2020 FloWrestling 8-Man Challenge: 150 lbs

150lb 8-Man: By The NCAA Numbers

150lb 8-Man: By The NCAA Numbers

A breakdown of all the NCAA stats of our 7 former collegiate competitors in the 150-pound challenge bracket.

Dec 15, 2020 by Andrew Spey
150lb 8-Man: By The NCAA Numbers
The seven former collegiate athletes in the FloWrestling 150-Pound 8-Man Challenge have used up all their NCAA eligibility, and are thus able to rake in the filthy lucre up for grabs at the event. Those collegiate careers were quite impressive, however, and deserve a little extra shine before the wrestlers take the mat on Friday with nearly $60,000 in total prize money on the line.

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The seven former collegiate athletes in the FloWrestling 150-Pound 8-Man Challenge have used up all their NCAA eligibility, and are thus able to rake in the filthy lucre up for grabs at the event. Those collegiate careers were quite impressive, however, and deserve a little extra shine before the wrestlers take the mat on Friday with nearly $60,000 in total prize money on the line.

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Below are all the NCAA finishes of each of our contestants, minus Bajrang Punia, who went the professional route in his native India, from earliest grad to most recent.

Jordan Oliver

SEASONNCAASEEDWTSCHOOL
201311149Oklahoma State
201221133Oklahoma State
201111133Oklahoma State
201044133Oklahoma State

James Green

SEASONNCAASEEDWTSCHOOL
201534157Nebraska
201431157Nebraska
201374157Nebraska
2012711157Nebraska

Even Henderson

SEASONNCAASEEDWTSCHOOL
2016328149North Carolina
201449141North Carolina
201365141North Carolina
201232US141North Carolina

Bryce Meredith

SEASONNCAASEEDWTSCHOOL
201821141Wyoming
2017410141Wyoming
2016214141Wyoming
2015DNQNA133NC State

Anthony Ashnault

SEASONNCAASEEDWTSCHOOL
201911149Rutgers
201765141Rutgers
201644141Rutgers
201587141Rutgers

Alec Pantaleo

SEASONNCAASEEDWTSCHOOL
201934157Michigan
201855157Michigan
201665149Michigan
2015166149Michigan

Pat Lugo

SEASONNCAASEEDWTSCHOOL
2020NA1149Iowa
2019810149Iowa
2017248149Edinboro
20161216149Edinboro

Here is more delightful collegiate trivia about our illustrious seven athletes that I've compiled:

  • There are 2 champs - Jordan Oliver (2011 & 2013) and Anthony Ashnault (2019).
  • 6 NCAA Finals appearances - Jordan Oliver (2011, 2012, 2013), Bryce Meredith (2016 & 2018) and Anthony Ashnault (2019).
  • 3 four-time All-Americans - Jordon Oliver, James Green & Anthony Ashnault.
  • 21 All-American honors plus Pat Lugo's NWCA All-American honor from 2020.
  • 27 NCAA National Qualifiers out of 28 opportunities.
  • 2016 has the most 8-man challenge entrants in the same NCAA Tournament (5).
  • 2016 also had the most entrants in the same bracket (3), Lugo, Pantaleo & Henderson at 149-pounds. Only Pantaleo reached the podium (6th).
  • Jordan Oliver is the only entrant to have wrestled in either the 2010 or 2011 NCAA tournaments.
  • Pat Lugo is the only entrant who qualified for the canceled 2020 tournament.
  • There are 20 total top 8 seeds going into the NCAA tournament.
  • And 14 total conference titles. 
  • Jordan Oliver is the only four-time conference champ.
  • Weights wrestled ranged from 133 (four-seasons) to 157 (also four-seasons) with 141 and 149 getting nine-seasons each.
  • Had McKenna stayed in the event, we'd have an instance where three entrants wrestled in the same bracket in two consecutive NCAA tournaments who all finished lower in the more recent tournament. In 2016 Meredith, McKenna & Ashanult finished 2nd, 3rd & 4th respectively at 141. In 2017 they finished 4th, round of 12, and 6th. With McKenna out that is obviously no longer the case but it's my list of trivia and I decided to include it anyway.
  • And, because I already looked it up, below is what Bajrang was up to while these guys were all matriculating at institutions of higher learning.

Bajrang Punia

2010 Cadet Asian - 1st, 50kg

2011 Cadey Asian - 1st, 54kg 

2012 Junior Worlds - 8th, 60kg

2013 Senior Asian - 3rd, 60kg

2013 Senior Worlds - 3rd, 60kg

2014 Senior Asian - 2nd, 61kg

2015 Senior Worlds - 5th, 61kg

2016 Senior Worlds - 9th, 61kg

2017 Senior Worlds - 13th, 65kg

2017 U23 Worlds - 2nd, 65kg

2018 Senior Worlds - 2nd, 65kg

2019 Senior Worlds - 3rd, 65kg

2020 Senior Asian - 2nd, 65kg