Middle and right photos 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!
Performance by Seed, Last 10 Years (13-16 seed started in 2014)
1: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 4 champions
2: 10 AAs, 9 finalists, 4 champions
3: 9 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion
4: 9 AAs, 3 finalists, 1 champion
5: 8 AAs
6: 7 AAs
7: 4 AAs
8: 4 AAs
9: 2 AAs
10: 5 AAs
11: 3 AAs
12: 2 AAs
13: 0 AAs
14: 1 AA
15: 0 AAs
16: 0 AAs
US: 6 AAs
Kollin Moore (Ohio State) - 3rd in 2017
Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) - 4th in 2017, 6th in 2016
Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) - 6th in 2017
Willie Miklus (Missouri) - 6th at 184 in 2016, 7th at 184 in 2015
Who can win?
As this season began, Kollin Moore (Ohio State) was a heavy favorite after finishing third in 2017 only dropping matches to the two seniors who wrestled in the NCAA finals. Then, as so often happens, some crazy stuff went down, the 197 rankings became an impossible mess of conflicting results, and the title race opened up to include a wide array of hopefuls.
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