2017 165

2017 NCAA Wrestling Division I Preview: 165 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, or 174 check them out as well. Enjoy and check back later for much more!

165

Conference Champions

ACC – Te'Shan Campbell (Pitt)

Big 10 – Isaiah Martinez (Illinois)

Big 12 – Dylan Cottrell (West Virginia)

EIWA – Brandon Womack (Cornell)

EWL – Chad Walsh (Rider)

MAC – Daniel Lewis (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)

SoCon – Quentin Perez (Campbell)

 

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

1: 9 AAs, 9 finalists, 7 champions

2: 8 AAs, 6 finalists, 2 champions

3: 8 AAs, 1 finalist

4: 9 AAs

5: 4 AAs

6: 6 AAs, 2 finalists

7: 7 AAs

8: 4 AAs

9: 4 AAs

10: 3 AAs

11: 3 AAs, 1 finalist

12: 1 AA, 1 finalist, 1 champion

13: 0 AAs

14: 1 AA

15: 2 AAs

16: 0 AAs

US: 11 AAs

 

Returning All-Americans

Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) - 2nd in 2016, 7th in 2015, 7th in 2014 at 157

Daniel Lewis (Missouri) - 4th in 2016

Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) – Champion in 2016 at 157, Champion in 2015 at 157

Chad Walsh (Rider) - 5th in 2016 at 157

 

Who can win?

Though the top four are all strong, the list of who can win the title at 165 begins and ends with Isaiah Martinez (Illinois). He has beaten all of the other top contenders, though he hasn't seen Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) since late 2013, and is just too sound with his physical underhook and well-rounded arsenal. We should see him in another match against Logan Massa (Michigan) or Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) in the finals, opponents who he has beaten twice each this season. Expect the Illinois junior to complete his second perfect season and remain on track to be a four-time national champion.

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