Hawkeyes dot first InterMat Rankings
InterMat released its preseason team and individual rankings on Tuesday. The Iowa wrestling team, which finished fourth in last season’s NCAA wrestling championships, is listed as the No. 2 team in the country, garnering 99 points.
Iowa trails only Penn State, which has 100.5 points. A third Big Ten team, Minnesota, wraps up the top three teams with 83 points. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma both begin at fourth with 70.5 points each.
Individual Iowa wrestlers also received recognition. Cory Clark, who wrestled last season unattached at 125 and 133 pounds, is listed as the fourth 125-pounder in the country, trailing three All-Americans from a year ago.
Tony Ramos, who finished second at 133 pounds last season at the NCAA championships, is listed as the top 133-pounder in the country to start the preseason. Josh Dziewa, who saw time at the end of last season at 149 pounds, enters the season ranked 15th at 141.
Derek St. John takes over where he left off, as the nation’s top 157-pounder. St. John won his first national championship last season as a junior after placing second as a sophomore.
Nick Moore, who qualified for the NCAA championships last season at 165 pounds, enters the preseason ranked eighth in the same weight class. Mike Evans, who finished sixth at 174 at last season’s NCAA championships, is listed as the No. 6 wrestler at 174 pounds.
Ethen Lofthouse, after finishing fifth at 184 pounds at last season’s NCAA championships, is listed as the second-ranked 184-pounder behind just Penn State’s Ed Ruth — Ruth won last season’s national championship in the weight class.
Iowa’s two heavy wrestlers round out the Hawkeyes who are individually ranked. Nathan Burak is listed at No. 11 at 197 pounds, and Bobby Telford is ranked fourth at 285 pounds. The only weight class to not have a Hawkeye in InterMat’s top 20 is 149 pounds.
The Hawkeye grapplers will first compete on Nov. 22 at the Iowa City Duals in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
— by Cody Goodwin
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