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The 2023-24 NCAA D1 Lightweight Redshirt Report

The 2023-24 NCAA D1 Lightweight Redshirt Report

Here are some of the lightweight wrestlers we didn't see last season to keep an eye on during the upcoming season.

Oct 3, 2023 by Kyle Klingman
The 2023-24 NCAA D1 Lightweight Redshirt Report

Below is a partial list of NCAA D1 lightweight wrestlers (125, 133, 141) who are returning and will contest for a varsity spot after an interval of at least one year.

Middleweight Redshirt Report
Heavyweight Redshirt Report

125 Pounds

Drake Ayala: Iowa, Sophomore
2022-23 record: 13-1

Ayala will be back in the line-up for the Hawkeyes at some point after entering the line-up as a true freshman when Spencer Lee medically redshirted. The Fort Dodge, Iowa, native reached the finals of the 2022 Soldier Salute in Coralville where he was pinned by Lee in the finals. This was his lone setback during a redshirt season where he dominated most of the competition. Ayala went 1-2 at the 2022 NCAA Championships. 

Troy Spratley: Oklahoma State, Freshman
2022-23 record: 8-2

Spratley was at Minnesota last season but transferred to Oklahoma State. This will give the Cowboys a boost since they were in need of a 125-pounder. The Eufaula, Oklahoma, native placed eighth at the prestigious Southern Scuffle, dropping matches to Noah Surtin (Missouri) and Nico Provo (Stanford).

North Carolina State: Jakob Camacho, Senior
2022-23 record: 0-0

Camacho returns to the line-up after a medical redshirt but he still has to get by last season’s starter Jarett Trombley. Trombley qualified for nationals at 125 in 2023 and 133 in 2021 but faces a log jam between these two weights. There is every reason to believe that Camacho will make the podium in 2024 after qualifying three times and reaching the round of 12 in 2021. 

Robert Howard: Penn State, Sophmore
2022-23 record: 0-0

We have seen much of Howard since his 7-6 true freshman season. He won a pair of matches at the 2021 NCAA Championships but has battled injuries ever since. 

Spencer Moore: North Carolina, Sophomore
2023 record: 8-3

Moore entered college as a 17-year-old and was in the varsity line-up as a true freshman. His 13-16 rookie season isn’t indicative of what he can do. There is optimism that he can continue to grow and score team points at the NCAA Championships. 

Sheldon Seymour: Lehigh, Sophomore
2022-23 record: 25-5

Seymour is expected to return to the lineup after redshirting in 2023. The Troy, Pennsylvania, native started in 2022 but missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships. He wrestled in several tournaments last season, including the Midlands. 

Brendan McCrone: Ohio State, Freshman
2022-23 record: 15-4

McCrone redshirted last season but saw varsity action against Maryland and Indiana in duals — losing both. He’s in a three-way battle with Andre Gonzales and Vinny Kilkeary for the starting spot. 

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Iowa 125-pounder Drake Ayala talks about coming back to the mat after being sidelined with an injury.

133 Pounds

Nic Bouzakis: Ohio State, Freshman
2022-23 record: 11-1

There’s lots of optimism about what Bouzakis can do — especially after his bronze medal performance at the 2023 U20 World Championships. The Wyoming Seminary star was perfect at 133 last season but lost 14-6 against Tom Crook at 141 during the Virginia Tech dual. The Buckeyes should be excited about having Bouzakis in the line-up after a redshirt year.

Zeke Seltzer: Missouri, Freshman
2022-23 record: 20-7

Seltzer will battle teammate Trey Crawford for the starting 133-pound spot following the graduation of Connor Brown. Seltzer appears to be a good option after a solid true freshman campaign. He wrestled in six tournaments and was the starter for the Northern Iowa dual, where he lost to Kyle Biscoglia, 5-2.

Cory Land: Northern Iowa, Freshman
2022-23 record: 11-6

Land had ACL surgery this year but will be in the mix for the starting 133-pound spot. The 2021 U17 Greco World silver medalist could be an important piece of the Panther line-up with the graduation of Kyle Biscoglia.

Garrett Grice: Iowa State, Freshman
2022-23 record: 13-2

Grice transferred from Virginia where he dropped two close matches during the season. He will battle Corey Cabanban for the starting spot. 

Ryan Crookham: Lehigh, Freshman
2022-23 record: 8-1

Crookham was a top high school prospect but he has teammate Connor McGonagle — ranked #6 — standing his way. His lone loss last season was a 3-1 setback to two-time All-American Chris Cannon. 

Dylan Shawver: Rutgers, Sophomore
2022-23 record: 12-5

Shawver won two matches at the 2022 NCAA Championships and will be back in the line-up following a 12-5 2022-23 season. His most recent college competition was the 2022 Midlands Championships where he went 3-2. 

Gabe Wisenhunt: Oregon State, Freshman
2022-23 record: 9-5

Wisenhunt was 1-1 in varsity duals as a true freshman — losing 17-8 to Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young and winning 12-4 over Richie Castro-Sandoval of Cal State-Bakersfield. 

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Ohio State’s Nic Bouzakis opens up about his first year in Columbus and why he’s excited for year two.

141 Pounds

Josh Edmond: Missouri, Sophomore
2022-23 record: 5-2

Edmond was a 2022 NCAA tournament qualifier who redshirted last season where teammate Allan Hart reached the Round of 12 during his senior campaign. The Detroit, Michigan, native is currently ranked #14 at 141 pounds.

Gavin Drexler: North Dakota State, Freshman
2022-23 record: 15-5

Drexler wrestled in five tournaments and went 1-1 in varsity duals. 

Briar Priest: Pittsburgh, Freshman
2022-23 record: 8-4

Priest likely won’t see the line-up with Cole Matthews in the way, but he could see varsity action if Matthews sits out a few duals or tournaments. 

Jack Gioffre: Virginia, Freshman
2022-23 record: 4-2

Gioffre wrestled at the Southern Scuffle and was used during the Northwestern dual, where he won, 7-6, over Joel Vandervere. 

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