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The Way Too Early 2018-19 NCAA Division I Preview: 125 Pounds

Spencer Lee vs. Nick Suriano

Photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com

Just over a week removed from the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, wrestling season keeps rolling along. There are high school national championships going on, the women's Under 23 World Team Trials were last weekend, and the men's freestyle World Cup is on the horizon. Wrestling never stops, but for DI fans, the season's glow is fading and many are turning their attention to the fall. This is the time for speculation and over the next several months, fan bases across the country will whip themselves into a frenzy at what might be. To help you get a frame of reference to just what might be coming for your favorite teams and wrestlers, we're going through each weight looking at returning NCAA qualifiers, key additions who redshirted, were backups, or were injured last season, as well as incoming recruits. We'll also take an early stab at weight changes we could see. Yes, this is all way too early and things will change, but it is never too soon to start dreaming. Enjoy!

Returning 2018 NCAA Qualifiers:

Spencer Lee, Iowa - 1st place

Nick Suriano, Rutgers - 2nd place

Ethan Lizak, Minnesota - 4th place

Sebastian Rivera, Northwestern - 6th place

Ronnie Bresser, Oregon State - 7th place

Zeke Moisey, West Virginia - 8th place

Louie Hayes, Virginia – R12

Taylor LaMont, Utah Valley – R12

Nick Piccininni, Oklahoma State – R12

Ryan Millhof, Arizona State – R16

Sean Russell, Edinboro – R16

Travis Piotrowski, Illinois – R16

Drew Mattin, Michigan – R16

Elijah Oliver, Indiana – 1-2

Michael McGee, Old Dominion – 1-2

Kyle Norstrem, Virginia Tech – 1-2

Connor Brown, South Dakota State – 1-2

Sean Fausz, NC State – 1-2

Brock Hudkins, Northern Illinois – 1-2

Gabe Townsell, Stanford – 1-2

Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga – 1-2

RayVon Foley, Michigan State – 0-2

Jacob Schwarm, Northern Iowa – 0-2

Paul Bianchi, North Dakota State – 0-2

Gage Curry, American – 0-2

Christian Moody, Oklahoma – 0-2

Just seven seniors, two of them 2018 All-Americans, populated the 125-pound bracket in Cleveland leaving a lot of talent and experience returning to the weight class this fall. Both national finalists are back and there is a large group of wrestlers who finished off the podium this year that will expect to make the top eight in Pittsburgh.

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