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Roger Moore | February 4, 2019

College wrestling: Penn State wrestlers top individual power rankings in four weight classes

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Heading toward February there are a few things we know: All those ranked No. 1 at their respective weight classes are there for a reason. And some weights, like 133 pounds, are going to be a dogfight the rest of the way.

A Rivera-Lee rematch did not materialize at 125 pounds last weekend, but a 1 versus 2 match-up in the form of Kolodzik-Ashnault at 149 pounds could be in store this weekend when Princeton and Rutgers hook up in a battle of New Jersey schools.

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A few more things we know? Michigan’s Stevan Micic looked like a national champion last weekend in Columbus; Penn State’s Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal appear to have a “who can pin the quickest” contest going on; and one freshman, Minnesota’s Gable Steveson, is still unbeaten and not slowing down anytime soon.

One more thing we know? February is going to be fun for wrestling fans.

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1 – Sebastian RIVERA (Northwestern, SO) … Are dudes ducking him?

2 – Spencer LEE (Iowa, SO) … Missed a chance at Rivera on Sunday

3 – Ronnie BRESSER (Oregon State, SR) … Oregon State’s best

4 – Nick PICCININNI (Oklahoma State, JR) … Unbeaten and rolling

5 – Jack MUELLER (Virginia, JR) … Every win by at least a major so far

6 – Sean RUSSELL (Minnesota, SR) … Losses to Lee, Bresser, and Piccininni

7 – Rayvon FOLEY (Michigan State, SO) … Another good Spartan lightweight

8 – Brent FLEETWOOD (North Dakota State, SR) … Can he challenge Piccininni?

9 – Patrick GLORY (Princeton, FR) … Ready to challenge this year?

10 – Vitali ARUJAU (Cornell, FR) … Only loss is to a teammate at 133


1 – Stevan MICIC (Michigan, JR) … Looked impressive against Pletcher

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2 – Daton FIX (Oklahoma State, FR) … Edged ISU’s Gomez on Sunday

3 – Austin DeSANTO (Iowa, SO) … Only loss came in early December

4 – Nick SURIANO (Rutgers, JR) … Narrow losses to Fix and DeSanto

5 – Austin GOMEZ (Iowa State), FR) … Nearly took out Fix in Stillwater

6 – Micky PHILLIPPI (Pittsburgh, FR) … Can’t follow up win over the No. 2

7 – Luke PLETCHER (Ohio State, JR) … Like Buckeyes, will have to rebound

8 – Ethan LIZAK (Minnesota, SR) … Suddenly flying under the radar

9 – Tariq WILSON (North Carolina State, SO) … A pretty good No. 9

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10 – John ERNESTE (Missouri, SR) … Three pins in last five matches


1 – Yianni DIAKOMIHALIS (Cornell, SO) … Just one loss in 51 career matches

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2 – Joey McKENNA (Ohio State, SR) … Appears to be on a mission

3 – Josh ALBER (Northern Iowa, SR) … 12 straight wins since loss to No. 1

4 –  Jaydin EIERMAN (Missouri, JR) … Only losses to those in front of him

5 – Michael CARR (Illinois, SO) … Keeps getting his hand raised

6 – Kanen STORR (Michigan, SO) … Took it on the chin from McKenna

7 – Nick LEE (Penn State, SO) … One win away from 20

8 – Ian PARKER (Iowa State, SO) … Two big wins last weekend

9 – Bryan LANTRY (Buffalo, SR) … Can he challenge Eierman for MAC honors?

10 – Matt FINDLAY (Utah Valley, SO) … Just one loss in 15 starts


1 – Matthew KOLODZIK (Princeton, JR) … Still unbeaten

2 – Anthony ASHNAULT (Rutgers, SR) … 17 starts, 17 victories

3 – Micah JORDAN (Ohio State, SR) … Can he beat 1 or 2?

4 – Austin O’CONNOR (North Carolina, FR) … One-point loss to Kolodzik

5 – Kaden GFELLER (Oklahoma State, FR) … Looks like he’s the man for Cowboys

6 – Mitch FINESILVER (Duke, SR) … Picking up steam headed into February

7 – Brock MAULLER (Missouri, FR) … One of five freshmen in top 10 at 149

8 – Christian MONSERRAT (West Virginia, SR) … Tim Flynn’s influence?

9 – Justin OLIVER (North Carolina State, FR) … Tough schedule in January

10 – Anthony ARTALONA (Penn, FR) … Two of his three losses to Finesilver


1 – Jason NOLF (Penn State, SR) … Adding to his PSU pins record weekly

2 – Tyler BERGER (Nebraska, SR) … Big statements on his Twitter feed

3 – Ryan DEAKIN (Northwestern, SO) … How good is the Big Ten at 157?

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4 – Hayden HIDLAY (North Carolina State, SO) … Getting into March shape

5 – Zach HARTMAN (Bucknell, FR) … How good is he?

6 – Alec PANTALEO (Michigan, SR) … Looked strong last two weekends

7 – Kaleb YOUNG (Iowa, SO) … Suffered second loss of season against Illini

8 – Steve BLEISE (Minnesota, SR) … Eighth in country, sixth in Big Ten

9 – Ke-Shawn HAYES (Ohio State, JR) … Been inside top 10 all season

10 – Josh HUMPHREYS (Lehigh, FR) … Good wins against Hokies and Devils


1 – Vincenzo JOSEPH (Penn State, JR) … Two pins and he’s 16-0

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2 – Alex MARINELLI (Iowa, SO) … The most consistent Hawkeye

3 – Evan WICK (Wisconsin, SO) … Big Tens are going to be very competitive

4 – Josh SHIELDS (Arizona State, JR) … Two good wins in Pennsylvania

5 – Chance MARSTELLER (Lock Haven, SR) … Never out of a match

6 – Isaiah WHITE (Nebraska, JR) … Nice win over Illinois’ Gunther

7 – Mekhi LEWIS (Virginia Tech, FR) … Part of a rising Tech squad

8 – Branson ASHWORTH (Wyoming, SR) … The Big 12’s best

9 – Demetrius ROMERO (Utah Valley, JR) … Another Big 12 contender

10 – Logan MASSA (Michigan, JR) … Should not be under the radar


1 – Mark HALL (Penn State, JR) … Does what he has to do to get his hand raised

2 – Zahid VALENCIA (Arizona State, JR) … Nice win on Kutler’s home mat

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3 – Myles AMINE (Michigan, JR) … Everyone talking about Hall-Valencia. Should they be?

4 – Daniel LEWIS (Missouri, SR) … Meeting with Oklahoma State’s Smith on the horizon

5 – Jordan KUTLER (Lehigh, JR) … Bounced back to beat McFadden after Valencia loss

6 – Joe SMITH (Oklahoma State, JR) … Finding his All-America form again

7 – David McFADDEN (Virginia Tech, JR) … Only losses to Smith and Kutler

8 – Taylor LUJAN (Northern Iowa, JR) … Gets Smith in Stillwater this Friday

9 – Michael LABRIOLA (Nebraska, FR) … Another solid Cornhusker

10 – Matt FINESILVER (Duke, SR) … One win from 20


1 – Myles MARTIN (Ohio State, SR) … 46 points in last two bouts

2 – Shakur RASHEED (Penn State, SR) … Can he spoil another Martin title quest?

3 – Nick REENAN (North Carolina State, SO) … Suffered first loss to Martin

4 – Zack ZAVATSKY (Virginia Tech, SR) … Two solid wins last weekend

5 – Ryan PREISCH (Lehigh, SR) … Will get challenged by OSU’s Smith this weekend

6 – Taylor VENZ (Nebraska, SO) … Pinned Parker last time out

7 – Emery PARKER (Illinois, SR) … Expect him to bounce back from Venz loss

8 – Lou DePREZ (Binghamton, FR) … An underclassmen among upperclassmen

9 – Drew FOSTER (Northern Iowa, SR) … A big Friday in Stillwater

10 – Jacobe SMITH (Oklahoma State, SR) … Should get Foster and Preisch, Friday-Sunday


1 – Bo NICKAL (Penn State, SR) … A 58-second Sunday

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2 – Kollin MOORE (Ohio State, JR) … Unbeaten, but hasn’t seen the big dogs

3 – Patrick BRUCKI (Princeton, SO) … Muscles on top of muscles

4 – Nathan TRAXLER (Stanford, SO) … Won’t know until Pittsburgh if he’s this good

5 – Tom SLEIGH (Virginia Tech, SR) … Seven straight victories

6 – Jacob WARNER (Iowa, FR) … Not dominating, but winning

7 – Willie MIKLUS (Iowa State, SR) … Beat Geer on the road last weekend

8 – Rocco CAYWOOD (Army, SR) … Just three losses in 22 starts

9 – Dakota GEER (Oklahoma State, SO) … Keeps challenging the top guys

10 – Ben HONIS (Cornell, SR) … Time for Cornell to get in March shape


1 – Gable STEVESON (Minnesota, FR) … 24 wins, 0 losses

2 – Derek WHITE (Oklahoma State, SR) … Match with Lehigh a big one

3 – Anthony CASSAR (Penn State, JR) … Only loss is to White

4 – Jordan WOOD (Lehigh, SO) … Gets a shot at White this Sunday

5 – Sam STOLL (Iowa, SR) … If he’s healthy, he’s dangerous

6 – Youssif HEMIDA (Maryland, SR) … Will he be a factor in Pittsburgh?

7 – Mason PARRIS (Michigan, FR) … Sealed the deal against the rival Buckeyes

8 – Amar DHESI (Oregon State, SR) … Limited matches, but plenty of experience

9 – Demetrius THOMAS (Pittsburgh, JR) … Gave White all he could handle

10 – Matt STENCEL (Central Michigan, SO) … Hasn’t lost since Midlands

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