BRACKASTROLOGY I: The First Brackastrology

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What is Brackastrology? It is an appeal to the stars for their celestial wisdom. It is an attempt by mere mortals to divine the future. It is two ding dongs, specifically Spey and Nomad, giving their best effort at projecting what the NCAA Tournament brackets will look like. 

How accurate will our ding dongs be? It is likely that they will miss the mark by a wide margin. But that is not the point. What they are providing is a mere conversation starter, an imperfect prospectus. The fun begins after we construct our mythical brackets, or in this case, our list of 33 seeded wrestlers per weight class (the faux-brackets are coming soon). That is when the arguments, and the fun, will commence.

Below, please find our insanely early 33 NCAA qualifiers at each weight class, plus a smattering of bubble contenders. 

125 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Spencer LeeIowa
2Nick PiccininniOK State
3Sebastian RiveraNorthwestern
4Ronnie BresserOregon State
5Sean FauszNC State
6Patrick GloryPrinceton
7Ryan MillhofArizona State
8Louie HayesVirginia
9Sean RussellMinnesota
10Zeke MoiseyNebraska
11Rayvon FoleyMichigan State
12Brent FleetwoodND State
13Colby SmithMissouri
14Drew MattinMichigan
15Devin SchroderPurdue
16Nick FarroLehigh
17Michael McGeeOld Dominion
18Jay SchwarmUNI
19Travis PiotrowskiIllinois
20Connor BrownWisconsin
21Fabian GutierrezChattanooga
22Drew HildebrandtCentral Michigan
23Rico MontoyaN. Colorado
24Christian MoodyOklahoma
25Joey MelendezNorth Carolina
26Gage CurryAmerican
27Shakur LaneyOhio
28Korbin MeinkCampbell
29Elijah OliverIndiana
30Gabe TownsellStanford
31Noah BaughmanCornell
32Kyle AkinsBuffalo
33Jonathon TropeaRider
BubbleKyle NorstremVirginia Tech
BubbleKJ FenstermacherWest Virginia
BubbleBrandon CrayMaryland
BubbleTrey ChalifouxArmy
BubbleAlex MackallIowa State


133 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Seth GrossSD State
2Stevan MicicMichigan
3Nick SurianoRutgers
4Daton FixOK State
5Tariq WilsonNC State
6Luke PletcherOhio State
7Ethan LizakMinnesota
8Austin DeSantoIowa
9Roman Bravo-YoungPenn State
10Scotty ParkerLehigh
11Montorie BridgesWyoming
12Austin GomezIowa State
13John ErnesteMissouri
14Micky PhillippiPittsburgh
15Dylan DuncanIllinois
16Brian CourtneyVirginia
17Matthew SchmittWest Virginia
18Chas TuckerCornell
19Josh TeraoAmerican
20Ben ThorntonPurdue
21Gary Wayne HardingNorth Carolina
22Mason PengillyStanford
23Korbin MyersVirginia Tech
24Cam SykoraND State
25Colin ValdiviezNorthwestern
26Codi RussellApp State
27Jake GromackiClarion
28Sean NickellCSU Bakersfield
29Anthony CefoloRider
30Garrett PeppleIndiana
31Alijah JefferyNorthern Illinois
32Anthony TutoloMichigan State
33Tim RooneyKent State
BubbleJacob RubioOklahoma
BubbleLane PetersArmy
BubbleTy SmithDrexel
BubbleMel OrtizGeorge Mason
BubbleNoah GonserCampbell


141 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Yianni DiakomihalisCornell
2Joey McKenna

Ohio State

3Jaydin EiermanMissouri
4Kaid BrockOK State
5Nick Lee

Penn State

6Mike CarrIllinois
7Max MurinIowa
8Kanen StorrMichigan
9Josh AlberUNI
10Chad RedNebraska
11Mitch McKee

Minnesota

12Bryan LantryBuffalo
13Ian Parker

Iowa State

14Samuel KrivusVirginia
15Grant Willits

Oregon State

16Tristan Moran

Wisconsin

17Kyle Shoop

Lock Haven

18Nate LimmexPurdue
19Ryan DiehlMaryland
20Sa'Derian Perry

Old Dominion

21Nicholas GilNavy
22Yahya Thomas

Northwestern

23Jamal MorrisNC State
24Dom DemasOklahoma
25Sam TurnerWyoming
26Nathan BostonCampbell
27Mitch MooreVirginia Tech
28Matthew FindlayUtah Valley
29Cam KellyOhio
30Irvin EnriquezApp State
31Paul KonrathIndiana
32Alex Madrigal

George Mason

33LJ Bentley

Pittsburgh

BubbleAC Headlee

North Carolina

BubbleMichael Van BrillRutgers
BubbleJoe Russ

Binghamton

BubbleTaylor OrtzClarion
BubbleJoey GouldBucknell


149 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Anthony AshnaultRutgers
2Micah JordanOhio State
3Matt KolodzikPrinceton
4Grant LeethMissouri
5Patricio LugoIowa
6Justin OliverNC State
7Boo LewallenOK State
8Mitch FinesilverDuke
9Max ThomsenUNI
10Brady BergePenn State
11Austin O'ConnorNorth Carolina
12Josh MarucaArizona State
13Brock ZacherlClarion
14Henry PohlmeyerSD State
15Anthony ArtalonaPenn
16Alfred BannisterMaryland
17Jared PrinceNavy
18Russell RohlfingCSU Bakersfield
19Matt ZovistoskiApp State
20Tommy ThornMinnesota
21Jarrett DeganIowa State
22Frank GarciaBinghamton
23Davion JeffriesOklahoma
24Luke KaramLehigh
25Josh HeilCampbell
26Malik AmineMichigan
27Ryan BleesVirginia Tech
28Requir van der MerweStanford
29Alec HaganOhio
30Michael SpragueAmerican
31Khristian OlivasFresno State
32Tanner SmithChattanooga
33Cole MartinWisconsin
BubbleChristian MonseratWest Virginia
BubbleTejon AnthonyGeorge Mason
BubbleJaden Van MaanenND State
BubbleJimmy Fate

Northern Colorado

BubbleTrevor ElfvinDrexel


157 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Jason NolfPenn State
2Hayden HidlayNC State
3Alec PantaleoMichigan
4Tyler BergerNebraska
5Ryan DeakinNorthwestern
6Luke WeilandArmy
7Kennedy MondayNorth Carolina
8Ke-Shawn HayesOhio State
9Larry EarlyOld Dominion
10Steve BleiseMinnesota
11Kaleb YoungIowa
12Paul FoxStanford
13Taleb RahmaniPittsburgh
14Hunter WillitsOregon State
15Tyler MarinelliGardner-Webb
16Josh HumphreysLehigh
17Andrew ShomersOK State
18Alex SmytheBuffalo
19John Van BrillRutgers
20Hunter LadnierHarvard
21Alex MossingAir Force
22Paul KleeSacred Heart
23Zac CarsonOhio
24Christian PagdilaoArizona State
25Alex KluckerLock Haven
26Griffin ParriottPurdue
27Justin RuffinSIUE
28Zander WickWisconsin
29Quincy MondayPrinceton
30BC LaPradeVirginia Tech
31Connor PrinceNavy
32Gary DinmoreRider
33Justin ThomasOklahoma
BubbleFredy StrokerCornell
BubbleChase StrawIowa State
BubbleAngel NajarApp State
BubbleChristian LaBrieBrown
BubbleGrant LaMontUtah Valley


165 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Vincenzo JosephPenn State
2Chance MarstellerLock Haven
3Evan WickWisconsin
4Alex MarinelliIowa
5Logan MassaMichigan
6Josh ShieldsArizona State
7Mekhi LewisVirginia Tech
8Chandler RogersOK State
9Bryce SteiertUNI
10Isaiah WhiteNebraska
11Branson AshworthWyoming
12Andrew FogartyND State
13Connor FlynnMissouri
14Joey GuntherIllinois
15Demetrius RomeroUtah Valley
16Jonathan ViruetBrown
17Thomas BullardNC State
18Ebed JarrellDrexel
19Cole WalterLehigh
20Stephan GlasgowRutgers
21Jake WentzelPittsburgh
22Seldon WrightOld Dominion
23Quentin PerezCampbell
24Zach FinesilverDuke
25Nate HigginsSIUE
26Kaleb RomeroOhio State
27Nick KiussisWest Virginia
28Cameron CoyVirginia
29Bryce MartinIndiana
30Jesse DellavecchiaRider
31Alexandre LopouchanskiAir Force
32Tyler TarsiHarvard
33Laken CookSD State
BubbleDJ HollingsheadBucknell
BubbleJacob ThalinCSU Bakersfield
BubbleBrandon DallaviaStanford
BubbleIsaac BastKent State
BubbleMax EllingColumbia


174 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Zahid ValenciaArizona State
2Mark HallPenn State
3Myles AmineMichigan
4David McFaddenVirginia Tech
5Michael KemererIowa
6Jordan KutlerLehigh
7Jacobe SmithOK State
8Daniel LewisMissouri
9Michael LabriolaNebraska
10Taylor LujanUNI
11Dylan LydyPurdue
12Ben HarveyArmy
13Johnny SebastianNorthwestern
14Kimball BastianUtah Valley
15Daniel BullardNC State
16Brandon WomackCornell
17Matt FinesilverDuke
18Te'Shan CampbellOhio State
19Ryan ChristensenWisconsin
20Brit WilsonNorthern Illinois
21Hayden HastingsWyoming
22Anthony MantanonaOklahoma
23Drew HughesMichigan State
24Neal RichardsVMI
25Devin SkatzkaMinnesota
26Dean SherryRider
27Vincent DePrezBinghamton
28Joe GrelloRutgers
29Sage HellerHofstra
30Lorenzo De La RivaND State
31Dylan BarreiroKent State
32AJ PedroBrown
33Marcus ColemanIowa State
BubbleKyle BierdumpfelHarvard
BubbleJosh UgaldeMaryland
BubbleAndrew MorganCampbell
BubbleDevin KaneNorth Carolina
BubbleShane JonesOld Dominion


184 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Myles MartinOhio State
2Emery ParkerIllinois
3Nick ReenanNC State
4Taylor VenzNebraska
5Zack ZavatskyVirginia Tech
6Shakur RasheedPenn State
7Ryan PreischLehigh
8Dakota GeerOK State
9Max DeanCornell
10Louie DePrezBinghamton
11Nino BonaccorsiPittsburgh
12Drew FosterUNI
13Chip NessNorth Carolina
14Cash WilckeIowa
15Kordell NorfleetArizona State
16Jelani EmbreeMichigan
17Nick GravinaRutgers
18Cameron CaffeyMichigan State
19Dylan WisemanMissouri
20Corey HazelLock Haven
21Max LyonPurdue
22Kayne MacCallumOklahoma
23Michale Fagg-DavesRider
24Dominic LampeChattanooga
25Jordan AtienzaCentral Michigan
26Dom DucharmeCSU Bakersfield
27Alan ClothierApp State
28Christian LaFragolaBrown
29Sammy ColbrayIowa State
30Owen WebsterMinnesota
31Drew PhippsBucknell
32Caden McWhirterNorthern Illinois
33Noah StewartArmy
BubblesWill SchanyVirginia
BubblesGary JantzerUtah Valley
BubblesAnthony Mancini

Franklin & Marshall

BubblesAndrew McNallyKent State
BubblesMatt WilhelmCal Poly


197 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Bo NickalPenn State
2Kollin MooreOhio State
3Preston WeigelOK State
4Patrick BruckiPrinceton
5Willie MiklusIowa State
6Kyle ConelKent State
7Jacob HolschlagUNI
8Jacob WarnerIowa
9Nathan TraxlerStanford
10Christian BrunnerPurdue
11Malik McDonaldNC State
12Stephen LoiseauDrexel
13Rocco CaywoodArmy
14Jake WoodleyOklahoma
15Tom SleighVirginia Tech
16Jackson StriggowMichigan
17Corey GriegoOregon State
18Ben HonisCornell
19Randall DiabeApp State
20Eric SchultzNebraska
21Jacob SeelyN. Colorado
22Noah AdamsWest Virginia
23Greg BulsakClarion
24Tanner OrndorffUtah Valley
25Zack ChakonisNorthwestern
26Martin MuellerSD State
27Kellan StoutPittsburgh
28Garrett HoffmanBucknell
29Ethan LairdRider
30Chris WeilerLehigh
31Matt CorrentiRutgers
32Thomas LaneCal Poly
33Sawyer RootThe Citadel
BubblesJay AielloVirginia
BubblesMark PenyacsekCSU Bakersfield
BubblesAnthony McLaughlinAir Force
BubblesWyatt KoellingMissouri
BubblesCordell EatonND State


285 Pounds

SeedNameSchool
1Gable StevesonMinnesota
2Amar DhesiOregon State
3Sam StollIowa
4Derek WhiteOK State
5Anthony CassarPenn State
6Jordan WoodLehigh
7Youssif HemidaMaryland
8Jere HeinoCampbell
9Thomas HainesLock Haven
10Billy MillerVirginia Tech
11Tate OrndorffUtah Valley
12Conan JenningsNorthwestern
13Zach ElamMissouri
14Matt StencelCentral Michigan
15Matthew VossGeorge Mason
16Trent HillgerWisconsin
17Chase SingletaryOhio State
18AJ NevillsFresno State
19Jeremy SweanyCornell
20Cory DanielNorth Carolina
21Haydn MaleyStanford
22Jake GunningBuffalo
23Antonio Pelusi

Franklin & Marshall

24Patrick GraysonNebraska
25Ryan CloudRider
26Christian ColucciRutgers
27Joey GoodhartDrexel
28Deuce RachalIllinois
29Carter IsleyUNI
30Brady Gilliland-DanielArizona State
31Zack ParkerOhio
32Fletcher MillerIndiana
33Ian ButterbrodtBrown
BubblesJacob AvenPurdue
BubblesCary MillerApp State
BubblesChristian AraneoPrinceton
BubblesDemetrius ThomasPittsburgh
BubblesJake McKiernanSIUE


What does that mean for the team score? If calculate the team scores using the same method we use for the team tournament rankings, which does not factor in bonus points, you get the scores in the table below.

RankSchoolPoints
1Penn State109
2OK State91.5
3Iowa87
4Ohio State83.5
5Michigan63
6NC State63
7Arizona State39.5
8Missouri38
9Princeton35
10Rutgers35
11Nebraska34
12Minnesota33
13Virginia Tech33
14Oregon State32
15Lehigh30.5
16Illinois28.5
17Northwestern27.5
18Cornell25
19SD State21.5
20Lock Haven19
21Wisconsin17.5
22UNI17
23Iowa State14
24Army12.5
25North Carolina11
26Kent State9
27Maryland8.5
28Virginia8.5
29Purdue7
30Duke6.5
31Campbell6
32Pittsburgh5.5
33Utah Valley5.5
34Stanford5
35ND State4.5
36Wyoming4.5
37Oklahoma4
38Old Dominion3.5
39Buffalo3
40Michigan State3
41Binghamton2.5
42Drexel2.5
43Central Michigan2
44Clarion2
45Brown1.5
46Gardner-Webb1.5
47George Mason1.5
48Penn1.5
49App State1
50Chattanooga1
51N. Colorado1
52Navy1
53West Virginia1
54Air Force0.5
55American0.5
56CSU Bakersfield0.5
57Franklin & Marshall0.5
58Fresno State0.5
59Harvard0.5
60Northern Illinois0.5
61Ohio0.5
62Rider0.5
63Sacred Heart0.5
64VMI0.5


Of course, as mentioned before, it is insanely early in the season, so take these projections with a grain of salt. And in the future, we will hopefully have more time to dive into our potential brackets, and expand upon reasoning and indulge in potential fictitious matchups our fake brackets might yield. 

But our explanations will have to wait as it's already Thursday, with a full slate of action and new, brackastrology-altering results looming just on the horizon. 

It's never too early to speculate, however, and so we have. Please let us know what you think, that is our raison d'etre! 

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