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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 141 Pounds

Yianni Diakomihalis, Bryce Meredith, Jaydin Eierman

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!

Other weights: 125133149157165174, 184197, 285

141

Conference Champions

ACC – Brent Moore (Virginia Tech)

Big Ten – Joey McKenna (Ohio State)

Big 12 – Bryce Meredith (Wyoming)

EIWA – Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)

EWL – Evan Cheek (Cleveland State)

MAC – Jaydin Eierman (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Colt Schilling (Cal Poly)

SoCon – Irvin Enriquez (Appalachian State)

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

Returning All-Americans

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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