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Gap between No. 1 Iowa and No. 2 Penn State widens in Trackwrestling Div. I tournament rankings

By Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling | Jan. 14, 2020, 3:50 p.m. (ET)

The announcement last week from the Penn State camp that national champion Anthony Cassar would miss the remainder of the season triggered a cascading effect in the latest edition of the Trackwrestling Division I Rankings presented by Resilite.

The gap between top-ranked Iowa and the No. 2 Nittany Lions swelled to nearly 60 points and Minnesota sophomore Gable Steveson moved up a notch to replace Cassar at the top of the heavyweight rankings.

Coming off a pair of Big Ten road shutouts against Indiana and Purdue, the Hawkeyes gained more ground over the rest of the pack. Iowa is up to a season-high 142 projected placement and advancement points for the NCAA Championships.

Cassar’s injury dropped Penn State back to 83.5 points. The Nittany Lions are followed Ohio State (59), Arizona State (53), Minnesota (51.5), Wisconsin (51), Northwestern (47.5), Purdue (40.5), Princeton (39.5) and Nebraska (38).

The Trackwrestling team rankings are based strictly on 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. Team dual outcomes are not factored into the team rankings.

The Trackwrestling rankings go out to 33, representing the number of wrestlers who will qualify for the NCAA Championships at each weight class.

The rankings are coordinated by David Mirikitani and Mark Ostrander.

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(Photo: Sam Janicki)

Rank

School

Points

1

Iowa

142

2

Penn State

83.5

3

Ohio State

59

4

Arizona State

53

5

Minnesota

51.5

6

Wisconsin

51

7

Northwestern

47.5

8

Purdue

40.5

9

Princeton

39.5

10

Nebraska

38

11

Oklahoma State

36.5

12

North Carolina State

36

13

Stanford

33.5

14

Iowa State

31.5

T-15

Northern Iowa

30.5

T-15

Virginia Tech

30.5

17

Lehigh

30

18

Michigan

22.5

T-19

Cornell

22

T-19

Virginia

22

21

North Carolina

19.5

22

Pittsburgh

19

23

West Virginia

16

24

Missouri

15.5

25

Utah Valley

14

26

Central Michigan

13

T-27

Illinois

12.5

T-27

Rider

12.5

T-29

Oklahoma

12

T-29

Wyoming

12

31

Binghamton

10.5

32

Campbell

9

33

Army

8

34

Rutgers

7.5

T-35

Indiana

6.5

T-35

Northern Colorado

6.5

37

Fresno State

6

38

South Dakota State

5

T-39

American

4.5

T-39

Pennsylvania

4.5