Penn State is new No. 1 in WIN’s Jan. 4 TPI and Rankings

Updated: January 4, 2022

Photo: Penn State’s Aaron Brooks (top) defeated Arizona State’s Josh Nummer at 184 pounds in December to help the Nittany Lions win all three duals at the Journeymen Collegiate Duals. After holiday tournaments, the Nittany Lions have taken over the top spot in WIN’s Tournament Rankings (TPI). (Photo by Bob Mayeri)

NEWTON, Iowa — It’s a new calendar year and Penn State has taken over the top spot in WIN Magazine’s Jan. 4 Tournament Power Index and Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

The Nittany Lions, which are 6-0 on the season after winning all three matchups at the Journeymen Collegiate Duals Dec. 20-21, continues to feature four defending national champs, who also are all ranked No. 1: Roman Bravo-Young (133), Nick Lee (141), Carter Starocci (174) and Aaron Brooks (184). With a total of seven ranked wrestlers, including six in the Top 8 of their weight class, Penn State tallied 107.5 TPI Points.

WIN’s Tournament Power Index predicts approximately how many NCAA points a team could score in Detroit in March at the Division I Championships based on where their individuals are ranked at this point in the season. Excluding bonus points, the TPI is based on numbers associated with individual placements/rankings based on our current rankings below: 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.

The following rankings were impacted on events that happened after WIN’s last rankings on Dec. 14. In addition to the Collegiate Duals, a couple of the highest-profile events were the Illinois Matmen Open, held in place of the cancelled Midlands, Dec. 29-30, in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Defending NCAA champ Iowa, which was ranked No. 1, dropped down one spot to No. 2 after the Hawkeyes (82.5 TPI) announced that three-time NCAA champion and two-time Hodge Trophy winner Spencer Lee had season-ending knee surgery. Overall, the Hawkeyes feature nine ranked wrestlers, including true freshman Drake Ayala, who finished third at the Southern Scuffle and is rated No. 14 and is considered a replacement for Lee at 125 pounds. The Hawkeyes (8-0), who also won all three duals at the Journeymen event, continue to be ranked ahead of Penn State in WIN’s Dual Team Rankings.

The next three teams are separated by four points, led by No. 3 Michigan (69), which welcomed the return of All-Americans and 2020 Olympians Stevan Micic (141) and Myles Amine (184). Coach Sean Bormet’s squad also was strengthened with the transfer of former Rutgers national champion Nick Suriano (125). The Wolverines are followed by Oklahoma State (66.5), featuring top-ranked A.J. Ferrari (197), and Arizona State (65).

The most notable changes in the individual weight classes took place at 125 where Cornell’s Vito Arujau, who was ranked at 133 thus far this season, is the new top-rated wrestler at 125 pounds. Suriano is ranked No. 2 at 125 and expected to start wrestling this month for the Wolverines.

The remaining No. 1 wrestlers held their top spots over the holiday period. They include Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis (149), Iowa State’s David Carr (157), Cal Poly’s Evan Wick (165), and Minnesota’s Gable Steveson (Hwt.).

Overall, there are 11 rated wrestlers who are new to WIN’s rankings. That includes a pair of Southern Scuffle champions in Stanford’s Real Woods (fourth at 141) and Maryland’s Kyle Cochran (eighth at 184). Another notable newcomer to a Top-8 ranking was Wisconsin freshman Dean Hamiti, who moved from No. 17 to No. 7 at 165 after winning the Illinois Matmen Open.



WIN Magazine’s Jan. 4 Tournament Power Index

Rk.SchoolTotal RankTop 8TPI Points
1.Penn State76107.5
4.Oklahoma State8566.5
5.Arizona State8665
7.NC State9346
10.Ohio State8341
12t.Iowa State6235
15.Virginia Tech7334
16.Cal Poly3231
21.Northern Iowa3115
22.North Carolina3214
24.West Virginia2112
26t.Appalachian State2110
28.Oregon State509.5
29t.Central Michigan318
29t.North Dakota State318
32t.Northern Colorado217.5
36.Army-West Point204
37t.South Dakota State203.5
39t.Michigan State203
39t.Utah Valley203
43t.Northern Illinois202.5
47.Air Force102
49t.CSU Bakersfield101




WIN Magazine’s Jan. 4 Dual Rankings


RkSchoolW-LPreviousUpcoming Action
1.Iowa6-01stvs. Minnesota (1/7), vs. Purdue (1/9)
2.Penn State8-02ndat Maryland (1/7), vs. Indiana (1/9)
3.Oklahoma State7-03rdat Little Rock (1/8)
4.NC State5-14that Rider (1/8), at Princeton (1/9)
5.Michigan3-05thoff until 1/14 (at Ohio State)
6.Nebraska3-06thvs Purdue (1/7)
7.Missouri6-27thoff until 1/16 (at SIUE)
8.Arizona State3-18thvs. Iowa State (1/9)
9.Ohio State4-09that Michigan State (1/8)
10.Cornell3-112that Lehigh (1/8)
11.Minnesota1-111that Iowa (1/7), vs. Northwestern (1/9)
12.Virginia Tech4-310thvs. Binghamton & West Virginia (1/9)
13.Rutgers10-013thvs. Indiana (1/7), at Wisconsin (1/9)
14.Wyoming0-114that South Dakota State with Northern Iowa (1/9)
15.Wisconsin4-015thvs. Northwestern (1/7), vs. Rutgers (1/9)
16.Illinois2-016thoff until 1/14 (at Rutgers)
17.Iowa State3-118thvs. NW Kansas Tech (1/6), at Arizona State (1/9)
18.Purdue6-117that Nebraska (1/7), at Iowa (1/9)
19.Northwestern2-019that Wisconsin (1/7), at Minnesota (1/9)
20.Lehigh4-420thvs. Binghamton (1/7), vs. Cornell (1/8)
21.Pittsburgh3-221stvs. Penn (1/7)
22.South Dakota State4-122ndvs. Wyoming & Northern Iowa (1/9)
23.Northern Iowa1-423rdat South Dakota State with Wyoming (1/9)
24.North Carolina4-424that F&M Open, Lancaster, Pa.
25.Oklahoma2-225thoff until 1/14 (Virginia Duals)



WIN Magazine’s Jan. 4 Individual Rankings


125 pounds

Rk.NameSchool YearPrevious
1.Vito ArujauCornellSo.4th/133
2.Nick SurianoMichiganSr.NR
3.Pat GloryPrincetonJr.2nd
4.Brandon CourtneyArizona StateJr.3rd
5.Killian CardinaleWest VirginiaSr.6th
6.Trevor MastrogiovaniOklahoma StateSo.8th
7.Patrick McKeeMinnesotaSr.9th
8.Eric BarnettWisconsinJr.7th
9.Jakob CamachoNC StateSo.5th
10.Devin SchroederPurdueSr.10th
11.Brandon KaylorOregon StateSo.12th
12.Taylor LamontUtah ValleyJr.4th
13.Brody TeskeNorthern IowaSo.11th
14.Drake AyalaIowaFr.NR
15.Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternJr.13th
16.Noah SurtinMissouriSo.17th
17.Malik HeinselmanOhio StateSr.16th
18.Jaret LaneLehighSr.14th
19.Sam LatonaVirginia TechRSFr.18th
20.Kysen TerukinaIowa StateSo.19th


133 pounds

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



141 pounds

Rk.Name                               School                      Yr.  Previous
1.Nick LeePenn StateSr.1st
2.Jaydin EiermanIowaSr.2nd
3.Sebastian RiveraRutgersGr.3rd
4.Real WoodsStanfordJr.NR
5.Stevan MicicMichiganGr.4th
6.Ian ParkerIowa StateSr.5th
7.Andrew AlirezNorthern ColoradoRSFr.7th
8.Kizhan ClarkNorth CarolinaGr.8th
9.Chad RedNebraskaSr.9th
10.Allan HartMissouriJr.10th
11.Clay CarlsonSouth Dakota StateSo.6th
12.Grant WillitsOregon StateJr.12th
13.Dresden SimonCentral MichiganSr.11th
14.Jesse VasquezArizona StateFr.14th
15.Dylan D’EmilioOhio StateSo.13th
16.Jake BergelandMinnesotaSr.17th
17.Ryan JackNC StateFr.18th
18.Matt KasimirColumbiaJr.19th
19.Carter YoungOklahoma StateFr.NR
20.Cayden RooksIndianaSo.20th



149 pounds

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



157 pounds

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


165 pounds

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



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.Austin MurphyCampbellJr.7th
8Chris FocaCornellSo.8th
9.Dustin PlottOklahoma StateSo.9th
10.Jackson TurleyRutgersSo.10th
11.Adam KempCal PolySo.11th
12.Ben PasiukArmySo.12th
13.Cade DevosSouth Dakota StateSo.15th
14.Peyton MoccoMissouriSo.20th
15.Matt FinesilverDukeSr.13th
16.Hayden HastingsWyomingSr.16th
17.Michael O’MalleyDrexelJr.17th
18.Jackson HemauerNorthern ColoradoJr.18th
19.Jacob OliverEdinboroJr.19th
20.Thomas FlitzAppalachian StateSr.NR


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.Kyle CochranMarylandSr.NR
9.Trey MunozOregon StateRSFr.NR
10.Jonathan LoewCornellJr.16th
11.Hunter BolenVirginia TechJr.9th
12.Kaleb RomeroOhio StateSr.11th
13.Donnell WashingtonIndianaJr.13th
14.Tate SamuelsonWyomingSr.14th
15.Jeremiah KentMissouriSo.10th
16.Marcus ColemanIowa StateJr.12th
17.Taylor VenzNebraskaSr.15th
18.Zac BraunagelIllinoisSo.18th
19.Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisJr.8th
20.Travis StefanikPrincetonJr.17th



197 pounds

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




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



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