Root For These Guys To Reach The Podium In 2023

Root For These Guys To Reach The Podium In 2023

A breakdown of the best wrestlers who haven't earned All-American honors entering the 2022-23 season.

Oct 13, 2022 by Jon Kozak
Root For These Guys To Reach The Podium In 2023

Earning All-American honors is an incredible achievement for any wrestler and each year there are numerous, deserving wrestlers who fall just short. The below article outlines the best wrestlers at every weight who have yet to place in the top 8 at the NCAA tournament.

For each wrestler listed, we'll show how their NCAA tournament finishes and what former All-Americans they have defeated throughout their career. To be included below, we looked at notable wins over past All-Americans, multiple-time NCAA qualifiers, or those who finished in the round of 12. At every weight, we'll also detail how many past All-Americans and NCAA champs are in the field for the upcoming 2022-23 season. 

125 - 8 All-Americans in the field, 1 NCAA Champ.

Malik Heinselman, SR - Ohio State

  • 4X NQ
  • Wins over Patrick McKee, Sam Latona, Eric Barnett, Michael DeAugustino

Joey Prata, SR - Oklahoma

  • 2X NQ, R12 In 2022
  • Wins Over Taylor LaMont, Patrick McKee, Michael DeAugustino

Matt Ramos, SO - Purdue

  • 1X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Wins over RayVon Foley and Lucas Byrd

Noah Surtin, SO - Missouri

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Win over Sam Latona

133 - 11 All-Americans in the field, 1 NCAA Champ.

Micky Phillippi, SR - Pittsburgh

  • 4X NQ, 3X R12
  • Wins over Daton Fix, Austin Gomez, Korbin Myers, Tariq Wilson, Luke Pletcher, Ethan Lizak

Dylan Ragusin, SO - Michigan

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Wins over Lucas Byrd, Chris Cannon, RayVon Foley, Patrick McKee

Brody Teske, JR - Iowa

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2022, R16 in 2021
  • Wins over Drew Hildebrandt, Sam Latona, Michael DeAugustino, Brandon Kaylor, Taylor Lamont

Micky Phillippi's win over Austin Gomez from the 2019 NCAA Tournament:

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141 - 4 All-Americans in the field, 0 NCAA champs.

Allan Hart, SR - Missouri

  • 3X NQ, R12 in 2021
  • Wins over Stevan Micic, Clay Carlson, Grant Willits, Lucas Byrd

Andrew Alirez, JR - Northern Colorado

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Wins over Clay Carlson, Chad Red, Jon Millner

149 - 11 All-Americans in the field, 1 NCAA champ.

Max Murin, SR - Iowa

  • 4X NQ, 3X R12
  • Wins over Yahya Thomas, Ridge Lovett, Dylan Duncan, Mitch McKee, Grant Willits

Anthony Artalona, SR - U Penn

  • 2X R12 (2019 and 2022)
  • Wins over Zach Sherman, Jon Millner

157 - 6 All-Americans in the field, 1 NCAA champ.

Jared Franek, JR - North Dakota State

  • 3X NQ, 2X R12
  • Wins over Wyatt Sheets and Hunter Willits

Ed Scott, SO - NC State

  • R12 in 2022
  • Wins over Austin O’Connor, Quincy Monday, Kaleb Young

Josh Humphreys, SR - Lehigh

  • 3X NQ, 2X R12 (2019 and 2022)
  • Wins over Peyton Robb, Wyatt Sheets, Kaleb Young, Hunter Willits, Quincy Monday

Kaden Gfeller, Sr - Oklahoma State

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Wins over Jaden Abas, Jerrett Degen, Nick Lee

Jarrett Jacques, SR - Missouri

  • 4X NQ, R12 in 2021
  • Wins over Jared Franek, Larry Ealy, Wyatt Sheets

Josh Humphreys win over Quincy Monday at the 2020 EIWA Tournament:

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165 - 8 All-Americans in the field, 3 NCAA champs.

Julian Ramirez, SO - Cornell

  • R12 in 2022
  • Wins over Shane Griffith, Cam Amine

174 - 7 All-Americans in the field, 2 NCAA champs.

Hayden Hastings, SR - Wyoming

  • 4X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Win over Kendall Coleman, Dustin Plott

Rocky Jordan, JR - Tennesee Chattanooga

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2021
  • Wins over John Poznanski, Clay Lautt, Taylor Venz

Peyton Mocco, JR - Missouri

  • 3X NQ, R12 in 2022

Micky O’Malley, JR - Drexel

  • 3X NQ, R12 in 2022

184 - 9 All-Americans in the field, 1 NCAA champ.

Trey Munoz, SO - Oregon State

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Wins over Jonathan Loew, Bernie Truax, Brit Wilson

Abe Assad, JR - Iowa

  • 2X NQ
  • Wins over Taylor Venz, Parker Keckeisen

Matt Finesilver, SR - Michigan

  • 3X NQ, R16 in 2022
  • Win over Marcus Coleman

197 - 10 All-Americans in the field, 1 NCAA champ.

Cam Caffey, SR - Michigan State

  • 4X NQ - R12 in 2021, R16 in 2022 and 2019. 
  • Wins over Max Dean, Greg Bulsak, Michael Beard, Lucas Davison, Gavin Hoffman, Taylor Venz, Jonathan Loew, Ethan Smith

Kordell Norfleet, Arizona State

  • 4X NQ, R12 in 2021, R16 in 2022
  • Wins over Yonger Bastida, Stephen Buchanan, Jake Woodley, Greg Bulsak, Kyle Conel, Ethan Smith

Tanner Sloan, South Dakota State

  • 3X NQ, R12 in 2021
  • Wins over Jake Woodley, Rocky Elam, Lucas Davison, Greg Bulsak, Marcus Coleman, Jonathan Loew, Jacob Warner, Eric Schultz

Caffey's win over Max Dean begins at 36:00 in the video below:


285 - 7 All-Americans in the field, 0 NCAA champs.

Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force

  • 2X NQ, R12 in 2021, R16 in 2022
  • Win over Jordan Wood

Lewis Fernandes, Cornell

  • 1X NQ, R12 in 2022
  • Win over Trent Hillger

Yaraslau Slavikouski, Harvard

  • 1X NQ
  • Wins over Tate Orndorff, Lucas Davison, Gannon Gremmel, Josh Hokit

Slavikouski's win over Lucas Davison at the 2021 CKLV:

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*NQ = National qualifier. R12 = 1 win shy of All-American honors. R16 = 2 wins shy of All-American honors.

As always, we'd love to hear your feedback. If there's any wrestler you think should be included in the above list, let us know by emailing us at Jonathan.Kozak@flosports.tv or sending a message to @KozakJon on Twitter.