Next Season's Returning NCAA All-Americans: 133 Pounds
We've already taken a look at the top 20 teams ranked by order of returning NCAA points. Now we are going through each weight class and highlight every All-American returning for the 2017-18 season.
Top 20 Returning NCAA Points | 125 Pounds Returning AAs
We will have a better idea of who will be taking redshirts and what weight classes they will be in as we get closer to the start of the season. Until then, here are our best guesses, though feel free to holler at us with any updates on those topics.
Returns 1 National Champion And 8 All-American HonorsThe strength of this weight class will depend on what Nathan Tomasello decides to do. Rumor is that NaTo is waiting for UWW to reveal the revised freestyle weight classes, which will reportedly happen after the World Championships in Paris in late August. The 125 weight class will obviously get a lot tougher if NaTo makes the drop, and 133 conversely weakens what is already a relatively thin weight.
Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State 1, 3, 3, ?Tomasello will be a favorite at either 125 or 133. He won 125 pounds as a freshman but then settled for third the next two years, losing to Thomas Gilman in the semifinals at 125 pounds in 2016 and to Cory Clark in the semis at 133 pounds in 2017. Both Hawkeyes have graduated, so it will be up to someone new to stop NaTo from once again reaching the pinnacle.
Seth Gross, South Dakota State DNP, 2, ?, ?Gross made it to the round of 12 as a freshman up at 141 but had more success last year down at 133. The Jackrabbits rising junior made the finals in St. Louis, where he was felled by Iowa's Cory Clark. Gross will be one of the favorites to take 133 if he stays down at this weight for the upcoming season.
Stevan Micic, Michigan 4, ?, ?, ?Micic started his college career in Northwestern down at 125 pounds but transferred to Michigan after his true freshman year. Micic spent his first year in Ann Arbor taking a redshirt and bulking up to 133. Last year was his breakthrough season for the Wolverines, finishing fourth in St. Louis. Micic's two losses at the tournament were to eventual champ Cory Clark in the quarterfinals and to Tomasello in the consolation finals.
Kaid Brock, Oklahoma State 5, ?, ?, ?Brock came up slightly short of expectations in St. Louis, finishing fifth after earning a the No. 3 seed in the tournament. That is still an impressive showing for a freshman, and head coach John Smith and the rest of the Oklahoma State Cowboys will be counting on Brock to be in the mix for a title next year.
Scott Parker, Lehigh DNP, 8, ?, ?The Mountain Hawks got solid production out of Parker in 2015 when he qualified for the NCAAs his true freshman year at 125 pounds. Parker then took a redshirt year to muscle up to 133, where he made the podium in St. Louis. The brown and white faithful will be looking for him to improve on that finish next year.
Connor Schram, Stanford DNP, 8, DNP, ?Schram has had better luck at the NCAA tournament at 125 pounds, where he finished eighth in 2016. His other two appearances were at 133 pounds and ended without a spot on the podium steps. Schram will still be a dangerous competitor at either weight class this year.
You can watch Tomasello beat Micic in the third place bout of the 2017 NCAAs in the video below.
Did we miss anybody? Let us know! And stay tuned for 141 coming up next!