#1 Isaiah Martinez (ILL) – 27-0 [20 bonus wins]
#2 Logan Massa (UM) – 27-2 [18 bonus wins]
#3 Vincenzo Joseph (PSU) – 17-4
#4 Isaac Jordan (UW) – 24-4 [13 bonus wins]
This is a weight class that will see each of the top four seeds reach the semis. If you’re a Wisconsin fan, you hate to see that loss by Jordan in the third place match at B1G’s, making his path to another NCAA finals appearance much more difficult. The freshman duo of Joseph (PSU) and Massa (UM) have shown us that they can run with the old bulls of this weight class. At the same time, Penn State fans need to be leery of their first round matchup, as one of Joseph’s four losses came to Keaton Subject of Stanford in their early season dual.
I’m taking Walsh of Ryder and Lewis of Missouri as two wrestlers that could shake things up in the championship portion of this bracket. When it comes to darkhorses outside of the top ten seeds, I think this time of year is ripe for Drew Hughes of MSU to make a run. The NCAA tournament is so much about positioning, not making mistakes, getting off bottom, and riding tough on top; all areas that Hughes excels at.
Second round matchups:
157 lb. NCAA Championship Preview
285 lb. NCAA Championship Preview