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2019-20 Early Lineup Look: Northwestern

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Today, let’s focus on one of the Big Ten programs that had an excellent offseason placing two wrestlers on the Junior World Team and another in Final X. Along with that they also had a former coach from the 2018-19 season won the US Open, so I’d have to say that Northwestern is on fire. The man who presides over the Northwestern program is Matt Storniolo who is getting ready to start his fourth year as full-time head coach of the Wildcats. Northwestern has always been one of the toughest places to win in the Big Ten, but despite some hurdles, Storniolo has been able to put together a group that earned dual victories over Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and Illinois in 2018-19. Individually the Wildcats had five wrestlers who qualified for the NCAA Championships last season, four of which return this year and will be combined with another that qualified in 2018. Two of them were All-Americans that both earned regular-season titles at two of the biggest tournaments. Storniolo and his staff were also patient with a 2018 recruiting class that was ranked 19th in the country. The wrestlers that were primarily responsible for that high ranking redshirted in 2018-19 and are ready to be unleashed on the Big Ten. While the team still may not be able to go night in and night out with the top dogs in the conference, Northwestern will be dangerous in a tournament setting. Expect them to improve upon their 22nd place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Below you’ll find a possible lineup for those Wildcats 2019-20. 

Previous “Early Lineup Looks”

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Fresno State

Lehigh

Lock Haven

Michigan

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Pittsburgh

Princeton

Stanford

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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