One of my favorite things to track during the opening weeks of the collegiate season is the progress of the freshmen, true and redshirt. Most come into their respective schools with a ton of high school accolades and plenty of hope for the future. Then reality sets in. College is a whole different ballgame and some freshmen thrive while the majority struggle. Now, there are plenty of freshmen that experienced early bumps in the road and righted the ship to have an excellent career. Today we’ll look at some of the notable freshmen that took the mat last weekend and how they fared. What makes this fun is that some are freshmen that we all expected to be great while others are yet to be household names. For this exercise, we’re only looking at freshmen that are now starting or stand a reasonable chance to get into their team’s lineup.
In the third week of the DI wrestling season, we got an authentic glimpse into what life is like for most college freshmen. Some wrestlers that had previously tantalized fans with eye-popping talent, fell victim to older, more seasoned veterans. That’s okay and natural. Aside from the Yianni Diakomihalis’ and Isaiah Martinez’s of the world, most freshmen have a loss or two at the beginning of the year that doesn’t seem to make sense a couple of months later.
Nic Aguilar (Rutgers) - Last weekend, the Scarlet Knight headed out west for a pair of dual in California, home of Nic Aguilar. Nic got the nod in the first of the two matches, Friday’s dual with Fresno State. He responded with a win via fall over the Bulldogs Robert Garcia. Season Record: 7-1
Jakob Camacho (NC State) - NC State saw their dual season get underway, which meant the debut for a pair of highly anticipated freshmen. The first is Jakob Camacho, who went 26-2 while redshirting in 2018-19. Camacho had a rough first dual meet, losing to Old Dominion’s Killian Cardinale, 6-5. At the Wolfpack Open, Camacho rebounded and had five wins to get the tournament title. Second Record: 5-1
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