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The Way Too Early 2018-19 NCAA Division I Preview: 141 Pounds

Yianni Diakomihalis

Photo by Jonny Ruggiano

Wrestling never stops and while the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships get smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror, many DI fans have already turned their attention to this 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:

Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell - 1st place

Joey McKenna, Ohio State - 3rd place

Jaydin Eierman, Missouri - 4th place

Nick Lee, Penn State - 5th place

Chad Red, Nebraska - 7th place

Sa'Derian Perry, Eastern Michigan - 8th place

Michael Carr, Illinois – R12

Brock Zacherl, Clarion – R12

Cole Weaver, Indiana – R16

Nic Gil, Navy – R16

Vince Turk, Iowa – R16

Eli Stickley, Wisconsin – 1-2

Mason Smith, TBD – 1-2

Brent Moore, Virginia Tech – 1-2

Tejon Anthony, George Mason – 1-2

Luke Karam, Lehigh – 1-2

Henry Pohlmeyer, South Dakota State – 1-2

Ryan Diehl, Maryland – 1-2

Nate Limmex, Purdue – 1-2

Kyle Shoop, Lock Haven – 1-2

Josh Alber, Northern Iowa – 0-2

Russell Rohlfing, CSU Bakersfield – 0-2

Alex Madrigal, Old Dominion – 0-2

Evan Cheek, Cleveland State – 0-2

Tommy Thorn, Minnesota – 0-2

AC Headlee, North Carolina - 0-2

Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State – 0-2

The news that true freshman NCAA champion Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) won his title despite tearing an ACL in the quarterfinals was not only an incredible story, it also made next season potentially much more interesting. We saw Spencer Lee (Iowa) have surgery to repair a similar injury in March of 2017, then win an NCAA crown a year later. However, we also saw Lee hauling around a massive knee brace for the bulk of the season before shedding it for nationals. Complicating matters for Diakomihalis is that Cornell does not allow redshirts. He could, as we see on a somewhat regular basis with Ivy League athletes, withdraw from school for a time to grayshirt, but that means decisions surrounding his ability to wrestle will have to be made earlier than they might be elsewhere. There is no question that a healthy Yianni, who finished 37-1, would be the favorite next season. The biggest question is when will we see him back at 100 percent?

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