NCAA Rankings 2017-18

Rank Grade Name Speaker ID School Previous Rank
1
SO
Mark Hall
7972
Penn State
1
2
SO
Zahid Valencia
10666
Arizona State
2
3
SR
Bo Jordan
9410
Ohio State
3
4
SO
Myles Amine
18950
Michigan
4
5
JR
Daniel Lewis
16034
Missouri
6 (165)
6
JR
Ryan Preisch
17839
Lehigh
11
7
SR
Ethan Ramos
16282
North Carolina
12
8
JR
Brandon Womack
23279
Cornell
9 (165)
9
SR
Jadaen Bernstein
20043
Navy
13
10
SO
Taylor Lujan
17830
UNI
15
11
SR
David Kocer
23245
SD State
16
12
SR
Christian Brucki
23123
Central Michigan
18
13
JR
Jacobe Smith
18063
Oklahoma State
NR
14
JR
Jordan Pagano
23374
Rutgers
NR
15
SO
Devin Skatzka
18964
Indiana
NR
16
SR
Josef Johnson
19433
Harvard
NR
17
SO
Kimball Bastian
16023
Utah Valley
NR
18
SO
Xavier Montalvo
16077
Illinois
NR
19
SR
Jacob Morrissey
Purdue
NR
20
FR
Kaleb Young
18952
Iowa
NR

A Trio Of Contenders Battle For The 174 Pound Crown

The 174-pound weight class returns a trio of incredibly talented title contenders who are all very close in talent and ability.

For now, we will give the benefit of the doubt to the returning champ, and so Mark Hall starts at No. 1. That pushes Zahid Valencia, whose only loss last season was against Hall, to No. 2 in the rankings and Bo Jordan to No. 3. Jordan's lone setback was to Brian Realbuto, whom Valencia beat.

Along with the returning top three, the fourth-place wrestler from the 2017 NCAA tournament is also back, meaning Myles Amine starts where he ended last season -- at No. 4.

Daniel Lewis, a two-time All-American, bumps up to 174 after two years at 165 and slides in to No. 5, above two quality wrestlers who move up from last season's rankings due to graduating seniors.

Cornell's 165-pound All-American Brandon Womack is bumping up a weight class following an up-and-down season. He comes in at No. 8.

The bottom half of the rankings will see a host of new names, most prominent of which is Oklahoma State's junior college transfer Jacobe Smith, who had a solid enough redshirt year last season to earn the No. 13 spot.

Seven more formerly unranked wrestlers join an intriguing weight class, with many more worthy contenders just outside the top 20. As always, expect these names to change early and often as the season progresses.

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