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What Will Seeds Look Like At The 2018 Big Ten Tournament?

What Will Seeds Look Like At The 2018 Big Ten Tournament?

The pre-seeds for next week's Big Ten tournament won't be released until Monday, but we're giving you an idea of how the brackets might shake out.

Feb 21, 2018 by Wrestling Nomad
What Will Seeds Look Like At The 2018 Big Ten Tournament?
The 2018 Big Ten championships begin next weekend in East Lansing, Michigan. All 14 teams will converge on Michigan State's campus to determine the conference champions and NCAA qualifiers.

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The 2018 Big Ten championships begin next weekend in East Lansing, Michigan. All 14 teams will converge on Michigan State's campus to determine the conference champions and NCAA qualifiers.

Typically, the pre-seeds for the conference championships are released on Monday of the week of the event. So we're giving you a little jump on things to start getting an idea of how the brackets might shake out and what the quarterfinals could look like.

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Big Tens start next Saturday morning at 8:30 and finish up on Sunday. The seed projections are based in part off of our conference rankings, as well as our automatic qualifier allocation projections.

125 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Nick Suriano

Rutgers

Rivera 2x


2

Spencer Lee

Iowa

Tomasello, Rivera, Lizak


3

Nathan Tomasello

Ohio State

Lizak, Welch, Mattin

Lee

4

Sebastian Rivera

Northwestern

Welch, Piotrowski, Oliver

Lee, Suriano 2x

5

Ethan Lizak

Minnesota

Piotrowski, Mattin

Mattin, Tomasello, Lee

6

Luke Welch

Purdue

Mattin, Foley

Rivera, Foley, Tomasello

7

Drew Mattin

Michigan

Lizak, Foley

Tomasello, Foley, Welch

8

RayVon Foley

Michigan State

Mattin, Welch

Tomasello, Oliver, Polakowski

9

Travis Piotrowski

Illinois

Oliver, Cray, Maginnis

Jimenez, Welch

10

Elijah Oliver

Indiana

Foley, Maginnis

Piotrowski, Welch

11

Mitchell Maginnis

Nebraska

Jimenez, Cray

Foley, Oliver, Schroder

12

Johnny Jimenez

Wisconsin

Piotrowski

Maginnis

13

Brandon Cray

Maryland

Schnupp

Stickley, Maginnis, Rotondo

14

Carson Kuhn

Penn State



Commentary: One of the first things you'll notice is that all 14 guys are seeded. That only occurs when the conference is given greater than eight automatic qualifier allocations. Nick Suriano gets the top seed over Spencer Lee based on Midlands placement, though Suriano's only wins over guys seeded in the top 10 were against Rivera at Midlands and the dual meet.

After Nathan Tomasello, it gets a little dicey. Sebastian Rivera and Ethan Lizak did not meet this year, and Lizak split with Drew Mattin. RayVon Foley is also tough to seed, as he has split with Mattin and Luke Welch, getting the more recent win both times. But Foley has also lost to Elijah Oliver and Steve Polakowski. Plus, Mattin has a win over Lizak, and Welch is 1-0 against Mattin.

133 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Stevan Micic

Michigan

Pletcher, McKee, Renteria

Pletcher

2

Luke Pletcher

Ohio State

Micic, DelVecchio

Micic

3

Mitchell McKee

Minnesota

DelVecchio, Keener

Micic

4

Jason Renteria

Nebraska

Lantz, Griffin, Delvecchio

Micic

5

Scott DelVecchio

Rutgers

Duncan, Keeneer, Glynn

McKee, Renteria, Pletcher

6

Corey Keener

Penn State

Glynn, Thornton

Delvecchio, McKee, Micic

7

Dylan Duncan

Illinois

Lantz, Glynn, Valdiviez

DelVecchio, Valdiviez

8

Paul Glynn

Iowa

Valdiviez, Thornton, Lantz

Keener, Konrath

Commentary: Jason Renteria is extremely difficult to seed due to his low number of matches, but his win over Scott DelVecchio slots him in fourth. Ultimately it appears to not matter, as the two will get a rematch in the quarters. Dylan Duncan goes seventh based on his win over Paul Glynn, who beat Ben Thornton of Purdue. Thornton is last man out for seeding and will be drawn in randomly. Thornton has somewhat of an argument to be seventh, as he is 1-0 against Colin Valdiviez and Duncan is 1-1.

141 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Joey McKenna

Ohio State

Lee, Limmex

Thorn

2

Nick Lee

Penn State

Thorn, Limmex

McKenna

3

Mike Carr

Illinois

Limmex, Weaver, Red

Thorn, Murin

4

Nate Limmex

Purdue

Stickley, Weaver, Red

Stickley, Weaver, Thomas

5

Cole Weaver

Indiana

Red, Turk, Stickley

Profaci, Carr, Limmex

6

Chad Red

Nebraska

Stickley, Profaci, Thorn

Weaver, Limmex, Carr

7

Tommy Thorn

Minnesota

Profaci, Carr, McKenna

Diehl, Happel, Lee, Red

8

Vince Turk

Iowa

Profaci

Van Brill

9

Sal Profaci

Michigan

Stickley, Weaver, Martin

Turk

10

Eli Stickley

Wisconsin

Limmex, Gasca, Diehl

Limmex, Profaci, Gasca

11

Ryan Diehl

Maryland

Thorn, Martin, Van Brill

Happel, Stickley

12

Javier Gasca

Michigan State

Happel, Thomas


13

Mike Van Brill

Rutgers

A. McKenna, Happel, Turk

Thomas, Diehl, Happel

14

Alec McKenna

Northwestern



Commentary: What an absurd weight to seed. Tommy Thorn beats the one and three seeds but also loses to Ryan Diehl and Carter Happel. Sal Profaci has losses to guys below him, and Nate Limmex split with both Cole Weaver and Eli Stickley. No one has a clean resume, including Mike Carr, who has a bad loss to Mike Murin. The same can be said for Nate Limmex, who lost to Yahya Thomas. But the cleanest arrangement for 3-7 starts with Carr and ends with Thorn.

149 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Zain Retherford

Penn State

Sorensen, Deakin


2

Brandon Sorensen

Iowa

Deakin

Retherford

3

Ryan Deakin

Northwestern

DeLuca

Sorensen, Zain

4

Colton McCrystal

Nebraska

DeLuca

Deakin

5

Eleazar DeLuca

Rutgers

Hayes

McCrystal

6

Ke-Shawn Hayes

Ohio State

Bannister, Amine

DeLuca, Sorensen, Zain

7

Alfred Bannister

Maryland

Amine

Hayes

8

Malik Amine

Michigan

Britton, Martin, Nash, Tunon

Hayes, McCrystal, Zain, Bannister

Commentary: Ohio State fans might not be happy with me, but Ke-Shawn Hayes lost to Eleazar DeLuca and both Ryan Deakin and Colton McCrystal beat DeLuca. Sidebar, this would get Hayes away from Zain Retherford, who teched him, and on the same side as Brandon Sorensen. Hayes got the first takedown and only lost 4-2 to Sorensen.

157 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Michael Kemerer

Iowa

Micah, Short, Langenderfer


2

Jason Nolf

Penn State

Pantaleo, Short

**John Van Brill**

3

Alec Pantaleo

Michigan

Micah 2x, Berger 2x

Crone, Nolf

4

Micah Jordan

Ohio State

Short, Van Brill

Pantaleo 2x, Kemerer

5

Tyler Berger

Nebraska

Van Brill, Parriott

Crone, Pantaleo 2x

6

Andrew Crone

Wisconsin

Berger, Micah

Parriott, Van Brill

7

Jake Short

Minnesota

Van Brill, Oster, Langenderfer

Kemerer, Nolf, Pantaleo, Micah

8

Kyle Langenderfer

Illinois

Van Brill

Weber

Commentary: There is a lot to unpack from this weight. First of all, if we're operating under the assumption that Jason Nolf is participating, then he has a Big Ten loss. I get it, there's a massive asterisk, but it counts as a loss. Beyond that, he only has wins over Micah Jordan and Jake Short, while Michael Kemerer has wins over Alec Pantaleo and Short.

Second, I am in no way encouraging coaches to sit guys out to protect seeds, but if Andrew Crone had not wrestled the last two duals he would have been the three seed. He avenged his only Big Ten loss when he beat Kyle Langenderfer and proceeded to beat Short, Jordan, and Pantaleo, before ending his season with losses to John Van Brill and Griffin Parriott.

165 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Alex Marinelli

Iowa

Joseph, Lewis 2x, Wanzek, Massa


2

Isaiah Martinez

Illinois

Wick, Wanzek


3

Vincenzo Joseph

Penn State

Lewis, Wanzek, Massa

Marinelli

4

Richie Lewis

Rutgers

Wick, Wanzek, White, Te’Shan

Cenzo, Marinelli

5

Evan Wick

Wisconsin

Morrissey, Wanzek

Lewis, IMar, White

6

Nick Wanzek

Minnesota

Massa, Te’Shan, White

Lewis, Marinelli, Cenzo, IMar

7

Logan Massa

Michigan

Te’Shan, Hiles, White

Marinelli, Wanzek, Cenzo, Wick

8

Isaiah White

Nebraska

Wick, Campbell Morrissey, Burnham

Massa, Lewis, Wanzek, Campbell

9

Te’Shan Campbell

Ohio State

Burnham, White

Hiles, White

10

Jacob Morrissey

Purdue

Speke, Hiles

White

11

Bryce Martin

Indiana

Sepke


12

Brendan Burnham

Maryalnd

Sepke

Campbell, White

13

Michael Sepke

Northwestern



14

Austin Hiles

Michigan State



Commentary: This weight was actually tremendously easy to seed, particularly when I already made the argument last week that Alex Marinelli should get the top seed. The only real complication is Isaiah White's late win over Evan Wick.

174 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Wins

Losses

1

Mark Hall

Penn State

Jordan, Amine, Lydy, Sebastian


2

Bo Jordan

Ohio State

Lydy, Amine

Amine

3

Myles Amine

Michigan

Jordan

Lydy, Amine

4

Dylan Lydy

Purdue

Amine, Labriola

Hughes

5

Johnny Sebastian

Northwestern


Labriola

6

Devin Skatzka

Indiana

Cody, Riojas, Breske, Christensen, Ritchie, Ugalde


7

Ryan Christensen

Wisconsin

Grello, Riojas, Breske, Ritchie, Ugalde

Morland, Hughes

8

Joey Gunther

Iowa



Commentary: You might be wondering why Bo Jordan is still ahead of Myles Amine despite the former's recent win over Jordan. Well that's because those two split, and Amine lost to Dylan Lydy while Jordan beat him.

184 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Wins

Losses

1

Bo Nickal

Penn State

Martin


2

Myles Martin

Ohio State

Abounader

Nickal

3

Domenic Abounader

Michigan

Robertson 2x

Martin 2x, Nickal

4

Emery Parker

Illinois

Venz, Robertson

Robertson

5

Nicky Gravina

Rutgers

Venz, Robertson

Nickal, Parker

6

Taylor Venz

Nebraska

Robertson 2x

Gravina

7

Ricky Robertson

Wisconsin

Lyon, Conley, Shadaia, Sliga

Gravina, Parker, Venz

8

Mitch Bowman

Iowa

Sliga, Shadaia, Woods

Krone, Abounader, Gravina, Parker

Commentary: This weight is straightforward to seed. Martin lost to Nickal and beat Abounader. Parker split with Robertson, who Abounader beat twice. Gravina beat Venz and Robertson, with his only losses to guys ranked ahead of him.

197 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Shakur Rasheed

Penn State

Wilcke, Beazley


2

Kollin Moore

Ohio State

Wilcke, Beazley, Ritter

Cassar

3

Hunter Ritter

Wisconsin

Schultz, Beazley

Brunner, Moore

4

Kevin Beazley

Michigan

Wilcke

Moore, Schultz, Ritter, Rasheed

5

Cash Wilcke

Iowa

Chakonis

Rasheed, Moore, Beazley

6

Zack Chakonis

Northwestern

Brunner, Schultz

Krone, Lee

7

Christian Brunner

Purdue

Ritter

Chakonis

8

Eric Schultz

Nebraska

Beazley

Ritter, Chakonis

Commentary: What a goofy weight to seed. Shakur Rasheed gets top spot because he has zero Big Ten losses and Kollin Moore has one. After that, all hell breaks loose. Hunter Ritter split with Beazley but owns the more recent win, which was in the dual. Beazley was also 0-1 vs. Eric Schultz, while Ritter was 1-0, so Ritter grabs the three. Beazley beat Cash Wilcke in their only meeting, and Wilcke's next best win was over seven seed Zack Chakonis. Christian Brunner tried to gum up the works by beating Ritter in the final dual of the year, but that is his only win of note. 

285 Pounds

Seed

Wrestler

School

Key Wins

Key Losses

1

Adam Coon

Michigan

Snyder, Nevills, Stoll


2

Kyle Snyder

Ohio State

Nevills

Coon

3

Nick Nevills

Penn State

Stoll, Hemida

Coon, Snyder

4

Sam Stoll

Iowa

Jennings, Streifel

Coon, Nevills

5

Youssif Hemida

Maryland

Jennings, Streifel

Nevills

6

Conan Jennnings

Northwestern

Streck, Streifel

Rachal, Hemida

7

Shawn Streck

Purdue

Rachal, Jensen

Jennings

8

Rylee Streifel

Minnesota

Rachal, Gross

Jennings

Commentary: Pretty straightforward, with Sam Stoll getting over Youssif Hemida based on Midlands placement. Stoll did not wrestle against Maryland in the dual, so that will be settled in the quarterfinals.