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2022 D-I NCAA Championships

By the Numbers: Upsets Headline Session I of the 2022 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships

Pictured: A Look inside Little Caesars Arena before the start of the 222 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Detroit, Michigan, March 17-19, 2022. Photo by Sam Janicki / @SJanickiPhoto

After the first session of the 2022 Division I Wrestling Championships, the prevailing theme is that seeds are irrelevant, and “upset” victories were reasonably commonplace inside Little Caesars Arena Thursday afternoon in Detroit. 

Based on bracket seeding, there were 25 “upsets” during the first round, which had 170 total bouts. With that, approximately 15% of first-round matchups were seen as “upsets,” according to seeding. 

All 10 weight classes had at least one “upset.” The 174-pound bracket had the most (5), followed by 125 pounds (4). Additionally, of all 25 upsets, 14 of them (56%) saw a wrestler seeded #20 or higher record a win. Purdue’s Matt Ramos (133) and Northwestern’s Frankie Tal Shahar (141), both seeded #26, were the highest seeds to secure an upset win, excluding the pigtail round. Conversely, Illinois’ Lucas Byrd (133), Ohio State’s Ethan Smith (174), and South Dakota’s Clay Carlson (141), all #7 seeds, were the highest seeds to suffer a loss in their first match. Remarkably, 15 former All-Americans fell in their first bout of the 2022 NCAAs.  

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125 (4)

#17 Anthony Noto (Lock Haven) dec #16 Drew Hildebrandt (Penn State) 4-2SV

#24 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech) dec #9 Devin Schroder (Purdue) 4-1

#25 Caleb Smith (Appalachian State) dec #8 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) 8-5

#21 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) dec #12 Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) 7-2

133 (2)

#25 Brian Courtney (Virginia) dec #8 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State) 4-2

#26 Matt Ramos (Purdue) fall #7 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) 2:27

141 (3)

#20 Parker Filius (Purdue) maj #13 Ian Parker (Iowa State) 13-5

#19 Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) dec #14 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan) 6-5

#26 Frankie Tal Shahar dec #7 Clay Carlson 12-8

149 (2)

#21 Marcus Robinson (Cleveland State) over #12 Mike Van Brill (Rutgers) 7-5

#18 Anthony Artalona (Penn) dec #15 Legend Lamer (Cal Poly) 3-2

157 (2)

#17 Hunter Willits (Oregon State) dec #16 Brady Berge (Penn State) 2-1

#22 Dazjon Casto (The Citadel) dec #11 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) 8-2 SV

165 (2)

#19 Justin McCoy (Virginia) dec #14 Josh Ogunsanya (Columbia) 6-1

#18 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) dec #15 Austin Yant (Northern Iowa) 6-3

174 (5)

#25 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Purdue) dec #8 Mickey O’Malley (Drexel) 6-4SV

#19 Thomas Flitz (Appalachian State) dec #14 Chris Foca (Cornell) 9-6

#22 Mason Kauffman (Northern Illinois) dec #11 Peyton Mocco (Missouri) 3-1

#25 Tyler Eischens (Stanford) dec #7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State) 13-12

#18 Lance Runyon (Northern Iowa) fall #15 Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma) 4:14

184 (2)

#21 Tate Samuelson (Wyoming) dec #12 Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois) 5-3 SV

#19 Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota) dec #14 Gavin Kane (North Carolina) 7-2

197 (2)

#17 Jay Aiello (Virginia) dec #16 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) 5-3SV

#21 Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State) dec #12 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State) 6-4 SV

#18 Luke Stout (Princeton) dec #15 Isaac Trumble (NC State) 6-4 SV

285 (1)

#18 Lewis Fernandes (Cornell) dec #15 Taye Ghadiali (Campbell) 4-0

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