Each year there are plenty of blue-chip, “can't-miss’ freshman that inhabit the landscape of DI wrestling. They jump in and experience early success and never look back. These are not those guys. Today, we are discussing the best breakout performances of the 2018-19 season. While some of these wrestlers may have been considered high-quality recruits coming of high school, they have had either injuries, poor performance, lack of a spot in the lineup or late-development which can be to blame for some of their early struggles. Whichever is the case, they have broken out big time this year.
A “breakout” performer for college wrestling can be a hard label to define. The simplest explanation for me is that they are ones that have jumped multiple levels or tiers from one season to the next. For instance, there are a few wrestlers on this list that did not win a match at the NCAA Championships or even qualify for the event in 2018 and now find themselves in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.
So, here are ten of the biggest breakout performances, thus far in the 2018-19 DI college season.
Rayvon Foley (Michigan State)
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