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.

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1JRSeth GrossSD State1
2SOStevan MicicMichigan2
3FRTariq WilsonNC State17
4SOLuke PletcherOhio State3
5SOKaid BrockOK State4
6SRScott DelVecchioRutgersNR
7JRScott ParkerLehigh6
8FRMontorie BridgesWyoming5
9FRAustin DeSantoDrexel7
10SOJack MuellerVirginia9
11JRJohn ErnesteMissouri12
12SRDom ForysPittsburgh10
13JRBryan LantryBuffalo13
14FRColin ValdiviezNorthwesternNR
15FRDylan DuncanIllinois14
16SOMitch McKeeMinnesota15
17JRSean NickellCSU BakersfieldNR
18JRDennis GustafsonVirginia Tech8
19SOKorbin MyersEdinboroNR
20SORico MontoyaN. ColoradoNR