Who are the pound for pound best college wrestlers right now? Out of the entire NCAA Division 1 wrestling field, certain wrestlers stand above the rest based upon their overall career achievements.
This list compiles individual career stats to rank the current best pound-for-pound (P4P) college wrestlers of the 2022-2023 season.
These Fanco Wrestling P4P rankings are based on a few criteria and will likely differ from other sites such as FloWrestling.
Fanco’s criteria includes: 1) number of NCAA titles, 2) All-American finishes, 3) Hodge Trophy wins, 4) dominance/bonus percentage, 5) current win streaks, 6) head-to-head, and 7) other criteria such as recency and strength of competition.
Special thanks to WrestleStat for these in-depth statistics.
Best P4P Wrestlers
Below is a list of the top ten pound for pound wrestlers in NCAA Division 1.
|Rank||Wrestler||School||Weight||NCAA Titles||NCAA Placer||NCAA Finish|
|1||Spencer Lee||Iowa||125||3X||3X||1, 1, 1||78-5|
|2||Yianni Diakomihalis||Cornell||149||3X||3X||1, 1, 1||94-1|
|3||Roman Bravo-Young||Penn State||133||2X||3X||8, 1, 1||81-9|
|4||Carter Starocci||Penn State||174||2X||2X||1, 1||56-2|
|5||Aaron Brooks||Penn State||184||2X||2X||1, 1||59-3|
|6||Keegan O'Toole||Mizzou||165||1X||2X||3, 1||44-1|
|7||Max Dean||Penn State||197||1X||3X||8, 2, 1||114-19|
|8||AJ Ferrari||Oklahoma State||197||1X||1X||1||30-1|
|9||Shane Griffith||Stanford||165||1X||2X||1, 2||83-8|
|10||Mekhi Lewis||Virginia Tech||165||1X||2X||1, R12, 2||90-6|
Explanation for Rankings
Both Spencer Lee and Yianni Diakomihalis are seeking their 4th NCAA titles in 2023. They have similar career stats, but Spencer holds a higher overall bonus percentage.
Roman Bravo-Young holds the edge over Carter Starocci and Aaron Brooks just based on experience; however, all three will likely go down as Penn State GOATs.
Mizzou’s Keegan O’Toole has only one career loss; so, he ranks ahead of Max Dean and AJ Ferrari, who are interchangeable until their inevitable head-to-head matchup.
Former NCAA Champions Shane Griffith (2021) and Mekhi Lewis (2019) round out the bottom two best pound for pound college wrestlers. Just missing a spot are David Carr and Daton Fix.