Rivera, Suriano, Steveson new No. 1 athletes in WIN TPI and Rankings

By MIke Finn, WIN Magazine | Jan. 07, 2019, 4:43 p.m. (ET)
Celebration image of Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera from the Midlands courtesy of NUWrestle Twitter

NEWTON, Iowa — The calendar has changed to January and there are three new top-ranked individual wrestlers in WIN’s Jan. 7 Tournament Power Index and Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic.

Coming off a Midlands championship win over Iowa’s defending champion Spencer Lee on Dec. 30, Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera is now ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds.

At 133 pounds, South Dakota State’s defending national champ Seth Gross has only wrestled once this year (in November) and an injury has kept him from competing again since that victory. He has been pulled from the rankings until he competes again and Rutgers’ Nick Suriano has moved into the top spot at that weight.

Meanwhile at heavyweight, Minnesota’s true freshman Gable Steveson has taken over the top spot. The young Gopher, who is 18-0 on the season, is ranked ahead of Oklahoma State’s Derek White, Penn State’s Anthony Cassar, and Iowa’s Sam Stoll, who was ranked No. 1 before the Midlands, where the Hawkeye was forced to medically forfeit after winning two bouts.

Penn State, which captured an eighth all-time Southern Scuffle team championship on Jan. 2 with six individual champions, remains the top team in WIN’s Tournament Power Index with 125.5 points. The Nittany Lions, with nine ranked wrestlers, leads No. 2 Ohio State (82.5) by 43 points.

Oklahoma State, which won four Southern Scuffle individual championships and finished second in the team race, has moved to No. 3 in the WIN TPI. Coming off a Midlands team championship, Iowa is ranked fourth with 64 points. The Cowboys made several changes to their lineup, including the return of two-time All-American Joe Smith, who is ranked No. 5 at 174 pounds.

WIN’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) awards team points for individuals ranked in the respective weight classes based on how many potential All-Americans each school could produce at the 2019 NCAA Championships, March 21-23, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

WIN’s TPI point totals are broken down by the following individual rankings: 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‚Äątournament points because it does not include bonus points.

In WIN’s Dual-Team Rankings, the top 11 teams remained the same from previous rankings as the top six schools — Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Missouri — remained undefeated. However, Stanford (3-0) moved into the Top 25 dual rankings in this week’s release.

WIN’s Jan. 7 Tournament Power Index

Rk.

School

Total Ranked

Top 8

TPI Pts

1.

Penn State

9

7

125.5

2.

Ohio State

8

5

82.5

3.

Oklahoma State

9

6

77.5

4.

Iowa

9

4

64

5.

NC State

6

5

55

6.

Michigan

8

5

54.5

7.

Minnesota

7

4

50.5

8.

Nebraska

8

3

39.5

9t.

Northwestern

5

2

38

9t.

Rutgers

4

2

38

11.

Princeton

4

2

36.5

12.

Missouri

8

2

35

13.

Cornell

6

2

32.5

14.

Arizona State

5

2

30.5

15.

Illinois

6

2

28

16t.

Lehigh

5

3

23.5

16t.

Virginia Tech

5

2

23.5

18.

Pitt

4

2

21.5

19.

Northern Iowa

5

2

20.5

20t.

Iowa State

6

2

20

20t.

Virginia

3

2

20

22t.

Oregon State

2

2

19

22t.

Wisconsin

4

1

19

24.

North Carolina

5

1

16

25.

Lock Haven

2

1

13.5

26.

Wyoming

4

1

11

27.

Purdue

4

1

10.5

28t.

Maryland

1

1

10

28t.

Utah Valley

5

0

10

30t.

Buffalo

2

1

8

30t.

Old Dominion

3

1

8

30t.

Stanford

2

1

8

33t.

Duke

2

1

7

33t.

Michigan State

2

1

7

35.

Army

2

1

6.5

36.

North Dakota State

3

0

5

37t.

Brown

2

0

2.5

37t.

Central Michigan

2

0

2.5

37t.

CSU Bakersfield

2

0

2.5

37t.

Northern Colorado

2

0

2.5

41t.

Binghamton

1

0

2

41t.

Campbell

1

0

2

41t.

Fresno State

2

0

2

41t.

George Mason

1

0

2

41t.

Ohio U.

2

0

2

41t.

Oklahoma U.

1

0

2

47t.

American U.

1

0

1.5

47t.

Northern Illinois

1

0

1.5

49t.

Chattanooga

1

0

1

49t.

Navy

1

0

1

49t.

Rider

1

0

1

49t.

South Dakota State

1

0

1

49t.

West Virginia

1

0

1

WIN’s Jan 7, 2019 Dual-Team Rankings

Rk

School

Record

Previous

1.

Penn State

4-0

1st

2.

Ohio State

5-0

2nd

3.

Iowa

6-0

3rd

4.

Oklahoma State

5-0

4th

5.

Michigan

5-0

5th

6.

Missouri

10-0

6th

7.

Cornell

5-1

8th

8.

NC State

9-2

7th

9.

Minnesota

8-1

9th

10.

Wisconsin

6-1

10th

11.

Nebraska

6-2

11th

12.

Wyoming

9-3

15th

13.

Virginia Tech

2-2

12th

14.

Arizona State

1-4

14th

15.

Princeton

3-3

21st

16.

Northern Iowa

1-2

18th

17.

Pitt

6-0

16th

18.

North Carolina

7-4

13th

19.

Purdue

3-4

17th

20.

Rutgers

6-2

22nd

21.

Stanford

3-0

NR

22.

Northwestern

2-4

24th

23.

Iowa State

2-1

23rd

24.

Lock Haven

2-0

25th

25.

North Dakota State

6-3

19th

WIN’s Jan. 7, 2019 Individual Rankings

125 pounds                                                                                        

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Sebastian Rivera

Northwestern

So.

2nd

2

Spencer Lee

Iowa

So.

1st

3

Nick Piccininni

Oklahoma State

Jr.

3rd

4

Ronnie Bresser

Oregon State

Sr.

4th

5

Jack Mueller

Virginia

Jr.

NR

6

Sean Russell

Minnesota

Sr.

5th

7

Sean Fausz

NC State

Sr.

6th

8

Rayvon Foley

Michigan State

So.

8th

9

Pat Glory

Princeton

Fr.

11th

10

Ryan Millhof

Arizona State

Sr.

7th

11

Vitali Arujau

Cornell

Fr.

10th

12

Drew Mattin

Michigan

So.

9th

13

Brent Fleetwood

North Dakota State

Sr.

13th

14

Zeke Moisey

Nebraska

Sr.

16th

15

Connor Brown

Wisconsin

So.

NR

16

Travis Piotrowski

Illinois

Jr.

15th

17

Rico Montoya

Northern Colorado

Sr.

19th

18

Alonzo Allen

Chattanooga

Sr.

NR

19

Alex Mackall

Iowa State

So.

NR

20

Shakur Laney

Ohio U.

Jr

12th


133 pounds                            
                                                           

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Nick Suriano

Rutgers

Jr.

2nd

2

Stevan Micic

Michigan

Jr.

3rd

3

Daton Fix

Oklahoma State

RS Fr.

5th

4

Luke Pletcher

Ohio State

Jr.

6th

5

Tariq Wilson

NC State

So.

4th

6

Micky Phillippi

Pitt

Fr.

7th

7

Ethan Lizak

Minnesota

Jr.

8th

8

Austin Gomez

Iowa State

RS Fr.

10th

9

John Erneste

Missouri

Sr.

9th

10

Montorie Bridges

Wyoming

So.

11th

11

Austin DeSanto

Iowa

So.

13th

12

Chas Tucker

Cornell

Jr.

12th

13

Korbin Myers

Virginia Tech

Jr.

14th

14

Roman Bravo-Young

Penn State

Fr.

20th

15

Josh Terao

American U.

Sr.

15th

16

Cam Sykora

North Dakota State

Jr.

16th

17

Dylan Duncan

Illinois

So.

17th

18

Sean Nickell

CSU Bakersfield

Sr.

18th

19

Ben Thornton

Purdue

Sr.

19th

20

Gary Wayne Harding

North Carolina

Sr.

NR


141 pounds

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Yianni Diakomihalis

Cornell

So.

1st

2

Joey McKenna

Ohio State

Sr.

2nd

3

Jaydin Eierman

Missouri

Jr.

3rd

4

Nick Lee

Penn State

So.

4th

5

Mitch McKee

Minnesota

Jr.

5th

6

Michael Carr

Illinois

So.

6th

7

Bryan Lantry

Buffalo

Sr.

7th

8

Kanen Storr

Michigan

So.

8th

9

Dom Demas

Oklahoma

RS Fr.

9th

10

Josh Alber

Northern Iowa

Sr.

11th

11

Matt Findlay

Utah Valley

So.

12th

12

Kaid Brock

Oklahoma State

Jr.

10th

13

Max Murin

Iowa

RS Fr.

13th

14

Sa’Derian Perry

Old Dominion

Jr.

15th

15

A.C. Headlee

North Carolina

Jr.

16th

16

Sam Turner

Wyoming

So.

NR

17

Chad Red

Nebraska

So.

18th

18

Ian Parker

Iowa State

So.

17th

19

Nick Gil

Navy

Sr.

20th

20

Cameron Kelly

Ohio U.

Sr.

NR


149 pounds

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Matt Kolodzik

Princeton

Jr.

1st

2

Anthony Ashnault

Rutgers

Sr.

2nd

3

Micah Jordan

Ohio State

Sr.

3rd

4

Justin Oliver

NC State

Sr.

4th

5

Austin O'Connor

North Carolina

RS Fr.

6th

6

Max Thomsen

Northern Iowa

Jr.

8th

7

Kaden Gfeller

Oklahoma State

RS Fr.

11th

8

Mitch Finesilver

Duke

Sr.

13th

9

Pat Lugo

Iowa

Sr.

10th

10

Brady Berge

Penn State

RS Fr.

17th

11

Josh Heil

Campbell

So.

16th

12

Brock Mauller

Missouri

Fr.

NR

13

Alec Pantaleo

Michigan

Sr.

5th/157

14

Tommy Thorn

Minnesota

Sr.

14th

15

Russell Rohlfing

CSU Bakersfield

Jr.

NR

16

Jarrett Degen

Iowa State

So.

9th

17

Khristian Olivas

Fresno State

Jr.

15th

18

Josh Maruca

Arizona State

Jr.

18th

19

Anthony Artalona

Penn

Fr.

20th

20

Henry Pohlmeyer

South Dakota State

Jr.

NR


157 pounds                            
                                                           

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Jason Nolf

Penn State

Sr.

1st

2

Tyler Berger

Nebraska

Sr.

3rd

3

Ryan Deakin

Northwestern

So.

2nd

4

Hayden Hidlay

NC State

So.

4th

5

Kaleb Young

Iowa

So.

8th

6

Taleb Rahmani

Pitt

Jr.

6th

7

Griffin Parriott

Purdue

So.

NR

8

Larry Early

Old Dominion

Jr.

10th

9

Ke-Shawn Hayes

Ohio State

Jr.

9th

10

Steve Bleise

Minnesota

Sr.

12th

11

Eric Barone

Illinois

Jr.

NR

12

Zach Hartman

Bucknell

Fr.

NR

13

Logan Parks

Central Michigan

Jr.

NR

14

Paul Fox

Stanford

Sr.

7thh/149

15

Josh Humphreys

Lehigh

Fr.

NR

16

Christian Pagdilao

Arizona State

Gr.

18th

17

John Van Brill

Rutgers

Sr.

17th

18

Jake Keating

Virginia

So.

NR

19

Jarrett Jacques

Missouri

Fr.

20th

20

Quincy Monday

Princeton

Fr.

NR


165 pounds                            
                                                           

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Vincenzo Joseph

Penn State

Jr.

1st

2

Alex Marinelli

Iowa

So.

4th

3

Evan Wick

Wisconsin

So.

2nd

4

Chance Marstellar

Lock Haven

Sr.

3rd

5

Josh Shields

Arizona State

Jr.

5th

6

Isaiah White

Nebraska

Jr.

6th

7

Branson Ashworth

Wyoming

Sr.

9th

8

Logan Massa

Michigan

Jr.

8th

9

Chandler Rogers

Oklahoma State

Sr.

10th

10

Demetrius Romero

Utah Valley

Jr.

11th

11

Bryce Steiert

Northern Iowa

Sr.

12th

12

Andrew Fogarty

North Dakota State

Jr.

13th

13

Mekhi Lewis

Virginia Tech

RS Fr.

7th

14

Connor Flynn

Missouri

Jr.

15th

15

Jon Viruet

Brown

Sr.

20th

16

Kennedy Monday

North Carolina

So.

7th/157

17

Thomas Bullard

NC State

So.

19th

18

Joey Gunther

Illinois

Jr.

16th

19

Jesse Dellavecchia

Rider

Jr.

NR

20

Nick Kiussis

West Virginia

So.

NR


174 pounds                            
                                                           

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Mark Hall

Penn State

Jr.

1st

2

Zahid Valencia

Arizona State

Jr.

2nd

3

Myles Amine

Michigan

Jr.

3rd

4

Daniel Lewis

Missouri

Sr.

4th

5

Joe Smith

Oklahoma State

Jr.

NR

6

David McFadden

Virginia Tech

Jr.

5th

7

Jordan Kutler

Lehigh

Jr.

6th

8

Taylor Lujan

Northern Iowa

Jr.

8th

9

Mikey Labriola

Nebraska

RS Fr.

9th

10

Brandon Womack

Cornell

Jr.

12th

11

Ryan Christensen

Wisconsin

Sr.

16th

12

Kimball Bastian

Utah Valley

Jr.

19th

13

Matt Finesilver

Duke

So.

13th

14

Johnny Sebastian

Northwestern

Sr.

11th

15

Brit Wilson

Northern Illinois

RS Fr.

NR

16

Devin Skatzka

Minnesota

Jr.

18th

17

Seldon Wright

Old Dominion

Sr.

15th

18

Ben Harvey

Army

Jr.

14th

19

Dylan Lydy

Purdue

Jr.

10th

20

Te’Shan Campbell

Ohio State

Sr.

20th


184 pounds                            
                                                           

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Myles Martin

Ohio State

Sr.

1st

2

Shakur Rasheed

Penn State

Sr.

3rd

3

Emery Parker

Illinois

Sr.

2nd

4

Nick Reenan

NC State

Jr.

4th

5

Zack Zavatsky

Virginia Tech

Sr.

5th

6

Ryan Preisch

Lehigh

Sr.

6th

7

Taylor Venz

Nebraska

So.

7th

8

Max Dean

Cornell

So.

8th

9

Drew Foster

Northern Iowa

Sr.

11th

10

Chip Ness

North Carolina

Sr.

9th

11

Lou DePrez

Binghamton

Fr.

12th

12

Cash Wilcke

Iowa

Jr.

13th

13

Nino Bonaccorsi

Pitt

Fr.

14th

14

Dylan Wisman

Missouri

Jr.

17th

15

Cameron Caffey

Michigan State

So.

16th

16

Jacobe Smith

Oklahoma State

Sr.

7th/174

17

Nick Gravina

Rutgers

Sr.

15th

18

Samuel Colbray

Iowa State

So.

19th

19

Jackson Hemauer

Fresno State

RS Fr.

NR

20

CJ LaFragola

Brown

Sr.

18th


197 pounds

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Bo Nickal

Penn State

Sr.

1st

2

Kollin Moore

Ohio State

Jr.

2nd

3

Patrick Brucki

Princeton

So.

4th

4

Preston Weigel

Oklahoma State

Sr.

3rd

5

Willie Miklus

Iowa State

Sr.

6th

6

Jay Aiello

Virginia

So.

7th

7

Nathan Traxler

Stanford

So.

9th

8

Rocco Caywood

Army

Sr.

8th

9

Jacob Warner

Iowa

RS Fr.

5th

10

Christian Brunner

Purdue

Jr.

10th

11

Eric Schultz

Nebraska

So.

13th

12

Tanner Orndorff

Utah Valley

Jr.

18th

13

Tom Sleigh

Virginia Tech

Sr.

15th

14

Jackson Striggow

Michigan

Jr.

14th

15

Lucas Davison

Northwestern

Fr.

NR

16

Jacob Seely

Northern Colorado

Jr.

17th

17

Wyatt Koelling

Missouri

So.

NR

18

Jake Jacobsen

Lehigh

So.

12th

19

Stephen Loiseau

Drexel

Sr.

19th

20

Greg Bulsak

Clarion

So.

20th

                                                                                   

Heavyweight

Rk.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1

Gable Steveson

Minnesota

Fr.

2nd

2

Derek White

Oklahoma State

Sr.

3rd

3

Anthony Cassar

Penn State

Sr.

4th

4

Sam Stoll

Iowa

Sr.

1st

5

Youssif Hemida

Maryland

Sr.

5th

6

Mason Parris

Michigan

Fr.

NR

7

Amar Dhesi

Oregon State

Sr.

NR

8

Jordan Wood

Lehigh

So.

6th

9

Tate Orndorff

Utah Valley

Jr.

10th

10

Matt Voss

George Mason

Sr.

12th

11

Trent Hillger

Wisconsin

RS Fr.

9th

12

Demetrius Thomas

Pitt

Jr.

16th

13

Jake Gunning

Buffalo

Sr.

18th

14

David Jensen

Nebraska

Jr.

20th

15

Conan Jennings

Northwestern

Sr.

15th

16

Chase Singletary

Ohio State

RS Fr.

13th

17

Jeramy Sweany

Cornell

Sr.

19th

18

Brian Andrews

Wyoming

So.

17th

19

Matt Stencel

Central Michigan

So.

NR

20

Thomas Haines

Lock Haven

Sr.

NR