Freshmen DeSanto, Diakomihalis, Wick make huge jumps in Trackwrestling's Div. I rankings

By Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling | Dec. 05, 2017, 3:18 p.m. (ET)
The first major tournament of the college wrestling season produced sweeping individual changes in the latest edition of the Trackwrestling rankings presented by Resilite. And as a result, there's a slight reshuffling in the team race.

For the third straight week, top-ranked Ohio State has padded its lead over No. 2 Penn State. The Buckeyes wrestled without three of their top stars and still cruised to the team title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Three-time World and Olympic champion Kyle Snyder, the top-ranked heavyweight in the country, left the team to wrestle in Iran this week at the World Wrestling Clubs Cup, NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello remained sidelined with a leg injury and Joey McKenna sat out after claiming a bronze medal at the U23 World Championships the previous weekend in Poland. Nonetheless, the Buckeyes grabbed three individual titles in Las Vegas and four others placed in the top four.

The individual performances helped Ohio State increase its projected NCAA advancement and placement point total to 129.5. The Nittany Lions remain second with 113, followed by Oklahoma State at 78. Missouri (63) moved past Michigan (60) for fourth. Lehigh (51) climbed to sixth ahead of North Carolina State (50.5), Arizona State (45), Rutgers (44.5) and Iowa (44).

Freshmen Austin DeSanto of Drexel, Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell and Evan Wick of Wisconsin were among the wrestlers who made double-digit jumps individually after strong performances in Vegas. DeSanto registered a 22-10 major decision win against All-American Stevan Micic, previously ranked second, on his way to a fourth-place finish at 133. Diakomihalis topped 2016 NCAA finalist Bryce Meredith on his way to the title at 141. Wick took down then-No. 3 Logan Massa of Michigan on his way to a runner-up finish at 165.

The Trackwrestling team rankings are based off the number of advancement and placement points each squad would accumulate if its wrestlers finished in those ranking slots at the NCAA Championships. Top-ranked wrestlers earn 20 points, followed by 16 for second, 13.5 for third, 12.5 for fourth, 10 for fifth, 9 for sixth, 6.5 for seventh, 5.5 for eighth, 2 for spots 9-12, 1.5 for spots 13-16 and 1 for 17-25.

The rankings are compiled by David Mirikitani.

Rank School Points
1 Ohio State 129.5
2 Penn State 113
3 Oklahoma State 78
4 Missouri 63
5 Michigan 60
6 Lehigh 51
7 North Carolina State 50.5
8 Arizona State 45
9 Rutgers 44.5
10 Iowa 44
11 Virginia Tech 37
12 Northern Iowa 29
13 South Dakota State 28.5
14 Minnesota 24
15 Cornell 22
16 Nebraska 21.5
17 Illinois 21
18 Wisconsin 20
19 Central Michigan 19
20 North Carolina 18
21 Oregon State 17.5
22 Rider 16.5
23 Wyoming 16
24 American 14
25 Virginia 13
26 Duke 11
27 Navy 9
T28 Edinboro 8.5
T28 Pittsburgh 8.5
T30 Maryland 7.5
T30 Northwestern 7.5
T30 Oklahoma 7.5
T30 Princeton 7.5
T30 Stanford 7.5
T30 Utah Valley 7.5
T30 West Virginia 7.5
T37 CSU Bakersfield 6
T37 Lock Haven 6
T39 Hofstra 5.5
T39 Purdue 5.5

Individual Rankings

125 pounds

1 Nathan Tomasello Ohio State Senior
2 Nick Suriano Rutgers Sophomore
3 Ethan Lizak Minnesota Junior
4 Nick Piccininni Oklahoma State Sophomore
5 Darian Cruz Lehigh Senior
6 Sean Fausz North Carolina State Junior
7 Taylor LaMont Utah Valley Freshman
8 Ronnie Bresser Oregon State Senior
9 Sean Russell Edinboro Junior
10 Drew Mattin Michigan Freshman
11 Jay Schwarm Northern Iowa Sophomore
12 Sebastian Rivera Northwestern Freshman
13 Connor Schram Stanford Senior
14 Louie Hayes Virginia Freshman
15 Christian Moody Oklahoma Sophomore
16 Ryan Millhof Arizona State Junior
17 Luke Welch Purdue Senior
18 Travis Piotrowski Illinois Sophomore
19 Jake Gromacki Clarion Junior
20 Michael Russo Cornell Sophomore
21 Michael McGee Old Dominion Freshman
22 Barlow McGhee Missouri Senior
23 Brock Hudkins Northern Illinois Sophomore
24 Zeke Moisey West Virginia Junior
25 Dalton Macri North Carolina Junior

133 pounds
1 Seth Gross South Dakota State Junior
2 Scott Parker Lehigh Junior
3 Kaid Brock Oklahoma State Sophomore
4 Luke Pletcher Ohio State Sophomore
5 Josh Terao American Junior
6 Jack Mueller Virginia Sophomore
7 John Erneste Missouri Junior
8 Mitch McKee Minnesota Sophomore
9 Austin DeSanto Drexel Freshman
10 Stevan Micic Michigan Sophomore
11 Scott Delvecchio Rutgers Senior
12 Korbin Myers Edinboro Sophomore
13 Dom Forys Pittsburgh Senior
14 Austin Eicher Michigan State Junior
15 Dennis Gustafson Virginia Tech Junior
16 Cameron Kelly Ohio Junior
17 Bryan Lantry Buffalo Junior
18 Corey Keener Penn State Senior
19 Nathan Boston Campbell Junior
20 Dylan Duncan Illinois Freshman
21 Zach Sherman North Carolina Freshman
22 Cam Sykora North Dakota State Sophomore
23 Ali Naser Arizona State Junior
24 Anthony Tutolo Kent State Junior
25 Phillip Laux Iowa Senior

141 pounds
1 Dean Heil Oklahoma State Senior
2 Kevin Jack North Carolina State Senior
3 Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell Freshman
4 Bryce Meredith Wyoming Senior
5 Jaydin Eierman Missouri Sophomore
6 Joey McKenna Ohio State Junior
7 Anthony Ashnault Rutgers Senior
8 Josh Alber Northern Iowa Junior
9 Chad Red Nebraska Freshman
10 Mason Smith Central Michigan Sophomore
11 Nick Zanetta Pittsburgh Senior
12 Tommy Thorn Minnesota Junior
13 Jared Prince Navy Sophomore
14 Brock Zacherl Clarion Junior
15 Ryan Diehl Maryland Junior
16 Kanen Storr Iowa State Freshman
17 Mike Longo Oklahoma Senior
18 Luke Karam Lehigh Freshman
19 Javier Gasca III Michigan State Senior
20 Jered Cortez Penn State Junior
21 Alex Madrigal Old Dominion Sophomore
22 Cole Martin Wisconsin Sophomore
23 Russell Rohlfing CSU Bakersfield Sophomore
24 Cole Weaver Indiana Junior
25 Tyler Smith Bucknell Senior

149 pounds
1 Zain Retherford Penn State Senior
2 Brandon Sorensen Iowa Senior
3 Justin Oliver Central Michigan Junior
4 Troy Heilmann North Carolina Senior
5 Ke-Shawn Hayes Ohio State Sophomore
6 Max Thomsen Northern Iowa Sophomore
7 Matt Kolodzik Princeton Sophomore
8 Geo Martinez Oklahoma State Senior
9 Ryan Deakin Northwestern Freshman
10 Josh Maruca Arizona State Sophomore
11 Colton McCrystal Nebraska Senior
12 Solomon Chishko Virginia Tech Junior
13 Ronnie Perry Lock Haven Senior
14 Eleazor Deluca Rutgers Senior
15 Jamal Morris North Carolina State Junior
16 Zander Wick Wisconsin Freshman
17 Matt Zovistoski Appalachian State Junior
18 Michael Sprague American Junior
19 Jarrett Degen Iowa State Freshman
20 Grant Leeth Missouri Junior
21 Samuel Krivus Virginia Sophomore
22 Davion Jeffries Oklahoma Junior
23 Jacob Macalolooly Columbia Senior
24 Cortlandt Schuyler Lehigh Junior
25 Khristian Olivas Fresno State Freshman

157 pounds
1 Jason Nolf Penn State Junior
2 Joey Lavallee Missouri Senior
3 Michael Kemerer Iowa Sophomore
4 Richie Lewis Rutgers Senior
5 BJ Clagon Rider Senior
6 Alec Pantaleo Michigan Senior
7 Micah Jordan Ohio State Junior
8 Josh Shields Arizona State Sophomore
9 Tyler Berger Nebraska Junior
10 Mitch Finesilver Duke Junior
11 Archie Colgan Wyoming Senior
12 Coleman Hammond CSU Bakersfield Senior
13 Luke Zilverberg South Dakota State Senior
14 Hayden Hidlay North Carolina State Freshman
15 Taleb Rahmani Pittsburgh Sophomore
16 Tristan Rifanburg Binghamton Sophomore
17 Clayton Ream North Dakota State Junior
18 Paul Fox Stanford Junior
19 Ian Brown Lehigh Senior
20 Larry Early Old Dominion Sophomore
21 Andrew Crone Wisconsin Senior
22 Jonce Blaylock Oklahoma State Junior
23 Jake Short Minnesota Senior
24 Justin Thomas Oklahoma Freshman
25 Alex Klucker Lock Haven Sophomore

165 pounds
1 Vincenzo Joseph Penn State Sophomore
2 Isaiah Martinez Illinois Senior
3 David McFadden Virginia Tech Sophomore
4 Evan Wick Wisconsin Freshman
5 Logan Massa Michigan Sophomore
6 Chandler Rogers Oklahoma State Junior
7 Chad Walsh Rider Senior
8 Isaiah White Nebraska Sophomore
9 Te'Shan Campbell Ohio State Junior
10 Chance Marsteller Lock Haven Junior
11 Andrew Fogarty North Dakota State Sophomore
12 Nick Wanzek Minnesota Senior
13 Anthony Valencia Arizona State Sophomore
14 Alex Marinelli Iowa Freshman
15 Jon Jay Chavez Cornell Junior
16 Branson Ashworth Wyoming Junior
17 Gordon Wolf Lehigh Junior
18 Austin Matthews Edinboro Senior
19 Lorenzo DeLaRiva CSU Bakersfield Sophomore
20 May Bethea Pennsylvania Senior
21 Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Sophomore
22 DaWaylon Barnes Oklahoma Senior
23 Keilan Torres Northern Colorado Senior
24 Drew Daniels Navy Senior
25 Jake Wentzel Pittsburgh Freshman

174 pounds
1 Zahid Valencia Arizona State Sophomore
2 Mark Hall Penn State Sophomore
3 Bo Jordan Ohio State Senior
4 Daniel Lewis Missouri Junior
5 Myles Amine Michigan Sophomore
6 Taylor Lujan Northern Iowa Sophomore
7 Jordan Kutler Lehigh Sophomore
8 Jadaen Bernstein Navy Senior
9 Keaton Subjeck Stanford Senior
10 Yoanse Mejias Oklahoma Senior
11 Dylan Lydy Purdue Sophomore
12 Jacobe Smith Oklahoma State Junior
13 Ethan Ramos North Carolina Senior
14 Will Schany Virginia Junior
15 Ty Schoffstall Edinboro Senior
16 David Kocer South Dakota State Senior
17 Josef Johnson Harvard Junior
18 Forrest Przybysz Appalachian State Junior
19 Ryan Christensen Wisconsin Junior
20 Christian Brucki Central Michigan Junior
21 Brandon Womack Cornell Junior
22 Drew Hughes Michigan State Sophomore
23 Seldon Wright Old Dominion Sophomore
24 Johnny Sebastian Northwestern Sophomore
25 Joey Gunther Iowa Sophomore

184 pounds
1 Bo Nickal Penn State Junior
2 Myles Martin Ohio State Junior
3 Pete Renda North Carolina State Senior
4 Ryan Preisch Lehigh Junior
5 Domenic Abounader Michigan Senior
6 Taylor Venz Nebraska Freshman
7 Nicholas Gravina Rutgers Senior
8 Zack Zavatsky Virginia Tech Junior
9 Ricky Robertson Wisconsin Senior
10 Emory Parker Illinois Junior
11 Bryce Carr Chattanooga Senior
12 Steve Schneider Binghamton Senior
13 Drew Foster Northern Iowa Junior
14 Jordan Ellingwood Central Michigan Senior
15 Max Dean Cornell Freshman
16 Mitch Sliga Northwestern Senior
17 Christian LaFragola Brown Junior
18 Michael Coleman Navy Senior
18 Joe Heyob Pennsylvania Senior
20 Alex DeCiantis Drexel Senior
21 Ian Baker Princeton Junior
22 Kordell Norfleet Arizona State Freshman
23 Gregg Harvey Pittsburgh Freshman
24 Cameron Caffey Michigan State Freshman
25 Dylan Gabel Northern Colorado Junior

197 pounds
1 Kollin Moore Ohio State Sophomore
2 Willie Miklus Missouri Senior
3 Jared Haught Virginia Tech Senior
4 Preston Weigel Oklahoma State Junior
5 Cash Wilcke Iowa Sophomore
6 Mike Macchiavello North Carolina State Senior
7 Jacob Smith West Virginia Senior
8 Nathan Rotert South Dakota State Senior
9 Corey Griego Oregon State Junior
10 Jeric Kasunic American Senior
11 Jacob Holschlag Northern Iowa Sophomore
12 Matt Williams CSU Bakersfield Senior
13 Ben Darmstadt Cornell Freshman
14 Scottie Boykin Chattanooga Senior
15 Anthony Cassar Penn State Sophomore
16 Frank Mattiace Pennsylvania Junior
17 Stephen Loiseau Drexel Junior
18 Nathan Traxler Stanford Freshman
19 Jacob Seely Northern Colorado Sophomore
20 Kevin Beazley Michigan Senior
21 Christian Brunner Purdue Sophomore
22 Eric Schultz Nebraska Sophomore
23 Hunter Ritter Wisconsin Sophomore
24 Dan Chaid North Carolina Senior
25 Jordan Atienza Central Michigan Junior


1 Kyle Snyder Ohio State Senior
2 Adam Coon Michigan Senior
3 Nick Nevills Penn State Junior
4 Tanner Hall Arizona State Junior
5 Amarveer Dhesi Oregon State Senior
6 Jacob Kasper Duke Senior
7 Youssif Hemida Maryland Junior
8 Mike Hughes Hofstra Senior
9 Nathan Butler Stanford Senior
10 Billy Miller Edinboro Junior
11 Derek White Oklahoma State Junior
12 Jordan Wood Lehigh Freshman
13 Thomas Haines Lock Haven Junior
14 Garrett Ryan Columbia Senior
15 Shawn Streck Purdue Freshman
16 Ryan Solomon Pittsburgh Senior
17 Gage Hutchison Eastern Michigan Senior
18 Sam Stoll Iowa Junior
19 Conan Jennings Northwestern Junior
20 Jake Gunning Buffalo Junior
21 Cory Daniel North Carolina Junior
22 Brett Dempsey American Senior
23 Duece Rachal Illinois Junior
24 Andrew Dunn Virginia Tech Freshman
25 Jeremy Sweany Cornell Junior