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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 157 Pounds

Joey Lavallee, Hayden Hidlay, Jason Nolf

Left 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: 125133141149165174, 184197, 285


Conference Champions

ACC – Hayden Hidlay (NC State)

Big Ten – Alec Pantaleo (Michigan)

Big 12 – Archie Colgan (Wyoming)

EIWA – Markus Scheidel (Columbia)

EWL – Alex Klucker (Lock Haven)

MAC – Joey Lavallee (Missouri)

Pac-12 – Josh Shields (Arizona State)

SoCon – Tyler Marinelli (Gardner-Webb)

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

1: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 6 champions

2: 10 AAs, 5 finalists, 1 champion

3: 8 AAs, 4 finalists, 1 champion

4: 10 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

5: 6 AAs

6: 5 AAs

7: 8 AAs, 1 finalist

8: 3 AAs, 1 finalist, 1 champion

9: 1 AA, 1 finalist

10: 1 AA

11: 4 AAs

12: 4 AAs

13: 0 AAs

14: 1 AA

15: 1 AA

16: 0 AAs

US: 8 AAs

Returning All-Americans

Jason Nolf (Penn State) – Champion in 2017, 2nd in 2016

Joey Lavallee (Missouri) - 2nd in 2017

Michael Kemerer (Iowa) - 3rd in 2017

Tyler Berger (Nebraska) - 5th in 2017

Paul Fox (Stanford) - 7th in 2017

Micah Jordan (Ohio State) - 4th at 149 in 2017

Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) - 6th at 149 in 2016

Who can win?

Jason Nolf (Penn State), the defending champion, ruled this weight with an iron fist right up until a knee injury in a late January dual against Rutgers. That raised questions and though he did return to win a pair of matches at the Big Ten tournament before defaulting to sixth place, we don't know how close to full strength the Nittany Lion will be in Cleveland.

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