NCAA Rankings 2017-18

Rank Grade Name Speaker ID School Previous Rank
1
SO
Vincenzo Joseph
11038
Penn State
1
2
SR
Isaiah Martinez
6374
Illinois
2
3
SO
Logan Massa
23122
Michigan
3
4
JR
Chandler Rogers
15990
OK State
5
5
SR
Chad Walsh
15205
Rider
7
6
JR
Bryce Steiert
19727
UNI
8
7
SO
Jordan Kutler
17918
Lehigh
7 (165)
8
JR
David McFadden
16356
Virginia Tech
NR
9
SO
Anthony Valencia
10672
Arizona State
10
10
SR
Nick Wanzek
15912
Minnesota
12
11
SO
Drew Hughes
17456
Michigan State
13
12
JR
Te'Shan Campbell
20746
Ohio State
14
13
SR
Keilan Torres
15830
Northern Colorado
18
14
JR
Chance Marsteller
10635
Lock Haven
NR
15
SR
Yoanse Mejias
16244
Oklahoma
16
16
SR
Jonathan Schleifer
21419
Princeton
19 (174)
17
FR
Alex Marinelli
16309
Iowa
NR
18
FR
Evan Wick
18675
Wisconsin
NR
19
SO
Lorenzo De La Riva
18966
CSU Bakersfield
20
20
JR
Branson Ashworth
23288
Wyoming
NR

2 Champs Return To A Top Heavy 165

Vincenzo Joseph won the most important match of the year, so he returns as the preseason No. 1, ahead of two-time NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez and NCAA third placer Logan Massa.

The next tier of 165 pounders is very solid, and gets even tougher with Jordan Kutler expected to bump up from 157 and David McFadden returning from a redshirt season. Both Kutler and McFadden have had their ups and downs, but their ups were enough to get them both in the top 10 of a brutal weight class to start the year. Kutler beat NCAA runner-up Joey Lavallee and McFadden finished sixth in the 2016 National Tournament.

The next group of guys all slide up after last year’s seniors are removed, except Keilan Torres, who gets an extra bump after his resume was more thoroughly vetted. Torres’ win over All-American Brandon Womack — who is bumping up to 174 — was not properly taken into consideration at the end of last season.

Four other newcomers to the weight class add even more depth to an already strong division. Chance Marsteller has been cleared to compete this year for Lock Haven and has the potential for a very high podium placement in March. He'll start at No. 14 but don't be surprised if he ends the year much higher. Jonathan Schleifer is dropping down from 174 and into the No. 16 spot. Redshirt freshmen Alex Marinelli and Evan Wick also have the potential to rocket up the rankings but will need more mat time and wins before that happens.

Branson Ashworth is a tough under the radar wrestlers who complete our list, but as usual, expect changes in the bottom portion of this rankings as the season progresses.

Want to get in touch with the rankers? Follow Christian and Andrew on Twitter @CPyles8 and @SpeyWrestle or email: Christian.pyles@flosports.tv or andrew.spey@flosports.tv
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