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Pre-’22 Nationals USA Greco-Roman Rankings

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Randon Miranda -- Photo: Tony Rotundo

The pre-2022 US Nationals edition of the Five Point Move USA Greco-Roman Rankings offers a glimpse through the domestic scope and not a telling gaze. Inactivity still wields a heavy influence on competition, for various reasons. The scheduling of this past Friday’s Bill Farrell Memorial in conjunction with the timing of the US Nationals (set for the tip end of this month in Vegas) saw several wrestlers contend with decisions regarding their periodization plans. Others are in the midst of injury rehabilitation, a portion of younger athletes chose to focus their attention on age-group ambitions — and retirement (forced or otherwise) or questionable competitive statuses have likewise blurred the picture.

Explanations

One of the challenges in determining the rankings is and has been inactivity. As mentioned in the introduction, athletes had any number of reasons for why they chose to bypass the most recent tournament. Communication on our part with competitors and coaches is useful for gaining insights pertaining to individual circumstances and applying this information appropriately. Perhaps more convoluted is retirement or purposeful, prolonged hiatuses. For example, there are over a half-dozen wrestlers who are still ranked even though they a) are officially retired or no longer intend to compete; and b) have not competed since the ’20 Olympic Team Trials and/or hold zero point values.

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5PM is attempting to navigate these scenarios on a customized basis, an admittedly difficult undertaking. Knowing the precise reasons why a wrestler is inactive and how long their respite might last is obviously advantageous. However, that information is not always clear, for either party. As such, moving forward, ambiguity pertaining to a wrestler’s status will be addressed by removing their ranking should they have acknowledged a planned break or retirement from the sport and missed two consecutive events. If/when they return, so long as it is within the current ranking cycle (which ends with the conclusion of the ’24 Olympic Team Trials), their previous point tallies will be immediately reinstated.

Affiliations

Unless notified in advance or their club/team affiliations have been previously established, athlete names are accompanied by the club/team listed via registration for specific events. If incorrect, this can be amended by contacting us directly.

Wrestlers who are listed as “unattached” (formerly “UA”) may in fact have a team designation that is unknown, or are about to join a new team/club and the news is not yet for public consumption.

Top-5 Points Earners Pre-’22 Nationals

1. Randon Miranda (Rise RTC) — 112 pts
2. Max Nowry (Army/WCAP) — 102 pts
3. Ben Provisor (NYAC) — 102 pts
4. Dalton Roberts (Army/WCAP) — 74 pts
5. Nick Boykin (Sunkist) — 72 pts

2022 greco roman wrestling rankings table for points values

Pre-2022 US Nationals Greco-Roman Rankings

55 kg

  1. Max Nowry (Army/WCAP) — 102 pts
  2. Taylor LaMont (Sunkist/UVRTC) — N/A
  3. Brady Koontz (TMWC/Ohio RTC) — 48 pts
  4. Dalton Duffield (Army/WCAP) — 52 pts
  5. Jacob Cochran (NMU/NTS) — 30 pts
  6. Billy Sullivan (Unattached) — 52 pts
  7. Cole Smith (Army/WCAP) — 16 pts
  8. Gabriel Gray (TX Panhandle) — 14 pts
  9. Dane Durlacher (IRTC) — 2 pts
  10. Elijah Varona (Viking WC) — N/A

Changes from previous: Nowry is one of three Army athletes — along with Dalton Roberts and Alex Sancho — to have won the ’22 Bill Farrell Memorial but will not compete in the Pan-American Championships. His haul rises from 82 to 102. Duffield and Smith also receive a points increase due to their placement last Friday.

60 kg

  1. Dalton Roberts (Army/WCAP) — 74 pts
  2. Ildar Hafizov (Army/WCAP) — 44 pts
  3. Randon Miranda (Rise RTC) — 112 pts
  4. Ryan Mango (Army/WCAP) — N/A
  5. King Sandoval (Bandits) — 36 pts
  6. Dylan Koontz (TMWC/Ohio RTC) — 28 pts
  7. Alec Thomsen (Nebraska Wrestling TC) — 18 pts
  8. Max Black (NMU/NTS) — 8 pts
  9. Joey Palmer (Bear Claw) — N/A
  10. KeVon Powell (LA) — 6 pts

Changes from previous: Roberts, Hafizov, Miranda, and Black were the points-getters in Iowa. Miranda jumps over the inactive Mango, going from #4 to #3. The California product owns the largest amount of points thanks to his gold from Egypt in November as well as his Farrell bronze. Black makes his ranking debut at #8, essentially taking over for Aidan Nutter (NMU/NTS). 

63 kg

  1. Sammy Jones (NYAC) — 50 pts
  2. Jesse Thielke (Army/WCAP) — 28 pts
  3. David Stepanyan (NYAC/NTS) — 48 pts
  4. Mike Fuenffinger (Army/WCAP) — N/A
  5. Mason Hartshorn (CYC) — 12 pts
  6. Dylan Gregerson (UVRTC) — 24 pts
  7. We Rachal (IRTC) — 30 pts
  8. Corbin Nirschl (MWC) — 20 pts
  9. Aidan Nutter (NMU/NTS) — 36 pts
  10. Mason Lewis (Modern Gladiators) — 14 pts

Changes from previous: Thielke, back down at his ’18 World weight, instantly soars towards the top, right behind Farrell champ and reigning World Team member Jones. Hartshorn, third place in Iowa, skips past the bottom five in his first rankings appearance. The aforementioned Nutter, who was decisoned by Hartshorn for third, comes in at #9. 

67 kg

  1. Alex Sancho (Army/WCAP) — 48 pts
  2. Peyton Omania (NYAC/CYC) — 30 pts
  3. Hayden Tuma (Suples) — 64 pts
  4. Alston Nutter (Sunkist/NTS) — 28 pts
  5. Lenny Merkin (NYAC/NJRTC) — 12 pts
  6. Calvin Germinaro (Minnesota Storm) — 16 pts
  7. Xavier Johnson (Unattached) — 52 pts
  8. Jessy Williams (NYAC/Spartan RTC) — 12 pts
  9. Nolan Baker (NYAC) — 18 pts
  10. Morgan Flaharty (NYAC) — N/A

Changes from previous: Sancho reclaims #1 due to both how he performed (and looked) and Omania opting to sit out Cedar Falls. Merkin doubles up, going from #10 to #5; Germinaro climbs one rung to #6, so does Williams (#9 to #8). Johnson and Baker (the latter of whom declared retirement) are each dropped one spot. 

72 kg

  1. Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) — 50 pts
  2. Benji Peak (Sunkist/NTS) — 28 pts
  3. Jamel Johnson (Unattached) — 52 pts
  4. Michael Hooker (Army/WCAP) — 30 pts
  5. Robert Perez III (Sunkist) — 28 pts
  6. Orlando Ponce (Minnesota Storm) — 14 pts
  7. Brandon Mueller (505 WC) — 8 pts
  8. Griffin Parriott (Minnesota Storm) — 12 pts
  9. Justus Scott (Unattached) — 20 pts
  10. Garrett Johnson (MWC) — 8 pts

Changes from previous: Relative upheaval beneath #4. Perez is at last recognized with a Senior ranking, the points from his 5th in Zagreb and bronze from Farrell the reasons why. Ponce, also new to the rankings, leapfrogs over nearly half the field, closing out at #6. Mueller, Parriott, and Scott were all absent from Iowa; Garrett Johnson, who was defeated by Perez for third, commandeers #10, as both Justin Koethe and Hunter Murphy are removed for the pre-Open edition. 

77 kg

  1. Jesse Porter (NYAC) — 46 pts
  2. RaVaughn Perkins (NYAC) — 20 pts
  3. Kamal Bey (Army/WCAP) — 8 pts
  4. Britton Holmes (Army/WCAP) — 30 pts
  5. Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) — 32 pts
  6. Fritz Schierl (TMWC/Ohio RTC) — 28 pts
  7. Mason Manville (NLWC) — N/A
  8. Austin Morrow (NYAC/NTS) — N/A
  9. Nate Grimes (NYAC) — 8 pts
  10. Quentin Perez (California RTC) — 20 pts

Changes from previous: Perkins climbs to the #2 spot off of his Farrell victory. Bey’s re-emergence only netted him eight points — but still has to be positioned within the top-5 based on prior success alone. Holmes surges up to #4, which bumps Ortiz down to #5. Perez, based mostly on the fact he prevailed at the Last Chance WTT Qualifier, makes the cut at #10, removing Fisher from the rankings for the time being. Payton Jacobson should/could be ranked since he has now proven to be on par with Senior contenders in two weight categories. Jacobson currently holds eight points from September but that came at 72 kilos. 

82 kg

  1. Ben Provisor (NYAC) — 102 pts
  2. Spencer Woods (Army/WCAP) — 68 pts
  3. Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm) — 56 pts
  4. Tommy Brackett (Gator) — 32 pts
  5. Tyler Cunningham (MWC) — 40 pts
  6. John Hagey (505 WC) — 20 pts
  7. John Kent (Gator) — 4 pts
  8. Kyle Briggs (IA) — 6 pts
  9. Jordan Lara (TX Panhandle) — 2 pts
  10. —-

Changes from previous: The biggest change at 82 is that there are not enough eligible athletes to comprise a list of ten. Bothersome, but the Nationals will (hopefully) correct that. Because Rich Carlson is now at 87, everyone beneath is affected, and Cunningham finds himself in the top-5.

87 kg

  1. John Stefanowicz (Marines) — N/A
  2. Alan Vera (NYAC) — 46 pts
  3. Patrick Martinez (NYAC) — N/A 
  4. Rich Carlson (Minnesota Storm) — 44 pts
  5. Christian DuLaney (Minnesota Storm) — 12 pts
  6. Tyler Hannah (Combat WC) — 28 pts
  7. George Sikes (NYAC/NTS) — 26 pts
  8. Dan Olsen (Combat WC) — 14 pts
  9. Kodiak Stephens (Beaver Dam RTC) — 8 pts
  10. Joel Nivar (Unattached) — 12 pts

Changes from previous: No movement is witnessed within the top-3 other than Vera’s points total. Carlson pushes his way into the #4 position with teammate DuLaney debuting at #5. Three athletes are dropped from the top-10 altogether — Barrett Stanghill, Terrence Zaleski, and Nick Reenan

97 kg

  1. G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist) — 70 pts
  2. Nick Boykin (Sunkist/Ohio RTC) — 72 pts
  3. Braxton Amos (Sunkist/Wisconsin RTC) — N/A
  4. Lucas Sheridan (Army/WCAP) — 8 pts
  5. Khymba Johnson (NYAC) — 24 pts
  6. JD Souza (Army/WCAP) — 26 pts
  7. Chad Porter (Sunkist) — 18 pts
  8. Eric Twohey (Minnesota Storm) — N/A
  9. Christian Rouleau (Minnesota Storm) — 16 pts
  10. Guy Patron (Dubuque WC) — 12 pts

Changes from previous: “Big Nick” Boykin’s consistency gets the credit for his assuming #2. Other than finishing just out of the money at the Olympic Trials, Boykin has been in every domestic final since ’21 with two National titles now on his resume. The two new arrivals, at #9 and #10, respectively, are Farrell runner-up Rouleau and the tournament’s bronze Patron. 

130 kg

  1. Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist) — 30 pts
  2. Jacob Mitchell (Army/WCAP) — 28 pts
  3. Tanner Farmer (NYAC/IRTC) — 60 pts
  4. Donny Longendyke (Minnesota Storm) — 36 pts
  5. West Cathcart (NYAC/IRTC) — N/A
  6. Brandon Metz (Bison WC) — 26 pts
  7. Malcolm Allen (LOG) — 24 pts
  8. Courtney Freeman (Marines) — 32 pts
  9. Kaleb Reeves (IA) — 18 pts
  10. Tommy Helton (Southern Illinois RTC) — 12 pts

Changes from previous: Freeman — who was second to Farmer on Friday and began his Greco career last year — enters the rankings at #8. Reeves’ decision over Helton had a slight impact, pushing the Iowan up to #9.

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