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!
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
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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