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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 184 Pounds

Ryan Preisch, Bo Nickal, Myles Martin

Left photo by Lehigh Athletics, middle, right photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we’ve got brackets!  The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships is rapidly approaching and we now know what everyone’s path to the title looks like.  Before we head for Cleveland, we’re breaking down every weight class in depth.  We’ll start with some facts for reference, break down who can win the weight, who will contend for All-American honors, who needs to be on upset alert in the first two rounds, how this weight will affect the team race, and end with a little analysis for those of you participating in fantasy wrestling contests. Enjoy and check back later for much more!

Other weights: 125133141149157165174197, 285


Conference Champions

ACC – Pete Renda (NC State)

Big Ten – Bo Nickal (Penn State)

Big 12 – Drew Foster (Northern Iowa)

EIWA – Ryan Preisch (Lehigh)

EWL – Corey Hazel (Lock Haven)

MAC – Kayne MacCallum (Eastern Michigan)

Pac-12 – Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State)

SoCon – Bryce Carr (Chattanooga)

Performance by Seed, Last 10 Years (13-16 seed started in 2014)

1: 10 AAs, 8 finalists, 4 champions

2: 9 AAs, 4 finalists, 3 champions

3: 9 AAs, 2 finalists

4: 6 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

5: 3 AAs

6: 8 AAs, 2 finalists, 1 champion

7: 9 AAs, 2 finalists

8: 2 AAs

9: 6 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

10: 2 AAs

11: 3 AAs

12: 6 AAs

13: 3 AAs

14: 1 AA

15: 0 AAs

16: 1 AA

US: 2 AAs

Returning All-Americans

Bo Nickal (Penn State) – Champion in 2017, 2nd at 174 in 2016

Myles Martin (Ohio State) - 5th in 2017, Champion at 174 in 2016

Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) - 7th in 2017

Pete Renda (NC State) - 3rd in 2016

Who can win?

Bo Nickal (Penn State) is the defending champion, undefeated on the season, and, perhaps most importantly, has extended his advantage against second-seeded Myles Martin (Ohio State) to 6-2 in college after taking both matches this year.

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