photo courtesy of Richard Immel
Today, 2018 NCAA champion Seth Gross announced that he will attend the University of Wisconsin during the 2019-20 school year to use his remaining year of eligibility. Normally, most student-athletes are not able to transfer to a third DI school, but Gross will enter Wisconsin as a graduate student. Seth was a two-time NCAA finalist for Badgers coach Chris Bono at South Dakota State. Bono and top assistant Jon Reader were hired by Wisconsin shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 campaign. Gross attempted to wrestle in one dual meet last season, but was not able to compete further because of a back injury. When we last saw Gross on the mat, he ran up a 29-1 record, with the only loss coming at the hands of 141 lb NCAA runner-up Bryce Meredith after he bumped up during a dual meet. Seth won the 2017 Midlands Championship with four techs and two falls in six matches and for the entire 2017-18 season he earned bonus points in 24 of his 29 wins. His NCAA title came after a 13-8 victory over Michigan’s Stevan Micic. In addition to his NCAA tournament accolades, Seth has a pair of Big 12 titles under his belt and was a member of the 2016 Junior World team and 2012 Cadet World team.
Gross mentioned in his social media post that he has not officially received a sixth-year of eligibilty; however, he expects to receive one. 133 lbs is certainly a position of need for the Badgers in the short-term, as their 2018-19 starter, Jens Lantz, was a senior. Though Bono’s staff has an incoming freshman class with a handful of talented lightweights, the possible 133 lbers would probably be best suited by redshirting in 2019-20. He’ll make a Big Ten weight class that could feature 2019 champion Nick Suriano (Rutgers), Micic, Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), Austin DeSanto (Iowa), and Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) even stronger.