NCAA Rankings 2017-18
133: Got Jacked
Tariq Wilson was one of the biggest surprises of the tournament, smashing everyone he wrestled except for Seth Gross, who needed overtime to seal the victory. Wilson lived on his opponents' legs and won the cumulative takedown battle against all his opponents, 24-2. That is astounding.
The other big surprise was unranked and unseeded senior Scott DelVecchio placing sixth. DelVecchio lost his first match of the tournament but then reeled off five straight to earn All-American honors for the first time in his career.
And then there's Colin Valdiviez, who was an alternate, meaning he did not receive an original at-large invite but was entered into the bracket when Jason Renteria failed to make weight. Valdiviez beat Dyan Duncan and Korbin Myers in the consolation rounds to earn a ranking.
Those surprise performances meant less room for other talented wrestlers. Josh Terao was the toughest guy to leave out, but his slump at the end of the season and a loss to Rico Montoya in the first round of the tournament kept him just out of the top 20.
|1||JR||Seth Gross||SD State||1|
|3||FR||Tariq Wilson||NC State||17|
|4||SO||Luke Pletcher||Ohio State||3|
|5||SO||Kaid Brock||OK State||4|
|17||JR||Sean Nickell||CSU Bakersfield||NR|
|18||JR||Dennis Gustafson||Virginia Tech||8|
|20||SO||Rico Montoya||N. Colorado||NR|