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

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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. School Total Rank Top 8 TPI Points
1. Penn State 7 6 107.5
2. Iowa 9 6 82.5
3. Michigan 9 5 69
4. Oklahoma State 8 5 66.5
5. Arizona State 8 6 65
6. Cornell 6 3 50.5
7. NC State 9 3 46
8. Northwestern 5 3 44.5
9. Missouri 9 2 42.5
10. Ohio State 8 3 41
11. Minnesota 4 3 38
12t. Iowa State 6 2 35
12t. Nebraska 7 3 35
12t. Stanford 3 3 35
15. Virginia Tech 7 3 34
16. Cal Poly 3 2 31
17. Rutgers 5 2 29
18. Princeton 4 2 28.5
19. Wisconsin 4 3 22
20. Wyoming 6 1 20
21. Northern Iowa 3 1 15
22. North Carolina 3 2 14
23. Pitt 3 1 13.5
24. West Virginia 2 1 12
25. Lehigh 4 1 11
26t. Appalachian State 2 1 10
26t. Oklahoma 4 1 10
28. Oregon State 5 0 9.5
29t. Campbell 2 1 8
29t. Central Michigan 3 1 8
29t. North Dakota State 3 1 8
32t. Illinois 3 1 7.5
32t. Northern Colorado 2 1 7.5
34t. Maryland 1 1 5.5
34t. Purdue 3 0 5.5
36. Army-West Point 2 0 4
37t. Duke 2 0 3.5
37t. South Dakota State 2 0 3.5
39t. Harvard 2 0 3
39t. Michigan State 2 0 3
39t. Penn 2 0 3
39t. Utah Valley 2 0 3
43t. Columbia 2 0 2.5
43t. Indiana 2 0 2.5
43t. Northern Illinois 2 0 2.5
43t. Virginia 2 0 2.5
47. Air Force 1 0 2
48. Binghamton 1 0 1.5
49t. Bucknell 1 0 1
49t. Chattanooga 1 0 1
49t. CSU Bakersfield 1 0 1
49t. Drexel 1 0 1
49t. Edinboro 1 0 1
49t. Navy 1 0 1

 

 

 

WIN Magazine’s Jan. 4 Dual Rankings

 

Rk School W-L Previous Upcoming Action
1. Iowa 6-0 1st vs. Minnesota (1/7), vs. Purdue (1/9)
2. Penn State 8-0 2nd at Maryland (1/7), vs. Indiana (1/9)
3. Oklahoma State 7-0 3rd at Little Rock (1/8)
4. NC State 5-1 4th at Rider (1/8), at Princeton (1/9)
5. Michigan 3-0 5th off until 1/14 (at Ohio State)
6. Nebraska 3-0 6th vs Purdue (1/7)
7. Missouri 6-2 7th off until 1/16 (at SIUE)
8. Arizona State 3-1 8th vs. Iowa State (1/9)
9. Ohio State 4-0 9th at Michigan State (1/8)
10. Cornell 3-1 12th at Lehigh (1/8)
11. Minnesota 1-1 11th at Iowa (1/7), vs. Northwestern (1/9)
12. Virginia Tech 4-3 10th vs. Binghamton & West Virginia (1/9)
13. Rutgers 10-0 13th vs. Indiana (1/7), at Wisconsin (1/9)
14. Wyoming 0-1 14th at South Dakota State with Northern Iowa (1/9)
15. Wisconsin 4-0 15th vs. Northwestern (1/7), vs. Rutgers (1/9)
16. Illinois 2-0 16th off until 1/14 (at Rutgers)
17. Iowa State 3-1 18th vs. NW Kansas Tech (1/6), at Arizona State (1/9)
18. Purdue 6-1 17th at Nebraska (1/7), at Iowa (1/9)
19. Northwestern 2-0 19th at Wisconsin (1/7), at Minnesota (1/9)
20. Lehigh 4-4 20th vs. Binghamton (1/7), vs. Cornell (1/8)
21. Pittsburgh 3-2 21st vs. Penn (1/7)
22. South Dakota State 4-1 22nd vs. Wyoming & Northern Iowa (1/9)
23. Northern Iowa 1-4 23rd at South Dakota State with Wyoming (1/9)
24. North Carolina 4-4 24th at F&M Open, Lancaster, Pa.
25. Oklahoma 2-2 25th off until 1/14 (Virginia Duals)

 

 

WIN Magazine’s Jan. 4 Individual Rankings

 

125 pounds

Rk. Name School Year Previous
1. Vito Arujau Cornell So. 4th/133
2. Nick Suriano Michigan Sr. NR
3. Pat Glory Princeton Jr. 2nd
4. Brandon Courtney Arizona State Jr. 3rd
5. Killian Cardinale West Virginia Sr. 6th
6. Trevor Mastrogiovani Oklahoma State So. 8th
7. Patrick McKee Minnesota Sr. 9th
8. Eric Barnett Wisconsin Jr. 7th
9. Jakob Camacho NC State So. 5th
10. Devin Schroeder Purdue Sr. 10th
11. Brandon Kaylor Oregon State So. 12th
12. Taylor Lamont Utah Valley Jr. 4th
13. Brody Teske Northern Iowa So. 11th
14. Drake Ayala Iowa Fr. NR
15. Michael DeAugustino Northwestern Jr. 13th
16. Noah Surtin Missouri So. 17th
17. Malik Heinselman Ohio State Sr. 16th
18. Jaret Lane Lehigh Sr. 14th
19. Sam Latona Virginia Tech RSFr. 18th
20. Kysen Terukina Iowa State So. 19th

 

133 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. Roman Bravo-Young Penn State Jr. 1st
2. Daton Fix Oklahoma State Jr. 2nd
3. Austin DeSanto Iowa Sr. 3rd
4. Chris Cannon Northwestern So. 7th
5. Michael McGee Arizona State Sr. 12th
6. Korbin Myers Virginia Tech Gr. 5th
7. Dylan Ragusin Michigan So. 6th
8. Lucas Byrd Illinois RSFr. 9th
9. Rayvon Foley Michigan State Jr. 15th
10. Michael Colaiocco Penn So. 8th
11. Jamie Hernandez North Carolina Jr. 11th
12. Malyke Hines Lehigh Fr. 13th
13. Micky Phillippi Pitt Jr. 14th
14. Sammy Alvarez Rutgers So. 10th
15. Tony Madrigal Oklahoma Sr. 18th
16. Devin Turner Oregon State Sr. NR
17. Haiden Drury Utah Valley Fr. 16th
18. Brayden Palmer Chattanooga So. NR
19. Kai Orine NC State Fr. 19th
20. Chance Rich CSU Bakersfield So. 20th

 

 

141 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.   Previous
1. Nick Lee Penn State Sr. 1st
2. Jaydin Eierman Iowa Sr. 2nd
3. Sebastian Rivera Rutgers Gr. 3rd
4. Real Woods Stanford Jr. NR
5. Stevan Micic Michigan Gr. 4th
6. Ian Parker Iowa State Sr. 5th
7. Andrew Alirez Northern Colorado RSFr. 7th
8. Kizhan Clark North Carolina Gr. 8th
9. Chad Red Nebraska Sr. 9th
10. Allan Hart Missouri Jr. 10th
11. Clay Carlson South Dakota State So. 6th
12. Grant Willits Oregon State Jr. 12th
13. Dresden Simon Central Michigan Sr. 11th
14. Jesse Vasquez Arizona State Fr. 14th
15. Dylan D’Emilio Ohio State So. 13th
16. Jake Bergeland Minnesota Sr. 17th
17. Ryan Jack NC State Fr. 18th
18. Matt Kasimir Columbia Jr. 19th
19. Carter Young Oklahoma State Fr. NR
20. Cayden Rooks Indiana So. 20th

 

 

149 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell Jr. 1st
2. Sammy Sasso Ohio State Jr. 2nd
3. Yahya Thomas Northwestern Gr. 3rd
4. Tariq Wilson NC State Sr. 5th
5. Jaden Abas Stanford So. 6th
6. Jon Millner Appalachian State Sr. 7th
7. Kyle Parco Arizona State So. 4th
8. Bryce Andonian Virginia Tech So. 8th
9. Ridge Lovett Nebraska So. 9th
10. Josh Finesilver Duke Jr. 16th
11. Mitch Moore Oklahoma Sr. 11th
12. P.J. Ogunsanya Army-West Point Sr. 12th
13. Jarrett Degen Iowa State Sr. 13th
14. Beau Bartlett Penn State RSFr. 17th
15. Josh Heil Campbell Sr. 15th
16. Max Murin Iowa Sr. 10th
17. Kanen Storr Michigan Sr. 14th
18. Austin Gomez Wisconsin Jr. 19th
19. Anthony Artalona Penn Jr. 18th
20. Josh Edmund Missouri Fr. 20th

 

 

157 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. David Carr Iowa State So. 1st
2. Ryan Deakin Northwestern Gr. 2nd
3. Jacori Teemer Arizona State Jr. 3rd
4. Quincy Monday Princeton Jr. 4th
5. Brayton Lee Minnesota Jr. 5th
6. Peyton Robb Nebraska So. 6th
7. Austin O’Connor North Carolina Jr. 7th
8. Jared Franek North Dakota State Jr. 8th
9. Wyatt Sheets Oklahoma State Sr. 12th
10. Jacob Wright Wyoming Sr. 10th
11. Kendall Coleman Purdue Jr. 11th
12. Will Lewan Michigan So. 13th
13. Josh Humphreys Lehigh Jr. 18th
14. Ed Scott NC State Fr. NR
15. Kaleb Young Iowa Sr. 9th
16. Jarrett Jacques Missouri Jr. 15th
17. Connor Brady Virginia Tech Fr. 14th
18. Justin Thomas Oklahoma Gr. 16th
19. Johnny Lovett Central Michigan RSFr. 17th
20. Andrew Cerniglia Navy So. 20th

 

165 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. Evan Wick Cal Poly Sr. 1st
2. Keegan O’Toole Missouri RSFr. 3rd
3. Alex Marinelli Iowa Sr. 2nd
4. Shane Griffith Stanford Jr. 4th
5. Travis Wittlake Oklahoma State Jr. 5th
6. Carson Kharchla Ohio State RSFr. 6th
7. Dean Hamiti Wisconsin Fr. 17th
8. Anthony Valencia Arizona State Gr. 8th
9. Julian Ramirez Cornell Fr. 9th
10. Cameron Amine Michigan RSFr. 10th
11. Jake Wentzel Pitt Sr. 7th
12. Peyton Hall West Virginia So. 16th
13. Phillip Conigliaro Harvard Jr. 13th
14. Luke Weber North Dakota State Sr. 12th
15. Josh Ogunsanya Columbia So. 15th
16. Izzak Olejnik Northern Illinois So. 19th
17. Cole Moody Wyoming So. 18th
18. Zach Hartman Bucknell Sr. 14th
19. Justin McCoy Virginia So. 20th
20. Thomas Bullard NC State Gr. NR

 

 

174 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. Carter Starocci Penn State RSFr. 1st
2. Michael Kemerer Iowa Gr. 2nd
3. Mekhi Lewis Virginia Tech So. 3rd
4. Mikey Labriola Nebraska Sr. 4th
5. Hayden Hidlay NC State  Sr. 5th
6. Ethan Smith Ohio State Sr. 6th
7. Austin Murphy Campbell Jr. 7th
8 Chris Foca Cornell So. 8th
9. Dustin Plott Oklahoma State So. 9th
10. Jackson Turley Rutgers So. 10th
11. Adam Kemp Cal Poly So. 11th
12. Ben Pasiuk Army So. 12th
13. Cade Devos South Dakota State So. 15th
14. Peyton Mocco Missouri So. 20th
15. Matt Finesilver Duke Sr. 13th
16. Hayden Hastings Wyoming Sr. 16th
17. Michael O’Malley Drexel Jr. 17th
18. Jackson Hemauer Northern Colorado Jr. 18th
19. Jacob Oliver Edinboro Jr. 19th
20. Thomas Flitz Appalachian State Sr. NR

 

184 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. Aaron Brooks Penn State So. 1st
2. Trent Hidlay NC State So. 2nd
3. Myles Amine Michigan Gr. 3rd
4. Parker Keckeisen Northern Iowa RSFr. 4th
5. John Poznanski Rutgers RSFr. 5th
6. Bernie Truax Cal Poly So. 6th
7. Dakota Geer Oklahoma State Sr. 7th
8. Kyle Cochran Maryland Sr. NR
9. Trey Munoz Oregon State RSFr. NR
10. Jonathan Loew Cornell Jr. 16th
11. Hunter Bolen Virginia Tech Jr. 9th
12. Kaleb Romero Ohio State Sr. 11th
13. Donnell Washington Indiana Jr. 13th
14. Tate Samuelson Wyoming Sr. 14th
15. Jeremiah Kent Missouri So. 10th
16. Marcus Coleman Iowa State Jr. 12th
17. Taylor Venz Nebraska Sr. 15th
18. Zac Braunagel Illinois So. 18th
19. Brit Wilson Northern Illinois Jr. 8th
20. Travis Stefanik Princeton Jr. 17th

 

 

197 pounds

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. A.J. Ferrari Oklahoma State RSFr. 1st
2. Rocky Elam Missouri RSFr. 3rd
3. Max Dean Penn State Jr. 4th
4. Stephan Buchanan Wyoming Jr. 5th
5. Nino Bonaccorsi Pitt Jr. 2nd
6. Jacob Warner Iowa Sr. 6th
7. Eric Schultz Nebraska Sr. 7th
8. Jake Woodley Oklahoma Sr. 8th
9. Patrick Brucki Michigan Sr. 9th
10. Greg Bulsak Rutgers Sr. 12th
11. Kordell Norfleet Arizona State Gr. 11th
12. Yonger Bastida Iowa State So. 15th
13. Jay Aiello Virginia Sr. 13th
14. Lou Deprez Binghamton Jr. 14th
15. Thomas Penola Purdue Jr. 10th
16. Luke Stout Princeton Fr. 17th
17. Gavin Hoffman Ohio State So. 18th
18. Isaac Trumble NC State RSFr. 19th
19. Cameron Caffey Michigan State Sr. 20th
20. Owen Pentz North Dakota State So. 16th

 

 

Heavyweight

Rk. Name                               School                      Yr.         Previous
1. Gable Steveson Minnesota Jr. 1st
2. Mason Parris Michigan Jr. 2nd
3. Cohlton Schultz Arizona State RSFr. 3rd
4. Greg Kerkvliet Penn State RSFr. 4th
5. Tony Cassioppi Iowa Jr. 5th
6. Trent Hillger Wisconsin Sr. 6th
7. Jordan Wood Lehigh Sr. 7th
8. Matt Stencel Central Michigan Sr. 8th
9. Wyatt Hendrickson Air Force So. 9th
10. Nathan Traxler Virginia Tech Sr. 10th
11. Gary Traub Oregon State Gr. 11th
12. Christian Lance Nebraska Sr. 12th
13. Yaraslau Slavikouski Harvard Jr. 13th
14. Tate Orndorff Ohio State Sr. 14th
15. Zach Elam Missouri So. 15th
16. Brian Andrews Wyoming Sr. 16th
17. Lucas Davison Northwestern So. 17th
18. Carter Isley Northern Iowa Sr. 18th
19. Luke Luffman Illinois So. 19th
20. Lewis Fernandes Cornell So. 20th

 

 

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