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2021 NCAA D1 Wrestling Senior Tracker

2021 NCAA D1 Wrestling Senior Tracker

Bratke keeps you up to speed on which NCAA D1 seniors will and won't take advantage of the extra year of eligibility.

May 21, 2021 by Kyle Bratke
2021 NCAA D1 Wrestling Senior Tracker
In October 2020, the NCAA announced that all winter sports athletes would be granted an additional year of eligibility. Essentially the 2021 season didn't count against any wrestler's eligibility and seniors had to option to return for another year if they choose to and their institution will have them back.

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In October 2020, the NCAA announced that all winter sports athletes would be granted an additional year of eligibility. Essentially the 2021 season didn't count against any wrestler's eligibility and seniors had to option to return for another year if they choose to and their institution will have them back. 

Below, you'll find a list of all the wrestlers who were seniors who qualified for the 2021 NCAA Championships or were seniors last year and expected to be in the starting lineup this season. If a decision is listed beside a wrestler's name, the wrestler or school has either announced it or I have confirmed the decision with the school or wrestler. Unfortunately the wrestlers at service academies are unable to take advantage of this free year of eligibility. Finally, the number you see beside wrestler's names is their ranking in our final D1 rankings of the year.

If I'm missing a decision or you just want to reach out, you can email me at: kyle.bratke@flosports.tv. Be sure to check back often as I will be updating the article as I receive answers from coaches and wrestlers. 


125 Pounds

#1 Spencer Lee, Iowa - WILL RETURN

#4 Drew Hildebrandt, Central Michigan - WILL RETURN

#12 Devin Schroder, Purdue - WILL RETURN

#19 Liam Cronin, Nebraska - WILL RETURN

#21 Codi Russell, Appalachian State - WILL RETURN

#23 Jake Ferri, Kent State - WILL RETURN

#25 Danny Vega, SDSU - NOT RETURNING

Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga - WILL RETURN

Logan Treaster, Navy - NOT RETURNING

Gage Curry, American (currently in the transfer portal) - 

Jonathan Tropea, Rider - 


133 Pounds

#3 Austin DeSanto, Iowa - WILL RETURN

#4 Korbin Myers, Virginia Tech - WILL RETURN

#9 Louie Hayes, Virginia - NOT RETURNING

#17 Devan Turner, Oregon State - WILL RETURN

#18 Paul Bianchi, Little Rock - NOT RETURNING

#19 Mario Guillen, Ohio - WILL RETURN

#25 Boo Dryden, Minnesota -


141 Pounds

#1 Nick Lee, Penn State - WILL RETURN

#2 Jaydin Eierman, Iowa - WILL RETURN

#3 Tariq Wilson, NC State - WILL RETURN, but up at 149

#4 Sebastian Rivera, Rutgers - WILL RETURN

#5 Dylan Duncan, Illinois -

#6 Dresdon Simon, Central Michigan - WILL RETURN

#7 Chad Red, Nebraska - WILL RETURN

#16 Ian Parker, Iowa State - WILL RETURN

#17 Cody Trybus, Navy - NOT RETURNING

#21 DJ Lloren, Fresno State (would have to be for another school) - 

Vinny Vespa, Hofstra - NOT RETURNING

Lane Peters, Army - NOT RETURNING 

Julian Flores, Drexel - 


149 Pounds

#4 Boo Lewallen, Oklahoma State - NOT RETURNING

#14 Griffin Parriott, Purdue - 

#16 Joshua Heil, Campbell - WILL RETURN

#19 Cory Crooks, Arizona State -

#20 Jarrett Degen, Iowa State - WILL RETURN

#22 Mike Van Brill, Rutgers - WILL RETURN

#23 Kanen Storr, Michigan - WILL RETURN

Greg Gaxiola, Hofstra - WILL RETURN

Casey Cobb, Navy - NOT RETURNING


157 Pounds

#2 Jesse Dellavecchia, Rider - NOT RETURNING

#3 Ryan Deakin, Northwestern -

#5 Hayden Hidlay, NC State - WILL RETURN, but up at 174 lbs

#8 Kaleb Young, Iowa - WILL RETURN

#14 Requir van der Merwe, Stanford (would have to be for another school) -

#20 Justin Thomas, Oklahoma - WILL RETURN

Parker Kropman, Drexel - LIKELY TO RETURN

Caleb Licking, Nebraska - NOT RETURNING

Josh McClure, North Carolina - WILL RETURN

Ben Barton, Campbell - WILL RETURN


165 Pounds

#2 Jake Wentzel, Pitt - WILL RETURN

#4 Alex Marinelli, Iowa - WILL RETURN

#8 Anthony Valencia, Arizona State - WILL RETURN

#10 Luke Weber, NDSU - WILL RETURN

#11 Thomas Bullard, NC State - WILL RETURN

#14 Kennedy Monday, North Carolina -

#18 Tanner Skidgel, Navy - NOT RETURNING

#20 Jake Tucker, Michigan State - WILL RETURN

Ricky Stamm, Hofstra - WILL RETURN


174 Pounds

#2 Michael Kemerer, Iowa - WILL RETURN

#4 Demetrius Romero, Utah Valley - WILL RETURN

#6 Logan Massa, Michigan -

#9 Andrew McNally, Kent State (currently in the transfer portal) - WILL RETURN

#10 Daniel Bullard, NC State - NOT RETURNING

#23 Drew Hughes, Michigan State - NOT RETURNING

Cody Surratt, Air Force - NOT RETURNING

Thomas Flitz, App State - WILL RETURN

Sage Heller, Hofstra - WILL RETURN


184 Pounds

#5 Dakota Geer, Oklahoma State -

#9 Taylor Venz, Nebraska - LIKELY TO RETURN

#10 Devin Kane, North Carolina - 

#12 Owen Webster, Minnesota - 

#16 Max Lyon, Purdue - WILL RETURN

#17 Samuel Colbray, Iowa State - WILL RETURN

#19 Christopher Weiler, Wisconsin - WILL RETURN

#22 Charles Small, Hofstra - WILL RETURN

#23 Alan Clothier, Northern Colorado - WILL RETURN

#24 Dom Ducharme, CSUB - NOT RETURNING

Dylan Ammerman, Lehigh - NOT RETURNING 

Taylor Brown, Army - NOT RETURNING

Gregg Harvey, Pitt - WILL RETURN


197 Pounds

#2 Myles Amine, Michigan - 

#7 Kordell Norfleet, Arizona State -

#11 Eric Schultz, Nebraska - LIKELY TO RETURN

#18 Jay Aiello, Virginia - WILL RETURN

#19 Greg Bulsak, Clarion (currently in the transfer portal) - WILL RETURN

#21 Jake Jakobsen, Lehigh - NOT RETURNING 

Nick Reenan, NC State - WILL RETURN

Chris Kober, Campbell - WILL RETURN


285 Pounds

#5 Gannon Gremmel, Iowa State - NOT RETURNING

#9 Ethan Laird, Rider - WILL RETURN

#10 Brian Andrews, Wyoming - WILL RETURN

#12 Matt Stencel, Central Michigan - WILL RETURN

#15 Jordan Wood, Lehigh - WILL RETURN

#16 Christian Lance, Nebraska - LIKELY TO RETURN

#18 Nathan Traxler, Stanford (currently in the transfer portal) -

#19 Carter Isley, UNI - WILL RETURN

Jon Spaulding, Edinboro - WILL RETURN

Michael McAleavey, The Citadel - WILL RETURN

Andrew Gunning, North Carolina - NOT RETURNING

Bobby Heald, Army - NOT RETURNING