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The Way Too Early 2018-19 NCAA Division I Preview: 149 Pounds

Matt Kolodzik/Grant Leeth

Photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com

Wrestling never stops and while the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships get smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror, many DI fans have already turned their attention to this fall. This is the time for speculation and over the next several months, fan bases across the country will whip themselves into a frenzy at what might be. To help you get a frame of reference to just what might be coming for your favorite teams and wrestlers, we’re going through each weight looking at returning NCAA qualifiers, key additions who redshirted, were backups, or were injured last season, as well as incoming recruits. We’ll also take an early stab at weight changes we could see. Yes, this is all way too early and things will change, but it is never too soon to start dreaming. Enjoy!

If you missed our WTE previews of previous weights, find them here: 125, 133, 141

Returning 2018 NCAA Qualifiers:

Matt Kolodzik, Princeton - 3rd place

Grant Leeth, Missouri - 6th place

Boo Lewallen, Oklahoma State - 8th place

Ke-Shawn Hayes, Ohio State – R12

Justin Oliver, TBD – R12

Jarrett Degen, Iowa State – R12

Max Thomsen, Northern Iowa – R12

Ryan Deakin, Northwestern – R16

Sam Krivus, Virginia – R16

Cortlandt Schuyler, Lehigh – R16

Steve Bleise, Minnesota - 2-2

Khristian Olivas, Fresno State – 1-2

Malik Amine, Michigan – 1-2

Ryan Blees, Virginia Tech – 1-2

Frank Garcia, Binghamton – 1-2

Alfred Bannister, Maryland – 1-2

Sam Turner, Wyoming – 0-2

Davion Jeffries, Oklahoma – 0-2

Michael Sprague, American – 0-2

Tyshawn Williams, SIUE – 0-2

Cole Martin, Wisconsin – 0-2

Taylor Ortz, Clarion – 0-2

Jared Prince, Navy – 0-2

The simple fact that Zain Retherford (Penn State), winner of this weight class the past three seasons, is out of eligibility was already going to give hope to many aspiring national champions. Add to that only one top four finisher returns and just three of the top eight. In short, this weight clears out giving many who missed the podium in 2018 visions of climbing all the way to the top step by the time we get to Pittsburgh. With all the upheaval, it is difficult to peg anyone as a solid favorite in the early going.

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