What are the longest active winning streaks in NCAA Division I wrestling? We run down the weights and find out!
The number of days were calculated by subtracting the wrestler's first scheduled event from his last loss.
125 Pounds: Darian Cruz, Lehigh
21 Matches -- 341 DaysThe Mountain Hawks' first national champion since Zach Rey in 2011 had a nearly flawless redshirt junior season. Cruz took a 7-0 loss to Minnesota's Ethan Lizak in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Southern Scuffle but has been undefeated since.
133 Pounds: Kaid Brock, Oklahoma State
1 Match -- 240 DaysBrock is the de facto leader at the moment, due to the graduation of Iowa's Cory Clark, last year's 133-pound champ. Every other returning All-American either lost his last match (runner-up Seth Gross, fourth-placer Stevan Micic, and eighth-placer Scott Parker) or is moving down to 125 (Nathan Tomasello).
141 Pounds: Dean Heil, Oklahoma State
41 Matches -- 631 DaysHeil's last loss was to North Carolina's Joey Ward in overtime at the penultimate dual of the 2015-16 season. Following his only loss of the year, Mean Dean went on to win his first national championship afterwards. The Brunswick, Ohio, native then won all his matches and his second national championship last season. He'll enter his redshirt senior year with an opportunity to put together one of the greatest careers in the Cowboys' illustrious history.
Watch Heil beat DiCamillo in the 2017 NCAA finals in the video below.
149 Pounds: Zain Retherford, Penn State
64 Matches -- 1,330 DaysThe Zain Train is rolling along with the most impressive winning streak in college wrestling right now, both in terms of total wins and days since his last loss. That particular piece of trivia belongs to Edinboro's Mitchell Port, who felled Retherford in the consolation semifinals of the 2014 NCAA tournament, just over 3 1/2 years ago.
Watch Retherford take out Lavion Mayes in the 2017 NCAA finals in the video below.
157 Pounds: Jason Nolf, Penn State
27 Matches -- 602 DaysYatesboro, PA's own Jason Nolf only has two losses in his varsity career, both during his redshirt freshman campaign to Illinois' Isaiah Martinez. The second IMar loss was in the finals of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Nolf was perfect last year and will have two more seasons to try and stay that way.
165 Pounds: Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State
7 Matches -- 250 DaysCenzo didn't win the Big Ten Championship, placing third after a semifinal loss to Isaiah Martinez. Jospeh got revenge in the finals, when he pinned IMar in dramatic fashion. That ended Martinez's 43-match win streak, which he had been on since his loss Jason Nolf, 418 days prior to the 2017 NCAA finals.
174 Pounds: Mark Hall, Penn State
5 Matches -- 250 DaysLike his teammate Joseph, Hall didn't win the Big Ten tournament, losing to Ohio State's Bo Jordan in the finals. Also like his teammate, Hall got revenge on his vanquisher in the 2017 NCAA finals. Hall and Joseph have three more years to attempt to extend their current winning streaks.
184 Pounds: Bo Nickal, Penn State
7 Matches -- 250 DaysNickal, like his teammates Hall and Joseph, did not win the Big Ten tournament. Unlike his teammates, Nickal did not get revenge against the opponent who beat him in the conference tournament, as he did not see Ohio State's Myles Martin at NCAAs. Instead Nickal beat Gabe Dean in the NCAA finals and ended the Cornell senior's 44-match win streak.
197 Pounds: Kollin Moore, Ohio State
2 Matches -- 233 DaysThe Mountain from Burbank, Ohio, finished third at the NCAAs, giving him a humble two-match win streak at the moment. Last year's finalists J'den Cox and Brett Pfarr, however, are both out of eligibility and Moore is only a sophomore, giving him ample opportunity to add to his streak.
285 Pounds: Kyle Snyder, Ohio State
28 Matches -- 961 DaysThough he is "only" on a 28-match win streak, Snyder has the second-longest win streak of anyone still in possession of NCAA eligibility. Snyder has been on an abbreviated college schedule the last two years due to his international freestyle commitments; however, that has not stopped the Woodbine, MD, native from claiming two consecutive NCAA titles over the last 2 1/2 years and counting.
Watch Snyder triumph over Connor Medbery in the 2017 NCAA finals in the video below.