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Which Teams Return the Most Points for the 2019-20 Season?

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It’s never too early to look ahead to next year. With that being said, we are reviewing he point totals from the 2019 NCAA Championships and ranking which squads have the most team points returning for the 2019-20 season. For this exercise, we are only considering wrestlers that competed in the 2019 tournament. In some cases, there are injured wrestlers or transfers that I have noted who will eventually improve their team’s score, yet their possible impact has not been calculated. True and redshirt freshmen have not been taken into account, at all. We also did not take into consideration Olympic redshirts. At this point there is only speculation about who will decide to take them and who will forego the opportunity. Obviously, since the wrestlers that are able to take these redshirts are huge point scorers, it could affect these rankings greatly, so stay tuned for updates about Olympic RS’s. Here are the top 20 point totals returning for the 2019-20 season. 

1) Penn State

133 – Roman Bravo-Young  5.5 points

141 – Nick Lee  16 points

149 – Brady Berge  1.5 points

165 – Vincenzo Joseph  18 points

174 – Mark Hall  17 points

184 – Shakur Rasheed  3.5 points

285 – Anthony Cassar  24 points

Total: 85.5 points

There’s a chance that Penn State’s 2019-20 lineup could feature 2018 NCAA third-place finisher Kyle Conel, formerly of Kent State.

2) Iowa

125 – Spencer Lee  24.5 points

133 – Austin DeSanto  13 points

141 – Max Murin  2 points

149 – Pat Lugo  5.5 points

157 – Kaleb Young  12.5 points

165 – Alex Marinelli  7.5 points

184 – Cash Wilcke  2.5 points

197 – Jacob Warner  7.5 points

Total: 75 points

The Hawkeyes are also expected to have the services of two-time All-American Michael Kemerer at 174 lbs, which could propel them into the number one spot, at this point in time.

3) Cornell

125 – Vito Arujau  15.5 points

133 – Chas Tucker  0.5 points

141 – Yianni Diakomihalis  20 points

184 – Max Dean  17 points

Total: 53 points

4) Oklahoma State

125 – Nick Piccininni  15 points

133 – Daton Fix  18 points

141 – Kaid Brock  4 points

149 – Kaden Gfeller  0 points

165 – Joseph Smith  2 points

184 – Dakota Geer  7.5 points

Total: 46.5 points

Oklahoma State will have 2018 All-American Boo Lewallen available, though it is unclear how his return will affect the Cowboy lineup at this time.

5) Michigan

125 – Drew Mattin  1.5 points

133 – Stevan Micic  16.5 points

141 – Kanen Storr  1.5 points

165 – Logan Massa  5.5 points

174 – Myles Amine  14.5 points

285 – Mason Parris  6.5 points

Total: 46 points

6) Virginia Tech

133 – Korbin Myers  4.5 points

141 – Mitch Moore  2.5 points

157 – BC LaPrade  1.5 points

165 – Mekhi Lewis  22 points

174 – David McFadden  11 points

Total: 41.5 points

7) Minnesota

141: Mitch McKee  11 points

165: Carson Brolslma  0.5 points

174: Devin Skatzka  8.5 points

285: Gable Steveson  17 points

Total: 37 points

8) Arizona State

149 – Josh Maruca  0.5 points

165 – Josh Shields  11 points

174 – Zahid Valencia  25 points

Total:  36.5 points

The Sun Devils had 2017 All-American Tanner Hall and former top recruit Anthony Valencia redshirting the 2018-19 season. Both should provide a significant boost to the ASU lineup.

8) Ohio State

125 – Malik Heinselman  0.5 points

133 – Luke Pletcher  13.5 points

157 – Ke-Shawn Hayes  1 point

174 – Ethan Smith 1 point

197 – Kollin Moore  19 points

285 – Chase Singletary  1.5 points

Total: 36.5 points

10) Princeton

125 – Pat Glory  12.5 points

149 – Matt Kolodzik  10 points

157 – Quincy Monday  0 points

174 – Travis Stefanik  0 points

184 – Kevin Parker  0 points

197 – Patrick Brucki  12.5 points

Total: 35 points

The Tiger also will get the services of a pair of NCAA qualifiers that did not compete for the school during the 2018-19 season in Pat D’Arcy and Mike D’Angelo.

11) Missouri

125 – Dack Punke  0 points

141 – Jaydin Eierman  15.5 points

149 – Brock Mauller  12 points

157 – Jarrett Jacques  0.5 points

165 – Connor Flynn  1 point

184 – Dylan Wisman  0.5 points

285 – Zach Elam  4 points

Total: 33.5 points

I mentioned Jaydin Eierman because he is returning, however he has already stated his intention to take an Olympic redshirt next year. They also will have 2018 All-American Grant Leeth, though it’s unclear how his return would impact the Mizzou lineup at this point.

12) Nebraska

141: Chad Red  8.5 points

165: Isaiah White  10 points

174: Mikey Labriola  9 points

184: Taylor Venz  2 points

197: Eric Schultz  1.5 points

285: David Jensen  1.5 points

Total: 32.5 points

13) Rutgers

133 – Nick Suriano  23 points

141 – Peter Lipari  1 point

174 – Joe Grello  2 points

Total:  26 points

13) Wisconsin

141: Tristan Moran  3.5 points

149: Cole Martin  1 point

165: Evan Wick  15.5 points

184: Mason Reinhardt  0.5 points

285: Trent Hillger  5.5 points

Total:  26 points

15) Northwestern

125 – Sebastian Rivera  15 points

149 – Shayne Oster  0 points

157 – Ryan Deakin  10 points

165 – Tyler Morland  0.5 points

Total:  25.5 points

16) Lehigh

133 – Brandon Paetzell  0 points

157 – Josh Humphreys  3 points

174 – Jordan Kutler  7.5 points

197 – Jake Jakobsen  1.5 points

285 – Jordan Wood  12.5 points

Total:  24.5 points

17) NC State

133 – Tariq Wilson  4.5 points

157 – Hayden Hidlay  15.5 points

165 – Thomas Bullard  1 point

174 – Daniel Bullard  0.5 points

184 – Nick Reenan  2.5 points

Total:  24 points

18) Iowa State

125 – Alex Mackall  3 points

133 – Austin Gomez  4.5 points

141 – Ian Parker  2.5 points

149 – Jarrett Degen  7.5 points

157 – Chase Straw  0.5 points

174 – Marcus Coleman  0.5 points

184 – Sammy Colbray  2 points

285 – Gannon Gremmel  0.5 points

Total: 20.5 points

18) North Carolina

141 – AC Headlee  2.5 points

149 – Austin O’Connor  13.5 points

157 – Josh McClure  0 points

174 – Devin Kane  4.5 points

197 – Brandon Whitman  0 points

Total:  20.5 points

20) Virginia

125 – Jack Mueller  19 points

141 – Sam Krivus  0 points

165 – Cam Coy  0 points

197 – Jay Aiello  1 point

Total:  20 points

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