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2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Preview: 285 Pounds

Nick Nevills, Kyle Snyder, Adam Coon

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: 125133141149157165174184, 197


Conference Champions

ACC – Jacob Kasper (Duke)

Big Ten – Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)

Big 12 – Derek White (Oklahoma State)

EIWA – Jordan Wood (Lehigh)

EWL – Billy Miller (Edinboro)

MAC – Matt Stencel (Central Michigan)

Pac-12 – Amar Dhesi (Oregon State)

SoCon – Jere Heino (Campbell)

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

1: 10 AAs, 7 finalists, 5 champions

2: 10 AAs, 8 finalists, 5 champions

3: 10 AAs, 1 finalist

4: 6 AAs, 1 finalist

5: 10 AAs, 2 finalists

6: 3 AAs, 1 finalist

7: 7 AAs

8: 5 AAs

9: 6 AAs

10: 4 AAs

11: 2 AAs

12: 0 AAs

13: 0 AAs

14: 0 AAs

15: 0 AAs

16: 0 AAs

US: 7 AAs

Returning All-Americans

Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) – Champion in 2017, Champion in 2016, 2nd at 197 in 2015

Tanner Hall (Arizona State) - 3rd in 2017

Nick Nevills (Penn State) - 5th in 2017

Jacob Kasper (Duke) - 6th in 2017

Adam Coon (Michigan) - 3rd in 2016, 2nd in 2015

Amar Dhesi (Oregon State) - 5th in 2016

Who can win?

The top two at heavyweight have split matches against each other and beaten everyone else this season. Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) and Adam Coon (Michigan), both seniors, seem destined to close out their careers on the Saturday night stage in the rubber match to their season series.

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