Big Ten Wrestling Power Rankings: Is it Penn State Wrestling and everyone else?

Penn State's Carter Starocci, right, wrestles Virginia Tech's Mekhi Lewis at 174 pounds in the finals during the sixth session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.220319 Ncaa Session 6 Wr 056 Jpg
Penn State's Carter Starocci, right, wrestles Virginia Tech's Mekhi Lewis at 174 pounds in the finals during the sixth session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.220319 Ncaa Session 6 Wr 056 Jpg /
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Mar 19, 2022; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota wrestler Gable Steveson raises his arm as he leaves the mat after defeating Arizona State wrestler Cohlton Schultz (not pictured) in the 285 pound weight class final match during the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Little Cesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2022; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota wrestler Gable Steveson raises his arm as he leaves the mat after defeating Arizona State wrestler Cohlton Schultz (not pictured) in the 285 pound weight class final match during the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Little Cesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

. . Golden Gophers . 6. team. 852.

Dual Rank: 11
Record: 0-0
Ranked Wrestlers: 8
125 No. 4 Patrick McKee
141 No. 3 Jake Bergeland
149 No. 17 Michael Blockhus
157 No. 2 Brayton Lee
165 No. 25 Andrew Sparks
174 No. 22 Bailee O’Reilly
184 No. 11 Isaiah Salazar
197 No. 22 Michial Foy

For the past several seasons, the Golden Gophers were propped up by one of the all-time collegiate greats in Gable Steveson. But after winning another national title last year and leaving his shoes on the mat, the loss of Steveson leaves a huge hole in the lineup.

One could say Minnesota has some big shoes to fill.

#cannothelpmyself

And they may just have the talent to overcome the loss of Gable. Minnesota returns two All-Americans from last season (Patrick McKee and Jake Bergeland) and Brayton Lee should be fully healthy following his freak injury suffered in the dual meet against Ohio State last season.

Couple this trio with the likes of Michael Blockhus, Andrew Sparks, Bailee O’Reilly, Isaiah Salazar, and Michial Foy, and the Golden Gophers have a seasoned and battle tested squad.

Speaking of battle tested, Minnesota hasn’t competed in a single match yet this season, however that will come to an end as they are set to compete in the Bison Open on November 12th.