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197 lb. NCAA Championship Preview

By Eric Olanowski, 03/14/17, 8:00AM EDT


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Eric Olanowski

Eric Olanowski


St. Louis, MO - The favorite at 197 lbs. is two-time NCAA Champion, J'den Cox (Missouri). Cox comes into St. Louis with a career record of 126-5 and is currently undefeated on the season, with a 23-0 record. 

In my opinion, this weight class has three tiers. J'den Cox in tier one, (2) Brett Pfarr (Minnesota), (3)Kollin Moore (Ohio State) and (4) Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) are tier two, and tier three is the remaining field. 

This season, Cox has wrestled each of the other top four seeded guys, winning all of those matches by two points. 

In the semi-finals (top side), if all seeds hold true, J'den Cox will take on (4) Jared Haught for a spot in the Saturday night's finals. These two wrestle in late November during the Missouri vs. Virginia Tech dual. J'den Cox was victorious in that bout by a score of 2-0.  Since that loss, Haught is 20-1, with his only loss coming at  the hands up Brett Pfarr at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. Haught has went on to win an ACC title and is currently on an eighteen match win streak. 

On the bottom side, we could potentially see a Big Ten finals rematch with (3) Kollin Moore (Ohio State) vs. (2) Brett Pfarr (Minnestoa). Moore was 0-2 vs. Pfarr before the Big Ten finals but was able to knock off Pfarr in a match where we saw TWENTY-SIX points put on the board. 

An early upset? 

Brett Harner (Princeton) over (7) Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska)! 

Studebaker, a round of twelve guy last season comes in with a 27-8 record. Last season, Harner became the ninth wrestler in Princeton history to become an All-American, taking eighth place. Harner is currently 14-8 on the season. 

 These guys have wrestled three times, with two of those times going to overtime. In those three matches, Studebaker has came out on top in two-thirds of the time. 

Although Harner is rumored to be hurt, he does still have the ability to shake up the bottom half of this bracket by knocking off Aaron Studebaker. 

Quick Note:

Pay attention to Sean Scott (NIU) and Kevin Beazley. Both of these guys have very winnable matches in round two. If they are able to win in round two, even with a loss in the quarters, they'd have a date with the blood round with an opportunity to win one more match an become an NCAA All-American. 

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NCAA All-American list by state

By OWN Staff 03/22/2015, 1:30pm EDT

PA leads the way, followed by Ohio

All American’s By State
California (5)
125-Nahshon Garrett, Cornell
141-Chris Mecate, Old Dominion
157-Isaiah Martinez, Illinois
165-Jim Wilson, Stanford
197-Morgan McIntosh, Penn State

Colorado (2)
197-Nathan Burak, Iowa
285-Connor Medbery, Wisconsin

Connecticut (1)
141-Kevin Jack, NC State

Delaware (1)
HWT-Bobby Telford, Iowa

Florida (1)
133-Rossi Bruno, Michigan

Illinois (4)
125-Eddie Klimara, OK State
133-Chris Dardanes, Minnesota
141-Lavion Mayes, Missouri
157-Brian Murphy, Michigan

Indiana (1)
149-Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern

Iowa (5)
125-Thomas Gilman, Iowa
133-Cory Clark, Iowa
149-Brandon Sorensen, Iowa
184-Willie Miklus, Missouri
197-Kyven Gadson, Iowa State

Maryland (1)
197-Kyle Snyder, Ohio St.

Massachusetts (1)
184-Vic Avery, Edinboro

Michigan (4)
125-Conor Youtsey, Michigan
165-Jackson Morse, Illinois
184-Gabe Dean, Cornell
285-Adam Coon, Michigan

Minnesota (4)
157-Dylan Ness, Minnesota
174-Kurtis Julson, North Dakota St.
184-Hayden Zillmer, North Dakota St.
HWT-Mike Kroells, Minnesota

Missouri (5)
125-Alan Waters, Missouri
133-Cody Brewer, Oklahoma
149-Drake Houdashelt, Missouri
184-Blake Stauffer, Arizona St.
197-J’Den Cox, Missouri

New Jersey (8)
141-Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers
149-Chris Villalonga, Cornell
149-BJ Clagon, Rider
149-Lenny Richardson, Old Dominion
157-James Green, Nebraska
165: Taylor Walsh, Indiana
165: Ethan Ramos, North Carolina
HWT-Jimmy Lawson, Penn St.

New York (2)
157-Brian Realbuto, Cornell
285-Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State

North Dakota (1)
197-Scott Schiller, Minnesota

Ohio (11)
125-Nathan Tomasello, Ohio St.
133-Ryan Taylor, Wisconsin
141-Logan Stieber, Ohio St.
141-Dean Heil, OK State
149-David Habat, Edinboro
157-Ian Miller, Kent St.
157-Nick Brascetta, Virginia Tech
165-Bo Jordan, Ohio St.
165-Nick Sulzer, Virginia
165-Isaac Jordan, Wisconsin
HWT-Ty Walz, Virginia Tech

Oklahoma (1)
174-Kyle Crutchmer, Oklahoma State

Pennsylvania (13)
125-Zeke Moisey, West Virginia
125-Jordan Conaway, Penn St.
133-Jimmy Gulibon, Penn St.
133-Mason Beckman, Lehigh
133-AJ Schopp, Edinboro
141-Mitchell Port, Edinboro
149-Dan Neff, Lock Haven
157-Mitchell Minotti, Lehigh
174-Mike Evans, Iowa
174-Ty Wilps, Pittsburgh
184-Nate Brown, Lehigh
184-Kenny Courts, Ohio St.
285-Mike McMullan, Northwestern

South Carolina (1)
Tim Dudley, Nebraska

South Dakota (2)
174-Robert Kokesh, Nebraska
174-Logan Storley, Minnesota

Utah (1)
174-Matt Brown, Penn St.

Virginia (3)
141-Devin Carter, Virginia Tech
174-Zach Epperly, Virginia Tech
197-Max Huntley, Michigan

Washington (1)
197-Connor Hartmann, Duke

Wisconsin (1)
165-Alex Dieringer, OK State

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