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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 165 Pounds

David McFadden, Isaiah Martinez, Vincenzo Joseph

Left photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com. right photo by Richard Immel

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: 125133141149157174, 184197, 285

165

Conference Champions

ACC – David McFadden (Virginia Tech)

Big Ten – Isaiah Martinez (Illinois)

Big 12 – Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State)

EIWA – Jon Jay Chavez (Cornell)

EWL – Chad Walsh (Rider)

MAC – Connor Flynn (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)

SoCon – Nate Higgins (SIUE)

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

1: 9 AAs, 9 finalists, 7 champions

2: 8 AAs, 5 finalists, 1 champion

3: 8 AAs, 2 finalists, 1 champion

4: 9 AAs

5: 5 AAs

6: 6 AAs, 2 finalists

7: 6 AAs

8: 4 AAs

9: 4 AAs

10: 3 AAs

11: 3 AAs, 1 finalist

12: 1 AA, 1 finalist, 1 champion

13: 1 AA

14: 1 AA

15: 2 AAs

16: 0 AAs

US: 10 AAs

Returning All-Americans

Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) – Champion in 2017

Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) - 2nd in 2017, Champion in 2016, Champion in 2015

Logan Massa (Michigan) - 3rd in 2017

Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State) - 5th in 2017

Chad Walsh (Rider) - 7th in 2017, 5th at 157 in 2016

Who can win?

Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) is the top seed in his weight class for the fourth consecutive year, something that had not been done since Cael Sanderson. The senior has had one of the greatest careers in college wrestling history, carrying a career record of 112-2 into his final NCAA competition.

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