The 2019-20 preseason rankings for all three divisions of NCAA wrestling have been released. Sixty-five percent of the teams that appear in the preseason rankings, including all three returning national championship teams, use MatBoss, wrestling’s premier videostats app.
Four-time defending national champion Penn State headlines the NCAA Division I teams using MatBoss. The Nittany Lions begin the season ranked No. 1 in InterMat’s tournament rankings and dual meet rankings. Three Nittany Lion wrestlers start the season ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes: Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Anthony Cassar (285).
Another perennial NCAA Division I wrestling power using MatBoss is Ohio State, ranked No. 3 in both the tournament rankings and dual meet rankings. The Ohio State wrestling program is in its 100th season of competition. Coach Tom Ryan has led the Buckeyes to seven top-three NCAA finishes and five straight (2015-19). Ohio State is led by a pair of No. 1-ranked wrestlers, Luke Pletcher (141) and Kollin Moore (197), and has one of the nation’s top freshman wrestlers in Sammy Sasso (149).
No college wrestling program has won more national team titles (34) than Oklahoma State, a program that uses MatBoss. The Cowboys are ranked in the top 10 in both the tournament rankings and dual meet rankings. The Cowboys have four wrestlers ranked in the top five in their respective weight classes. The program’s top wrestler, Daton Fix (133), is taking an Olympic redshirt season.
Arizona State, led by two-time NCAA champion Zahid Valencia (184), is using MatBoss for the 2019-20 season. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 6 in InterMat’s tournament rankings.
Other ranked Division I teams using MatBoss include North Carolina State, Lehigh, Princeton, Northern Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina, Cornell, Old Dominion, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Purdue.
Fifteen preseason top-25 teams in Division II are using MatBoss for the 2019-20 season. The group of NCAA Division II wrestling teams using MatBoss is led by two-time defending national champion St. Cloud State. Coach Steve Costanzo has guided the Huskies to four national titles since 2015. St. Cloud State begins the season ranked No. 2.
Another top Division II wrestling program using MatBoss is McKendree. The Bearcats are coming off a third-place finish at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, a program-best since McKendree made the move to NCAA Division II. Five McKendree wrestlers appear in the individual rankings, with Nick Foster earning the top ranking at 174 pounds.
Top-10 Division II teams Lindenwood, Minnesota State Mankato, Newberry and Maryville also use MatBoss.
Lindenwood, ranked No. 6, is coming off a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Carlos Jacquez won a national title last season at 125 pounds and begins the season ranked No. 1.
Minnesota State Mankato, under the guidance of head coach Jim Makovsky, begins the season ranked No. 7. The Mavericks have five individuals ranked at their respective weight classes, including returning All-American Kyle Rathman, who is ranked No. 4 at 149 pounds.
Newberry returns four NCAA qualifiers and starts the season No. 8.
Maryville, led by three-time National Coach of the Year Mike Denney, has four ranked wrestlers and is ranked No. 10 as a team.
Other ranked Division II teams using MatBoss include Upper Iowa, West Liberty, Central Oklahoma, Kutztown, Limestone, UNC-Pembroke, Newman, Chadron State and Bellarmine.
In Division III, 11 top-15 teams are using MatBoss for the 2019-20 season, including top-ranked Loras and returning national champion Augsburg.
Loras, last year’s NCAA Division III runner-up, returns five All-Americans.
Augsburg has won 13 championships since 1991 and starts the season ranked No. 4.
Second-ranked Wabash is using MatBoss. The Little Giants have the 2019 NCAA Division III Wrestler of the Year, Darden Schurg (174).
Other top-15 Division III wrestling teams using MatBoss for the 2019-20 season include Mount Union, UW-Whitewater, UW-La Crosse, Baldwin Wallace, Coe, The College of New Jersey, Rochester Institute of Technology and Ithaca.
In addition, sixty percent of the teams in the preseason NAIA rankings use MatBoss, as well six ranked NJCAA teams.