2022-23 NCAA DI Rankings

Yianni Diakomihalis

Here it is - the biggest question of this week's rankings: Who takes the top spot at 149 after Austin Gomez defeated Yianni Diakomihalis? 

We chose to go with Yianni Diakomihalis for a few reasons. First, he's a 3-time NCAA champion with a proven track record that shows he's the best wrestler at this weight. Yianni defeated Gomez twice last year along with quality wins over Sammy Sasso (twice), Max Murin, Zach Sherman, Ridge Lovett (twice), and a host of other wrestlers. No one else at this weight has as many of those quality wins with as few losses as Yianni. 

What makes it even more clear to keep Yianni at #1 is Gomez's loss to Paniro Johnson just 2 weeks ago. While Johnson is 4-0 this year, last year the Cyclone suffered losses to the likes of Drew Roberts, Chance Lamer, Blaine Brenner, PJ Ogunsanya, and Ridge Lovett. Had Gomez not suffered that recent loss, we'd likely have ourselves a new #1 at this weight, but for now, Yianni stays in the top spot. 

Some might make a case for Jonathan Millner to move to the #1 spot because he is currently 10-0 on the year and was the #2 ranked wrestler last week. However, Millner closed out last year by losing to Sammy Sasso - a wrestler that Austin Gomez and Yianni Diakomihalis defeated twice last year. 

After that big result, we saw Doug Zapf take out Caleb Henson at the Keystone Classic to move up a few spots into the top 10. Freshman Shayne Van Ness and Jackson Arrington also jumped into the rankings by both defeating Central Michigan's Johnny Lovett.

Questions or comments for the rankers? We welcome and encourage your feedback. Hit up Jon Kozak (email: Jonathan.Kozak@flosports.tv; Twitter: @KozakJon) and JD Rader (email: jd.rader@flosports.tv; Twitter: @rader_jd)

RankGradeNameSchoolPrevious
1SRYianni DiakomihalisCornell1
2SRAustin GomezWisconsin4
3SRJonathan MillnerApp State2
4SOKyle ParcoArizona State3
5SRSammy Sasso Ohio State5
6SRMax MurinIowa6
7SRYahya ThomasNorthwestern7
8JRBrock MaullerMissouri8
9FRPaniro JohnsonIowa State10
10SRDoug ZapfPenn15
11FRCaleb HensonVirginia Tech9
12JRColin RealbutoUNI11
13SRZachary ShermanNorth Carolina12
14JRQuinn KinnerRider13
15SRDom DemasCal Poly14
16JRJaden AbasStanford17
17FRShayne Van NessPenn StateNR
18FRJackson ArringtonNC StateNR
19JRJohnny LovettCentral Michigan18
20SRMitch MooreOklahoma19
21SRMichael BlockhusMinnesota20
22JRSam HillegasWest Virginia21
23SRJarod VerkleerenVirginia22
24SRAlec HaganOhioHM
HMSRKody KomaraKent State23
HMFRChance LamerMichigan24
HMSRGraham RooksIndianaHM
HMFREthen MillerMarylandHM
HMFRAnthony WhiteRutgersHM
HMFRVictor VoinovichOK StateHM
HMSOManzona BryantLehighHM
HMSR Isaiah DelgadoUtah ValleyHM
HMSONoah CastilloChattanoogaHM


Van Ness' win over Johnn Lovett:

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