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2021 Big 12 Championships Preview

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We’ve finally reached the end of our conference previews. The Big 12 will wrap things up for us. It is a conference with traditional superpower Oklahoma State, along with conference mainstays Oklahoma and Iowa State. West Virginia is a recent addition to the actual conference and there are eight other affiliate members for wrestling only. Those affiliate members consist of teams from the midwest and west, most of which have improved dramatically over the past couple of years. 

With a tremendous recruiting class mixed in with a strong returning cast, Oklahoma State will be an overwhelming favorite this weekend. John Smith’s team has top-three seeds at six of the ten weights and past conference finalists at two of the other weights. Looking ahead to St. Louis, the Cowboys should be in the team trophy hunt and, with some luck, could threaten Iowa or Penn State for the title. After OSU, second place is up-for-grabs. Iowa State has some big guns and will thrive in tournament settings. Wyoming has a back half of a lineup that few can match. They are a solid dual team that should be able to perform in tournaments. The same can be said for South Dakota State. Northern Iowa had a lot of new faces in their lineup, but most performed well. They have a pair of number one seeds. 

Below you’ll find the top eight seeds at each weight, along with a preview of the action that will take place Saturday and Sunday from Tulsa, Oklahoma. We have also made our predictions for the top-six at all ten weights and in the team race. 

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1) #6 Brody Teske (Northern Iowa)

2) #4 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley)

3) #20 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (Oklahoma State)

4) #24 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia)

5) #25 Danny Vega (South Dakota State)

6) Cody Phippen (Air Force)

7) Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)

8) Mason Naifeh (Oklahoma)

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