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Buy Low, Sell High: Who Will Better Their Current Ranking at NCAAs and Who Will Struggle to Match it?

Tanner Hall, Dean Heil, Logan Massa

Photos by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com

The NCAA wrestling regular season is in the books and the Division I post-season will begin this weekend with the Pac-12 Championships.  Before we get to that, throughout the season fans love to debate rankings, which wrestler is too high and who is being overlooked.  However, because rankings aren't always indicative of who we think will perform the best going forward, we wanted to go through each weight and see who might be under-rated and who might be a little too high.  We approached this exercise as if the rankings were a stock market with next month's NCAA tournament results being the final say.  Who are we buying low with expectations that they'll be better than their rank in Cleveland?  Who are we selling because we expect them to struggle to meet the current number next to their name?  Read on to find out!

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Buy low: #4 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)

Any time you've got a guy with career finishes of 1-3-3 at the NCAA tournament ranked outside the top three, he is a strong buy. While there are plenty of intriguing names outside the top-four at 125 pounds, it looks increasingly likely that the eventual champion will be top-ranked Darian Cruz (Lehigh), number two Nick Suriano (Rutgers), third-ranked Spencer Lee (Iowa) or the Buckeye senior. Yes, Lee beat Tomasello when they met in January, but that was a very close match so a reversal of the result is not out of the question next time around. That was only the seventh career loss for Tomasello and his first regular-season setback since a January loss to Thomas Gilman in 2015. Of course, Nathan would go on to win the NCAA title that year. Now, as a senior, he has a chance to not only bookend his career with individual championships but help his team towards their second crown as well. Expect a big performance from Tomasello that sees him exceed his current ranking. It wouldn't surprise anyone if he stands atop the podium again.

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