2017 157

2017 NCAA Wrestling Division I Preview: 157 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, or 165 check them out as well. Enjoy and check back later for much more!

157

Conference Champions

ACC – Taleb Rahmani (Pitt)

Big 10 – Jason Nolf (Penn State)

Big 12 – Joe Smith (Oklahoma State)

EIWA – Dylan Palacio (Cornell)

EWL - BJ Clagon (Rider)

MAC – Joey Lavallee (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Josh Shields (Arizona State)

SoCon – Ryan Mosley (Gardner-Webb)

 

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

1: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 6 champions

2: 9 AAs, 5 finalists, 1 champion

3: 8 AAs, 3 finalists, 1 champion

4: 10 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

5: 6 AAs

6: 5 AAs

7: 8 AAs, 2 finalists

8: 3 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

9: 1 AA, 1 finalist

10: 1 AA

11: 5 AAs

12: 4 AAs

13: 0 AAs

14: 0 AAs

15: 1 AA

16: 0 AAs

US: 9 AAs

 

Returning All-Americans

Jason Nolf (Penn State) - 2nd in 2016

Dylan Palacio (Cornell) - 4th in 2016

Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) - 6th in 2016

BJ Clagon (Rider) - 5th in 2015 at 149

 

Who can win?

Jason Nolf (Penn State) has put together a thoroughly dominant season now that Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) is no longer in the way and is the prohibitive favorite at 157. Only twice this season has Nolf been held to a decision, in 8-2 and 9-4 wins over the two seed Michael Kemerer (Iowa). The pace that the sophomore wrestles at in addition to his seemingly endless arsenal of offensive weapons makes it incredibly difficult for someone to stay close to him, which makes him nearly upset-proof. Someone would not only have to wrestle the match of their lives to beat him, they'd also have to have the gas tank to go incredibly hard for seven minutes and score a lot of points. We haven't seen that yet and I doubt we see it in St. Louis.

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