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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 197 Pounds

Ben Darmstadt, Kollin Moore, Jared Haught

Middle and 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: 125133141149157165174, 184, 285

197

Conference Champions

ACC – Jared Haught (Virginia Tech)

Big Ten – Kollin Moore (Ohio State)

Big 12 – Nate Rotert (South Dakota State)

EIWA – Ben Darmstadt (Cornell)

EWL – Dustin Conti (Clarion)

MAC – Willie Miklus (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Corey Griego (Oregon State)

SoCon – Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga)

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

1: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 4 champions

2: 10 AAs, 9 finalists, 4 champions

3: 9 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

4: 9 AAs, 3 finalists, 1 champion

5: 8 AAs

6: 7 AAs

7: 4 AAs

8: 4 AAs

9: 2 AAs

10: 5 AAs

11: 3 AAs

12: 2 AAs

13: 0 AAs

14: 1 AA

15: 0 AAs

16: 0 AAs

US: 6 AAs

Returning All-Americans

Kollin Moore (Ohio State) - 3rd in 2017

Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) - 4th in 2017, 6th in 2016

Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) - 6th in 2017

Willie Miklus (Missouri) - 6th at 184 in 2016, 7th at 184 in 2015

Who can win?

As this season began, Kollin Moore (Ohio State) was a heavy favorite after finishing third in 2017 only dropping matches to the two seniors who wrestled in the NCAA finals. Then, as so often happens, some crazy stuff went down, the 197 rankings became an impossible mess of conflicting results, and the title race opened up to include a wide array of hopefuls.

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