WIN’s Pre-NCAA Rankings Released, O’Connor new No. 1 at 157

Updated: March 6, 2023

Photo: Freshman Levi Haines (right) was one of four individual champions for Big Ten team champ Penn State at the 2023 conference tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the Nittany Lion upset Nebraska’s top-ranked Peyton Robb at 157 pounds. (Ginger Robinson photo)

NEWTON, Iowa — The conference tournaments are now complete and Penn State remains the favorite to win the team title at the 2023 NCAA Division I Championship according to WIN Magazine’s final rankings of the season, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

Coming off a Big Ten championship, the Nittany Lions feature nine ranked wrestlers, including seven who are ranked in the top eight of their weight classes and are projected to earn All-American honors at the upcoming NCAAs, held March 16-18 in Tulsa, Okla. With 105 TPI points, Penn State has a wide lead over Big Ten rivals Iowa and Nebraska, which both earned 69 points in WIN’s TPI, and EIWA champion Cornell with 67 points.

WIN’s TPI is based on a point total associated with individual placement and advancement points scored at the upcoming NCAAs if wrestlers finished where they’re ranked. The following is a breakdown of those points: 20 for 1st place, 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 one and a half points for wrestlers ranked 13-16 and one point for those ranked 17-20.

Three of Penn State’s individual recent Big Ten champs are defending champions and are rated No. 1 in their weight class: Roman Bravo-Young (133), Carter Starocci (174) and Aaron Brooks (184).

Meanwhile, Penn State’s fourth Big Ten champ, freshman Levi Haines played a big part in changing the 157-pound weight class when he upset Nebraska’s top-ranked Peyton Robb in the finals of the conference meet last weekend. Because of that result, North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor, who won an NCAA title at 149 pounds in 2021, has taken over the top spot at 157 pounds, just ahead of the Husker while Haines is ranked No. 6.

Austin O’Connor

Meanwhile, the remaining six other top-ranked wrestlers are from six different schools: Iowa’s Spencer Lee (125), Northern Colorado’s Andrew Alirez (141), Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis (149), Iowa State’s David Carr (165), Pitt’s Nino Bonaccorsi (197) and Michigan’s Mason Parris (Hwt). Lee and Diakomihalis will be sh ooting for their fourth NCAA titles at the BOK Center; hoping to join four former wrestlers who all won four titles: Pat Smith (Oklahoma State), Cael Sanderson (Iowa State), Kyle Dake (Cornell) and Logan Stieber (Ohio State).

WIN’s March 6 Tournament Power Index

Rk. School Total Rank Top 8 TPI Pts
1. Penn State 9 7 105
2t. Iowa 10 4 69
2t. Nebraska 6 5 69
4. Cornell 6 5 67
5. Missouri 9 5 60.5
6. Iowa State 7 4 57.5
7. Ohio State 8 4 47.5
8. NC State 8 4 46
9. Arizona State 4 4 44
10. Virginia Tech 6 4 42
11. Michigan 6 4 41.5
12. Oklahoma State 9 3 40
13. Pitt 5 2 37.5
14. Wisconsin 6 2 29.5
15t. Minnesota 7 3 26
15t. Princeton 2 2 26
17. North Carolina 3 1 24
18. Northern Iowa 7 1 23.5
19. Northwestern 6 2 22.5
20. Northern Colorado 2 1 22
21. North Dakota State 5 1 19.5
22. Oregon State 5 2 19
23t Lehigh 4 2 18
23t. South Dakota State 5 1 18
25t. Cal Poly 2 1 14.5
25t. Purdue 2 1 14.5
27t.` Illinois 3 1 13.5
27t. Penn 5 1 13.5
29. Air Force 2 1 11
30. Appalachian State 2 1 10.5
31. West Virginia 4 1 9.5
32. Oklahoma 6 0 8
33. Rutgers 5 0 6.5
34. Stanford 2 0 4
35t. Harvard 2 0 3
35t. Indiana 2 0 3
35t. Michigan State 2 0 3
38t. Campbell 2 0 2.5
38t. Columbia 2 0 2.5
38t. Wyoming 2 0 2.5
41t. Chattanooga 1 0 2
41t. Lock Haven 1 0 2
41t. Maryland 1 0 2
44. Northern Illinois 1 0 1.5
45t. Army West Point 1 1 1
45t. Drexel 1 0 1
45t. SIU-Edwardsville 1 0 1
45t. Utah Valley 1 0 1
45t. Virginia 1 0 1

WIN Magazine’s March 6 NCAA Division I Individual Rankings

125 pounds  

Wt Name School Year Previous
125-1 Spencer Lee Iowa Sr 1st
125-2 Pat Glory Princeton Sr. 2nd
125-3 Liam Cronin Nebraska Gr. 4th
125-4 Matt Ramos Purdue So. 3rd
125-5 Eric Barnett Wisconsin Sr. 5th
125-6 Pat McKee Minnesota Sr. 6th
125-7 Brandon Courtney Arizona State Sr. 8th
125-8 Brandon Kaylor Oregon State Jr. 12th
125-9 Anthony Noto Lock Haven So. 10th
125-10 Michael DeAugustino Northwestern Sr. 13th
125-11 Stevo Poulin Northern Colorado RSFr. 20th
125-12 Killian Cardinale West Virginia Sr. 7th
125-13 Noah Surtin Missouri So. 11th
125-14 Caleb Smith Appalachian State So. 15th
125-15 Ryan Miller Penn So. 16th
125-16 Reece Witcraft Oklahoma State Jr. NR
125-17 Jack Medley Michigan Gr. 14th
125-18 Joey Prata Oklahoma Gr. NR
125-19 Dean Peterson Rutgers RSFr. 17th
125-20 Jore Volk Wyoming Fr. 18th


133 pounds

Wt Name School Year Previous
133-1 Roman Bravo-Young Penn State Gr. 1st
133-2 Daton Fix Oklahoma State Sr. 2nd
133-3 Vito Arujau Cornell Jr. 3rd
133-4 Michael McGee Arizona State Sr. 4th
133-5 Lucas Byrd Illinois So. 6th
133-6 Michael Colaiocco Penn Jr. 8th
133-7 Dylan Ragusin Michigan So. 11th
133-8 Aaron Nagao Minnesota RSFr. 13th
133-9 Chris Cannon Northwestern Jr. 10th
133-10 Jesse Mendez Ohio State Fr. 9th
133-11 Kai Orine NC State So. 15th
133-12 Micky Phillippi Pitt Sr. 7th
133-13 Sam Latona Virginia Tech So. 5th
133-14 Brody Teske Iowa Sr. 14th
133-15 Zach Redding Iowa State Jr. 16th
133-16 Connor McGonagle Lehigh Jr. 12th
133-17 Joe Heilman Rutgers Gr. 17th
133-18 Jason Shaner Oregon State Sr. NR
133-19 Kyle Biscoglia Northern Iowa Jr. 20th
133-20 Cody Phippen Air Force Sr. NR


141 pounds  

Wt Name School Year Previous
141-1 Andrew Alirez Northern Colorado Jr. 1st
141-2 Real Woods Iowa Sr. 2nd
141-3 Cole Matthews Pitt Sr. 3rd
141-4 Brock Hardy Nebraska So. 5th
141-5 Beau Bartlett Penn State Jr. 4th
141-6 Ryan Jack NC State So. 6th
141-7 Vince Cornella Cornell Fr. 9th
141-8 Allan Hart Missouri Sr. 14th
141-9 Clay Carlson South Dakota State Sr. 10th
141-10 Mosha Schwartz Oklahoma Jr. 7th
141-11 Lachlan McNeil North Carolina RSFr. 8th
141-12 Carter Young Oklahoma State So. 13th
141-13 Jakob Bergeland Minnesota Gr. 11th
141-14 Frankie Tal Shahar Northwestern Jr. 12th
141-15 Casey Swiderski Iowa State Fr. NR
141-16 Cael Happel Northern Iowa So. 15th
141-17 Matt Kazimir Columbia Sr. NR
141-18 Dylan D’Emilio Ohio State Jr. NR
141-19 Jordan Titus West Virginia RSFr. 16th
149-20 Carmen Ferrante Penn Sr. NR


149 pounds

Wt Name School Year Previous
149-1 Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell Sr. 1st
149-2 Sammy Sasso Ohio State Sr. 3rd
149-3 Paniro Johnson Iowa State Fr. 9th
149-4 Kyle Parco Arizona State So. 5th
149-5 Brock Mauler Missouri Jr. 6th
149-6 Jon Millner Appalachian State Sr. 8th
149-7 Caleb Henson Virginia Tech Fr. 7th
149-8 Yahya Thomas Northwestern Gr. 4th
149-9 Jaden Abas Stanford Jr 14th
149-10 Max Murin Iowa Sr. 10th
149-11 Shayne Van Ness Penn State RSFr. 12th
149-12 Austin Gomez Wisconsin Sr. 2nd
149-13 Michael Blockhus Minnesota Sr. 15th
149-14 Kellyn March North Dakota State Jr. 16th
149-15 Mitch Moore Oklahoma Gr. 19th
149-16 Jackson Arrington NC State Fr. 17th
149-17 Colin Realbuto Northern Iowa Jr. 11th
149-18 Victor Voinovich Oklahoma State RSFr. 18th
149-19 Doug Zapf Penn Sr. 13th
149-20 Dom Demas Cal Poly Sr. 20th


157 pounds        

Wt Name School Year Previous
157-1 Austin O’Connor North Carolina Gr. 2nd
157-2 Peyton Robb Nebraska Jr. 1st
157-3 Jared Franek North Dakota State Sr. 3rd
157-4 Bryce Andonian Virginia Tech Sr. 4th
157-5 Josh Humphreys Lehigh Sr. 5th
157-6 Levi Haines Penn State Fr. 6th
157-7 Ed Scott NC State So. 7th
157-8 Kaden Gfeller Oklahoma State Sr. 10th
157-9 Chase Saldate Michigan State Jr. 9th
157-10 Kendell Coleman Purdue Sr. 8th
157-11 Will Lewan Michigan Sr. 12th
157-12 Cobe Siebrecht Iowa Jr. 11th
157-13 Jacob Wright Wyoming Sr. 15th
157-14 Trevor Chumley Northwestern So. 20th
157-15 Jarrett Jacques Missouri Sr. 13th
157-16 Derek Gilcher Indiana Jr. NR
157-17 Garret Model Wisconsin Sr. 17th
157-18 Derek Holschlag Northern Iowa Sr. 18th
157-19 Andrew Clark Rutgers So. NR
157-20 Paddy Gallagher Ohio State RSFr. 19th


165 pounds   

Wt Name School Year Previous
165-1 David Carr Iowa State Sr. 1st
165-2 Keegan O’Toole Missouri So. 2nd
165-3 Dean Hamiti Wisconsin So. 4th
165-4 Julian Ramirez Cornell So. 7th
165-5 Quincy Monday Princeton Sr. 5th
165-6 Patrick Kennedy Iowa So. 9th
165-7 Cameron Amine Michigan Jr. 6th
165-8 Peyton Hall West Virginia Jr. 8th
165-9 Michael Calliendo North Dakota State RSFr. 11th
165-10 Matt Olguin Oregon State So. 15th
165-11 Shane Griffith Stanford Sr. 3rd
165-12 Carson Kharchla Ohio State Jr. 12th
165-13 Izzak Olenjnik Northern Illinois Sr. 13th
165-14 Alex Facundo Penn State RSFr. 10th
165-15 Austin Yant Northern Iowa Sr. 14th
165-16 Josh Ogunsanya Columbia Jr. 17th
165-17 Gerrit Nijenhuis Oklahoma So. 16th
165-18 Justin McCoy Virginia Sr. 19th
165-19 Holden Heller Pitt Sr. 18th
165-20 Tanner Cook South Dakota State Jr. 20th


174 pounds  

Wt Name School Year Previous
174-1 Carter Starocci Penn State Jr. 1st
174-2 Mikey Labriola Nebraska Sr. 2nd
174-3 Mekhi Lewis Virginia Tech Sr. 3rd
174-4 Chris Foca Cornell Jr. 4th
174-5 Ethan Smith Ohio State Sr. 5th
174-6 Dustin Plott Oklahoma State Jr. 9th
174-7 Peyton Mocco Missouri Jr. 6th
174-8 Bailee O’Reilly Minnesota Gr. 10th
174-9 Nelson Brands Iowa Sr. 13th
174-10 Rocky Jordan Chattanooga Sr. 12th
174-11 Edmond Ruth Illinois So. 7th
174-12 Jackson Turley Rutgers Jr. NR
174-13 Cade Devos South Dakota State So. 17th
174-14 Tate Picklo Oklahoma Fr. 15th
174-15 Alex Faison NC State Jr. 20th
174-16 Donnell Washington Indiana Jr. 14th
174-17 Philip Conigliaro Harvard Jr. 16th
174-18 Ben Pasiuk Army West Point Jr. 19th
174-19 Nick Incontrera Penn So. 18th
174-20 Michael O’Malley Drexel Sr. 11th


184 pounds                                                                                                 

Wt Name School Year Previous
184-1 Aaron Brooks Penn State Sr. 1st
184-2 Parker Keckeisen Northern Iowa So. 2nd
184-3 Trent Hidlay NC State Jr. 3rd
184-4 Marcus Coleman Iowa State Sr. 4th
184-5 Kaleb Romero Ohio State Sr. 5th
184-6 Trey Munoz Oregon State So. 6th
184-7 Hunter Bolen Virginia Tech Sr. 7th
184-8 Matt Finesilver Michigan Gr. 9th
184-9 Isaiah Salazar Minnesota Jr. 8th
184-10 Travis Wittlake Oklahoma State Sr. 11th
184-11 Lenny Pinto Nebraska RSFr. 12th
184-12 Gavin Kane North Carolina So. 13th
184-13 Abe Assad Iowa Jr. 10th
184-14 Brian Soldano Rutgers Fr. 16th
184-15 Colton Hawks Missouri So. 17th
184-16 Deanthony Parker North Dakota State So. 14th
184-17 Layne Malczewski Michigan State Sr. 15th
184-18 Caleb Hopkins Campbell Jr. 20th
184-19 Tate Samuelson Lehigh Sr. NR
184-20 Reece Heller Pitt Jr. NR


197 pounds  

Wt Name School Year Previous
197-1 Nino Bonaccorsi Pitt Sr. 1st
197-2 Rocky Elam Missouri So. 4th
197-3 Bernie Truax Cal Poly Jr. 3rd
197-4 Tanner Sloan South Dakota State Sr. 8th
197-5 Isaac Trumble NC State Jr. 7th
197-6 Silas Allred Nebraska So. 12th
197-7 Max Dean Penn State Sr. 2nd
197-8 Michael Beard Lehigh So. 5th
197-9 Jacob Cardenas Cornell Jr. NR
197-10 Ethan Laird Rider Sr. 10th
197-11 Jaxon Smith Maryland RSFr. 13th
197-12 Yonger Bastida Iowa State Jr. 6th
197-13 Jacob Warner Iowa Sr. 11th
197-14 Luke Surber Oklahoma State Jr. 19th
197-15 Zach Braunagel Illinois Jr. 15th
197-16 Tanner Harvey Oregon State Sr. 18th
197-17 Owen Pentz North Dakota State So. 9th
197-18 Braxton Amos Wisconsin So. NR
197-19 Evan Bockman Utah Valley So. 17th
197-20 Michial Foy Minnesota Gr. 20th



Wt Name School Year  Previous
Hwt-1 Mason Parris Michigan Sr. 1st
Hwt-2 Greg Kerkvliet Penn State Jr. 2nd
Hwt-3 Tony Cassioppi Iowa Sr. 3rd
Hwt-4 Cohlton Schultz Arizona State So. 5th
Hwt-5 Wyatt Hendrickson Air Force Jr. 6th
Hwt-6 Lucas Davison Northwestern Sr. 4th
Hwt-7 Sam Schuyler Iowa State Sr. 7th
Hwt-8 Tate Orndorff Ohio State Sr. 12th
Hwt-9 Zach Elam Missouri Jr. 9th
Hwt-10 Trent Hillger Wisconsin Gr. 10th
Hwt-11 Owen Trephan NC State So. 13th
Hwt-12 Yaraslau Slavikouski Harvard Sr. 8th
Hwt-13 Taye Ghadiali Campbell Jr. 14th
Hwt-14 Tyrell Gordon Northern Iowa Jr. 16th
Hwt-15 Connor Doucet Oklahoma State So. 18th
Hwt-16 Hunter Catka Virginia Tech So. 17th
Hwt-17 Josh Heindselman Oklahoma Jr. 19th
Hwt-18 AJ Nevills South Dakota State Gr. 11th
Hwt-19 Michael Wolfgram West Virginia Jr. 15th
Hwt-20 Colton McKiernan SIU-Edwardsville Sr. NR