2017 125

2017 NCAA Wrestling Division I Preview: 125 Pounds

We’re breaking down every weight class at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship set for next week in St. Louis.  We usually start our previews at 125, but this time around we thought we’d give the big fellas the first look and work our way down.  We’ll start with some facts for reference, break down who can win the weight, who will contend for All-American honors, how this weight will effect the team race, and end with a little analysis for those of you participating in fantasy wrestling contests.  If you missed 285, 197, 184, 174, 165, 157, 149, 141, or 133 check them out as well. Enjoy and check back later for much more!

125

Conference Champions

ACC – Joey Dance (Virginia Tech)

Big 10 – Thomas Gilman (Iowa)

Big 12 – Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State)

EIWA – Darian Cruz (Lehigh)

EWL – Sean Russell (Edinboro)

MAC – Shakur Laney (Ohio)

Pac-12 – Sean Nickell (CSU Bakersfield)

SoCon – Freddie Rodriguez (SIU-Edwardsville)

 

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

1: 10 AAs, 6 finalists, 4 champions

2: 9 AAs, 5 finalists, 2 champions

3: 7 AAs, 2 finalists, 2 champions

4: 9 AAs, 3 finalists, 1 champion

5: 8 AAs, 1 finalist

6: 5 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

7: 3 AAs

8: 4 AAs

9: 3 AAs

10: 4 AAs, 1 finalist

11: 2 AAs

12: 3 AAs

13: 0 AAs

14: 0 AAs

15: 1 AA

16: 1 AA

US: 11 AAs, 1 finalists

 

Returning All-Americans

Thomas Gilman (Iowa) - 2nd in 2016, 4th in 2015

Conor Youtsey (Michigan) - 5th in 2016, 6th in 2015

Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) - 6th in 2016, 4th in 2014

Joey Dance (Virginia Tech) - 4th in 2014

Darian Cruz (Lehigh) - 7th in 2014

 

Who can win?

Thomas Gilman (Iowa) has been number one in the rankings all year long and has a very good chance to go wire-to-wire. The injury to Nick Suriano (Penn State) and Joey Dance's (Virginia Tech) struggles at the national tournament make it difficult to figure out who will be Gilman's greatest challenge. However, both of those men are capable of taking out the Iowa senior when they are at the top of their game. I can't imagine that Suriano will be, though it's anyone's guess at this point, but if Dance can make it to the finals, he'll have every chance to win a title and vanquish his demons once and for all. It has been two years now, but don't forget that Gilman and Dance have split overtime matches. If Gilman faces Suriano or Dance on Saturday night, what a story and final that will be.

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