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Roger Moore | NCAA.com | December 14, 2016

Cowboys continue reign in power rankings

  The Oklahoma State Cowboys continue to dominate on the mat.

1 – Oklahoma State: The Cowboys did not compete last week, but they host a very talented Cornell squad on Friday night before heading to Nevada for the Reno Tournament of Champions. OSU has outscored four opponents, 142-9, not losing more than one bout in any dual. The Big Red provide the first real test of the 2016-17 campaign. The trip to Reno will be test No. 2.

2 – Penn State: The usual for Penn State in a 46-0 blanking of Binghamton last Sunday: three pins, two technical falls and four major decisions. Wrestling fans hope head coach Cael Sanderson takes his starters to this Sunday’s Reno TOC where top-ranked Oklahoma State is expected to do the same.

3 – Ohio State: It was a very good week for Ohio State. First, a 30-9 whipping of No. 5 Missouri in Columbus last Thursday. The Buckeyes’ 197-pound freshman Kollin Moore received plenty of praise in a loss to Olympic bronze medalist J’Den Cox. Second, former Ohio State star Logan Steiber won at the World Championships in freestyle for non-Olympic weight classes on Saturday. Northwestern is next up for Ohio State this Sunday.

4 – Iowa: Iowa head coach Tom Brands was less-than-ecstatic about his team’s 26-9 win over Iowa State last Saturday. Minus two starters – Cory Clark (133) and heavyweight Sam Stoll – the Hawkeyes won 7 of 10, but had four narrow decisions to go with dominating performances by talkative Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorensen (149), and Sammy Brooks (184). Iowa heads to the Midlands Dec. 29-30.

5 – Missouri: The Tigers lost big at Ohio State without All-American Lavion Mayes but bounced back to whip Ohio, 35-7 on Sunday. Division I will get a good indication of how good Missouri is, tournament-wise, after this weekend’s Reno TOC where Oklahoma State and Penn State are expected.

6 – Nebraska: Mark Manning’s Huskers jump up a few spots after a nice road trip to North Carolina. Last Friday, NU (7-0) handled North Carolina State, 22-10, winning 7 of 10. A day later, the Huskers trounced UNC, 30-6, in Chapel Hill. Three NU starters – Eric Montoya (125), Tyler Berger (157), and T.J. Dudley (184) – are unbeaten and ranked among the top four in their weight classes. The Midlands, and Penn State in Lincoln, Jan. 3, will answer some questions.

7 – Virginia Tech: The Hokies (4-1), off last week, return to the mat versus West Virginia this Sunday at Parkersburg High School.

8 – Cornell: Rob Koll’s group will be put to the test on Friday at Oklahoma State, on Sunday at Oklahoma, and to open the year at the Southern Scuffle. If the Big Red can get healthy for a change, this team has a lot of point potential in March.

Knocking on the door:

Illinois, Lehigh, Michigan , Wisconsin, South Dakota State, Arizona State, Minnesota

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