Underclassmen upset defending champs; make impact on Nov. 22 ranks

Updated: November 22, 2021

Photos: Nebraska’s Peyton Robb (left) and Cornell’s Julian Ramirez each upset a defending national champ in North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor and Stanford’s Shane Griffith.

Nov. 22, 2021

NEWTON, Iowa — Underclassmen flexed their strength last week in some notable matches, particularly in two upset match-ups against 2021 NCAA champs. Stanford’s defending national champion Shane Griffith was defeated 3-2 by Cornell’s freshman Julian Ramirez in a rowdy home dual for Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 20, as the Big Red faced former coach Rob Koll and his new team in the Friedman Center.

Nebraska sophomore Peyton Robb also got a statement win last week on Thursday, Nov. 18. The Husker knocked off North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor — the 149-pound defending champ who moved up to 157 — 5-2 in home dual for Mark Manning’s squad.

Because of the upset of Griffith at 165, Iowa’s Alex Marinelli has taken over the top spot at that weight in WIN Magazine’s updated Nov. 22 Individual Rankings and Tournament Power Index, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Marinelli is one of two top-ranked Hawkeyes, who remain No. 1 in WIN’s Tournament Power Index. The other is three-time defending champ Spencer Lee. Overall, Iowa features a ranked wrestler at all ten weight classes, including seven who are rated in the Top 8 of their weight classes.

Penn State remains No. 2 in WIN’s TPI as seven Nittany Lions are ranked. That includes four wrestlers who are ranked No. 1 in their weight classes: Roman Bravo-Young (133), Nick Lee (141), Carter Starocci (174) and Aaron Brooks (184). All four won titles for Coach Cael Sanderson and company in 2021.

The other four top-ranked wrestlers are Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis (149), Iowa State’s David Carr (157), Oklahoma State’s A.J. Ferrari and Minnesota’s Olympic champion Gable Steveson (Hwt). Steveson and Lee were co-winners of the WIN/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy in 2021.

The TPI predicts approximately how many NCAA points a team will score in Detroit in March at the Division I Championships. Excluding bonus points, the TPI is based on numbers associated with individual placements/rankings based on our current 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 dual rankings will be begin in next week’s rankings on Nov. 29.

WIN Magazine’s Nov. 22 Tournament Power Index

Rk.SchoolTotal RankTop 8 RankTPI Pts
2.Penn State76104
3.Arizona State8564
4.Oklahoma State8459.5
7.NC State8448
9.Iowa State5233.5
11t.Ohio State7442.5
14.Virginia Tech6233
17.Cal Poly2225
22.North Carolina5216.5
23.Northern Iowa4116
25.Northern Colorado3115
26.Utah Valley2112
28.North Dakota State318.5
29t.West Virginia218
35.Northern Illinois216.5
36.South Dakota State406
37t.Appalachian State115.5
37t.Central Michigan305.5
42t.Army-West Point202.5
42t.CSU Bakersfield202.5
42t.Michigan State202.5
42t.Oregon State202.5
46t.Air Force102


WIN Magazine’s Nov. 22 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

Rk.NameSchool YearPrevious
1.Spencer LeeIowaSr.1st
2.Vito ArujauCornellSo.2nd
3.Pat GloryPrincetonJr.3rd
4.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateJr.4th
5.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJr.6th
6.Jakob CamachoNC StateSo.8th
7.Killian CardinaleWest VirginiaSr.9th
8.Eric BarnettWisconsinJr.11th
9.Malik HeinselmanOhio StateSr.14th
10.Trevor MastrogiovaniOklahoma StateSo.17th
11.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSr.5th
12.Devin SchroederPurdueSr.12th
13.Brody TeskeNorthern IowaSo.7th
14.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternJr.16th
15.Sam LatonaVirginia TechRSFr.10th
16.Jaret LaneLehighSr.15th
17.Jack MedleyMichiganJr.NR
18.Noah SurtinMissouriSo.19th
19.Kysen TerukinaIowa StateSo.NR
20.Fabian GutierrezChattanoogaSr.20th

133 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1.Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateJr.1st
2.Daton FixOklahoma StateJr.2nd
3.Austin DeSantoIowaSr.3rd
4.Korbin MyersVirginia TechGr.4th
5.Chris CannonNorthwesternSo.5th
6.Michael McGeeArizona StateSr.6th
7.Michael ColaioccoPennSo.9th
8.Lucas ByrdIllinoisRSFr.11th
9.Jamie HernandezNorth CarolinaJr.NR
10.Sammy AlvarezRutgersSo.12th
11.Malyke HinesLehighFr.NR
12.Micky PhillippiPittJr.7th
13.Rayvon FoleyMichigan StateJr.16th
14.Chance RichCSU BakersfieldSo.14th
15.Dylan RagusinMichiganSo.19th
16.Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoSo.18th
17.Tony MadrigalOklahomaSr.10th
18.Kai OrineNC StateFr.NR
19.Brian CourtneyVirginiaGr.17th
20.Brock HudkinsIndianaSr.NR

141 pounds

Rk.Name                               School                      Yr.   Previous
1.Nick LeePenn StateSr.1st
2.Jaydin EiermanIowaSr.2nd
3.Sebastian RiveraRutgersGr.3rd
4.Andrew AlirezNorthern ColoradoRSFr.4th
5.Stevan MicicMichiganGr.6th
6.Ian ParkerIowa StateSr.8th
7.Dom DemasOklahomaSr.9th
8.Kizhan ClarkNorth CarolinaGr.13th
9.Chad RedNebraskaSr.5th
10.Clay CarlsonSouth Dakota StateSo.10th
11.Allan HartMissouriJr.11th
12.Dresden SimonCentral MichiganSr.12th
13.Grant WillitsOregon StateJr.14th
14.Cole MatthewsPittSo.16th
15.Jesse VasquezArizona StateFr.NR
16.Parker FiliusPurdueSr.17th
17.Ryan JackNC StateFr.19th
18.Mike CarrIllinoisSr.20th
19.Matt KasimirColumbiaJr.NR
20.Angelo MartinoniCSU BakersfieldSo.NR

149 pounds

Rk.Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1.Yianni DiakomihalisCornellJr.1st
2.Sammy SassoOhio StateJr.2nd
3.Brock MaullerMissouriJr.3rd
4.Yahya ThomasNorthwesternGr.4th
5.Kyle ParcoArizona StateSo.5th
6.Tariq WilsonNC StateSr.6th
7.Jaden AbasStanfordSo.7th
8.Jon MillnerAppalachian StateSr.8th
9.Bryce AndonianVirginia TechSo.9th
10.Max MurinIowaSr.10th
11.Jarrett DegenIowa StateSr.11th
12.Mitch MooreOklahomaSr.12th
13.Kanen StorrMichiganSr.13th
14.Josh HeilCampbellSr.15th
15.Ridge LovettNebraskaSo.19th
16.Beau BartlettPenn StateRSFr.NR
17.P.J. OgunsanyaArmy-West PointSr.14th
18.Anthony ArtalonaPennJr.16th
19.Zach ShermanNorth CarolinaSr.17th
20.Josh FinesilverDukeJr.18th

157 pounds

Rk.Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1.David CarrIowa StateSo.1st
2.Ryan DeakinNorthwesternGr.2nd
3.Jacori TeemerArizona StateJr.3rd
4.Brayton LeeMinnesotaJr.4th
5.Peyton RobbNebraskaSo.NR
6.Quincy MondayPrincetonJr.7th
7.Austin O’ConnorNorth CarolinaJr.5th
8.Jared FranekNorth Dakota StateJr.8th
9.Kaleb YoungIowaSr.6th
10.Jarrett JacquesMissouriJr.10th
11.Jacob WrightWyomingSr.11th
12.Wyatt SheetsOklahoma StateSr.9th
13.Kendall ColemanPurdueJr.13th
14.Will LewanMichiganSo.14th
15.Justin ThomasOklahomaGr.12th
16.Johnny LovettCentral MichiganRSFr.17th
17.Josh HumphreysLehighJr.18th
18.Hunter WillitsOregon StateJr.19th
19.Andrew CernigliaNavySo.NR
20.Chase SaldateMichigan StateFr.15th

165 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous 
1.Alex MarinelliIowaSr.2nd
2.Evan WickCal PolySr.3rd
3.Keegan O’TooleMissouriRSFr.5th
4.Shane GriffithStanfordJr.1st
5.Travis WittlakeOklahoma StateJr.6th
6.Jake WentzelPittSr.4th
7.Carson KharchlaOhio StateRSFr.7th
8.Zach HartmanBucknellSr.8th
9.Anthony ValenciaArizona StateGr.9th
10.Cameron AmineMichiganRSFr.10th
11.Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleySr.11th
12.Phillip ConigliaroHarvardJr.12th
13.Julian RamirezCornellFr.NR
14.Luke WeberNorth Dakota StateSr.14th
15.Tanner CookSouth Dakota StateSo.13th
16.Peyton HallWest VirginiaSo.16th
17.Thomas BullardNC StateSr.15th
18.Izzak OlejnikNorthern IllinoisSo.17th
19.Andrew NicholsonChattanoogaJr.18th
20.Cole MoodyWyomingSo.19th

174 pounds

Rk.Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1.Carter StarocciPenn StateRSFr.1st
2.Michael KemererIowaGr.2nd
3.Mekhi LewisVirginia TechSo.3rd
4.Mikey LabriolaNebraskaSr.4th
5.Hayden HidlayNC State Sr.5th
6.Ethan SmithOhio StateSr.6th
7.Donnell WashingtonIndianaJr.7th
8.Austin MurphyCampbellJr.8th
9.Hayden HastingsWyomingSr.9th
10Chris FocaCornellSo.10th
11.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateSo.11th
12.Jackson TurleyRutgersSo.12th
13.Andrew McNallyWisconsinSr.13th
14.Ben PasiukArmySo.14th
15.Michael O’MalleyDrexelJr.15th
16.Peyton MoccoMissouriSo.16th
17.Jackson HemauerNorthern ColoradoJr.17th
18.Jacob OliverEdinboroJr.18th
19.Cade DevosSouth Dakota StateSo.19th
20.Lance RunyonNorthern IowaRSFr.20th

184 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1.Aaron BrooksPenn StateSo.1st
2.Trent HidlayNC StateSo.2nd
3.Myles AmineMichiganGr.3rd
4.Parker KeckeisenNorthern IowaRSFr.4th
5.John PoznanskiRutgersRSFr.5th
6.Bernie TruaxCal PolySo.6th
7.Dakota GeerOklahoma StateSr.7th
8.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJr.8th
9.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJr.9th
10.Jeremiah KentMissouriSo.12th
11.Tate SamuelsonWyomingSr.13th
12.Chris WeilerWisconsinGr.15th
13.Marcus ColemanIowa StateJr.20th
14.Taylor VenzNebraskaSr.11th
15.Clay LauttNorth CarolinaGr.17th
16.Rocky JordanOhio StateJr.16th
17.Max LyonPurdueSr19th
18.Abe AssadIowaSo.NR
19.Zac BraunagelIllinoisSo.NR
20.Caleb HopkinsCampbellSo.NR

197 pounds

Rk.Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1.A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateRSFr.1st
2.Nino BonaccorsiPittJr.2nd
3.Jacob WarnerIowaSr.3rd
4.Rocky ElamMissouriRSFr.4th
5.Max DeanPenn StateJr.5th
6.Jake WoodleyOklahomaSr.6th
7.Stephan BuchananWyomingJr.7th
8.Patrick BruckiMichiganSr.8th
9.Ben DarmstadtCornellSr.9th
10.Kordell NorfleetArizona StateGr.10th
11.Eric SchultzNebraskaSr.11th
12.Thomas PenolaPurdueJr.12th
13.Tanner SloanSouth Dakota StateSr.13th
14.Greg BulsakRutgersSr.14th
15.Jay AielloVirginiaSr.15th
16.Owen PentzNorth Dakota StateSo.16th
17.Braxton AmosWisconsinFr.17th
18.Isaac TrumbleNC StateRSFr.18th
19.Gavin HoffmanOhio StateSo.19th
20.Lou DeprezBinghamtonJr.10th/184


Rk.Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1.Gable Steveson MinnesotaJr.1st
2.Mason ParrisMichiganJr.2nd
3.Cohlton SchultzArizona StateRSFr.4th
4.Greg KerkvlietPenn StateRSFr.5th
5.Tony CassioppiIowaJr.3rd
6.Trent HillgerWisconsinSr.6th
7.Tate OrndorffOhio StateSr.7th
8.Jordan WoodLehighSr.8th
9.Matt StencelCentral MichiganSr.9th
10.Wyatt HendricksonAir ForceSo.10th
11.Zach ElamMissouriSo.11th
12.Brian AndrewsWyomingSr.12th
13.Lucas DavisonNorthwesternSo.13th
14.Nathan TraxlerVirginia TechSr.14th
15.Yaraslau SlavikouskiHarvardJr.15th
16.Christian LanceNebraskaSr.16th
17.Luke SurberOklahoma StateSo.17th
18.Carter IsleyNorthern IowaSr.20th
19.Lewis FernandezCornellSo.19th
20.Quinn MillerVirginiaJr.18th


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