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NCAA Division One Rankings, FINAL Edition for the Regular Season

125 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

Big Movers:

Jacob Schwarm, pinning aficionado, has 4 pins in a row to end the regular season, notably over Alex Mackall and Eric Barnett. The NCAA leader in falls also has wins over Alex Thomsen and Jakob Camacho.

Liam Cronin seems to wrestle different now that he is a starter. He had bad losses to Josh Contreras (Illinois back up), Ryan Chauvin (Army back up), Aden Reeves (Iowa State true freshman), and Kyle Biscoglia (UNI back up) before Brock Hudkins was injured. Since assuming the starting roll, he has beaten Devin Schroder, Nic Aguilar, Eric Barnett, Alex Thomsen, and Fabian Gutierrez. Is this the same guy?????

New Comers:

Logan Treaster beat ex-ranked Sidney Flores (Air Force) as well as Killian Cardinale. He originally made himself known when he kept the incredibly tough Brody Teske, originally of Penn State, now of UNI, to a 2-1 decision. Treaster is a solid wrestler indeed, and slots right below Gage Curry, who he has a loss to. 

Joey Melendez captured a big win over Dom LaJoie. Melendez was extremely tough in high school, and seems to finally be adjusting to this whole college situation… Good for him! He also has a big win over Joey Prata on the year. 


Sidney Flores (Air Force) [29] lost to Treaster, Christian Moody (Oklahoma), and a very tough McGwire Midkiff (North Dakota State). He always seems to start a year off strong, then fades a little. Maybe he can bust to through Nationals with a tough postseason. 

Brandon Meredith (Penn State) [30] lost to Brandon Cray. His huge win over Colaiocco earlier in the year is not enough to be in the final rankings of the regular season, as Meredith has yet to really register another key win since then.

  1. Spencer Lee (Iowa) [1]
  2. Jack Mueller (Virginia) [2]
  3. Pat Glory (Princeton) [3]
  4. Nick Piccininni (Ok. State) [4] 
  5. Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) [5]
  6. Devin Schroder (Purdue) [7]
  7. Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan) [9]
  8. Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) [10]
  9. Michael Colaiocco (Penn) [6]
  10. Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) [8]
  11. Jacob Schwarm (Northern Iowa) [16]
  12. Alex Mackall (Iowa State) [11]
  13. Pat McKee (Minnesota) [12]
  14. Justin Cardani (Illinois) [21]
  15. Jack Medley (Michigan) [22]
  16. Liam Cronin (Indiana) [27]
  17. Nico Aguilar (Rutgers) [19]
  18. Eric Barnett (Wisconsin) [13]
  19. Alex Thomsen (Nebraska) [14]
  20. Luke Werner (Lock Haven) [17]
  21. Jakob Camacho (NC State) [23]
  22. Danny Vega (SD State) [15]
  23. Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) [25]
  24. Trey Chalifoux (Army) [26]
  25. Gage Curry (American) [28]
  26. Logan Treaster (Navy) [NR]
  27. Killian Cardinale (Old Dominion) [18]
  28. Joey Prata (Virginia Tech) [20]
  29. Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) [24]
  30. Bryce West (Northern Illinois) [31]
  31. Joey Melendez (North Carolina) [NR]
  32. Dominic LaJoie (Cornell) [32]
  33. Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) [33]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

133 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

Big Movers:

Reece Witcraft and Anthony Madrigal are reevaluated and make bounds. Truth is, the order between #15-#23 can be a total mix-up, so you could easily disagree with me on this conundrum.

Witcraft has a huge win over Montorie Bridges as well as Todd Small. Madrigal has also beaten Small, as well as Tim Rooney and Derek Spann; other losses (to people like Louie Hayes, Skudzlarcyk, Mosha, and so forth) stop him from climbing higher.

New Comers:

 Jamie Hernandez notched some key wins over Louie Hayes, Jarrett Trombley, and ex-ranked Josh Kramer. He slides in right below Mosha Schwartz, who is doing awesome this season as a true freshman, too. 

Zach Trampe, who was extremely inactive and thought to possibly be done for the year (injuries), is back. He slots back in above Trombley, who he has a victory over.

Paul Bianchi is trying to pave the way for the brand new D1 program that is Little Rock (the Trojans). An ex-NCAA Qualifier at 125 (for NDSU), I think he is finally adjusting to the new weight class. He has a win over Jamie Hernandez and recently beat ex-ranked Josh Kramer to snag a spot from him.


Josh Kramer (Arizona State) [30] lost to the aforementioned Jamie and Bianchi, as well as Gabe Townsell (3x NCAA Qualifier for Stanford at 125 who is not having a phenomenal season himself) and Jaret Lane, a back-up for Lehigh. Call me crazy but I still think Kramer is good enough to qualify, I just hope he has a good Pac-12 meet, because he probably won’t get a wild card at this point. 

Jordan Decatur (Ohio State) [18], the true freshman with plenty of hype, is reevaluated. He has a weird loss to King Sandoval, who is in his own right one of many dangerous Maryland Terrapins (see Jaron Smith at 197). His only win of significance is over ex-ranked Kramer, who is mentioned yet again in this summary. 

Nick Farro (Lehigh) [19] lost to, in back-to-back-to-back dual fashion: Jacob Allen, a back-up for Navy (to Casey Cobb), Andrew Wert, a back-up for Army (to Lane Peters), and Darren Miller of Bucknell… Is there a chance that Jaret Lane is the guy at EIWA’s? Very possibly so, which is unfortunate for Farro, who had a solid beginning of the year.

  1. Seth Gross (Wisconsin) [1]
  2. Austin Desanto (Iowa) [2]
  3. Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) [3]
  4. Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) [4]
  5. Mickey Phillipi (Pittsburgh) [5]
  6. Chaz Tucker (Cornell) [6]
  7. Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) [10]
  8. Sammy Alvarez (Rutgers) [8]
  9. Noah Gonser (Campbell) [11]
  10. Taylor Lamont (Utah Valley) [12]
  11. Montorie Bridges (Wyoming) [7]
  12. Cam Sykora (ND State) [9]
  13. Devan Turner (Oregon State) [13]
  14. Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) [14]
  15. Tim Rooney (Kent State) [16]
  16. Derek Spann (Buffalo) [17]
  17. Allan Hart (Missouri) [20]
  18. Reece Witcraft (OK State) [25]
  19. Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma) [26]
  20. Todd Small (Iowa State) [15]
  21. Louie Hayes (Virginia) [22]
  22. Jack Skudzlarcyk (Northern Iowa) [23]
  23. Mosha Schwartz (Northern Colorado) [24]
  24. Jamie Hernandez (North Carolina) [NR]
  25. Zach Trampe (Binghamton) [NR]
  26. Jarrett Trombley (NC State) [21]
  27. Collin Gerardi (Virginia Tech) [28]
  28. Joey Silva or Austin Assad (Michigan) [27]
  29. Garrett Pepple (Michigan State) [29]
  30. Zach Price (South Dakota St.) [31]
  31. Codi Russell (App. State) [32]
  32. Paul Bianchi (Little Rock) [NR]
  33. DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) [33]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

141 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

Big Movers:

Michael Blockhus. He is one of the most motivated and hard-working individuals I know. Expect him to keep making strides throughout his career. He will be an AA one day, mark my words. His recent win over Tristan Moran sparks him up a load.

Tariq Wilson follows with Blockhus. A lot of Tariq’s skyrocketing is due to his recent win over Zach Sherman. A tad inconsistent, I really hope Tariq can bust back into AA status this year.

Max Murin is looked at. He only has 1 loss (Chad Red) on the year and has been looking solid. I’ll take his season over Demas’, who has a funky loss to unranked Caleb Rea of West Virginia.

New Comers:

Parker Filius has really been coming on strong lately. He has beaten JoJo Aragona and Dylan Duncan. He also has a very early season win over Shakur Laney that is very key to such a high entrance for The Flying Filius.

Cody Trybus, if you do not know, is actually having a very solid year, too. He has now beaten ex-qualifier Corey Shie, ex-All-American Sa’Derian Perry, and Tech-Fall Master Alex Madrigal in CONSECUTIVE matches (okay, I lied, there was a Duke forfeit thrown in there somewhere, too, I suppose). He also has zero losses to people “below” him.

JoJo Aragona stole the starting spot from Pete Lipari earlier in the year at Rutgers, thus causing the transfer of Lipari to Rider. Well, now he stole the last spot in the Top 33 from Lipari, too, with a head to head victory in their dual. 


Peter Lipari (Rider) [27]. See above. Poor Lipari is currently sitting at #34 in my spreadsheet of rankings. I hope you qualify, Peter. 

Cole Mattin (Michigan) [31] is pushed out of the rankings by the entrance of the other 3 newcomers. The true freshman has an early loss to Asa Garcia (Indiana) and not a stronger resume than the others at the end of the Top 33. 

Clay Carlson (SD State) [32] is too pushed out. He also took a recent loss to a dangerous Caleb Rea (West Virginia). Rea, as mentioned above, also has a win over Dom Demas, but has several “bad” losses stopping him from a ranking himself.

  1. Nick Lee (Penn State) [1]
  2. Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) [2]
  3. Max Murin (Iowa) [6]
  4. Dom Demas (Oklahoma) [4]
  5. Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) [7]
  6. Chad Red (Nebraska) [5]
  7. Mitch McKee (Minnesota) [3]
  8. Ian Parker (Iowa State) [8]
  9. Real Woods (Stanford) [9]
  10. Michael Blockhus (Northern Iowa) [19]
  11. Tariq Wilson (NC State) [22]
  12. Josh Heil (Campbell) [10]
  13. Zach Sherman (North Carolina) [11]
  14. Mitch Moore (Virginia Tech) [23]
  15. Doug Zapf (Penn) [15]
  16. Shakur Laney (Ohio) [18]
  17. Dresdon Simon (Central Michigan) [17]
  18. Evan Cheek (Cleveland State) [13]
  19. Parker Filius (Purdue) [NR]
  20. DJ Lloren (Fresno State) [14]
  21. Dylan Duncan (Illinois) [12]
  22. Dusty Hone or Kaden Gfeller (OK State) [21]
  23. Sa’Derian Perry (Old Dominion) [16]
  24. Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) [24]
  25. Sal Profaci (American) [20]
  26. Alex Madrigal (George Mason) [25]
  27. Grant Leeth (Missouri) [28]
  28. Danny Moran or Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) [29]
  29. Cody Trybus (Navy) [NR]
  30. Grant Willits (Oregon State) [26]
  31. Noah Baughman (Cornell) [33]
  32. Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) [30]
  33. JoJo Aragona (Rutgers) [NR]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

149 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

Big Movers:

Graham Rooks is making himself known. Yahya, Parriott, Cole Martin, Purinton, and Tyshawn Williams. That is all I have to say. Keep in mind, he is still young and creating his consistency, though.

Cole Martin tumbles. He has losses to Rooks, Verkleeren, and Ogunsanya.

Also tumbling is Denton Spencer, who barely snags a ranking thanks to his win over Josh Maruca, who himself suffers outside the rankings, instead. Denton’s loss to Kody Komara of Kent State scares me, but he is still an animal on his feet with his blasts and a beast on top with his legs.

New Comers:

Matthew L. Kolodzik is BACK. I told y’all he would yank that Olympic Redshirt off! I know, I may be slotting him a little high to start. But, he is undefeated and is proven to be legit. It is not like he is a random undefeated slouch. He has several old wins over guys like Lugo, Mauller, Pohlmeyer, Thomsen, and so on. I think he fits in nicely at #2… for now. 

Jared Prince is also a veteran back after hiatus. Truthfully, when I saw he hadn’t been wrestling all year, I thought his career had just come to an end… Well, nope, he is back! The CATCH, though, is that he only has 1 match at 149. There, he beat Ogunsanya. At 157, he beat Larry Early, so I mean the guy is obviously legit!

Alec Hagan and PJ Ogunsanya are 2 people who I have evaluated that I really believe deserve a trip to NCAA’s. Hagan has beaten Denton Spencer and Griffin Parriott. Ogunsanya has beaten ex-ranked Jaron Jensen of Wyoming and Cole Martin (thanks to a cement mixer!).


Mike D’Angelo (Princeton) [18], who I know was battling injuries, sees his season, and maybe career, come to an end. Hopefully he can get a Medical Redshirt!

Requir van der Merwe (Stanford) [22] has been badly injured, and I do not think he is expected to enter the Pac-12 tournament… (If he is, my deepest apologies.)

Josh Maruca (Arizona State) [24]. After losses to Tyler Brennan of Little Rock and Lane Stigall of Oregon State, as well as a loss to current #33 Denton Spencer, I have to unrank Joshy Maruca, who I truly thought could push to be an AA this year. 

Jaron Jensen (Wyoming) [26] lost to Lane Stigall (Oregon State), Alex Hrisopoulos (MIchigan State), Ogunsanya, Greg Gaxiola (Fresno State), and so on. His significant win over Mauller has not really been backed as much as he needs to be ranked right now. 

  1. Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) [1]
  2. Matt Kolodzik (Princeton) [NR]
  3. Patricio Lugo (Iowa) [2]
  4. Brock Mauller (Missouri) [6]
  5. Boo Lewallen (OK State) [4]
  6. Ausin O’Connor (North Carolina) [3]
  7. Brayton Lee (Minnesota) [5]
  8. Hank Pohlmeyer (SD State) [7]
  9. Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) [8]
  10. Jarret Degen (Iowa State) [9]
  11. Brock Zacherl (Clarion) [10]
  12. Kanen Storr (Michigan) [12]
  13. Collin Purinton (Nebraska) [14]
  14. Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) [15]
  15. Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado) [17]
  16. Jared Verkleeren (Penn State) [20]
  17. Colston DiBlasi (George Mason) [21]
  18. Kizhan Clarke (American) [11]
  19. Graham Rooks (Indiana) [31]
  20. Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) [19]
  21. Cole Martin (Wisconsin) [13]
  22. Griffin Parriott or Nate Limmex (Purdue) [16]
  23. John Millner (App. State) [25]
  24. Tanner Smith (Chattanooga) [30]
  25. Russell Rohlfing (Cal State Bakersfield) [32]
  26. Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) [29]
  27. AJ Lietten (NC State) [27]
  28. Tyshawn Williams (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) [33]
  29. Jared Prince (Navy) [NR]
  30. Alec Hagan (Ohio) [NR]
  31. PJ Ogunsanya (Army) [NR]
  32. Hunter Richard (Cornell) [28]
  33. Denton Spencer (Virginia) [23]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

157 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

Big Movers:

Well hi there, Jacori Teemer. Your win over Humphreys, Headlee, and Franek tell me that you need to be placed at #10. 

Also making a big jump is Wyatt Sheets. He has upset Justin Thomas and Kaleb Young, the latter of which is huge. His loss earlier in the year to Humphreys by TECH will stop him right behind the Lehigh wrestler, for now. 

Logan Parks jumps up to #21 in big thanks to his win over Jacob Tucker. 157 is another weight where there is wild conundrum. #20-#30, literally take your pick. They have all beaten and lost to each other. I tried to award amazing wins more so than punishing losses, for what it’s worth.

Lastly trending upwards is Jared Franek. He is going out and making a name for himself thanks to his tenacity and hard work. He has trended right with wins over Justin Thomas and Jacob Wright. He is placed above Artalona because Artalona has only wrestled once this semester and isn’t having a crazy good year. I still think we will see him at EIWA’s, but where has he been???

Jacob Wright stumbles down the ladder. His resume isn’t the most solid, so losses to Franek, Barone, and Wyatt Gerl of Bakersfield harm him. He still has that win over Robb, though, as well as wins over Justin McCoy and Lucas Weiland.

New Comers:

It could be Elijah Cleary for the Buckeyes, or it could be a man who wrestled 133, 3 weight classes and 24 pounds below, this year… Quinn Kinner! Either way, the bucks are solid here and could very well get a man to NCAA’s. Cleary has a win over Barone and Kinner beat the (highly) ex-ranked Brady Berge of Penn State.


Brady Berge (Penn State) [8] is badly injured and officially out for the year. Hope things get better for ya, Berge. He literally wrestled 2 matches total… Maybe he will get a Medical Redshirt?

  1. Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) [1]
  2. Hayden Hidlay (NC State) [2]
  3. David Carr (Iowa State) [3]
  4. Quincy Monday (Princeton) [4]
  5. Kaleb Young (Iowa) [5]
  6. Kendall Coleman (Purdue) [6]
  7. Jesse Dellavechia (Rider) [7]
  8. Markus Hartman or Luke Weiland (Army) [9]
  9. Larry Early (Old Dominion) [10]
  10. Jacori Teemer (Arizona State) [22]
  11. Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) [16]
  12. Wyatt Sheets (OK State) [21]
  13. AC Headlee (North Carolina) [11]
  14. Matt Zovistoski (Appalachian State) [14]
  15. Will Lewan (Michigan) [12]
  16. Jared Franek (ND State) [28]
  17. Anthony Artalona (Penn) [15]
  18. Ryan Thomas (Minnesota) [17]
  19. Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) [18]
  20. Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) [24]
  21. Logan Parks (Central Michigan) [30]
  22. Taleb Rahmani (Pittsburgh) [27]
  23. Justin McCoy (Virginia) [31]
  24. Jacob Tucker (Michigan State) [19]
  25. Zac Carson (Ohio) [23]
  26. Eric Barone (Illinois) [32]
  27. Jacob Wright (Fresno State) [13]
  28. Peyton Robb (Nebraska) [20]
  29. Justin Ruffin (Southern Illinois – Edwardsville) [29]
  30. BC LaPrade (Virginia Tech) [25]
  31. Jahi Jones (Maryland) [26]
  32. Mike Van Brill (Rutgers) [33]
  33. Elijah Cleary or Quinn Kinner (Ohio State) [NR]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

165 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

Big Movers:

David McFadden seems to be slowing down as we hit the end of the year. He was teched… yes, TECHED, by Kennedy Monday, and also recently lost to Thomas Bullard. At the beginning of the year, many thought McFads could contend with Kemerer, Kutler, etc. Does he still have it in him? For what it is worth, I think so.

Shayne Oster is, conversely, speeding up. He has beaten Ethan Smith recently as well as Conigliaro.

New Comers:

Grant Cuomo has silently been having a solid sophomore season. He only has 5 losses, none bad, and has beaten a very tough Tommy Bullard (who, as we just mentioned, just beat McFadden) as well as Jake Brindley of Cornell, Brett Donner of Rutgers, and Brian Meyer of Lehigh, all of whom are very solid themselves. Cuomo has a lot more going for him than other possible newcomers, and that is a fact.

Adam Kemp is taking over late in the season for ex-ranked Ricky Padilla. Kemp has a big win over both Cole Moody of Wyoming and ex-ranked Chase Straw of Iowa State. Kemp has also beaten Shane Jones of Old Dominion, Austin Kraisser of Campbell, and Sam Dover of Oklahoma, of notability. 


Dazjon Casto (The Citadel) [27] lost to Will Formato of App. State and Drew Nicholson of Chattanooga. I have to remove him which is unfortunate because I think he is very fun to watch and he is a rare (no offense) SoCon Star. 

Chase Straw (Iowa State) [33] lost to Kemp and also has a loss to Brett Donner of Rutgers that pulls him out of the rankings. Cole Moody, who is #33 right now, has a win over SDSU’s Tanner Cook whereas Straw has a loss to the high-flying Cook. This explains why Moody is in and Straw is out. 

  1. Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) [1]
  2. Alex Marinelli (Iowa) [2]
  3. Evan Wick (Wisconsin) [4]
  4. Isaiah White (Nebraska) [6]
  5. Shane Griffith (Stanford) [7]
  6. Josh Shields (Arizona State) [5]
  7. Travis Wittlake (OK State) [11]
  8. Tanner Skidgel (Navy) [10]
  9. Thomas Bullard (NC State) [12]
  10. David McFadden (Virginia Tech) [3]
  11. Quentin Perez (Campbell) [14]
  12. Kennedy Monday (North Carolina) [9]
  13. Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh) [13]
  14. Ethan Smith (Ohio State) [8]
  15. Cael McCormick (Army) [19]
  16. Zach Hartman (Bucknell) [18]
  17. Andrew Fogarty (ND State) [15]
  18. Shayne Oster (Northwestern) [32]
  19. Phillip Conigliario (Harvard) [17]
  20. Ebed Jarrell (Drexel) [20]
  21. Danny Braunagel (Illinois) [16]
  22. Bailee O’Reiley (Minnesota) [22]
  23. Tanner Cook (SD State) [23]
  24. Drew Hughes (Michigan State) [25]
  25. Emil Soehnlen (Purdue) [26]
  26. Bernie Truax (Cal Poly) [30]
  27. Luke Fortuna or Peyton Mocco (Missouri) [24]
  28. Izzak Olejnik (Northern Ill.) [31]
  29. Troy Keller (Buffalo) [21]
  30. Grant Cuomo (Princeton) [NR]
  31. Randy Meneweather II (Air Force) [28]
  32. Adam Kemp (Fresno State) [NR]
  33. Cole Moody (Wyoming) [29]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

174 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

New Number One:

Michael Kemerer beat the Nittany Lion that goes by the name of Markus Hall. Of course, the undefeated Mikey is now your (proud) new #1 174 pounder. Welcome.

Big Movers:

Gregg Harvey makes a jump thanks to a solid resume and recent win over Daniel Bullard. 

Hayden Hastings has not been looking like Hayden Hastings. He has recently lost to Brandon Martino, a back up for Fresno State, and Scott Joll of West Virginia. He barely escaped a tough Billy Higgins, too, only beating him in OT. The question is… can he get back on track, and fast, with BIG 12’s coming soon?

New Comers:

Michael O’Malley is solid. He pinned Kevin Parker and has also beaten Spencer Carey and Thomas Flitz. He slides in above Mr. Parker and Flitz. 

Andrew Berreyesa had his redshirt pulled, but there is still a chance we see Brandon Womack. “The Berry” beat out Cody Hughes of Virginia Tech in a dual match that ultimately decided the final ranked 174 pounder for the year. Cody Hughes is #34 in my rankings spreadsheet with a nice win over Mason Eaglin of Duke.


Mason Eaglin (Duke) [25] lost to  Cody Hughes, as well as Tommy Flitz, and is pushed outside of the rankings as a result. 

Phil Spadafora (Maryland) [31] lost to David Riojas of Illinois and wrestled his last two duals at 184 for some reason. 

  1. Michael Kemerer (Iowa) [3]
  2. Mark Hall (Penn State) [1]
  3. Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) [2]
  4. Dylan Lydy (Purdue) [4]
  5. Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) [5]
  6. Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) [8]
  7. Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) [6]
  8. Kaleb Romero (Ohio State) [7]
  9. Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) [9]
  10. Sammy Colbray (Iowa State) [11]
  11. Kimball Bastian (Utah Valley) [12]
  12. Ben Harvey (Army) [15]
  13. Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma) [16]
  14. Joe Smith or Andrew Shomers (OK State) [10]
  15. Joey Gunther (Illinois) [14]
  16. Jacob Covaciu (Indiana) [17]
  17. Gregg Harvey (Pittsburgh) [24]
  18. Daniel Bullard (NC State) [18]
  19. Jackson Hemauer (Fresno State) [19]
  20. Hayden Hastings (Wyoming) [13]
  21. Conner Flynn or Jeremiah Kent (Missouri) [32]
  22. Layne Malczewski (Michigan State) [22]
  23. Jacob Oliver (Edinboro) [23]
  24. Tyler Morland (Northwestern) [28]
  25. Neal Richards (VMI) [26]
  26. Dean Sherry (Rider) [27]
  27. Clay Lautt (North Carolina) [29]
  28. Spencer Carey (Navy) [21]
  29. Andrew McNally (Kent State) [30]
  30. Michael O’Malley (Drexel) [NR]
  31. Kevin Parker (Princeton) [33]
  32. Thomas Flitz (App. State) [NR]
  33. Andrew Berreyesa/Brandon Womack (Maryland) [NR/21]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

184 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

New Number One:

Taylor Lujan. Now is your time to shine. Take it, and never look back. Lujan has the best resume of the contenders considering Zahid has been banished into the Shadow Realm. Yes, he has losses to both Hidlay and Bolen, but he has avenged the Bolen loss and has a couple wins over Venz. Hunter Bolen also has an iffy loss to Bonaccorsi holding him from the top spot. Trent Hidlay has a loss to Bolen and Louie Deprez holding him back. Hence, the lack of bad losses for Lujan put him at #1, ironically. 

Big Movers:

Cameron Caffey! The Afroman has had his afro catch on FIRE… and that calls for immediate DANGER to other 184’s. He has beaten Owen Webster and Zach Braunagel, as well as, more importantly, Abe Assad and Taylor Venz. He does have some rougher losses, though, so watch out for that. 

Anthony Montalvo has also been catching steam lately. He has beaten Nino Bonaccorsi and Zach Carlson, as well as Marcus Coleman and Nelson Brands in the final dual meet of the year. 

Another weight and another conundrum. This conundrum is even worse than the 133 and 157 conundrums, and it is even more important, as these men are much closer to AA Status (the other conundrums were in the 20’s). #12-#19, take your pick. This is what I have come up with after hours of studying results and film. Please, let me know what you think! My email is joshz41698@gmail.com , or message The Pin Doctors on Twitter (or anything else you can think of)!

New Comers:

 Jack Jessen takes an interesting path into the rankings… See below for exactly how he got a ticket in! He does have a big win over Jelani Embree, so he is definitely no slouch! The next best option to be ranked is Cade Belshay, the man with the task of replacing Zahid for Arizona State.


Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) [1]… Badddd Zahid. BAD. Just kidding, what he does in his extracurricular time is none of my business and you get zero judging from me… Butttt… As he is suspended, I am forced to remove the #1 pound-for-pound wrestler in the NCAA from our rankings. Hope you are doing okay, Zahid. If you need help, I hope you receive it appropriately, truthfully. 

  1. Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) [4]
  2. Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) [3]
  3. Trent Hidlay (NC State) [2]
  4. Aaron Brooks (Penn State) [8]
  5. Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) [14]
  6. Abe Assad (Iowa) [7]
  7. Taylor Venz (Nebraska) [5]
  8. Louie DePrez (Binghamton) [6]
  9. Anthony Montalvo (OK State) [15]
  10. Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) [9]
  11. Zach Carlson (SD State) [10]
  12. Owen Webster (Minnesota) [17]
  13. Rocky Jordan (Ohio State) [20]
  14. Johnny Sebastian (Wisconsin) [18]
  15. Zach Braunagel (Illinois) [12]
  16. Chris Weiler (Lehigh) [16]
  17. Travis Stefanik (Princeton) [24]
  18. Billy Janzer (Rutgers) [19]
  19. Jelani Embree (Michigan) [13]
  20. Max Lyon (Purdue) [26]
  21. Andrew Morgan (Campbell) [21]
  22. Noah Stewart (Army) [22]
  23. Trevor Allard (Bloomsburg) [11]
  24. Jonathan Loew (Cornell) [23]
  25. Matthew Waddell (Chattanooga) [25]
  26. Tanner Harvey (American) [27]
  27. Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) [28]
  28. Dylan Wisman (Missouri) [29]
  29. Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois) [30]
  30. Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) [31]
  31. Alan Clothier (Northern Colorado) [32]
  32. Tate Samuelson (Wyoming) [33]
  33. Jack Jessen (Northwestern) [NR]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

197 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One

Big Movers:

Noah Adams. I can’t ignore what is probably one of the best seasons in all of the NCAA, especially for a guy from a program like West Virginia (I mean that with respect, not hate!). He is absolutely undefeated and has 29 wins on the year. That is a LOT of wins. Of course, he has no bad losses, which the others below him in the rankings certainly do. 

Ben Darmstadt, aka “The Red Assassin” is back to adjusting at 197. He has beaten Pat Brucki, Tanner Sloan, Buchanan, and Koelling, amongst others.

Jordan Pagano also has win over the stellar Pat Brucki, who seems to be slowing down as we hit the end of the season. Pagano also just beat Ethan Laird in OT. His “rough” loss is to Jaron Smith, in which he was rightfully caught and pinned. It happens to the best of us. 

Nick Reenan, aka Rick Neenan on twitter, is not doing so hot this year. He has losses to Brandon Whitman of North Carolina and Bryan McLaughlin of Drexel. The only thing keeping him in is his win over Cordell Eaton.

New Comers:

Drew Phipps is truthfully having a very solid season. He has juicy wins over #32 JT Brown, ex-ranked Gage Braun (Northern Illinois), ex-ranked Joel Shapiro (Iowa State), as well as contenders Brandon Whitman of North Carolina (who just had that humongous win over Darmstadt, himself) and Cole Urbas (Penn). He slots under Jake Koser, who he has a loss to. 

Jaron Smith. He might drop some weird ones (Nick May [Michigan State], Tim Young [Old Dominion], Colin McCracken [Kent State]), but man is he dangerous, thus giving him the nickname Dangerous Jaron. A pinning machine, he has now pinned both #10 Jordan Pagano and #8 Lucas Davison. I wouldn’t want to run into this guy at the National Tournament, and that is the dang truth. 

Sam Schuyler beat Gage Braun to steal a spot from him. He also has a mega-win over Christian Brunner. Schuyler snags the final spot in our final regular season rankings of the year at 197.


Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) [21]. I thought he could make a come back, but his injuries seem too severe… He ends the year 0-2. Thinking of the best for you, Holschlag!

Gage Braun (Northern Illinois) [31] has a loss to currently unranked Landon Pelham of Central Michigan as well as #33 Sam Schuyler. This yanks Braun out of the rankings.

Joel Shapiro (Iowa State) [32] is also pushed out of the rankings. He did not really do anything wrong, he just does not have the strength of wins to stay in over guys like Jaron Smith, JT Brown, or Schuyler.

  1. Kollin Moore (Ohio State) [1]
  2. Jacob Warner (Iowa) [3]
  3. Noah Adams (West Virginia) [8]
  4. Christian Brunner (Purdue) [4]
  5. Ben Darmsdadt (Cornell) [15]
  6. Pat Brucki (Princeton) [2]
  7. Eric Schultz (Nebraska) [5]
  8. Lucas Davison (Northwestern) [6]
  9. Shakur Rasheed (Penn State) [7]
  10. Jordan Pagano (Rutgers) [20]
  11. Tanner Sloan (SD State) [13]
  12. Nathan Traxler (Stanford) [9]
  13. Jay Aiello (Virginia) [10]
  14. Jake Woodley (Oklahoma) [14]
  15. Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) [16]
  16. Thomas Lane (Cal Poly) [17]
  17. Greg Bulsak (Clarion) [19]
  18. Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) [23]
  19. Ethan Laird (Rider) [11]
  20. Dakota Geer (OK State) [12]
  21. Jacob Seely (Northern Colorado) [22]
  22. Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) [24]
  23. Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) [29]
  24. Wyatt Koelling (Missouri) [30]
  25. Jackson Striggow (Michigan) [26]
  26. Hunter Ritter (Minnesota) [27]
  27. Nick Reenan (NC State) [18]
  28. Cordell Eaton (North Dakota State) [33]
  29. Jake Koser (Navy) [28]
  30. Drew Phipps (Bucknell) [NR]
  31. Jaron Smith (Maryland) [NR]
  32. JT Brown (Army) [25]
  33. Sam Schuyler (Buffalo) [NR]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

285 Pound Rankings - NCAA Division One


Not as much movement at this weight… but there is a rumor!!! Is Mr. Greg Kerkvliet wrestling for Penn State this semester? Like wrestling-wrestling??? If so, he is danger to Gable Steveson. However, Kerkvliet still doesn’t have a ton of college experience, so he is still sort of a mystery… Spooky, I’d say. 

New Comers:

Joe Doyle is back in the rankings. He was right on the outside of the last rankings, waiting to jump in once somebody made a mistake. Well, Zach Schrader made a mistake. Doyle’s best win is over Deonte Wilson of NC State.


Zach Schrader (Cal Baptist) [27] drops one to Jamarcus Grant of Oregon State, and he sadly does not have a strong enough resume to stay in the top 33. A member of California Baptist, he is 100% unable to qualify for NCAA’s anyways this year, as they are still transitioning to being an “official” program (weird, I know). I threw him in he rankings anyways because, I mean, they are still wrestling the whole season just like everybody else. I just thought I would give them the respect on the matter! 

  1. Gable Steveson (Minnesota) [1]
  2. Mason Parris (Michigan) [2]
  3. Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) [3]
  4. Tanner Hall (Arizona State) [4]
  5. Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) [5]
  6. Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) [6]
  7. Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley) [7]
  8. Demetrius Thomas (Pittsburgh) [8]
  9. Jordan Wood (Lehigh) [10]
  10. Yaraslau Slavilouski (Harvard) [11]
  11. Jere Heino (Campbell) [12]
  12. Josh Hokit (Fresno State) [13]
  13. “Gas Tank” Gary Traub (Ohio State) [24]
  14. Greg Kerkvliet or Nick Nevills (Penn State) [NR/9]
  15. Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) [14]
  16. Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) [15]
  17. Christian Lance or David Jensen (Nebraska) [16/NR]
  18. Cary Miller (Appalachian State) [18]
  19. Dalton Robertson (Northern Colorado) [19]
  20. Thomas Penola (Purdue) [23]
  21. Deonte Wilson (NC State) [25]
  22. Quinn Miller (Virginia) [26]
  23. John Borst (Virginia Tech) [17]
  24. Ben Sullivan (Army) [20]
  25. Brian Andrews (Wyoming) [21]
  26. Brandon Metz (ND State) [22]
  27. Brendan Furman (Cornell) [32]
  28. Andrew Gunning (North Carolina) [28]
  29. Brandon Ngati (West Virginia) [29]
  30. Jon Spaulding (Edinboro) [30]
  31. Ryan Cloud (Rider) [33]
  32. Ty Bagoly (Clarion) [31]
  33. Joe Doyle (Binghamton) [NR]

Wrestler’s name (team) [previous ranking].

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