NCAA Rankings 2017-18

Rank Grade Name Speaker ID School Previous Rank
1
JR
Jason Nolf
16007
Penn State
1
2
SR
Joey Lavallee
19608
Missouri
2
3
SO
Michael Kemerer
10645
Iowa
3
4
JR
Micah Jordan
11127
Ohio State
4 (149)
5
JR
Tyler Berger
16017
Nebraska
4
6
JR
Joe Smith
16251
OK State
5
7
SR
Richie Lewis
21700
Rutgers
NR
8
JR
Alec Pantaleo
20012
Michigan
NR
9
SR
BJ Clagon
15561
Rider
11
10
SR
Jake Short
8424
Minnesota
12
11
JR
Mitch Finesilver
21744
Duke
NR
12
SR
Collin Heffernan
11103
Central Michigan
13
13
JR
Paul Fox
17813
Stanford
9
14
SR
Clayton Ream
15920
ND State
15
15
SO
Joshua Shields
16219
Arizona State
20
16
SO
Cole Walter
17929
Lehigh
NR
17
SR
Archie Colgan
20419
Wyoming
16
18
SR
Luke Zilverberg
23332
SD State
15 (165)
19
SR
Andrew Crone
23373
Wisconsin
19 (149)
20
SR
May Bethea
21751
Penn
17

Nolf Stays Ahead Of The Pack At 157

Jason Nolf welcomes back quite a few challengers to 157 pounds this year. There will be a slew of worthy podium contenders coming off injuries or redshirts or in from other weight classes. However, Nolf ran the table last year and hasn't suffered a loss since the 2016 NCAA finals, so ranking him No. 1 -- the second consecutive Nittany Lion to start the year at the top -- was an easy call.

It was more difficult deciding on where to rank the newcomers. Micah Jordan is expected to bump up from 149, where he only had five losses on the season, all to either Zain Retherford or Brandon Sorenson. That's good enough for the four spot, right behind last year's third-place finisher, Michael Kemerer.

Neither Alec Pantaleo nor Richie Lewis had any folkstyle results from last season, save for Lewis' one match against Princeton's Joe Tavoso, but both have notches some great wins prior to that. Lewis has three wins over Tyler Berger and one over Jordan Kutler. Berger gets the benefit of the doubt after showing huge improvements from 2016 to 2017, and so he'll start the year above Lewis. Likewise, Panteleo has wins over Jason Tsirtsis and Geo Martinez but will be at No. 8 until he replicates those types of wins this season.

The next tier of guys retain their ranking order form last year, except for Paul Fox and Josh Shields. Fox had a great NCAA tournament, but upon closer inspection his full body of work did not merit a ranking over several of his peers. Conversely and upon further review, Shields' resume was more impressive than we had previously judged, and he is thus moved up to No. 15.

Duke's Mitch Finesilver had a light load last year on redshirt but has wins over four All-Americans and Pat Lugo, good enough for No. 11. Lehigh's Cole Walter, assuming he cuts down from 165 and wins the spot for the Mountain Hawks, had a rough end to the year but had enough impressive victories to land at No. 16.

Two other guys sneak into the top 20 after changing weights. Luke Zilverberg is coming down from 165 and Andrew Crone is coming up from 149. Both are rankable at either weights and add depth to what is quietly shaping up to be one of the most impressive divisions. It's so deep that there isn't any room for last year's No. 19, Taleb Rahmani -- nor is there a slot of talented redshirt freshman Hayden Hidlay. There are many contenders who have the talent to make it onto the 157 list, so as always, expect changes as the season progresses.

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