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Oklahoma State wrestling ranked No. 1 in Intermat's 2016-17 preseason rankings

Eight Cowboys are ranked in the top seven of their weight class, including defending champion Dean Heil taking the top spot at 141 pounds. 

2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships

The Oklahoma State wrestling team is ranked No. 1 in Intermat’s 2016-17 preseason rankings, the website announced Tuesday.

OSU, who has a NCAA program-best 34 team championships, will look to make room for another team title in its trophy case for the first time since 2006.

The Cowboys open has a 7.5-point favorite over No. 2 Iowa (94.5) in Intermat’s tournament rankings. Ohio State (93.5), defending champion Penn State (86.5) and Missouri (84) round out the top five. The Big 12 has two other teams in the top 25 with Iowa State at No. 14 and Wyoming at No. 22.

The Cowboys have nine of its 10 wrestlers ranked in the top-15 of their respective weight class. The group is led by 141-pound defending national champion Dean Heil and three returning All-Americans: Anthony Collica (149), Joe Smith (157) and Nolan Boyd (184). Chandler Rogers (165) and Preston Weigel (197) were ranked No. 5 and No. 7 in their respective weight classes.

Kaid Brock (133) and Kyle Crutchmer (174) also are in the group after missing last postseason with injuries. Brock suffered a season-ending injury during the semifinals of the Southern Scuffle, while Crutchmer, a 2014 All-American, broke his right foot in two places during the Bedlam dual Feb. 5.

The Cowboys were also ranked No. 1 in WIN Magazine’s preseason rankings.

OSU is coming off a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships last season. Six Cowboys earned All-American honors with Heil and former Cowboy Alex Dieringer winning individual titles.

The Cowboys open the season Nov. 6 in Miami, Oklahoma against Bucknell.

Rank Team
1 Oklahoma State
2 Iowa
3 Ohio State
4 Penn State
5 Missouri
6 Virginia Tech
7 Cornell
8 Nebraska
9 Illinois
10 Minnesota
11 Michigan
12 Stanford
13 Wisconsin
14 Iowa State
15 Oregon State
16 Rutgers
17 North Carolina State
18 Northern Iowa
19 North Carolina
20 Lehigh
21 Princeton
22 Wyoming
23 Penn
24 Arizona State
25 Central Michigan
Weight Class Wrestler Rank
125 Nick Piccininni (R-Fr.) 15
133 Kaid Brock (So.) 6
141 Dean Heil (Jr.) 1
149 Anthony Collica (Sr.) 4
157 Joe Smith (So.) 3
165 Chandler Rogers (So.) 5
174 Kyle Crutchmer (Sr.) 6
184 Nolan Boyd (Sr.) 5
197 Preston Weigel (So.) 7