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Look Out DII Champs! These Challengers Will Return in 2019-20

Royal, Isaih

photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com

Fresh on the heels of the firestorm that my “What if” article has caused, I thought I might look at the wrestlers who next season might make the list of Division II champions not invited to the Division I national tournament. It may seem like a long shot at some of these weights with eight returning national champions, but I am going to pick two wrestlers who did not win the national title last season that I believe could win it all.

In 2018-19 there were three returning national champions and only one of them was able to duplicate the feat. Chris Eddins from Pitt-Johnstown followed up his sophomore run with another title in Cleveland. He returns looking to complete the three-peat. Bret Romanzak (Ashland) and Terrance Fanning (Wheeling Jesuit) both fell short of their goals to repeat as Division II national champions last season, but Bret still has a year of eligibility left. Depending on the outcome of his horrific injury from the national tournament, he may still have a chance to become a two-time champion. Seven other student-athletes will be after their second Division II Men’s Wrestling National Championship this coming season, but they are just the tip of the iceberg in what is a talented pool of collegiate wrestlers.

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Highest Ranked Returner: Carlos Jacques (Sr) Lindenwood University - National Champion

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