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Schultz new No. 1 at 197, freshmen Sullivan, Ferrari make big jumps in TrackWrestling Div. I rankings

by Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling

There's a new No. 1 in this week's edition of the Trackwrestling Division I Rankings presented by Resilite, while a pair of freshmen made big moves.

Nebraska's Eric Schultz surged to the top of the 197-pound rankings for the first time in his career, unseating West Virginia's Noah Adams, who suffered his first loss since 2019 on Saturday when he dropped an 8-7 decision against Wyoming's Stephen Buchanan. While Adams fell to No. 7 at 197, another Mountaineer made a big leap at 133. Freshman Ryan Sullivan debuted at No. 12 after knocking off three ranked opponents over the weekend, including two who had been ranked 16th or better.

On the team front, Iowa continues to hold a massive lead over the field. The top-ranked Hawkeyes check in this week at 139.5 projected NCAA advancement and placement points, 56.5 more than No. 2 Michigan. The Wolverines are followed by Penn State (63), Nebraska (59), Oklahoma State (56.5) and Virginia Tech (55.5), who hopped over North Carolina State, thanks to 125-pounder Sam Latona, whose last-second victory against Jakob Camacho gave the Hokies a dual win over the Wolfpack and also vaulted the Virginia Tech freshman up to No. 5 this week.

Another freshman, Oklahoma State's A.J. Ferrari, made a 15-spot leap to No. 12 at 197 after downing Oklahoma's Jake Woodley on Sunday.

The rankings, which are linked below, do not include wrestlers from conferences and schools that have stated plans not to compete during the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Trackwrestling team rankings are based strictly on the number of advancement and placement points each squad would accumulate if its wrestlers finished in those ranking slots at the NCAA Championships. Top-ranked wrestlers earn 20 points, followed by 16 for second, 13.5 for third, 12.5 for fourth, 10 for fifth, 9 for sixth, 6.5 for seventh, 5.5 for eighth, 2 for spots 9-12, 1.5 for spots 13-16 and 1 for 17-25. Team dual outcomes are not factored into the team rankings.

The Trackwrestling rankings include 33 wrestlers at each weight class, representing the number of wrestlers who qualify for the NCAA Championships.

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Rank School Points
1 Iowa 139.5
2 Michigan 83
3 Penn State 63
4 Nebraska 59
5 Oklahoma State 56.5
6 Virginia Tech 55.5
7 North Carolina State 53
T-8 Arizona State 43
T-8 Ohio State 43
10 Minnesota 40.5
11 Missouri 38.5
12 Northwestern 38
13 Iowa State 33.5
14 Central Michigan 30.5
15 North Carolina 30
16 Rutgers 29.5
17 Stanford 29
18 Illinois 28.5
19 Michigan State 20
T-20 Pittsburgh 17.5
T-20 Wisconsin 17.5
22 Rider 15.5
T-22 Pittsburgh 16.5
24 Rider 15
25 Binghamton 13.5
T-26 South Dakota State 12.5
T-26 Utah Valley 12.5
28 Purdue 12
T-29 Northern Iowa 11
T-29 Virginia 11
T-31 Clarion 10
T-31 Northern Colorado 10
T-31 Oklahoma 10
T-34 Appalachian State 9.5
T-34 West Virginia 9.5
36 Duke 9
37 Wyoming 7.5
38 Navy 6.5
39 Indiana 6
40 Lehigh 5

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