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, 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
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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