NCAA Rankings 2017-18

Rank Grade Name Speaker ID School Previous Rank
1
SR
Nathan Tomasello
9293
Ohio State
2 (133)
2
SR
Darian Cruz
8429
Lehigh
1
3
SO
Nick Suriano
16300
Rutgers
3
4
JR
Ethan Lizak
15844
Minnesota
4
5
SO
Nick Piccininni
16838
OK State
6
6
JR
Ryan Millhof
16020
Arizona State
NR
7
JR
Zeke Moisey
15005
West Virginia
NR
8
JR
Sean Russell
15868
Edinboro
8
9
JR
Ronnie Bresser
8427
Oregon State
NR
10
JR
Sean Fausz
17778
NC State
9
11
JR
Dalton Macri
16042
North Carolina
NR
12
SO
Gabe Townsell
18056
Stanford
14
13
SO
Brock Hudkins
20449
Northern Illinois
19
14
JR
Josh Terao
16419
American
15
15
JR
Shakur Laney
23284
Ohio
17
16
SR
Luke Welch
21880
Purdue
NR
17
FR
Sebastian Rivera
19849
Northwestern
NR
18
SO
Travis Piotrowski
20876
Illinois
20
19
JR
Jake Gromacki
17798
Clarion
NR
20
SR
Johnny Jimenez
23372
Wisconsin
NR

Tomasello Down To 125 And Back On Top

It's ranking season already! We are rolling out our rankings one weight at a time, starting with 125.

The lightest division presents some challengers for our preseason rankings. With Ohio State’s Nathan Tomasello coming down from 133 and several studs coming back injuries, there are quite a few wrinkles to be ironed out.

I’m sympathetic to the argument that the returning national champion, Darian Cruz, should start the year No. 1. However, Tomasello is also a former 125 champ and has a more impressive resume than Cruz. NaTo followed up his championship season with two consecutive one-loss seasons. With that kind of history, Tomasello has to start at the top.

Our No. 3-ranked 125-pounder, Nick Suriano, meanwhile, has an argument for the No. 2 spot, owning to his head-to-head win over Cruz. However, Suriano did not wrestle in the Big Ten or NCAA championships last season due to injuries, and the benefit of the doubt has to be given to the champ. Indeed, Cruz was able to avenge other losses he suffered during the year, notably to Ethan Lizak in the NCAA finals. So Suriano, a recent transfer to Rutgers, starts at No. 3.

Most everyone else fell in to place based on last year's rankings and NCAA tournament finishes. Exceptions to that rule include four guys who were previously unranked and are returning from yearlong absences due to redshirt or injury: Ryan Millhof, Zeke Moisey, Ronnie Bresser, and Dalton Macri.

Millhof is the only returning All-American from 2016, and as a result, the transfer to Arizona State earned the highest ranking of the bunch. Moisey missed the 2016 postseason and all of the 2017 season, but the West Virginia junior's signature wins and runner-up finish in 2015 are enough to land him in the No. 8 spot. Bresser is a two-time national qualifier for Oregon State who finished in the bloodround in 2016 and earned a No. 10 rank. Macri, a recent transfer to North Carolina, beat Bresser in the NCAA tournament but only finished in the round of 16 in 2016. Macri has a slightly less impressive resume than Bresser and thus is ranked lower.

No true freshmen will start the year in the rankings at any weight, and Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera is the only redshirt freshman who made it at 125, due mainly to his stellar fourth-place finish at last year's Midlands Tournament. No other 125-pound redshirt freshman was as impressive, though as this season progresses more first-year wrestlers will undoubtedly join Rivera in the rankings.

The second half of 125's rankings all have wins and losses that could be used to argue for a reshuffling, and there are several wrestlers right on the cusp, so expect plenty of movement as we go deeper into the season.

*10/10 UPDATE* Virginia's Jack Mueller is going to 133, so he has been bumped up. Also Purdue's 125 and 133 pounders are switching weights. Luke Welch is coming down to 125 and slots in at No. 16.

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