photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
Earlier this evening NCAA champion Seth Gross (South Dakota State) released a video through social media stating that he would not be competing for the remainder of the 2018-19 season due to injury. Seth has been dealing with a back issue for years, and it has gotten to the point where he will be getting surgery to correct the problem. Gross estimates his recovery time is six months. The video indicates that he will seek a medical redshirt for this season, but he will have to wait to see if this is approved.
Gross was slated to meet Tariq Wilson (NC State) in early November at the NWCA All-Star Classic, in a rematch of their epic NCAA semifinal match. TOM had learned at the time that he had to withdraw from the event due to this injury. At the time, the SDSU staff feared it could be severe enough to threaten his season. Seth did compete in the Jackrabbits first dual meet of the season eight days after the All-Star match when he pinned Josiah Kline (Arizona State). This was the only time that he has competed in 2018-19. Currently, Seth is a two-time NCAA finalist and 2018 champion, the first for South Dakota State at the DI level.
In the video, Seth reiterated that his ultimate focus is on winning world and Olympic medals, so he does plan to return to the mat in freestyle, regardless of whether he gets a medical waiver for 2019-20.
Here is Seth Gross’ press conference after winning his NCAA title: