The NCAA Championships are always full of compelling storylines. One of my favorite ones to follow on a yearly basis is the top seniors who have yet to earn All-American honors. Once we get deep into the tournament, you’ll find fans of any and all teams pulling for those seniors that have paid their dues, gotten close to the podium, time and time again, only to fall short. Seeing one of those wrestlers break into the top-eight can be a magical experience. Look no further than a year ago when Domenic Abounader (Michigan) won an 11-9 match in the tiebreakers over All-American Peter Renda (NC State) to clinch a top-six finish at the tournament. Domenic had been seeded in the top nine every year (5th, 4th, 8th, 9th), won a Big Ten title, and lost once in the Round of 12, before his fifth-place finish in 2018.
We have poured through the brackets and found eight seniors that have had remarkable careers, each in their own right, but have had the honor of All-American evade them in prior seasons and here they are.
***Note Anthony Cassar (Penn State) is not included as it seems likely that he will receive a sixth year of eligibility after missing two full seasons due to injury****
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