NCAA Rankings 2018-19

That's Just Gross

The top three placers all return this year, including the defending champ, Seth Gross. 

We had a tough decision to make with Ethan Lizak moving up to 133. The two-time All-American has quite a few big-name wins in his career, but Luke Pletcher very quietly had an excellent, and ultimately more consistent season, and thus very narrowly gets the nod at #4 while Lizak slots in at #5.

We're making an educated guess that that Daton Fix will go 133, however, do not be surprised if he starts the season at 125 or if he ends up changing weights at some point after the season started. Fix had a very limited collegiate schedule while redshirting but he did notch wins over Ronnie Bresser of Oregon State and Sean Fausz of North Carolina State against no losses at 125 to earn him the #9 spot, just below Austin DeSanto. 

Korbin Myers transferred from Edinboro to Virginia Tech in the offseason. Upon further review, his head-to-head over Sean Nickell --who beat Dylan Duncan last season-- was part of a reassessment of his season that places him at #11 and ahead of Duncan and Nickell.

Josh Terao had an excellent CKLV but struggled to maintain that performance level throughout the season. He checks in at #16 but has the potential to rocket up the rankings.

Vito Arujau beat talented redshirt Micky Phillippi while deferring his enrollment at Cornell. Both freshman land in the preseason top 20 with a good chance of finishing much higher by the end of the season. 

Matt Schmitt and Cam Sykora round out the top 20, but don't be surprised to see Gary Wayne Harding of North Carolina, Austin Gomez of Iowa State, Ben Thornton of Purdue, or Anthony Tutolo of Michigan State make an appearance on the rankings at some point. 

All-American Jack Mueller of Virginia would be in the top 20 but he has announced his intention to redshirt the 2018-19 season. 

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RankGradeNameSchoolPrevious Rank
1SRSeth GrossSD State1
2JRStevan MicicMichigan2
3SOTariq WilsonNC State3
4JRLuke PletcherOhio State4
5SREthan LizakMinnesota4 (125)
6SRScott ParkerLehigh7
7SOMontorie BridgesWyoming8
8SOAustin DeSantoIowa9
9FRDaton FixOK StateNR
10SRJohn ErnesteMissouri11
11JRKorbin MyersVirginia Tech19
12SODylan DuncanIllinois15
13SRSean NickellCSU Bakersfield17
14JRRico MontoyaN. Colorado20
15SOColin ValdiviezNorthwestern14
16SRJosh TeraoAmericanNR
17FRVito ArujauCornellNR
18FRMicky PhillippiPittsburghNR
19SOMatt SchmittWest VirginiaNR
20JRCameron SykoraND StateNR