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Five Point Move unveils post-Senior Nationals domestic Greco-Roman rankings

By Tim Hands, Five Point Move | Oct. 28, 2020, 10:59 a.m. (ET)

Photo of Alan Vera after winning the 2020 Senior Nationals by John Sachs. Vera is ranked No. 1 at 87 kg.

 

The 2020 US Nationals brought forth an interesting, and at times adrenalizing, blend of established Senior performers and exceptionally-skilled college-aged wrestlers who stepped up to put on quite the show -- from the early rounds all the way to the finals. Greco-Roman needed a boost in order to retake some of the headlines lost in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that hit these shores immediately (or during) the Pan-Am Qualifier last March. Coralville, Iowa originally wasn’t supposed to be the site of such a resurgence, but it was; and for now, the sport is better for it.

 

The first edition of Five Point Move’s Greco-Roman rankings saw each member of the 2019 US World Team in an Olympic weight category occupy a top spot. That is no longer the case, as Alan Vera (NYAC) now owns the #1 position at 87 kilograms following his decision over Joe Rau (TMWC/IRTC). Vera’s climb over Rau was not the product of Coralville’s result by itself, but rather because Vera had also defeated the popular two-time World Team member in January of ‘19. 

 

One head-to-head win is not enough to usurp a #1 athlete. Two or more is a different story, however, especially when we are discussing the likes of Vera, whom upon receiving his US passport will officially become eligible for a US Trials tournament -- and also the favorite in many observers’ eyes to go toe-to-toe with Rau in April’s best-of-three. 

 

Three other weight categories in the top-10 were disrupted, as well. At 77 kilograms, now-three-time National champ Kendrick Sanders (NYAC/NTS) skyrocketed from #12 all the way to #6. Sanders had a big day in Iowa, running up four dynamic technical superiority victories, including the one that disposed of top-seeded World Teamer Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) in the final. 

 

97 kilograms offers a tick up the ladder from National runner Chad Porter (Sunkist), who rises from #9 to #8 -- and stout prospect Braxton Amos (Badger RTC) is ranked for the first time on the heels of his encouraging third-place showing. The land of the monsters, 130 kilos, is last but not least, as another runner-up receives a bump, West Cathcart (NYAC/IRTC). Cathcart, originally ranked #7 last month, was second to Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist) in Coralville, and more importantly than that, competed with confidence and conviction along with showing off some impressive movement in the ties that is sure to set up more offensive opportunities on the feet down the road. 

 

But Cathcart wasn’t the only heavyweight to walk out of the tournamnt rewarded in the rankings. Newcomer Tanner Farmer (IRTC) -- the former D1 lineman for Nebraska who made the NAIA National finals last season for Concordia -- was suitably impressive in his first Senior foray, stealing a win over Donny Longendyke (Minnesota Storm, 5PM #8), dropping a 4-3 decision to Schultz, and ultimately finishing fourth to...Longendke. A very promising debut, to be sure, and Farmer is ranked #10 right out of the gate. 

 

How the Rankings Work

Five Point Move’s rankings utilize a point system based on event results. For this season, points earned are associated with placings (domestically and internationally) dating back to the autumn of 2016, which represents the beginning of the current Olympic cycle. Once the Tokyo Olympic Games are concluded, the rankings will reset and start all over again. 

 

In addition, 5PM rankings observe what is called the “Prior Year Reduction Clause”. Points accumulated from ‘16, ‘17, and ‘18 are diminished by small percentages. Results from ‘19 are not subject to this clause due to what you might refer to as a “grace period” since athletes were without sanctioned competition until very recently.

 

For a full list of point values as well as a more in-depth explanation of how our ranking system works, please view this article

 

5PM USA Greco-Roman Rankings -- Post-US Nationals (October ‘20)

*US Olympic Trials qualified. 

60 kg

  1. *Ildar Hafizov (Army/WCAP) — 215.05 pts
  2. *Ryan Mango (Army/WCAP) — 273.06 pts
  3. *Max Nowry (Army/WCAP) — 345.52 pts
  4. *Mike Fuenffinger (Army/WCAP) — 134.54
  5. *Sammy Jones (NYAC/Utah RTC) — 175.4 pts
  6. *Jesse Thielke (Army/WCAP) — 90.14 pts
  7. *Dalton Roberts (Army/WCAP) — 210.1 pts
  8. *Taylor LaMont (Sunkist/Utah RTC) — 151.28 pts
  9. Travis Rice (NYAC/IRTC) — 95.64 pts
  10.  Randon Miranda (NYAC/CYC) — 216.26
  11. Matt Schmitt (WV) — 14 pts
  12. Brady Koontz (TMWC/Ohio RTC) — 44 pts
  13. Alex Thomsen (Nebraska Wrestling TC) -- 24 pts
  14.  Mosha Schwartz (UA) -- 20 pts
  15. Chance Rich (Roadrunner WC) -- 12 pts

ALSO RECEIVING POINTS AND/OR CONSIDERATION
Dalton Duffield (All-Army) — 83.52 pts
LilShawn Greedy (Army/WCAP) — 11.76 pts
Dylan Koontz (TMWC/Ohio RTC) -- 4 pts
*Joey Palmer (Cyclone RTC) -- 12 pts
Matt Schmitt (WV) -- 14 pts
David Stepanian (NYAC/NTS) — 0 pts

67 kg

  1. *Ellis Coleman (Army/WCAP) — 192.39 pts
  2. *Alex Sancho (Army/WCAP) — 342.52 pts
  3. *Ray Bunker (Marines) — 188.24 pts
  4. *Jamel Johnson (Marines) — 171.94 pts
  5. Hayden Tuma (UA) — 152.54 pts
  6. *Xavier Johnson (Marines) — 144.48 pts
  7. *Nolan Baker (NYAC) — 60 pts
  8. *Calvin Germinaro (Minnesota Storm) — 48 pts
  9. *Michael Hooker (Army/WCAP) — 46 pts
  10.  Austin Morrow (NYAC/NTS) — 85.78 pts
  11.  Benji Peak (Sunkist/NTS) — 24 pts
  12. Nick Tarpley (NYAC) — 63.29 pts
  13. Lenny Merkin (NYAC) -- 56 pts
  14. Jessy Williams (NYAC/Spartan) -- 85.57 pts
  15. Anthony Abidin (West Point WC) -- 12 pts

ALSO RECEIVING POINTS AND/OR CONSIDERATION
Morgan Flaharty (NYAC) — 19.64 pts
Anthonie Linares (NYAC/LOG) — 60.12
Duncan Nelson (NMU/NTS) -- 0 pts
*Alston Nutter (Sunkist/NTS) — 20 pts
*Peyton Omania (CYC/MSU) — 20 pts

77 kg

  1. *Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) — 373.67 pts
  2. *Kamal Bey (Sunkist) — 387.15 pts
  3. *Ben Provisor (NYAC/BVRTC) — 233.27 pts
  4. *RaVaughn Perkins (NYAC) — 241.20 pts
  5. *John Stefanowicz (Marines)  — 215.26 pts
  6. Kendrick Sanders (NYAC/NTS) -- 97.04 pts
  7. *Mason Manville (NLWC) — 108.15 pts
  8. *Jake Fisher (Curby 3-Style) — 35.68 pts
  9. *Peyton Walsh (Marines) — 90.6 pts
  10. *Spencer Woods (Army/WCAP — 72 pts
  11.  Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) -- 45.14 pts
  12. *Corey Hope (NYAC) — 57.02 pts
  13. *Geordan Speiller (Florida Jets) — 167.63 pts
  14.  Jesse Porter (NYAC/NTS) — 117.2 pts
  15.  Peyton Robb (Nebraska Wrestling TC) -- 12 pts

ALSO RECEIVING POINTS AND/OR CONSIDERATION
Andrew Berreyesa (NYAC/Spartan RTC) — 29.48 pts
*Jon Jay Chavez (NYAC) — 98.72 pts
Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm) -- 6 pts
Alex Mossing (Air Force/WCAP) — 29.93
*Brandon Mueller (Air Force/WCAP) — 33.12 pts
Fritz Schierl (TMWC/Ohio RTC) -- 2 pts
Colin Schubert (NYAC/NTS) — 15.58

87 kg

  1. Alan Vera (NYAC)  — 99.36 pts
  2. *Joe Rau (TMWC/IRTC -- 248.06 pts
  3. *Patrick Martinez (NYAC) — 205.12 pts
  4. *Jon Anderson (Army/WCAP) — 101.62 pts
  5. *Carter Nielsen (Minnesota Storm) — 65.44 pts
  6. *Barrett Stanghill (Minnesota Storm/NTS) — 101.46 pts
  7. *Chandler Rogers (TMWC) — 34 pts
  8. *Cheney Haight (NYAC) — 163.77 pts
  9. *Rich Carlson (Minnesota Storm) — 45.2 pts
  10. *Terrence Zaleski (Marines) — 21.68 pts
  11. JD Souza (Army/WCAP) — 23.34
  12.  *Dillon Cowan (All-Army) — 38.6 pts
  13.  Zach Braunagel (IRTC) -- 18 pts
  14.  Marcus Finau (NYAC) -- 12 pts
  15. Vaughn Monreal-Berner (Marines) -- 12 pts

ALSO RECEIVING POINTS AND/OR CONSIDERATION
Christian DuLaney (Minnesota Storm) -- 6 pts
Dan Olsen (UA) — 13.64
George Sikes (NMU/NTS) — 2 pts

97 kg

  1. *G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist) — 564.99 pts
  2. *Lucas Sheridan (Army/WCAP) — 195.08 pts
  3. *Daniel Miller (Marines) — 189.12 pts
  4. *Eric Twohey (Minnesota Storm) — 75.5 pts
  5. *Khymba Johnson (NYAC) — 79.82 pts
  6. *Nick Boykin (Sunkist/Ohio RTC) — 63.2 pts
  7. Orry Elor (NYAC) -- 12 pts
  8. Chad Porter (Sunkist) -- 24 pts
  9. Braxton Amos (Badger RTC) -- 18 pts
  10.  Blake Smith (UA) — 17.76 pts
  11.  Jeremiah Imonode (West Point WC) -- 12 pts
  12. Roy Nash (NMU/NTS) — 11.6 pts
  13.  Brady Vogel (UA) -- 6 pts
  14. John Kent (UA) -- 4 pts
  15.  Denzel Mabry (UA) -- 2 pts

ALSO RECEIVING POINTS AND/OR CONSIDERATION
Easton Hargrave (UA) — 11.64

130 kg

  1. *Adam Coon (NYAC/Cliff Keen) — 236 pts
  2. *Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist) — 162.69
  3. *Robby Smith (NYAC) — 181.75 pts
  4. *Jacob Mitchell (Army/WCAP) — 157.88
  5. *Toby Erickson (Army/WCAP) — 141.08 pts
  6. *West Cathcart (NYAC/IRTC) -- 52 pts
  7. Tate Orndorff (NYAC) — 61.16 pts
  8. *Donny Longendyke (Minnesota Storm) -- 59.16 pts
  9. Trent Osnes (Marines) -- 50.52 pts
  10. Tanner Farmer (IRTC) -- 12 pts
  11.  Haydn Maley (California RTC) — 12 pts
  12. Tommy Helton (Southern Illinois RTC) — 10 pts
  13. Luke Luffman (IRTC) -- 6 pts
  14. Malcolm Allen (LOG) -- 50.12 pts
  15. Zach Schrader (UA) -- 2 pts

ALSO RECEIVING POINTS AND/OR CONSIDERATION
Austin Emerson (Nebraska Wrestling TC) -- 0 pts