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ICYMI: PSU the new No.1 in WIN’s Jan. 4 Ranking

Release courtesy of Mike Finn, WIN Magazine 

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, 2022 Dual Ranking

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)

***For comparison purposes, here are the latest TOM Individual National Rankings, also from Jan. 4.*** 

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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