2023-24 NCAA DI Rankings

141 - Jesse Mendez

Jesse Mendez ends the year as the NCAA Champion after defeating Beau Bartlett in dramatic fashion in the NCAA Finals with a last-second takedown. Most of the rankings follow the results from the NCAA Tournament, however it's worth explaining a few of the wrestlers' spots at 141.

First, Lachlan McNeil sits at the #7 spot even though he defeated Real Woods and placed 6th at the NCAA Tournament. After McNeil's win over Woods, McNeil lost to Beau Bartlett in the semis and then injury defaulted out of the tournament. We're not faulting him for that loss but we're rewarding Woods for wrestling the rest of the tournament and defeating Anthony Echemendia. It's also worth mentioning that McNeil has losses on the year to Cole Matthews (2), Ryan Jack (2), Tom Crook, and Real Woods. 

The other wrestler worth explaining is Vance Vombaur - especially in his relation to Cael Happel who Vombaur defeated at NCAAs. After that victory, Vombaur went on to place 8th and also defeated Josh Edmond. However, at Big Tens, Vombaur dropped matches to Mitch Moore and Brock Hardy. During the regular season, Vombaur was defeated by Mitch Moore (twice), Brock Hardy (twice) Danny Pucino, Real Woods, Lachlan McNeil, and Gavin Drexler. Despite the loss to Vombaur, Happel had a much better season with wins over Brock Hardy (twice), Sergio Lemley, and Anthony Echemendia. Because of that, Happel remains ranked above Vombaur. 

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1SOJesse MendezOhio State1
2SRBeau BartlettPenn State2
3JRBrock HardyNebraska8
4SRReal WoodsIowa3
5JRAnthony EchemendiaIowa State5
6JRRyan JackNC State4
7SOLachlan McNeilNorth Carolina10
8JRCael HappelUNI6
9FRSergio LemleyMichigan7
10SOVance VombaurMinnesota22
11SOJosh EdmondMissouri14
12SOTom CrookVirginia Tech13
13FRTagen JamisonOK State11
14JRJosh KoderhandtNavy15
15JRJesse VasquezArizona State16
16SOJordan TitusWest Virginia12
17SRCleveland BeltonOregon State24
18SRMitch MooreRutgers21
19SRCole MatthewsPittsburgh9
20SOVince CornellaCornell18
21SOCJ CompostoPenn19
22SRDanny FongaroIndiana29
23FRIsaiah PoweChattanoogaNR
24SODylan ChappellBucknell17
25JRDanny PucinoIllinois23
26SRClay CarlsonSD State26
27FRGreyson ClarkPurdue27
28SOWyatt HensonLock Haven25
29SOKai OwenColumbiaNR
30JRMalyke HinesLehigh20
31JRJordan HamdanMichigan State28
32SOKal MillerMaryland30
33JRJason MirandaStanford31