NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2018-19 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. To be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

Among the top-ranked wrestlers are six former national champions with Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell (141 pounds), Jason Nolf of Penn State (157), Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State (165), Mark Hall of Penn State (174), Myles Martin of Ohio State (184) and Bo Nickal of Penn State (197). Additional ranked former national champions include Spencer Lee of Iowa in second at 125 pounds, former Division II national champion Isaiah White of Nebraska in sixth at 165 and Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia in second at 174 pounds.

The top-ranked wrestlers at the remaining weight classes in the inaugural rankings are: Sebastian Rivera, Northwestern (125 pounds); Stevan Micic, Michigan (133); Matthew Kolodzik, Princeton (149) and Gable Steveson of Minnesota at heavyweight.

Rank Name School Conference

125 POUNDS
1 Sebastian Rivera Northwestern Big Ten
2 Spencer Lee Iowa Big Ten
3 Ronnie Rios Oregon St. Pac 12
4 Nicholas Piccininni Oklahoma St. Big 12
5 Jack Mueller Virginia ACC
6 Sean Russell Minnesota Big Ten
7 RayVon Foley Michigan St. Big Ten
8 Brent Fleetwood North Dakota St. Big 12
9 Pat Glory Princeton EIWA
10 Ryan Millhof Arizona St. Pac 12
11 Vitali Arujau Cornell EIWA
12 Connor Brown Wisconsin Big Ten
13 Zeke Moisey Nebraska Big Ten
14 Travis Piotrowski Illinois Big Ten
15 Michael (Drew) Mattin Michigan Big Ten
16 Michael McGee Old Dominion MAC
17 Rico Montoya Northern Colo. Big 12
18 Devin Schroder Purdue Big Ten
19 Cole Verner Wyoming Big 12
20 Shakur Laney Ohio MAC
21 Dack Punke Missouri MAC
22 Drew Hildebrandt Central Mich. MAC
23 Fabian Gutierrez Chattanooga SoCon
24 Gabe Townsell Stanford Pac 12
25 Alex Mackall Iowa St. Big 12
26 Trey Chalifoux Army West Point EIWA
27 Carmen Ferrante Penn EIWA
28 Dylan Ryder Hofstra EIWA
29 Jacob Schwarm UNI Big 12
30 Luke Werner Lock Haven EWL
30 Sidney Flores Air Force Big 12
32 Kyle Akins Buffalo MAC
33 Malik Heinselman Ohio St. Big Ten

133 POUNDS
1 Stevan Micic Michigan Big Ten
2 George Phillipi Pittsburgh ACC
3 Daton Fix Oklahoma St. Big 12
4 Austin DeSanto Iowa Big Ten
5 Luke Pletcher Ohio St. Big Ten
6 Nick Suriano Rutgers Big Ten
7 Austin Gomez Iowa St. Big 12
8 Tariq Wilson NC State ACC
9 Ethan Lizak Minnesota Big Ten
10 John Erneste Missouri MAC
11 Montorie Bridges Wyoming Big 12
12 Roman Bravo‐Young Penn St. Big Ten
13 Charles Tucker Cornell EIWA
14 Matthew Schmitt West Virginia Big 12
15 Korbin Myers Virginia Tech ACC
16 Cam Sykora North Dakota St. Big 12
17 Noah Gosner Campbell SoCon
18 Dylan Duncan Illinois Big Ten
19 Josh Terao American EIWA
20 Brandon Paetzell Lehigh EIWA
21 Ben Thornton Purdue Big Ten
22 Gary Wayne Harding North Carolina ACC
23 Sean Nickell CSU Bakersfield Pac 12
24 Josiah Kline Arizona St. Pac 12
25 Mario Guillen Ohio MAC
26 Louie Hayes Virginia ACC
27 Anthony Cefelo Rider EWL
28 Derek Spann Buffalo MAC
29 Garrett Pepple Indiana Big Ten
30 Casey Cobb Navy EIWA
31 Codi Russell Appalachian St. SoCon
32 Mason Pengilly Stanford Pac 12
32 Colin Valdivez Northwestern Big Ten

141 POUNDS
1 Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell EIWA
2 Joey McKenna Ohio St. Big Ten
3 Jaydin Eierman Missouri MAC
4 Michael Carr Illinois Big Ten
5 Kanen Storr Michigan Big Ten
6 Josh Alber UNI Big 12
7 Nick Lee Penn St. Big Ten
7 Mitch McKee Minnesota Big Ten
9 Matt Findlay Utah Valley Big 12
10 Dom Demas Oklahoma Big 12
11 Bryan Lantry Buffalo MAC
12 Kaid Brock Oklahoma St. Big 12
13 Sa`Derian Perry Old Dominion MAC
13 Tristan Moran Wisconsin Big Ten
15 Ian Parker Iowa St. Big 12
16 Max Murin Iowa Big Ten
17 Sam Turner Wyoming Big 12
18 Nicholas Gil Navy EIWA
19 Sam Krivus Virginia ACC
19 Austin Headlee North Carolina ACC
21 Kyle Shoop Lock Haven EWL
22 Mitch Moore Virginia Tech ACC
23 Cameron Kelly Ohio MAC
24 Chad Red Nebraska Big Ten
25 Nate Limmex Purdue Big Ten
26 Jamel Morris NC State ACC
27 Lorenzo Bentley Pittsburgh ACC
28 Corey Shie Army West Point EIWA
29 Joey Gould Bucknell EIWA
30 Josh Finesilver Duke ACC
31 Marshall Keller Princeton EIWA
32 Jack Mutchnik American EIWA
33 Chris Debien Chattanooga SoCon

149 POUNDS
1 Matthew Kolodzik Princeton EIWA
2 Anthony Ashnault Rutgers Big Ten
3 Micah Jordan Ohio St. Big Ten
4 Austin O`Connor North Carolina ACC
4 Kaden Gfeller Oklahoma St. Big 12
6 Mitch Finesilver Duke ACC
7 Justin Oliver NC State ACC
8 Brock Mauller Missouri MAC
8 Joshua Heil Campbell SoCon
10 Max Thomsen UNI Big 12
11 Jarrett Degen Iowa St. Big 12
12 Brady Berge Penn St. Big Ten
13 Cole Martin Wisconsin Big Ten
14 Pat Lugo Iowa Big Ten
15 Anthony Artalona Penn EIWA
16 Requir van der Merwe Stanford Pac 12
17 Russell Rohlfing CSU Bakersfield Pac 12
18 Henry Pohlmeyer South Dakota St. Big 12
19 Khristian Olivas Fresno St. Big 12
20 Christian Monserrat West Virginia Big 12
21 Alfred Bannister Maryland Big Ten
22 Jared Prince Navy EIWA
23 Thomas Thorn Minnesota Big Ten
24 Cortlandt Schuyler Lehigh EIWA
25 Matthew Zovistoski Appalachian St. SoCon
26 Joshua Maruca Arizona St. Pac 12
27 Malik Amine Michigan Big Ten
28 Davion Jeffries Oklahoma Big 12
28 Tejon Anthony George Mason EWL
30 Ryan Blees Virginia Tech ACC
31 Jaden VanMaanen North Dakota St. Big 12
31 Michael Sprague American EIWA
33 Kevin Budock Old Dominion MAC

157 POUNDS
1 Jason Nolf Penn St. Big Ten
2 Tyler Berger Nebraska Big Ten
3 Ryan Deakin Northwestern Big Ten
4 Hayden Hidlay NC State ACC
5 Kaleb Young Iowa Big Ten
6 Ke‐Shawn Hayes Ohio St. Big Ten
7 Larry Early Old Dominion MAC
8 Steve Bleise Minnesota Big Ten
9 Alec Pantaleo Michigan Big Ten
10 Zach Hartman Bucknell EIWA
11 Griffin Parriott Purdue Big Ten
12 Eric Barone Illinois Big Ten
13 Taleb Rahmani Pittsburgh ACC
14 Christian Pagdilao Arizona St. Pac 12
15 John Vanschenkbrill Rutgers Big Ten
16 Dominick Mandarino Stanford Pac 12
17 Jarrett Jacques Missouri MAC
18 Josh Humphreys Lehigh EIWA
19 BC LaPrade Virginia Tech ACC
20 Zac Carson Ohio MAC
21 Logan Parks Central Mich. MAC
22 Luke Weiland Army West Point EIWA
23 Andrew Shomers Oklahoma St. Big 12
24 Jake Keating Virginia ACC
25 Justin Ruffin SIUE MAC
26 Joshua McClure North Carolina ACC
27 Jake Danishek Indiana Big Ten
28 Hunter Willits Oregon St. Pac 12
29 Alex Mossing Air Force Big 12
30 Alex Smythe Buffalo MAC
31 Dan Reed Columbia EIWA
32 Quincy Monday Princeton EIWA
33 Justin Thomas Oklahoma Big 12

165 POUNDS
1 Vincenzo Joseph Penn St. Big Ten
2 Alex Marinelli Iowa Big Ten
3 Evan Wick Wisconsin Big Ten
4 Chandler Marsteller Lock Haven EWL
5 Joshua Shields Arizona St. Pac 12
6 Isaiah White Nebraska Big Ten
7 Logan Massa Michigan Big Ten
8 Mehki Lewis Virginia Tech ACC
9 Branson Ashworth Wyoming Big 12
10 Chandler Rogers Oklahoma St. Big 12
11 Demetrius Romero Utah Valley Big 12
12 Bryce Steiert UNI Big 12
13 Connor Flynn Missouri MAC
14 Jesse Dellavecchia Rider EWL
15 Ebed Jarrell Drexel EIWA
16 Thomas Bullard NC State ACC
17 Jonathan Viruet Brown EIWA
18 Nick Kiussis West Virginia Big 12
19 Joseph Gunther Illinois Big Ten
20 Andrew Fogarty North Dakota St. Big 12
21 Gordon Wolf Lehigh EIWA
22 Bryce Martin Indiana Big Ten
23 Cam Coy Virginia ACC
24 Colston DiBlasi George Mason EWL
25 Zach Finesilver Duke ACC
26 Tyler Marinelli Gardner‐Webb SoCon
27 Tanner Skidgel Navy EIWA
28 Jake Wentzel Pittsburgh ACC
29 Kaleb Romero Ohio St. Big Ten
30 Carson Brolsma Minnesota Big Ten
31 Laurence Kosoy Columbia EIWA
32 Micheal Elliott Appalachian St. SoCon
33 Troy Keller Buffalo MAC

174 POUNDS
1 Mark Hall Penn St. Big Ten
2 Zahid Valencia Arizona St. Pac 12
3 Myles Amine Michigan Big Ten
4 Daniel Lewis Missouri MAC
5 Joseph Smith Oklahoma St. Big 12
6 David McFadden Virginia Tech ACC
7 Jordan Kutler Lehigh EIWA
8 Taylor Lujan UNI Big 12
9 Mikey Labriola Nebraska Big Ten
10 Ryan Christensen Wisconsin Big Ten
10 Devin Skatzka Minnesota Big Ten
12 Kimball Bastian Utah Valley Big 12
12 Brit Wilson Northern Ill. MAC
14 Dylan Lydy Purdue Big Ten
15 Brandon Womack Cornell EIWA
16 Matt Finesilver Duke ACC
17 Andrew Morgan Campbell SoCon
18 Spencer Carey Navy EIWA
19 Ben Harvey Army West Point EIWA
20 Ethan Smith Ohio St. Big Ten
21 Daniel Bullard NC State ACC
22 Seldon Wright Old Dominion MAC
23 Johnny Sebastian Northwestern Big Ten
24 Hayden Hastings Wyoming Big 12
25 Marcus Coleman Iowa St. Big 12
25 Jake Covaciu Indiana Big Ten
27 Jacob Oliver Edinboro EWL
28 Anthony Mantanona Oklahoma Big 12
29 Travis Stefanik Princeton EIWA
29 Devin Kane North Carolina ACC
31 Joe Grello Rutgers Big Ten
32 Drew Hughes Michigan St. Big Ten
33 Neal Richards VMI SoCon

184 POUNDS
1 Myles Martin Ohio St. Big Ten
2 Emory Parker Illinois Big Ten
3 Shakur Rasheed Penn St. Big Ten
4 Nick Reenan NC State ACC
5 Taylor Venz Nebraska Big Ten
6 Drew Foster UNI Big 12
7 Ryan Preisch Lehigh EIWA
8 Zachary Zavatsky Virginia Tech ACC
9 Lou Deprez Binghamton EIWA
10 Maxwell Dean Cornell EIWA
11 Jacobe Smith Oklahoma St. Big 12
12 Santino Bonaccorsi Pittsburgh ACC
13 Chip Ness North Carolina ACC
14 Cash Wilcke Iowa Big Ten
15 Dylan Wisman Missouri MAC
16 Samuel Colbray Iowa St. Big 12
17 Cameron Caffey Michigan St. Big Ten
18 Andrew McNally Kent St. MAC
19 Will Schany Virginia ACC
20 Tate Samuelson Wyoming Big 12
21 Christian LaFragola Brown EIWA
22 Noah Stewart Army West Point EIWA
22 Mason Reinhardt Wisconsin Big Ten
24 Kevin Parker Princeton EIWA
25 Jackson Hemauer Fresno St. Big 12
26 Will Sumner Utah Valley Big 12
27 Tanner Harvey American EIWA
28 Trevor Allard Bloomsburg EWL
29 Antonio Agee Old Dominion MAC
30 Max Lyon Purdue Big Ten
31 Dom Ducharme CSU Bakersfield Pac 12
32 Alan Clothier Appalachian St. SoCon
33 Zach Carlson South Dakota St. Big 12

197 POUNDS
1 Bo Nickal Penn St. Big Ten
2 Kollin Moore Ohio St. Big Ten
3 Patrick Brucki Princeton EIWA
4 Rocco Caywood Army West Point EIWA
5 Jacob Warner Iowa Big Ten
6 William Miklus Iowa St. Big 12
7 Tom Sleigh Virginia Tech ACC
8 Jay Aiello Virginia ACC
9 Nathan Traxler Stanford Pac 12
10 Dakota Geer Oklahoma St. Big 12
11 Eric Schultz Nebraska Big Ten
12 Christian Brunner Purdue Big Ten
13 Josh Hokit Fresno St. Big 12
14 Tanner Orndorff Utah Valley Big 12
15 Stephen Loiseau Drexel EIWA
16 Greg Bulsak Clarion EWL
17 Jacob Seely Northern Colo. Big 12
17 Randall Diabe Appalachian St. SoCon
19 Benjamin Honis Cornell EIWA
20 Cale Davidson Wyoming Big 12
21 Malik McDonald NC State ACC
22 Jake Jakobsen Lehigh EIWA
23 Wyatt Koelling Missouri MAC
24 Thomas Lane Cal Poly Pac 12
25 Jake Woodley Oklahoma Big 12
26 Sawyer Root The Citadel SoCon
27 Jackson Striggow Michigan Big Ten
28 Kellan Stout Pittsburgh ACC
29 Dylan Reynolds Edinboro EWL
30 Anthony McLaughlin Air Force Big 12
31 Joshua Roetman Navy EIWA
32 Noah Adams West Virginia Big 12
33 Dylan Anderson Minnesota Big Ten

285
1 Gable Steveson Minnesota Big Ten
2 Derek White Oklahoma St. Big 12
3 Anthony Cassar Penn St. Big Ten
4 Jordan Wood Lehigh EIWA
5 Mason Parris Michigan Big Ten
6 Youssif Hemida Maryland Big Ten
7 Trent Hillger Wisconsin Big Ten
8 Demetrius Thomas Pittsburgh ACC
9 Tate Orndorff Utah Valley Big 12
10 David Jensen Nebraska Big Ten
11 Conan Jennings Northwestern Big Ten
12 Matt Voss George Mason EWL
13 Jake Gunning Buffalo MAC
14 Billy Miller Virginia Tech ACC
15 Chase Singletary Ohio St. Big Ten
16 Matt Stencel Central Mich. MAC
17 Zach Elam Missouri MAC
18 Joseph Goodhart Drexel EIWA
19 Thomas Haines Lock Haven EWL
20 AJ Nevills Fresno St. Big 12
21 Brian Andrews Wyoming Big 12
22 Jeramy Sweany Cornell EIWA
23 Gannon Gremmel Iowa St. Big 12
24 Cory Gilliland‐Daniel North Carolina ACC
25 Haydn Maley Stanford Pac 12
26 Cary Miller Appalachian St. SoCon
27 Ben Sullivan Army West Point EIWA
28 Zack Parker Ohio MAC
29 Christian Colucci Rutgers Big Ten
29 Jon Spaulding Edinboro EWL
31 Ian Buttertbrodt Brown EIWA
32 Brandon Ngati West Virginia Big 12
32 Antonio Pelusi Franklin & Marshall EIWA
32 Brandon Metz North Dakota St. Big 12

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