Longest D1 Winning Streaks Entering 2021-2022 Season

Longest D1 Winning Streaks Entering 2021-2022 Season

See the wrestlers who have the longest active winning streaks heading into the D1 season.

Oct 19, 2021 by Jon Kozak
Longest D1 Winning Streaks Entering 2021-2022 Season

The NCAA Wrestling Season is almost here! With every NCAA Champion returning from last season, there are a number of wrestlers bringing significant winning streaks into the upcoming season. Take a look below as we track the wrestlers who hold the longest, active winning streaks.

Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) - 47

Last Loss: December 30, 2017, Missouri Dual to Jaydin Eierman (Missouri), 9-6

Cornell’s first dual meet of the season is scheduled for November 20th against Stanford. That means when Yianni takes the mat, it will be almost four years since his last collegiate loss. Yianni’s lone loss of his career came against Jaydin Eierman after he was cradled with just 10 seconds left in a match - at the time, Diakomihalis was winning 5-3 but Eierman scored 6 points on the takedown to steal the win and hand Yianni his first, and only, collegiate loss. 

First Major Test - December 3-4, 2021 vs #6 Chad Red at CKLV (at 141), OR #1 Sammy Sasso at CLKV (at 149)

Spencer Lee (Iowa) - 35

 Last Loss: March 9, 2019, Big Ten Championships to Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern), 6-4 SV1

Spencer Lee brings a 35 match win streak into his final collegiate season where he will also look to make history in becoming just the 5th ever 4-time NCAA Champion. Of the 35 wins during his streak, 31 of them have been by bonus points (13 Tech Falls, 10 Pins, 7 Majors, 1 Forfeit).

First Major Test - November 19, 2021 vs #3 Pat Glory at Princeton vs Iowa Dual

Gable Steveson (Minnesota) - 34

Last Loss: March 20, 2021, NCAA Championships to Anthony Cassar, 4-3

Gable Steveson is entering the 2021-2022 season with a career record of 68-2. His two losses of his career came within two weeks of each other - both to Anthony Cassar and both by the score of 4-3 (at the 2019 Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships). Steveson’s two closest matches last season were to Mason Parris (8-4) and Greg Kerkvliet (9-4). 

First Major Test - January 7th, 2022 vs #3 Tony Cassioppi at Iowa vs Minnesota Dual

David Carr (Iowa State) - 33

Last Loss: December 7, 2019, Cliff Keen Invitational to Ryan Deakin, 9-3

David Carr has only one loss in his college career and is still capable of becoming a 4-time NCAA champion. Carr has yet to face Deakin since the 2019 loss and will likely have to wait until the NCAA Tournament to get his revenge.

First Major Test - December 5, 2021 vs #6 Kaleb Young at Iowa vs Iowa State Dual

Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) - 27

Last Loss: December 30, 2019, Midlands Championships to Pat Lugo, 8-4

Austin O’Connor is moving up to 157 after winning his NCAA title at 149 pounds. While there are a number of new tests for him in this weight class, O’Connor is not set to wrestle anyone currently ranked in the top 10. 

First Major Test - November 17, 2021 vs #14 Peyton Robb at Wisconsin vs North Carolina Dual

Pat Glory (Princeton) - 24

Last Loss: March 23, 2019, NCAA Championships to Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), FALL in 5:29

In the 2019-2020 season, Pat Glory was set to take a 24-0 record into the NCAA Championship. With the cancellation of the tournament, and the Ivy League sitting out last year, Glory will now bring his winning streak into this season and is set to face off against Spencer Lee in the first dual of the season.

First Major Test - November 19, 2021 vs #1 Spencer Lee at Princeton vs Iowa Dual

Aaron Brooks (Penn State) - 22

Last Loss: January 24, 2020, Nebraska Dual to Taylor Venz (Nebraska), 9-5

Aaron Brooks had 1 loss going into the 2020 NCAA tournament and completed an undefeated season in 2021. Since his loss to Taylor Venz, Brooks has since avenged it 3 times. A marquee matchup for Brooks this year will be against Olympic bronze medalist Myles Amine on January 21st in their dual against Michigan. 

First Major Test - January 16, 2022 vs #5 John Poznanski at Rutgers vs Penn State Dual

Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) - 14

Last Loss: March 7, 2020, Big Ten Championships to Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern), 7-2

RBY went undefeated last season after winning an NCAA title in overtime over Daton Fix. While Penn State is not set to wrestle Okalhoma State this year, RBY will wrestle a number of top competitors capable of ending his winning streak including #3 Sebastian Rivera, #4 Stevan Micic and #5 Austin Desanto. Remarkably, Bravo-Young will face all three in duals in January. 

First Major Test- January 16, 2022 vs #3 Sebastian Rivera at Rutgers vs Penn State Dual

AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State) - 10

Last Loss: February 14, 2021, Cowboy Challenge Open to Noah Adams, 3-2

AJ Ferrari capped off his true freshman year with an NCAA title and won his last 10 matches of the season. Ferrari won’t be able to avenge his only loss of his college career as Noah Adams won’t be returning to college wrestling but will face a number of challenges this year including #3 Jacob Warner, #5 Rocky Elam, and #6 Jake Woodley.

First Major Test - January 2, 2022 vs #5 Rocky Elam at The Southern Scuffle 

Nick Suriano (TBD) - 10

Last Loss: February 17, 2019, in a dual to Stevan Micic (Michigan), 3-2

Will Nick Suriano return to college wrestling? Only Nick Suriano knows, but if he does, he’ll bring a 10 match win streak into this season and, because of his two Olympic redshirts, he hasn’t wrestled a match (or lost) in almost three years.

Following the winning streaks of these wrestlers will be one of the most intriguing parts of the upcoming season. If we missed a wrestler, let me know at Jonathan.Kozak@flosports.tv or @KozakJon.