There are no changes at the top of this week’s individual NCAA Division I wrestler rankings from D1CollegeWrestling.net (D1CW), InterMat, TheOpenMat.com (TOM) and WrestlingReport.com.
For wrestling fans, the fun is in comparing the rankings of these amateur wrestling websites, to see consensus choices… as well as serious disagreements.
Here’s a weight-by-weight analysis for the top NCAA Division I wrestlers, according to the “big four” amateur wrestling website rankings for this week:
125: Defending NCAA champ Angel Escobedo of Indiana University is still No. 1 according to all four websites, with Cornell University’s Troy Nickerson ranked second. For third, D1CW and InterMat have tapped Anthony Robles of Arizona State, while TOM and WrestlingReport pick Iowa’s Matt McDonough.
133: The four websites agree that Minnesota’s Jayson Ness is the top man in this weight class. As for the wrestlers at No. 2 and No. 3, InterMat and TOM like Boise State’s Andrew Hochstrasser and Iowa’s Daniel Dennis, respectively… D1CW has Hochstrasser second, and Michigan State’s Franklin Gomez third… while WrestlingReport has those two wrestler rankings reversed.
141: Three of the websites align on the top three wrestlers at this weight. D1CW, InterMat and TOM have Cornell’s Kyle Dake No. 1, followed by Ohio State’s Reece Humphrey, then Oklahoma’s Zach Bailey. WrestlingReport has Dake, Humphrey, then Filip Novachkov of Cal Poly in third place.
149: Again, D1CW, InterMat and TOM concur on the three best, in this order: Iowa’s Brent Metcalf, Lance Palmer of Ohio State, and Oklahoma’s Kyle Terry. Again, WrestlingReport goes its own way, with Wisconsin’s Kyle Ruschell ranked second between No. 1 Metcalf and No. 3 Palmer.
157: Everyone agrees that JP O’Connor of Harvard is No. 1. D1CW and InterMat have Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota second, and Boise State’s Adam Hall third. TOM has Schlatter second, and Steve Fittery of American University third… while WrestlingReport has those wrestlers reversed.
165: Consensus! All four websites have Wisconsin’s Andrew Howe ranked first, Iowa State’s Jon Reader second, and defending NCAA champ Jarrod King of Edinboro third.
174: More consensus among the websites: Cornell’s Mack Lewnes is No. 1, followed by Iowa’s Jay Borschel, and Virginia’s Chris Henrich.
184: Kirk Smith of Boise State is the top choice for all but WrestlingReport, which puts Dustin Kilgore of Kent State as No. 1. Other wrestlers named in the top three: Illinois’ John Dergo, American’s Mike Cannon, and Missouri’s Max Askren.
197: D1CW, InterMat and TOM have Jake Varner of Iowa State as No. 1, Nebraska’s Craig Brester in second, and Maryland’s Hudson Taylor third. WrestlingReport has Varner, Brester… then Chad Beatty of Iowa ranked third.
Hwt: Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State continues to be king among heavyweights in all four rankings. D1CW and InterMat have Indiana’s Nathan Everhart second, and Jarod Trice of Central Michigan third… while TOM has those two rankings reversed. WrestlingReport’s top three big men, in order: Rosholt, Trice, and David Zabriskie of Iowa State.
February 9 rankings from D1CollegeWrestling.net (D1CW), InterMat, TheOpenMat.com (TOM) and WrestlingReport.com
College Wrestling Examiner: Previous week’s rankings from the four amateur wrestling websites
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