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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 133 Pounds

Luke Pletcher, Seth Gross, Stevan Micic

Photos by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we’ve got brackets!  The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships is rapidly approaching and we now know what everyone’s path to the title looks like.  Before we head for Cleveland, we’re breaking down every weight class in depth.  We’ll start with some facts for reference, break down who can win the weight, who will contend for All-American honors, who needs to be on upset alert in the first two rounds, how this weight will affect the team race, and end with a little analysis for those of you participating in fantasy wrestling contests.  Enjoy and check back later for much more!

Other weights: 125141149157165174, 184197, 285

133

Conference Champions

ACC – Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech)

Big Ten – Stevan Micic (Michigan)

Big 12 – Seth Gross (South Dakota State)

EIWA – Scott Parker (Lehigh)

EWL – Korbin Myers (Edinboro)

MAC – John Erneste (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Ali Naser (Arizona State)

SoCon – John Muldoon (SIUE)

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

1: 10 AAs, 6 finalists, 5 champions

2: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 1 champion

3: 10 AAs, 3 finalists, 2 champions

4: 8 AAs, 2 finalists, 1 champion

5: 8 AAs, 1 finalist

6: 5 AAs

7: 6 AAs

8: 9 AAs

9: 3 AAs

10: 2 AAs

11: 3 AAs

12: 2 AAs

13: 2 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

14: 1 AA

15: 0 AAs

16: 0 AAs

US: 1 AA

Returning All-Americans

Seth Gross (South Dakota State) - 2nd in 2017

Stevan Micic (Michigan) - 4th in 2017

Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) - 5th in 2017

Scott Parker (Lehigh) - 8th in 2017

Jack Mueller (Virginia) - 6th at 125 in 2017

Who can win?

For many, this list may begin and end with Seth Gross (South Dakota State), the consensus number one all year long who was runner-up to Cory Clark (Iowa) in 2017. Gross has just one loss on the season, but it wasn't at 133.

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