NCAA Rankings 2017-18

Rank Grade Name Speaker ID School Previous Rank
1
JR
Bo Nickal
9635
Penn State
1
2
JR
Myles Martin
16348
Ohio State
5
3
SR
Peter Renda
19643
NC State
NR
4
JR
Drew Foster
23281
UNI
7
5
SR
Domenic Abounader
19992
Michigan
NR
6
JR
Emery Parker
23125
Illinois
10
7
JR
Zack Zavatsky
16416
Virginia Tech
11
8
SR
Jordan Ellingwood
16278
Central Michigan
13
9
SO
Dakota Geer
18925
Edinboro
14
10
JR
Nick Gravina
21701
Rutgers
15
11
SR
Bryce Carr
21420
Chattanooga
17
12
SR
Ricky Robertson
17099
Wisconsin
NR
13
JR
Michael Coleman
23467
Navy
19
14
SR
Steven Schneider
23127
Binghamton
NR
15
JR
Joe Heyob
10510
Penn
20
16
SR
Ian Baker
18670
Princeton
NR
17
JR
Chip Ness
16031
North Carolina
NR
18
JR
Dylan Gabel
18548
N. Colorado
18
19
SR
Nick Corba
20977
Cleveland State
NR
20
FR
Max Dean
18976
Cornell
NR

Bo Nickal Returns At 184 With Myles Martin Right Behind

As the defending national champ and 184-pound giant slayer of Gabe Dean, Bo Nickal will start the season at No. 1.

The No. 2 rank took much more deliberation. Pete Renda, a 184 third-place finisher at the 2016 NCAAs, comes back off redshirt, and Myles Martin, a 174-pound champion in 2016, returns to 184 after a fifth-place finish in 2017. Both have arguments for the No. 2 spot. In the end, we decided to go with the guy who has owns two of Bo Nickal’s three career varsity losses.

Drew Foster is the only other returning All-American -- 184 was STACKED last season -- although Domenic Abounader, who comes off redshirt for his last season of eligibility, was extremely close to nabbing the fourth rank ahead of Foster.

Emery Parker and Zack Zavatsky had the two next-best seasons despite not making the crowded podium in St. Louis. The next tier of four ranked wrestlers after that is nearly indistinguishable. Almost any order can be justified.

Ricky Robertson comes down from 197 (he is trading weights with his Wisconsin teammate Hunter Ritter) and earns the No. 12 position based off his NCAA qualifying season in 2017.

A trio of talented Eastern wrestlers fill out the following three spots before the next tier of wrestlers make up the remaining ranks.

There's quite a bit of debate and circular head-to-head wins among a dozen or so contenders toward the bottom half of the rankings, so as always, expect plenty of movement 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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