Seeds vs. Finish: How Did They Shake Out In 2017?

Tony Rotundo

Rankings don't matter. The seed is just a number. All that matters is March. Basically, throw out any cliche you'd like about rankings or seeds heading into next week's NCAA Championships in Cleveland. 

As we look back to last year's tournament, we see just how the seeds held up. When it was all said and done, there were 17 wrestlers in the entire field that finished exactly where their seeds had them slotted.

Weight

Name

Seed

Finish

125

Sean Russell

7

7

133

Seth Gross

2

2

141

Dean Heil

1

1

149

Zain Retherford

1

1


Solomon Chishko

6

6

157

Jason Nolf

1

1

165

Isaac Jordan

4

4


Daniel Lewis

6

6

174

Kyle Crutchmer

7

7

197

J’den Cox

1

1


Brett Pfarr

2

2


Kollin Moore

3

3


Jared Taught

4

4


Preston Weigel

6

6

285

Kyle Snyder

1

1


Connor Medbery

2

2


Nick Nevills

5

5


Obviously, there are always going to be guys who surpass their seed/ranking and hit their stride in "when the lights are on."

Seed Overachievers

Weight

Name

Seed

Finish

125

Darian Cruz

4

1


Ethan Lizak

6

2


Nick Piccininni

8

4


Jack Mueller

10

6


Nathan Kraisser

16

8

133

Cory Clark

4

1


Stevan Micic

5

4


Eric Montoya

7

6


Zane Richards

8

7


Scott Parker

9

8

141

George DiCamillo

6

2


Kevin Jack

2

3


Bryce Meredith

10

4


Tommy Thorn

14

8

149

Lavion Mayes

3

2


Alex Thomsen

7

5


Brandon Sorensen

5

3


Ken Theobold

15

7

157

Joey Lavallee

3

2


Dylan Palacio

7

6


Sal Mastriani

14

8


Paul Fox

Unseeded

7


Joe Smith

5

4

165

Vincenzo Joseph

3

1


Chandler Rogers

9

5


Brandon Womach

13

8

174

Mark Hall

5

1


Bo Jordan

3

2


Jake Residori

Unseeded

8


Myles Amine

9

4


Zac Brunson

10

6

184

Bo Nickal

2

1


Myles Martin

6

5


Drew Foster

12

7


Nate Jackson

9

8


TJ Dudley

7

3

197

Aaron Studebaker

7

5


Ryan Wolfe

8

7


Kevin Beazley

10

8

285

Tanner Hall

7

3


Denzel Dejournette

9

8


Michael Kroells

8

7


Lastly, there are the guys who were on the wrong side of the upsets and finished under where their seeds had them set. The seed vs. the finishing placement for each wrestler here is slight but still interesting to see.

Seed Underacheivers

Weight

Name

Seed

Finish

125

Thomas Gilman

1

3


Joey Dance

2

5

133

Nathan Tomasello

1

3


Kaid Brock

3

5

141

Anthony Ashnault

5

6


Matt Kolodzik

4

7

157

Tyler Berger

4

5


Michael Kemerer

2

3

165

Isaiah Martinez

1

2


Chad Walsh

5

6


Logan Massa

2

3

174

Brian Realbuto

2

5


Zahid Valencia

1

3

184

Gabe Dean

1

2


Nolan Boyd

4

5


Sammy Brooks

3

4

285

Jacob Kasper

4

6


Ty Walz

3

4

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