W.I.N. Magazine Releases Preseason Rankings

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NEWTON, Iowa — Oklahoma State University, the all-time leader in NCAA team championships, is ranked No. 1 in WIN’s 2016-17 Preseason Tournament Power Index.

The TPI is based on the schools’ wrestlers who are rated in WIN’s individual rankings, predicting possible All-American candidates in the 2017 NCAA Championships, which will be held March 16-18 in St. Louis.

WIN’s TPI point totals are broken down as follows: 1st – 20 (16 AA points + 4 advancement points); 2nd – 16 (12+4); 3rd – 13.5 (10+3.5); 4th – 12.5 (9+3.5); 5th – 10 (7+3); 6th – 9 (6+3); 7th – 6.5 (4+2.5); 8th – 5.5 (3+2.5). Additional points for other rankings include: 9th/12th – 2; 13th/16th – 1.5; 17th-20th – 1. TPI points will be lower than the final actual NCAA tournament points because it does not include bonus points.

With eight wrestlers ranked in the top 8 in their weight class, the Cowboys earned 87.5 TPI points. This included 141-pound defending national champion Dean Heil, three returning All-Americans — Anthony Collica (149), Joe Smith (157) and Nolan Boyd (184) — and two other Cowboys — Kaid Brock (133) and Kyle Crutchmer (174) — who were highly ranked last season but were unable to compete in the 2016 postseason because of injuries. Oklahoma State, which has won 34 all-time team titles, is looking to capture its first team championship since 2006.

Ranked preseason No. 2 two months before the season starts is Virginia Tech. The Hokies, who claimed a school-best fourth place in last year’s NCAA tournament, feature six returning All-Americans and ranked in the Top 8 of their weight class in 2016-17: Joey Dance (125), Solomon Chishko (141), David McFadden (165), Zach Epperly (174), Jared Haught (197) and Ty Walz (Hwt.)

The next three ranked teams include Iowa, Ohio State and Missouri.

The Hawkeyes feature three wrestlers who reached the finals of the 2016 NCAAs: 125-pound Thomas Gilman, 133-pound Cory Clark and 149-pound Brandon Sorensen. The Buckeyes return three former champions, two who have moved up a weight class — 133-pound Nathan Tomasello and 184-pound Myles Martin — and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder (197). The Tigers, who will serve as the host team for the 2017 NCAAs in St. Louis, feature four All-Americans, including Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox.

Michigan, which returns four returning All-Americans (including 2015 finalist Adam Coon at heavyweight), is ranked No. 6, while Penn State, last year’s team champion, is rated No. 7. The Nittany Lions feature a returning champion in 149-pound Zain Retherford and two 2016 finalists in Jason Nolf (157) and Bo Nickal, who has moved up to 184 pounds.

Two other returning individual national champions return: two-time Illinois champ Isaiah Martinez, who may move up to 165 pounds this winter, and another two-time champ in Cornell’s Gabe Dean at 184 pounds.

These rankings are subject to change as teams finalize their line-ups before the start of the season in November. WIN will also create a dual-team ranking that will begin in December.

 

 

WIN’s 2016-17 Preseason Tournament Power Index

Rank College           Top 8     TPI
1 Oklahoma State 8 87.5
2 Virginia Tech 6 84
3 Iowa 6 77
4 Ohio State 5 72.5
5 Missouri 5 64.5
6 Michigan 6 63.5
7 Penn State 3 59.5
8 Cornell 3 54
9 Nebraska 4 48
10 Illinois 3 44.5
11 Stanford 3 32
12 Minnesota 2 30
13 Wisconsin 2 27
14 Lehigh 3 24
15 Rutgers 2 23.5
16 Oklahoma 1 21.5
17 Iowa State 2 20.5
18 Northern Iowa 1 19
19 NC State 2 18.5
20 Oregon State 1 18
21 Wyoming 1 17
22 Rider 1 16.5
23 Penn 1 15.5
24 Princeton 1 14.5
25 Central Michigan 1 13.5
26 North Carolina 1 12.5
27t Northern Illinois 1 11.5
27t Indiana 1 11.5
29 Arizona State 1 10.5
30 West Virginia 1 8
31t Drexel 1 7.5
31t Old Dominion 0 7.5
31t Virginia 1 7.5
31t Chattanooga 0 7.5
35 Edinboro 0 7
36t Pitt 0 6
36t Appalachian State 0 6
38 Duke 0 5
39 Navy 0 4
40 Bucknell 0 3.5
41t Ohio U. 0 3
41t Hofstra 0 3
41t South Dakota State 0 3
44 Columbia 0 2.5
45t Michigan State 0 2
45t Eastern Michigan 0 2
45t Kent State 0 2
45t North Dakota St 0 2
49t SIUE 0 1.5
49t Brown 0 1.5
51t Binghamton 0 1
51t Buffalo 0 1
51t Army 0 1
51t Purdue 0 1
51t CSU Bakersfield 0 1
51t The Citadel 0 1

 

125 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Thomas Gilman Sr. Iowa 2nd 28-2
2 Joey Dance Sr. Virginia Tech NQ/2014 AA 29-3
3 Dylan Peters Sr. Northern Iowa 6th 18-5
4 Ryan Millhof Jr. Oklahoma 7th 25-8
5 Conor Youtsey Sr. Michigan 5th 17-15
6 Connor Schram Jr. Stanford 8th 23-8
7 Barlow McGhee Jr. Missouri NQ 25-9
8 Darian Cruz Jr. Lehigh NQ/2014 AA 31-7
9 Ronnie Bresser Jr. Oregon State NQ 31-9
10 Tim Lambert Sr. Nebraska NQ 25-11
11 Josh Rodriguez Sr. North Dakota State NQ 37-10
12 Dalton Macri So. Cornell NQ 18-9
13 Sean Russell So. Edinboro NQ 28-9
14 Alfredo Rodriguez Sr. SIUE NQ 17-3
15 Brandon Jeske Sr. Old Dominion NQ 21-13
16 Elijah Oliver So. Indiana NQ 32-10
17 Drew Templeman Sr. Wyoming NQ 19-10
18 Zach Fuentes Jr. Drexel NQ 22-14
19 Kyle Larson Sr. Iowa State NQ 23-17
20 Lorenzo Bentley So. Pitt NQ 19-12

 

133 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Cory Clark Sr. Iowa 2nd 26-2
2 Zane Richards Sr. Illinois 4th 27-3
3 Nathan Tomasello Jr. Ohio State 3rd-125 27-1
4 Eric Montoya Sr. Nebraska 5th 29-10
5 Earl Hall Sr. Iowa State 7th 33-9
6 Kaid Brock So. Oklahoma State Inj. 19-1
7 Steven Micic Fr. Michigan
8 George DiCamillo Sr. Virginia NQ 29-5
9 Dom Forys Jr. Pitt NQ 28-5
10 Joey Palmer Sr. Oregon State NQ 26-12
11 Emilio Saavedra So. Old Dominion Inj. 15-5
12 Jamal Morris So. NC State NQ 16-10
13 Josh Alber Jr. Northern Iowa NQ 27-12
14 Corey Keener Sr. Central Michigan NQ 19-12
15 Cameron Kelly So. Ohio U. NQ 23-9
16 Zach Synon Sr. Missouri NQ 16-14
17 Caleb Richardson Sr. Penn NQ 21-15
18 Zach Davis Jr. Navy NQ 29-16
19 Anthony Giraldo So. Rutgers NQ 17-16
20 Austin Eicher So. Northern Illinois NQ 19-13

 

141 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Dean Heil Jr. Oklahoma State 1st 32-1
2 Bryce Meredith Jr. Wyoming 2nd 29-5
3 Joey McKenna So. Stanford 3rd 27-3
4 Anthony Ashnault Jr. Rutgers 4th 33-5
5 Solomon Chishko So. Virginia Tech 6th 30-7
6 Joseph Ward Sr. North Carolina 7th 23-6
7 Kevin Jack Jr. NC State NQ/2015 AA 26-5
8 Randy Cruz Sr. Lehigh 8th 28-10
9 Matt Manley Sr. Missouri NQ 27-8
10 Javier Gasca III Jr. Michigan State NQ 21-10
11 Tommy Thorn So. Minnesota NQ 36-11
12 Jimmy Gulibon Sr. Penn State NQ/2015 AA 14-11
13 Ke-Shawn Hayes RFr. Ohio State
14 Jamel Hudson Sr. Hofstra NQ 21-10
15 Mike Pongracz Sr. Chattanooga NQ 23-6
16 Mike Longo Jr. Appalachian St NQ 21-11
17 Tyler Smith Jr. Bucknell NQ 23-13
18 Robert Mathers Jr. Arizona State NQ 22-13
19 Zach Finesilver Jr. Duke NQ 25-14
20 Nicholas Gil So. Navy NQ 25-17

 

 

149 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Zain Retherford Jr. Penn State 1st 34-0
2 Brandon Sorensen Jr. Iowa 2nd 29-2
3 Lavion Mayes Sr. Missouri 3rd 32-3
4 Anthony Collica Sr. Oklahoma State 4th 29-9
5 Alec Pantaleo Jr. Michigan 6th 27-8
6 Justin Oliver So. Central Michigan 7th 32-7
7 Matt Cimato Sr. Drexel NQ 36-7
8 Micah Jordan So. Ohio State NQ-141 27-4
9 Mitch Finesilver Jr. Duke NQ 31-9
10 Bryant Clagon Jr. Rider NQ/2015 AA 21-12
11 Patricio Lugo So. Edinboro NQ 32-9
12 Davion Jeffries So. Oklahoma NQ 26-12
13 Jake Short Jr. Minnesota NQ 16-11
14 Laike Gardner Sr. Lehigh NQ 22-11
15 Victor Lopez Sr. Bucknell NQ 30-14
16 Steve Bleise So. Northern Illinois NQ 26-10
17 Ken Theobold Sr. Rutgers RS 22-5
18 Coleman Hammond Jr. CSU Bakersfield NQ 23-15
19 Nick Barber Sr. Eastern Michigan NQ 19-11
20 Alex Griffin Sr. Purdue NQ 14-9

 

157 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Jason Nolf So. Penn State 2nd 33-2
2 Dylan Palacio Sr. Cornell 4th 19-3
3 Joe Smith So. Oklahoma State 7th 35-5
4 Chad Walsh Jr. Rider 5th 29-9
5 Mitch Minotti Sr. Lehigh Inj. 11-3
6 Brian Murphy Sr. Michigan NQ/2015 AA 11-9
7 Richie Lewis Sr. Rutgers NQ 27-7
8 Tyler Berger So. Nebraska NQ 24-13
9 Andrew Atkinson Jr. Virginia NQ 24-11
10 Joey Lavallee Sr. Missouri RS
11 Bryce Steiert Jr. Northern Iowa NQ 24-11
12 Austin Matthews Jr. Edinboro NQ 12-6
13 Jake Ryan So. Ohio State NQ 17-7
14 Colin Heffernan Jr. Central Michigan 18-7
15 J. Staudenmayer Sr. Brown NQ 30-10
16 Dylan Cottrell Sr. West Virginia NQ 33-11
17 May Bethea Jr. Penn NQ 23-15
18 Kamaal Shakur So. Chattanooga NQ 24-8
19 Russell Parsons Sr. Army NQ 28-13
20 Aaron Walker Sr. The Citadel NQ 28-9

 

165 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Isaiah Martinez Jr. Illinois 1st-157 32-1
2 Isaac Jordan Sr. Wisconsin 2nd 29-1
3 Brian Realbuto Sr. Cornell NQ/’14&15 AA 33-5
4 Daniel Lewis So. Missouri 4th 29-6
5 Logan Massa Fr. Michigan
6 David McFadden So. Virginia Tech 6th 26-12
7 Jim Wilson Sr. Stanford NQ/2015 AA 27-8
8 Chandler Rogers So. Oklahoma State NQ 29-9
9 Clark Glass Sr. Oklahoma NQ 24-10
10 Geno Morelli Sr. Penn State NQ 21-12
11 Cooper Moore Sr Northern Iowa NQ 16-8
12 Jake Faust Jr. Duke NQ 19-10
13 Anthony Valencia RFr. Arizona State
14 Ryan Preisch So. Lehigh NQ 17-10
15 Tyrel White Jr. Columbia NQ 28-12
16 Austin Reese So. Ohio U. NQ 21-14
17 Burke Paddock So. Iowa
18 Cody Wiercioch Jr. Pitt NQ 17-13
19 Forrest Przybysz Jr. Appalachian St NQ 22-13
20 Dakota Juarez So. Eastern Michigan NQ 14-12

 

174 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Zach Epperly Jr. Virginia Tech 3rd 17-3
2 Bo Jordan Jr. Ohio State 3rd-165 21-3
3 Casey Kent Sr. Penn 4th 32-9
4 Kyle Crutchmer Sr. Oklahoma State Inj./2015 AA 15-4
5 Nathan Jackson Sr. Indiana 5th 35-9
6 Alex Meyer Sr. Iowa 8th 27-7
7 Tanner Weatherman Sr. Iowa State NQ 30-10
8 Zac Brunson Sr. Illinois NQ 22-5
9 Ethan Ramos Jr. North Carolina NQ/2015 AA 22-5
10 Matt Reed Sr. Oklahoma NQ 21-11
11 Jadsen Bernstein Jr. Navy NQ 34-13
12 Micah Barnes Sr. Nebraska NQ 22-12
13 Nick Kee Jr. Appalachian St NQ 29-9
14 Nicholas Wanzek Jr. Minnesota NQ 21-13
15 David Kocer Jr. South Dakota St NQ 30-13
16 Sean Mappes Sr. Chattanooga NQ 19-12
17 Te’Shan Campbell So. Pitt NQ 18-12
18 Jonathan Schleifer Jr. Princeton NQ 21-11
19 Phil Bakuckas Sr. Rutgers NQ 18-15
20 Keaton Subjeck Jr. Stanford NQ 21-9

 

184 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Gabe Dean Sr. Cornell 1st 34-1
2 Timothy Dudley Sr. Nebraska 2nd 24-7
3 Myles Martin So. Ohio State 1st-174 33-6
4 Bo Nickal So. Penn State 2nd-174 33-2
5 Pete Renda Sr. NC State 3rd 26-8
6 Nolan Boyd Sr. Oklahoma State 4th 33-8
7 Willie Miklus Jr. Missouri 6th 21-8
8 Sammy Brooks Sr. Iowa 8th 27-6
9 Domenic Abounader Sr. Michigan NQ 26-4
10 Zach Zavatsky So. Virginia Tech NQ 25-7
11 Pat Downey Jr. Iowa State 5th-197 11-4
12 Jack Dechow Sr. Old Dominion NQ 21-5
13 Zahid Valencia RFr. Arizona State
14 Jordan Ellingwood Jr. Central Michigan NQ 29-14
15 Nicholas Gravina Jr. Rutgers NQ 22-11
16 Corey Griego So. Oregon State NQ 24-12
17 Steven Schneider Jr. Binghamton NQ 30-11
18 Tom Sleigh Jr. Bucknell NQ 28-10
19 Ricky Robertson Jr. Wisconsin NQ 14-15
20 Joe Ariola Jr. Buffalo NQ 14-17

 

197 Pounds

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 J’den Cox Sr. Missouri 1st 33-1
2 Brett Pfarr Sr. Minnesota 3rd 40-4
3 Jared Haught Jr. Virginia Tech 6th 22-10
4 Brett Harner Sr. Princeton 8th 36-6
5 Aaron Studebaker Sr. Nebraska NQ 23-11
6 Shawn Scott Sr. Northern Illinois NQ 27-11
7 Jake Smith Jr. West Virginia NQ 31-12
8 Preston Weigel So. Oklahoma State NQ 19-12
9 Kevin Beasley Jr. Old Dominion RS
10 Kyle Conel So. Kent State NQ 28-8
11 Scottie Boykin Sr. Chattanooga NQ 24-8
12 Ryan Wolfe Sr. Rider NQ 30-10
13 Nate Rotert Jr. South Dakota St NQ 27-11
14 Anthony Casser Fr Penn State
15 Owen Scott Sr. Cornell NQ 16-9
16 Chip Ness Jr. North Carolina NQ 19-14
17 Kollin Moore RFr. Ohio State
18 Andre Lee So. Illinois NQ 11-12
19 Marcus Harrington RFr. Iowa State
20 Brad Johnson Sr. Oklahoma NQ 12-15

 

Heavyweight

Rk Name Yr. School NCAA 16 Record
1 Kyle Snyder Jr. Ohio State 1st 11-0
2 Adam Coon Sr. Michigan 3rd 23-3
3 Ty Walz Sr. Virginia Tech 4th 27-4
4 Amanveer Dhesi Jr. Oregon State 5th 32-5
5 Connor Medberry Sr. Wisconsin RS/2015 AA
6 Michael Kroells Sr. Minnesota 7th 35-9
7 Tanner Hall So. Arizona State NQ 26-12
8 Sam Stoll So. Iowa NQ 22-7
9 Brooks Black Jr. Illinois NQ 22-11
10 Ross Larson Sr. Oklahoma NQ 21-13
11 Nathan Butler Jr. Stanford NQ 27-9
12 Denzel Dejournette Sr. Appalachian St NQ 32-4
13 Nick Nevills So. Penn State NQ 6-3
14 Mike Hughes Sr. Hofstra NQ 41-10
15 Jared Johnson Sr. Chattanooga NQ 23-7
16 William Miller So. Edinboro NQ 29-11
17 Ray O’Donnell Sr. Princeton NQ 28-13
18 Garrett Ryan Jr. Columbia NQ 23-10
19 Ryan Solomon Jr. Pitt NQ 18-10
20 Jeramy Sweany So. Cornell NQ 22-10
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