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Undefeated, Ranked DI Wrestlers and Their Remaining Challengers (Regular Season and Conference Tournaments)

David McFadden, Daniel Lewis, Hayden Hidlay

The undefeated season holds a certain mystique in sports and wrestling is no different. In addition to being an incredible achievement, those wrestlers who are undefeated heading into the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament each spring are typically treated well by the seeding committee. As the college season enters the stretch run, we wanted to take a look at all of the athletes who are currently ranked that remain undefeated in matches that will count towards seeding. We'll look at each wrestler's remaining schedule to see which other ranked wrestlers they'll face in the regular season as well as at their conference tournament. We begin with 125 pounds.

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#1 Darian Cruz (Lehigh), 18-0

Regular Season Challengers:

#17 Ryan Millhof (Arizona State), Feb. 9th

Conference Tournament Challengers:

None

Cruz will be heavily favored to complete the regular season undefeated in official matches and the EIWA does not currently have a single other 125 ranked in the top-20. While Millhof has rebounded from his first-half struggles and anything can happen, expect the defending national champion to head for Cleveland without a loss.

#2 Nick Suriano (Rutgers), 18-0

Regular Season Challengers:

#7 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern), Feb. 2nd

#20 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois), Feb. 4th

#8 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), Feb. 9th

Conference Tournament Challengers:

#4 Spencer Lee (Iowa)

#6 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)

#7 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)

#8 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota)

#15 Luke Welch (Purdue)

#16 Drew Mattin (Michigan)

#20 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois)

Suriano already has a win over Rivera from the Midlands. A rematch could be interesting as the first bout was more competitive than many expected. Assuming Nick survives that encounter, he should head to the Big Ten tournament undefeated. That field will be loaded with Rivera or Lizak likely in the semis before either Lee or Tomasello in the finals.

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