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!
Performance by Seed, Last 10 Years (13-16 seed started in 2014)
1: 10 AAs, 6 finalists, 5 champions
2: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 1 champion
3: 10 AAs, 3 finalists, 2 champions
4: 8 AAs, 2 finalists, 1 champion
5: 8 AAs, 1 finalist
6: 5 AAs
7: 6 AAs
8: 9 AAs
9: 3 AAs
10: 2 AAs
11: 3 AAs
12: 2 AAs
13: 2 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion
14: 1 AA
15: 0 AAs
16: 0 AAs
US: 1 AA
Seth Gross (South Dakota State) - 2nd in 2017
Stevan Micic (Michigan) - 4th in 2017
Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) - 5th in 2017
Scott Parker (Lehigh) - 8th in 2017
Jack Mueller (Virginia) - 6th at 125 in 2017
Who can win?
For many, this list may begin and end with Seth Gross (South Dakota State), the consensus number one all year long who was runner-up to Cory Clark (Iowa) in 2017. Gross has just one loss on the season, but it wasn't at 133.
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