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Marinelli and Bolen claim No. 1 spots in Trackwrestling rankings; Amine, Fix, Deakin return to mat

by Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling

Three of college wrestling’s top stars returned to the mat last weekend while two others ascended to the top of the rankings at their respective weight classes.

And after perhaps the most turbulent weekend of upsets yet this season, the latest edition of the Trackwrestling Division I Rankings presented by Resilite have taken on a new look this week.

Iowa’s Alex Marinelli (165) and Virginia Tech’s Hunter Bolen (184) grabbed the No. 1 spot at their weight classes this week. Marinelli took over the top spot from Virginia Tech’s Mekhi Lewis, who lost by injury default against Pittsburgh’s Jake Wentzel, while Bolen moved up a notch when Michigan’s Myles Amine returned to the Wolverine lineup at 197 pounds.

Wentzel climbed up to No. 4 at 165, one spot ahead of Lewis. Amine checks in this week at No. 4 at 197.

Along with Amine, top-ranked 133-pounder Daton Fix of Oklahoma State and No. 1 157-pounder Ryan Deakin also made their season debuts last weekend.

Wisconsin’s Eric Barnett, Penn State’s Brady Berge, Michigan’s Cameron Amine and Arizona State’s Cohlton Schultz were among the biggest movers this week. Barnett surged 10 spots to No. 10 at 125 after scoring a major decision win against Minnesota’s Patrick McKee, Berge climbed 10 spots to No. 9 at 157 after knocking off Michigan’s Will Lewan, Amine moved up 11 spots to No. 12 at 165 after downing Penn State’s Joe Lee and Schultz vaulted up nine spots to No. 6 at 285 after defeating Iowa State’s Gannon Gremmel and Northern Iowa’s Carter Isley.

Iowa continues to hold a huge lead in the team standings. The Hawkeyes check in this week with 143.5 projected NCAA placement and advancement points. Michigan (65.5), Penn State (60), Nebraska (59.5), Virginia Tech (54), Oklahoma State (53), North Carolina State (50.5), Missouri (48.5), Ohio State (48) and Arizona State (46) round out the top 10.

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 143.5
2 Michigan 65.5
3 Penn State 60
4 Nebraska 59.5
5 Virginia Tech 54
6 Oklahoma State 53
7 North Carolina State 50.5
8 Missouri 48.5
9 Ohio State 48
10 Arizona State 46
11 Northwestern 37.5
12 Minnesota 36.5
13 North Carolina 31
14 Central Michigan 30.5
T-15 Illinois 30
T-15 Stanford 30
17 Rutgers 29
18 Pittsburgh 28
19 Iowa State 26
20 Wyoming 17.5
21 Michigan State 17
22 Wisconsin 16.5
23 Rider 15.5
24 Utah Valley 15
25 Binghamton 14.5
26 Northern Iowa 14
27 Northern Colorado 13.5
28 Purdue 13
29 Indiana 12.5
30 Virginia 11.5
T-31 Oklahoma 9.5
T-31 South Dakota State 9.5
33 Clarion 9
T-34 Appalachian State 6
T-34 Navy 6
T-36 Lehigh 5
T-36 West Virginia 5
T-38 Campbell 4
T-38 Oregon State 4
T-40 Army West Point 3
T-40 Cal Poly 3
T-40 Northern Illinois 3

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