2020 NCAA Awards Show

The 2020 Flo NCAA Award For Most Improved Wrestler

The 2020 Flo NCAA Award For Most Improved Wrestler

The nominees for the most improved NCAA D1 wrestler of the 2019-20 season.

Apr 20, 2020 by Andrew Spey
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Nobody got the ending they wanted from the 2019-20 season. Covid-19 canceled the NCAA Championship Tournament, truncating a superb season before it could be properly concluded. But that doesn't mean we can't honor the extraordinary efforts the student-athletes put forth on the mat.

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We doled out the pre-show awards last week. This week we will be revealing the nominees for the main awards, then announcing the winners Friday night. We hope you'll join us. 

The 2020 Nominees for the Most Improved Wrestler


125: Pat Glory, Princeton

Glory placed sixth as a freshman but had earned the #2 seed at the 2020 NCAAs. The New Jersey Native was 30-7 last season but finished this season undefeated, having won the Princeton Open, Midlands, and the EIWAs.

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149: Pat Lugo, Iowa

A four-time NCAA qualifier, Lugo's highest finish at the Big Dance was eighth last season. But going into the 2020 tournament Lugo locked up both the #1 seed in a brutally stacked weight class. Lugo won Midlands and avenged his only loss on the season, to Sammy Sasso, at Big Tens.

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184: Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa

Another four-time qualifier, Lujan finished in the round of 12 at the last two NCAA Tournaments. Previously, Lujan's best seed at NCAAs was seventh, this year, Lujan secured up the #1 seed after winning the Big 12 Championship and finishing the season on 19-match winning streak.

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285: Mason Parris, Michigan

The phrase 'jumped-levels' may get worn out over the course of a collegiate season, but it is the best way to describe Parris' incredible growth from his true freshman to true sophomore seasons at Michigan. After a bloodround finish and a 33-9 record to finish the 2019 season, Parris peeled off 28 straight wins to start the 2020 season, losing for the first time in the Big Ten finals to #1 seed Gable Steveson.  

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174: Dylan Lydy, Purdue

Lydy suffered double-digit losses in each of his first three seasons at Purdue. The Indiana native kicked it up a notch for his senior campaign, losing only twice, to the #1 and #2 seeds, winning the CKLV, Midlands, and finishing as runner-up at the Big Ten Championship while sporting a 31-2 record. He received the #4 seed at the 2020 NCAAs, besting last year's seed of 11th. 

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