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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 174 Pounds

Daniel Lewis, Zahid Valencia, Mark Hall

Left photo by Mark Lundy, LutteLens.com, middle, right 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: 125133141149157165184197, 285

174

Conference Champions

ACC – Ethan Ramos (North Carolina)

Big Ten – Mark Hall (Penn State)

Big 12 – Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa)

EIWA – Jordan Kutler (Lehigh)

EWL – Dean Sherry (Rider)

MAC – Daniel Lewis (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)

SoCon – Forrest Przybysz (Appalachian State)

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

1: 10 AAs, 8 finalists, 6 champions

2: 9 AAs, 5 finalists, 2 champions

3: 9 AAs, 2 finalists

4: 6 AAs

5: 6 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

6: 7 AAs

7: 10 AAs, 2 finalists

8: 5 AAs, 1 finalist

9: 2 AAs

10: 2 AAs

11: 3 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

12: 2 AAs

13: 1 AA

14: 0 AAs

15: 0 AAs

16: 0 AAs

US: 8 AAs

Returning All-Americans

Mark Hall (Penn State) – Champion in 2017

Bo Jordan (Ohio State) - 2nd in 2017, 3rd at 165 in 2016, 3rd at 165 in 2015

Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) - 3rd in 2017

Myles Amine (Michigan) - 4th in 2017

Daniel Lewis (Missouri) - 6th at 165 in 2017, 4th at 165 in 2016

Brandon Womack (Cornell) - 8th at 165 in 2017

Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) - 6th at 165 in 2015

Who can win?

By the time wrestling begins on March 15th, it will have been 376 days since Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) and Mark Hall (Penn State) lost to anyone but each other in a college match.

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