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Five Overlooked Performances from the 2019 NCAA Championships

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photo courtesy of Richard Immel

With all of the great moments that we saw during the NCAA finals and the champions that won multiple titles along the way, there were plenty of performances that may have gotten overlooked or not drawn as many headlines. It happens, eight mats are going on for a day and a half, and even the savviest observers can miss a lot of action. Here are five wrestlers that did not capture NCAA titles, but had excellent tournaments anyways and probably won over a lot of new fans in the process.

Josh Hokit (Fresno State - 197 lbs)

This is a story that we have mentioned time and time again throughout the year, but it bears repeating again. Josh was a running back on the Fresno State football team and played in their Las Vegas Bowl game against Arizona State on December 15th. Five days and over 20 pounds later, he took the mat for the Bulldogs and was able to place sixth at the Reno Tournament of Champions while wrestling at 197 lbs. Just over a week later he took seventh at the Midlands and would continue to progress beating three-time All-American Willie Miklus (Iowa State) two weeks later. Hokit would earn the #16 seed at his first NCAA Championships after a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 tournament.

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