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To Redshirt or Not; A Look at Redshirt History of the 2018 DI All-Americans


At this time of year, with the new season just around the corner, head coaches nationwide are having to make the decision, “to redshirt or not.” Will they give their blue-chip recruits a chance to come in and wrestle immediately or build them up and prepare them for a run a year from now? Others may compete off the bat then take a redshirt later. Some never take one. There isn’t a right or wrong way to handle a redshirt. Even coach I’ve ever talked to says they will evaluate each on a “case by case basis.”

Here are the 2017-18 All-American and each of their redshirt stories; if and when they were taken.

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1st Place - Spencer Lee (Iowa)

Spencer Lee was pulled from redshirt in the middle of his freshman season and went on to win an NCAA title at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

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