NCAA Rankings 2018-19
Lee's NCAA tournament dominance made his #1 ranking a no-brainer. The next three guys are all the highest returning All-Americans. We had non-placing Piccininni ahead of 2018 NCAA eighth-placing Zeke Moisey based on his body of work and we keep them in the same order to start the new season.
And while it has been confirmed that Ethan Lizak of Minnesota is moving up to 133, we're making educated guesses that Nick Suriano and Sean Fausz will stay at 125, where they are ranked #2 and #9, respectively. We are also assuming Daton Fix of Oklahoma State will be up at 133. We won't know for sure until the season begins and then even after that; do not be surprised if some folks change weight mid-season.
Placing Connor Schram, Lehigh's graduate transfer from Stanford, was tricky. We settled on #14, right behind his former teammate, Gabe Townsell. Schram did little to distinguish himself in his injury-shortened 2017-18 season but is a former All-Amercian with enough quality wins to earn him a top-20 ranking.
Devin Schroder sat behind senior Luke Welch last season, but still produced some wins over ranked guys like Millhoff, Moody and McGee, and earns the #15 spot.
Christian Moody and Michael McGee snuck into the top 20 at the end of last season thanks to good postseason runs. They move all the way up to #16 and #17 once seniors are removed from the rankings. Rayvon Foley's 2-1 record over Elijah Oliver gives him the edge in the battle for the 18th spot.
Look for guys like Shakur Laney of Ohio, Jay Schwarm of UNI, Kyle Akins of Buffalo, and Brock Hudkins of Northern Illinois, to vie for a top-20 rankings all season long.
LaMont Taylor of Utah Valley had a very successful season and would be in the top 20, however, word is that he is expected to miss the entire season due to a surgery planned for after the UWW Junior World Championships, and will seek a medical redshirt.
*Please note: the original posting of these rankings omitted Schroder.
|4||SR||Ronnie Bresser||Oregon State||7|
|5||JR||Nick Piccininni||OK State||8|
|7||SR||Ryan Millhof||Arizona State||11|
|9||SR||Sean Fausz||NC State||13|
|17||SO||Michael McGee||Old Dominion||20|
|18||SO||Rayvon Foley||Michigan State||NR|