photo courtesy of West Liberty athletics
2021 Super Regional III Preview
Where: Tiffin University
Brackets (when available): TrackWrestling
2020 Champions - Notre Dame College
#5 Ashland University
#15 Findlay University
Glenville State University
#10 University of Indianapolis
#24 Notre Dame College
Ohio Valley University
#22 Tiffin University
#6 West Liberty University
Lake Erie College
There are a couple of new faces in Super Regional III this season as Glenville State joins and Wheeling University is back under new branding. This region is as tough as ever, though, with six teams ranked in the top-25 and three of those ranked in the top-10. There will be a three-way race for the regional crown between Ashland, West Liberty, and a resurgent Indianapolis. Ashland is back to its winning ways under new head coach Colt Sponseller who took over the program late in the fall. West Liberty has grown by leaps and bounds in their second season with Danny Irwin at the helm and it’s not impossible to see them as a trophy threat in St Louis. And of course, there are the Greyhounds led by Jason Warthan, who have surged this season in the GVLC and a Super Region III crown would be the last feather in their caps. Tiffin has lost some studs, but they still have the always entertaining Nick “Curly” Mason at 197. My biggest question marks surround Notre Dame College; they were able to put together a title run last year in what was a big surprise to me. Can they do it again and shock this region and show that rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated?
This is going to be a region that suffers significantly under the qualifier rules in 2021. No one may have liked the old model, but after this abomination of a postseason, I expect that we will all be happy to have them back next season. With 31 wrestlers currently ranked in the top-16, even in a typical season, good wrestlers would be missing the cut. This year, at the very least, five or six of them, will have no shot at making the tournament.
Follow along as I take a look at every weight and make my predictions for Top Four and the two wrestlers who will represent SRI at each weight with the automatic qualifying spots. And I take my best guess at who will get those coveted wildcards.
#5 Cole Laya (West Liberty) 2019 Champion
#11 Corey Game (Lake Erie)
#12 Christian Wellman (Ashland)
#15 Zach Collins (Findlay)
#16 Brandon Mendoza (Tiffin)
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