr.NQ-R12
10.Matt SchmittMissouriJr.NQ-R12
11.Brandon PaetzellLehighSr.DNC /’19-20 NQ
12.Chance RichCSU BakersfieldSo.NQ-R12
13.Dylan RagusinMichiganRSFr.NQ-R24@125
14.Jaret Van VleetAir ForceSr.NQ-R16
15.Michael ColaioccoPennSo.DNC/2020 NQ
16.Jacob AllenNavySr.NQ-R24
17.Jarrett TromblyNC StateSo.NQ-R16
18.Devon TurnerOregon StateSr.NQ-R16
19.Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoSo.NQ-R32
20.Zack ReddingIowa StateRSFr.NQ-R32


141 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.Nick LeePenn StateSr.AA-1st
2.Jaydin EiermanIowaSr.AA-2nd
3.Sebastian RiveraRutgersGr.AA-4th
4.Real WoodsStanfordJr.NQ-R12
5.Andrew AlirezNorthern ColoradoRSFr.NQ/Inj-149
6.Chad RedNebraskaSr.AA-6th
7.Dylan DuncanIllinoisSr.AA-5th
8.Ian ParkerIowa StateSr.NQ-R24
9.Zach ShermanNorth CarolinaJr.AA-7th
10.Dom DemasOklahomaSr.NQ-R12
11.Clay CarlsonSouth Dakota StateSo.AA-8th
12.Allan HartMissouriJr.NQ-R12
13.Dresden SimonCentral MichiganSr.NQ-R12
14.Grant WillitsOregon StateJr.NQ-R16
15.Dylan D’EmilioOhio State Jr.NQ-R16
16.Cole MatthewsPittSo.NQ-R24
17.Parker FiliusPurdueSr.NQ-R16
18.Malyke HinesLehighSo.NQ-R16/133
19.Dusty HoneOklahoma StateSr.DNC/2020 NQ
20.Austin GomezWisconsinSr.DNC/transfer/2019 NQ


149 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.Yianni DiakomihalisCornellJr.DNC/2-time champ (’18-’19).
2.Sammy SassoOhio StateJr.AA-2nd
3.Brock MaullerMissouriJr.AA-5th
4.Yahya ThomasNorthwesternGr.AA-3rd
5.Kyle ParcoArizona StateSo.AA-6th (Fresno State)
6.Tariq WilsonNC StateSr.AA-3rd-141
7.Jaden AbasStanfordSo.AA-7th
8.Bryce AndonianVirginia TechSo.NQ-R12
9.Max MurinIowaSr.NQ-R12
10.Jarrett DegenIowa StateSr.NQ-R32/2019 AA
11.Mitch MooreOklahomaSr.NQ-R12
12.Kanen StorrMichiganSr.NQ-R16
13.P.J. OgunsanyaArmy-West PointSr.NQ-R16
14.Josh HeilCampbellSr.NQ-R16
15.Anthony ArtalonaPennJr.DNC /2019 NQ
16.Josh FinesilverDukeJr.NQ-R12
17.Ridge LovettNebraskaSo.NQ-R24
18.Michael BlockhusMinnesotaJr.NQ-R24
19.Tristan LaraNorthern IowaJr.NQ-R24
20.Mike CarrIllinoisGr.DNC/2018-19 NQ


157 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.David CarrIowa StateSo.AA-1st
2.Ryan DeakinNorthwesternGr.AA-3rd
3.Jacori TeemerArizona StateJr.AA-4th
4.Brayton LeeMinnesotaJr.AA-6th
5.Austin O’ConnorNorth CarolinaJr.AA-1st@149
6.Kaleb YoungIowaSr.AA-7th
7.Wyatt SheetsOklahoma StateSr.AA-8th
8.Josh HumphreysLehighJr.DNC -injured
9.Quincy MondayPrincetonJr.DNC -2-time NQ
10.Kendall ColemanPurdueJr.NQ-R24
11.Jarrett JacquesMissouriJr.NQ-R12
12.Jared FranekNorth Dakota StateJr.NQ-R12
13.Jacob WrightWyomingSr.NQ-R12
14.Will LewanMichiganSo.NQ-R16
15.Hunter WillitsOregon StateJr.NQ-R16
16.Justin RuffinSIU-EdwardsvilleSr.NQ-injured
17.Justin ThomasOklahomaGr.NQ-R32
18.Johnny LovettCentral MichiganRSFr.NQ-R16
19.Markus HartmanArmy-West PointSr.NQ-R32
20.Chase SaldiateMichigan StateFr.NQ-R32


165 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.Shane GriffithStanfordJr.AA-1st
2.Alex MarinelliIowaSr.NQ/2-time AA (2018-19)
3.Evan WickCal PolySr.DNC/transfer/2-time AA
4.Jake WentzelPittSr.AA-2nd
5.Keegan O’TooleMissouriRSFr.AA-3rd
6.Travis WittlakeOklahoma StateJr.AA-4th
7.Carson KharchlaOhio StateRSFr.Redshirted
8.Zach HartmanBucknellSr.AA-6th
9.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateGr.AA-8th
10.Cameron AmineMichiganRSFr.AA-7th
11.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySr.AA-6th/174
12.Phillip ConigliaroHarvardJr.DNC/2020 NQ
13.Tanner CookSouth Dakota StateSo.DNC/2020 NQ
14.Luke WeberNorth Dakota StateSr.NQ-R12
15.Thomas BullardNC StateSr.NQ-R16
16.Peyton HallWest VirginiaSo.NQ-R12
17.Izzak OlejnikNorthern IllinoisSo.NQ-R16
18.Andrew NicholsonChattanoogaJr.NQ-R24
19.Peyton RobbNebraskaSo.NQ-R16
20.Cole MoodyWyomingSo.NQ-R24


174 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.Carter StarocciPenn StateRSFr.AA-1st
2.Michael KemererIowaGr.AA-2nd
3.Mehki LewisVirginia TechSo.NQ-165/2019 champ
4.Hayden HidlayNC State Sr.AA-5th@157
5.Ethan SmithOhio StateSr.AA-5th@165
6.Jackson TurleyRutgersSo.AA-8th
7.Donnell WashingtonIndianaJr.NQ-R24
8.Austin MurphyCampbellJr.NQ-R12
9.Hayden HastingsWyomingSr.NQ-R16
10.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateSo.NQ-R24
11.Andrew McNallyWisconsinSr.NQ-R12
12.Ben PasiukArmySo.NQ-R16
13.Michael O’MalleyDrexelJr.NQ-R16
14.Peyton MoccoMissouriSo.NQ-R16
15.Jackson HemauerNorthern ColoradoJr.NQ-R24
16.Jacob OliverEdinboro Jr.NQ-R24
17.Cade DevosSouth Dakota StateSo.NQ-R24
18.Clay LauttNorth CarolinaGr.DNC /2020 NQ
19.Lance RunyonNorthern IowaRSFr.NQ-R32
20.Mason KaufmanNorthern IllinoisSr.NQ-R24


184 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.Aaron BrooksPenn StateSo.AA-1st
2.Trent HidlayNC StateSo.AA-2nd
3.Myles AmineMichiganGr.AA-3rd-197
4.Parker KeckeisenNorthern IowaRSFr.AA-3rd
5.John PoznanskiRutgersRSFr.AA-4th
6.Bernie TruaxCal PolySo.AA-4th-174
7.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateSr.AA-5th
8.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJr.AA-6th
9.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJr.AA-7th
10.Lou DeprezBinghamtonJr.AA-8th
11.Taylor VenzNebraskaSr.NQ-R12
12.Jeremiah KentMissouriSo.NQ-R16
13.Devin KaneNorth CarolinaSr.NQ-R12
14.Rocky JordanOhio StateJr.NQ-R12
15.Tate SamuelsonWyomingSr.NQ-R24
16.Nelson BrandsIowaJr.NQ-R24
17.Chris WeilerWisconsinGr.RS/Lehigh transfer
18.David KeyNavySo.NQ-R16
19.Alan ClothierNorthern ColoradoGr.NQ-R24
20.Josh LoomerCSU BakersfieldSr.DNC /2020-NQ


197 pounds

Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateRSFr.AA-1st
2.Nino BonaccorsiPittJr.AA-2nd
3.Jacob Warner IowaSr.AA-4th
4.Rocky ElamMissouriRSFr.AA-5th
5.Max DeanPenn StateJr.DNC/2019 AA/transfer from Cornell
6.Jake WoodleyOklahomaSr.AA-6th
7.Stephan BuchananWyoming Jr.AA-8th
8.Patrick BruckiMichiganSr.DNC/AA transfer from Princeton
9.Ben DarmstadtCornellSr.DNC/2018 AA
10.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateGr.NQ-R12
11.Eric SchultzNebraska Sr.NQ-R16
12.Cameron CaffeyMichigan StateJr.NQ-R12
13.Thomas PenolaPurdue Jr.NQ-R12
14.Greg BulsakRutgersSr.NQ-R24 (Clarion transfer)
15.Jay AielloVirginiaSr.NQ-R24
16.Owen PentzNorth Dakota StateSo.NQ-R16
17.Marcus ColemanIowa State Jr.NQ-R16
18.Isaac TrumbleNC StateRSFr.Redshirted
19.J.T. BrownArmy-West PointSr.NQ-R24
20.Jacob HolschlagNorthern IowaSr.Injured/2018 AA



Rk.NameSchoolYr.2021 Finish
1.Gable Steveson MinnesotaJr.AA-1st
2.Mason ParrisMichiganJr.AA-2nd
3.Tony CassioppiIowaJr.AA-3rd
4.Cohlton SchultzArizona StateRSFr.AA-4th
5.Greg KerkvlietPenn StateRSFr.AA-7th
6.Trent HillgerWisconsinSr.AA-6th
7.Tate OrndorffOhio StateSr.AA-8th
8.Jordan WoodLehighSr.NQ-R16
9.Matt StencelCentral MichiganSr.NQ-R24
10.Wyatt HendricksonAir ForceSo.NQ-R12
11.Zach ElamMissouriSo.NQ-R16
12.Brian AndrewsWyomingSr.NQ-R16
13.Lucas DavisonNorthwesternSo.NQ-R16@197
14.Austin HarrisOklahoma StateSr.NQ-R12
15.Nathan TraxlerVirginia TechSr.NQ-R12
16.Yaraslau SlavikouskiHarvardJr.DNC /2020 NQ
17.Christian LanceNebraskaSr.NQ-R24
18.Deonte WilsonNC StateJr.NQ-R24
19.Josh HeindselmanOklahomaSo.NQ-R24
20.Quinn MillerVirginiaJr.NQ-R32



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