Which State Makes All-Time Best D1 Lineup?

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The other day on Twitter, I asked people to put together a college dual lineup with the current weights using all-time greats from their home state. 

The responses where awesome and really got people talking. So, here are the top lineups for 16 of the biggest wrestling states. Enjoy, research, and debate. 

California

Other options include: Jesse Delgado at 125,  Gerry Abas at 141, Isaiah Martinez at 165, and Jake Varner at 197.

I would probably sub in Jake Varner, making it the best lineup from 57 on imo.


Colorado

Other options include: Ben Cherrington at 157, Barry Weldon at 174, Duane Goldman at 197, and Nathan Burak at 197

I know Cejudo won two Colorado state titles, but I might still argue against putting him on the Colorado team.


Illinois

Other options include: Jordan Blanton at 174,  Rich Powers at 174, Larry Kristoff at 285, and Tom Erickson at 285

Just an interesting side note that the bottom half of the team here went to border state Iowa to wrestle in college for either the Hawkeyes or the Panthers.


Indiana

Other options include: Nick Lee at 141


Iowa

Other options include: Terry Brands at 125, Eric Juergens at 125/133, Mark Ironside at 133, and Tim Kreiger at 149

Iowa has incredible depth at 125 at 133 with two three-time NCAA champs as starters in Davis and Brands. The lineup and other options doesn't include national champions Matt McDonough, Thomas Gilman, Cory Clark, Jason Kelber, Jim Gibbons, and Mike Land.


Maryland

Not a bad team at all for a medium sized state in terms of population and not a state known for its wrestling talents.


Michigan

Other options include: Logan Massa at 165

Unsurprisingly, Davison representing well for Michigan.


Minnesota


Missouri

Other options include: Sammie Henson at 125, Zac Bailey at 141/149


New Jersey

Other options include: Joe Dubuque at 125

Wow, truly unbelievable that my colleague Andrew Spey could get on such an incredible team like this!


New York

Other options include: Lou Ruggirello at 133, Gregor Gillespie at 149, JP O'Connor at 157, Ed Banach at 184, Josh Glenn at 197, and Lou Banach/Nick Gwiazdowski at 285.

I knew New York would be good, but this team still surprised me with just how good it is.


Ohio

Other options include: Alan Fried at 133, Mark Coleman at 197

Ohio State has a done a pretty good job at developing some of the state's top guys into national champions.


Oklahoma

Other options include: Gary Breece at 125, TJ Jaworsky at 133, Wayne Martin at 141, Johnny Hendricks at 165, Mark Perry at 165, Doug Blubaugh at 165, and Chris Perry at 184

My goodness, talk about a historic team. The amount of NCAA, World, and Olympic titles in this team is crazy.


Pennsylvania

Other options include: Pat Santoro at 141, Nate Carr at 149, Wade Schalles at 157, Greg Jones at 184, and Kurt Angle at 285.

This team is unreal. What's just as crazy is how young/current it is. The only two not from the past 20 years are Haselrig and Kolat.


Texas


Virginia

Other options include: Jody Staylor at 125


Well, there you have it. I think it might be time to hit the whiteboard!

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