2017 133

2017 NCAA Wrestling Division I Preview: 133 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, or 141 check them out as well. Enjoy and check back later for much more!

133

Conference Champions

ACC – Dom Forys (Pitt)

Big 10 – Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)

Big 12 – Seth Gross (South Dakota State)

EIWA – Scott Parker (Lehigh)

EWL – Korbin Myers (Edinboro)

MAC – John Erneste (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Joey Palmer (Oregon State)

SoCon – Chris Debien (Chattanooga)

 

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

1: 10 AAs, 6 finalists, 5 champions

2: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 2 champions

3: 9 AAs, 3 finalists, 2 champions

4: 8 AAs, 2 finalists

5: 8 AAs, 1 finalist

6: 6 AAs

7: 5 AAs

8: 9 AAs

9: 2 AAs

10: 2 AAs

11: 3 AAs

12: 2 AAs

13: 2 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

14: 1 AA

15: 0 AAs

16: 0 AAs

US: 3 AAs

 

Returning All-Americans

Cory Clark (Iowa) - 2nd in 2016, 2nd in 2015, 5th in 2014 at 125

Zane Richards (Illinois) - 4th in 2016

Eric Montoya (Nebraska) - 5th in 2016

Earl Hall (Iowa State) - 7th in 2016, 8th in 2014 at 125

Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) - 3rd in 2016 at 125, Champion in 2015 at 125

Connor Schram (Stanford) - 8th in 2016 at 125

 

Who can win?

Top-seed Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) is the favorite after being the only man at 133 pounds to survive the season undefeated. However, there are plenty of threats to him as this weight arguably goes nine deep for title contenders. The Big 10 alone features Tomasello, two-time national finalist Cory Clark (Iowa), Stevan Micic (Michigan), Eric Montoya (Nebraska), and Zane Richards (Illinois) all of whom have flashed the potential to beat anyone here on the right day. Adding in the two Big 12 finalists, Seth Gross (South Dakota State) and Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State), completes the list of potential champions for most, but there are two more who go to school in Pennsylvania that could crash the party. Dom Forys (Pitt) was in the round of 12 a year ago and has just one loss, to Brock, this season. However, his best win is over the other dark horse candidate, Scotty Parker (Lehigh), who was looking strong until an injury in the Southern Scuffle finals put him on the shelf for most of 2017 so far. He returned for two February duals and won an EIWA title. It is difficult to say where those two fit in with the other seven, but they are close enough to be legitimate threats.

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