Left and center pictures by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com, right picture by Mark Lundy, LutteLens.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!
Performance by Seed, Last 10 Years (13-16 seed started in 2014)
1: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 6 champions
2: 9 AAs, 3 finalists, 2 champions
3: 6 AAs, 3 finalists, 1 champion
4: 9 AAs, 2 finalists
5: 6 AAs
6: 6 AAs, 3 finalists, 1 champion
7: 3 AAs
8: 6 AAs, 1 finalist
9: 2 AAs
10: 4 AAs
11: 4 AAs
12: 3 AAs
13: 1 AA
14: 3 AAs, 1 finalist
15: 0 AAs
16: 1 AA
US: 7 AAs
Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) – Champion in 2017, Champion in 2016, 4th in 2015
Kevin Jack (NC State) - 3rd in 2017, 5th in 2015
Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) - 4th in 2017, 2nd in 2016
Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) - 5th in 2017
Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) - 8th in 2017
Joey McKenna (Ohio State) - 3rd in 2016
Who can win?
This is something you just don't see very often. We have six legitimate title threats at 141 pounds and the sixth one, in seed and maybe in likelihood to win the title, is the two-time defending champion.
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