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Penn State up to No. 2, Nebraska to No. 3, Virginia Tech to No. 4 in Trackwrestling Div. I rankings

By Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling | Feb. 23, 2021, 10:59 a.m. (ET)

The last weekend of regular-season action combined with the removal of some high-profile individuals spurred a reshuffling near the top of the team standings in the latest edition of the Trackwrestling Division I Rankings presented by Resilite.

Penn State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Missouri, North Carolina State and Arizona State made upward moves, while Michigan tumbled after the Wolverines encountered headwinds from an upset and an absence.

Wrestlers who have yet to compete this season, including Michigan 133-pounder Stevan Micic and Stanford 141-pounder Real Woods, were removed from the rankings. The Wolverines also lost ground at 149, where Kanen Storr dropped from No. 8 to No. 20 after dropping a 15-8 decision against previously unranked Peyton Omania of Michigan State.

Iowa continues to lead the team race with 142 projected NCAA placement and advancement points. Penn State surged to second with 68, thanks to upward moves from 133-pounder Roman Bravo-Young and 174-pounder Carter Starocci, who checks in at No. 4 after downing then-No. 2 Kaleb Romero of Ohio State.

Nebraska (67), Virginia Tech (58.5), North Carolina State (55), Missouri (53), Oklahoma State (53), Arizona State (51), Michigan (48.5) and Ohio State (40) round out the top 10. Results from Monday night's dual meet action are not reflected in this week's rankings.

The rankings, which are linked below, do not include wrestlers from conferences and schools that have stated plans not to compete during the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 include 33 wrestlers at each weight class, representing the number of wrestlers who qualify for the NCAA Championships.

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Rank School Points
1 Iowa 142
2 Penn State 68
3 Nebraska 67
4 Virginia Tech 58.5
5 North Carolina State 55
T-6 Missouri 53
T-6 Oklahoma State 53
8 Arizona State 51
9 Michigan 48.5
10 Ohio State 40
11 Minnesota 37.5
12 Iowa State 33.5
13 North Carolina 31
T-14 Central Michigan 30.5
T-14 Pittsburgh 30.5
T-16 Illinois 30
T-16 Rutgers 30
18 Northwestern 26
19 Michigan State 21.5
20 Stanford 18.5
21 Wyoming 17.5
22 Utah Valley 16
23 Rider 15.5
24 Binghamton 14.5
25 Northern Iowa 14
26 Northern Colorado 13.5
T-27 Purdue 13
T-27 Wisconsin 13
29 Indiana 12.5
30 Virginia 11.5
31 Oklahoma 10.5
32 South Dakota State 10
33 Clarion 9
34 Navy 6.5
35 Appalachian State 6
T-36 Lehigh 5
T-36 West Virginia 5
38 Oregon State 4.5
39 Cal Poly 3.5
T-40 Air Force 3
T-40 Army West Point 3
T-40 Campbell 3
T-40 North Dakota State 3
T-40 Northern Illinois 3