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Four Div. I conference tournaments change WIN’s TPI and individual rankings, with Big Ten and Big 12 to come

By Mike Finn, WIN Magazine | March 01, 2021, 3:14 p.m. (ET)

Anthony Valencia after winning his fourth Pac-12 title. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

The final two 2021 NCAA-qualifying tournaments — the Big Ten and the Big 12 Championships — will be held this weekend and will feature many of the highest-ranked teams and individuals who appear in WIN Magazine’s March 1 national rankings.

The Big Ten tournament, which will be held in State College, Pa., Saturday and Sunday, features WIN’s top-3 ranked teams — Iowa, Penn State and Nebraska — and 73 ranked wrestlers, including 32 competitors who rank in the Top 8 of their weight class.

Among those are 14 of the top-2 rated wrestlers, including four of Iowa’s 10 ranked wrestlers — Spencer Lee (125), Jaydin Eierman (133), Alex Marinelli (165) and Michael Kemerer (174) — who are top-ranked and helping lead Iowa, which has 144 points in this week’s Tournament Power Index.

WIN’s TPI predicts approximately how many NCAA points a team will score in St. Louis, excluding bonus points, based on numbers associated with individual placements/rankings at this point in the season prior to seeds coming out: 20 for 1st, 16 for 2nd, 13.5 for 3rd, 12.5 for 4th, 10 for 5th, 9 for 6th, 6.5 for 7th and 5.5 for 8th. Wrestlers ranked 9-12 earn two points each, followed by 1.5 points for wrestlers ranked 13-16 and 1 point for those ranked 17-20.

Penn State features nine ranked wrestlers, including sophomore Aaron Brooks, who has taken over the top spot at 184 pounds as the Nittany Lions are ranked second with 81.5 TPI points.

Nebraska also features a No. 1-ranked wrestler — Eric Schultz (197) — among the seven rated Cornhuskers who earned 65.5 points. Meanwhile, both Northwestern — with Ryan Deakin (157) — and Minnesota — with Gable Steveson (Hwt) — also feature a top-ranked wrestler.

Oklahoma State, which ranks fourth with 60 TPI points, is looking to win a ninth consecutive Big 12 championship, which will be held Saturday and Sunday in Tulsa, Okla. The Cowboys feature eight ranked wrestlers, including sophomore Daton Fix, who is No. 1 at 133 pounds. Another Big 12 team that is looking to challenge OSU is Iowa State, which is ranked 9th nationally with seven ranked wrestlers and 41 points.

These rankings come out after four conference tournaments were held last weekend: No. 5 NC State topped No. 7 Virginia Tech for the ACC title, No. 6 Arizona State won the Pac-12 championship, No. 11 Missouri won a tenth-straight Mid-American Conference tournament and Appalachian State won the SoCon championship.

WIN Magazine’s March 1, 2021 Tournament Power Index

Rk

School

Total Rank

Top 8 Rank

TPI Pts

1.

Iowa

10

9

144

2.

Penn State

9

5

81.5

3.

Nebraska

7

4

65.5

4.

Oklahoma State

8

4

60

5.

NC State

7

5

56.5

6.

Arizona State

7

5

55.5

7.

Virginia Tech

6

4

46.5

8.

Michigan

6

3

46

9.

Iowa State

7

4

41

10.

Minnesota

7

2

37

11t.

Missouri

9

3

36

11t.

Ohio State

6

3

36

13.

Central Michigan

3

2

30

14.

Pitt

4

3

28.5

15t.

North Carolina

6

1

27

15t.

Northwestern

5

1

27

15t.

Rutgers

3

2

27

18.

Northern Iowa

5

3

24.5

19.

South Dakota State

5

1

19

20.

Oklahoma

5

2

18

21.

Illinois

7

1

17

22.

Wyoming

5

2

16.5

23.

Stanford

3

1

15.5

24.

Rider

2

1

14.5

25.

Binghamton

1

1

12.5

26t.

Northern Colorado

2

1

11.5

26t.

Purdue

4

1

11.5

28.

Wisconsin

2

1

11

29.

Utah Valley

2

1

10.5

30t.

Navy

3

1

8.5

30t.

Virginia

6

0

8.5

32t.

Northern Illinois

2

1

7.5

32t.

West Virginia

3

1

7.5

34.

Bucknell

1

1

6.5

35.

Lehigh

4

0

6

36t.

Indiana

3

0

5

36.

Michigan State

3

0

5

38.

Oregon State

3

0

4.5

39.

Appalachian State

3

0

4

40.

Army West Point

3

0

3

41t.

Cal Poly

1

0

2

41t.

Campbell

2

0

2

41t.

Fresno State

1

0

2

44t.

Clarion

1

0

1.5

44t.

Drexel

1

0

1.5

44t.

Kent State

1

0

1.5

44t.

North Dakota State

1

0

1.5

48t.

Air Force

1

0

1

48t.

American U.

1

0

1

48t.

CSU Bakersfield

1

0

1

48t.

Ohio

1

0

1

48t.

SIU-Edwardsville

1

0

1

WIN Magazine’s  March 1, 2021 Individual Rankings

125 pounds

Wt

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Spencer Lee

Iowa

Senior

1st

2.

Drew Hildebrandt

Central Michigan

Senior

2nd

3.

Brandon Courtney

Arizona State

Junior

3rd

4.

Liam Cronin

Nebraska

Senior

4th

5.

Sam Latona

Virginia Tech

RS Freshman

5th

6.

Jakob Camacho

NC State

Sophomore

6th

7.

Brody Teske

Northern Iowa

RS Freshman

7th

8.

Malik Heinselman

Ohio State

Junior

8th

9.

Patrick McKee

Minnesota

Sophomore

9th

10.

Rayvon Foley

Michigan State

Junior

10th

11.

Michael DeAugustino

Northwestern

Sophomore

11th

12.

Jaret Lane

Lehigh

Junior

14th

13.

Justin Cardani

Illinois

Sophomore

12th

14.

Devin Schroder

Purdue

Senior

13th

15.

Brock Hudkins

Indiana

Senior

15th

16.

Taylor Lamont

Utah Valley

Junior

16th

17.

Logan Treaster

Navy

Senior

NR

18.

Trevor Mastrogiovanni

Oklahoma State

Freshman

19th

19.

Cody Russell

Appalachian State

Senior

20th

20.

Cage Curry

American U.

Senior

18th


133 pounds

Wt

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Daton Fix

Oklahoma State

Sophomore

1st

2.

Roman Bravo-Young

Penn State

Junior

2nd

3.

Austin DeSanto

Iowa

Senior

3rd

4.

Sammy Alvarez

Rutgers

Sophomore

6th

5.

Korbin Myers

Virginia Tech

Senior

7th

6.

Mickey Phillippi

Pittsburgh

Junior

4th

7.

Matt Schmitt

Missouri

Grad.

8th

8.

Michael McGee

Arizona State

Junior

5th

9.

Zach Price

South Dakota State

Sophomore

9th

10.

Chris Cannon

Northwestern

Freshman

10th

11.

Lucas Byrd

Illinois

RS Freshman

12th

12.

Zach Redding

Iowa State

Freshman

13th

13.

Kyle Biscoglia

Northern Iowa

Sophomore

14th

14.

Louie Hayes

Virginia

Senior

15th

15.

Mosha Schwartz

Northern Colorado

Sophomore

16th

16.

Devan Turner

Oregon State

Senior

NR

17.

Mario Guillen

Ohio

Senior

19th

18.

Malyke Hines

Lehigh

RS Freshman

NR

19.

Ryan Sullivan

West Virginia

RS Freshman

20th

20.

Chance Rich

CSU Bakersfield

Sophomore

NR

141 pounds

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Jaydin Eierman

Iowa

Senior

1st

2.

Nick Lee

Penn State

Senior

2nd

3.

Sebastian Rivera

Rutgers

Grad.

3rd

4.

Chad Red Jr.

Nebraska

Senior

4th

5.

Ian Parker

Iowa State

Senior

6th

6.

Dom Demas

Oklahoma

Junior

7th

7.

Tariq Wilson

NC State

Senior

8th

8.

Allen Hart

Missouri

Junior

5th

9.

Zachary Sherman

North Carolina

Junior

9th

10.

Dylan Duncan

Illinois

Senior

10th

11.

Cody Trybus

Navy

Senior

11th

12.

D.J. Loren

Fresno State

Senior

12th

13.

Grant Willits

Oregon State

Junior

13th

14.

Cole Matthews

Pittsburgh

Sophomore

15th

15.

Brian Courtney

Virginia

Junior

14th

16.

Dresden Simon

Central Michigan

Senior

16th

17.

Clay Carlson

South Dakota State

Sophomore

20th

18.

Saul Ervin

SIU-Edwardsville

Sophomore

NR

19.

Lenny Petersen

Air Force

Senior

NR

20.

Marcos Polanco

Minnesota

RS Freshmen

NR

149 pounds

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Austin O`Connor

North Carolina

Junior

1st

2.

Sammy Sasso

Ohio State

Sophomore

2nd

3.

Brock Mauller

Missouri

Junior

3rd

4.

Boo Lewallen

Oklahoma State

Senior

4th

5.

Andrew Alirez

Northern Colorado

Sophomore

5th

6.

Max Murin

Iowa

Junior

6th

7.

Jarrett Degen

Iowa State

Senior

7th

8.

Mike Carr

Illinois

Junior

8th

9.

Bryce Andonian

Virginia Tech

Sophomore

9th

10.

Jonathan Millner

Appalachian State

Junior

10th

11.

Griffin Parriott

Purdue

Senior

11th

12.

Kanen Storr

Michigan

Senior

12th

13.

Graham Rooks

Indiana

Sophomore

13th

14.

Jaden Abas

Stanford

RS Freshman

14th

15.

Beau Bartlett

Penn State

Freshman

15th

16.

Michael Blockhus

Minnesota

Sophomore

16th

17.

Yahya Thomas

Northwestern

Junior

17th

18.

Joshua Heil

Campbell

Senior

18th

19.

Mitch Moore

Oklahoma

Junior

19th

20.

P.J. Ogunsanya

Army

Junior

20th

157 pounds

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Ryan Deakin

Northwestern

Senior

1st

2.

Hayden Hidlay

NC State

Senior

2nd

3.

David Carr

Iowa State

Sophomore

3rd

4.

Jesse Dellavecchia

Rider

Grad

4th

5.

Kaleb Young

Iowa

Senior

5th

6.

Brayton Lee

Minnesota

Sophomore

6th

7.

Kendall Coleman

Purdue

Sophomore

7th

8.

Justin Thomas

Oklahoma

Senior

9th

9.

Jacori Teemer

Arizona State

Sophomore

13th

10.

Jarrett Jacques

Missouri

Junior

10th

11.

Brady Berge

Penn State

Junior

11th

12.

Will Lewan

Michigan

Sophomore

12th

13.

Jared Franek

North Dakota State

Sophomore

14th

14.

Jacob Wright

Wyoming

Junior

15th

15.

Hunter Willits

Oregon State

Junior

16th

16.

Requir Van der Merwe

Stanford

Senior

17th

17.

Markus Hartman

Army West Point

Junior

18th

18.

Justin McCoy

Virginia

Sophomore

19th

19.

Cade DeVos

South Dakota State

RS Freshman

NR

20.

Wyatt Sheets

Oklahoma State

Junior

20th

165 pounds

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Alex Marinelli

Iowa

Senior

1st

2.

Travis Wittlake

Oklahoma State

Sophomore

4th

3.

Anthony Valencia

Arizona State

Senior

5th

4.

Shane Griffith

Stanford

Sophomore

2nd

5.

Mekhi Lewis

Virginia Tech

Sophomore

3rd

6.

Jake Wentzel

Pittsburgh

Senior

11th

7.

Zach Hartman

Bucknell

Junior

7th

8.

Tanner Skidgel

Navy

Senior

6th

9.

Dan Braunagel

Illinois

Sophomore

8th

10.

Keegan O’Toole

Missouri

Freshman

10th

11.

Ethan Smith

Ohio State

Junior

9th

12.

Andrew Sparks

Minnesota

Freshman

12th

13.

Jake Keating

Virginia

Senior

13th

14.

Thomas Bullard

NC State

Senior

15th

15.

Kennedy Monday

North Carolina

Senior

14th

16.

Tanner Cook

South Dakota State

Sophomore

16th

17.

Peyton Robb

Nebraska

Sophomore

17th

18.

Cameron Amine

Michigan

RS Freshman

18th

19.

Joe Lee

Penn State

RS Freshman

19th

20.

Peyton Hall

West Virginia

Freshman

NR

174 pounds

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Michael Kemerer

Iowa

Grad.

1st

2.

Mikey Labriola

Nebraska

Junior

2nd

3.

Carter Starocci

Penn State

RS Freshman

3rd

4.

Logan Massa

Michigan

Senior

4th

5.

Kaleb Romero

Ohio State

Junior

5th

6.

Demetrius Romero

Utah Valley

Senior

6th

7.

Daniel Bullard

NC State

Senior

7th

8.

Hayden Hastings

Wyoming

Junior

8th

9.

Donnell Washington

Indiana

RS Freshman

11th

10.

Bernie Truax

Cal Poly

Sophomore

12th

11.

Trey Munoz

Arizona State

RS Freshmen

10th

12.

Dustin Plott

Oklahoma State

Freshman

13th

13.

Andrew McNally

Kent State

Senior

14th

14.

Clay Lautt

North Carolina

Junior

17th

15.

Michael O`Malley

Drexel

Sophomore

19th

16.

Peyton Mocco

Missouri

Sophomore

NR

17.

Austin Murphy

Campbell

Junior

18th

18.

Mason Kaufmann

Northern Illinois

Junior

16th

19.

Lance Runyon

Northern Iowa

RS Freshman

NR

20.

Thomas Flitz

Appalachian State

Senior

15th

184 pounds

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Aaron Brooks

Penn State

Sophomore

2nd

2.

Trent Hidlay

NC State

Sophomore

3rd

3.

Hunter Bolen

Virginia Tech

Junior

1st

4.

Lou Deprez

Binghamton

Junior

4th

5.

Parker Keckeisen

Northern Iowa

RS Freshman

5th

6

Chris Weiler

Wisconsin

Senior

6th

7.

Brit Wilson

Northern Illinois

Junior

7th

8.

Dakota Geer

Oklahoma State

Senior

8th

9.

Taylor Venz

Nebraska

Senior

9th

10.

Zach Braunagel

Illinois

Sophomore

10th

11.

Nelson Brands

Iowa

Sophomore

11th

12.

Jeremiah Kent

Missouri

Sophomore

12th

13.

Tate Samuelson

Wyoming

Junior

13th

14.

Owen Webster

Minnesota

Grad

15th

15.

Max Lyon

Purdue

Senior

16th

16.

Sam Colbray

Iowa State

Senior

17th

17.

John Poznanski

Rutgers

Freshman

18th

18.

Rocky Jordan

Ohio State

Sophomore

19th

19.

Layne Malczewski

Michigan State

Sophomore

NR

20.

Devin Kane

North Carolina

Senior

9th/174

197 pounds

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Eric Schultz

Nebraska

Senior

1st

2.

Jacob Warner

Iowa

Junior

2nd

3.

Tanner Sloan

South Dakota State

Sophomore

3rd

4.

Myles Amine

Michigan

Grad

4th

5.

Kordell Norfleet

Arizona State

Junior

5th

6.

Nino Bonaccorsi

Pittsburgh

Junior

6th

7.

Stephen Buchanan

Wyoming

Sophomore

7th

8.

Noah Adams

West Virginia

Junior

8th

9.

Jay Aiello

Virginia

Senior

9th

10.

A.J. Ferrari

Oklahoma State

Freshman

12th

11.

Cameron Caffey

Michigan State

Junior

11th

12.

Lucas Davison

Northwestern

Sophomore

13th

13.

Jake Woodley

Oklahoma

Junior

14th

14.

Rocky Elam

Missouri

Freshman

15th

15.

Greg Bulsak

Clarion

Senior

10th

16.

Michael Beard

Penn State

RS Freshman

16th

17.

Jake Jakobsen

Lehigh

Senior

17th

18.

JT Brown

Army West Point

Junior

18th

19.

Marcus Coleman

Iowa State

Junior

20th

20.

Max Shaw

North Carolina

RS Freshmen

NR

Heavyweight

Wt.

Name

School

Year

Previous

1.

Gable Steveson

Minnesota

Junior

1st

2.

Mason Parris

Michigan

Junior

2nd

3.

Tony Cassioppi

Iowa

Sophomore

3rd

4.

Matt Stencel

Central Michigan

Senior

4th

5.

Greg Kerkvliet

Penn State

Freshman

5th

6.

Cohlton Schultz

Arizona State

RS Freshman

6th

7

Gannon Gremmel

Iowa State

Senior

7th

8.

Carter Isley

Northern Iowa

Senior

8th

9.

Jordan Wood

Lehigh

Senior

9th

10.

Trent Hillger

Wisconsin

Junior

10th

11.

Ethan Laird

Rider

Senior

15th

12.

Luke Luffman

Illinois

Sophomore

12th

13.

Tate Orndorff

Ohio State

Junior

13th

14

Brian Andrews

Wyoming

Senior

14th

15.

Zach Elam

Missouri

Sophomore

11th

16.

Christian Lance

Nebraska

Senior

16th

17.

Deonte Wilson

NC State

Junior

17th

18.

Josh Heindselman

Oklahoma

RS Freshman

18th

19.

Hunter Catka

Virginia Tech

Freshman

NR

20.

Quinn Miller

Virginia

Junior

20th