NCAA Rankings 2018-19
133 Nicky Number 1
We'll leave the discussion for toughest weight class of all time for later, instead, we'll just say anyone who earned a spot on the podium from this bracket very much earned their All-American honors.
With wins this season over All-Americans Daton Fix, Ethan Lizak, Luke Pletcher and Tariq Wilson, Pitt's Micky Phillippi may be the most talented wrestler to not finish in the top 8 this season. A loss to Roman Bravo-Young in the bloodround was his undoing.
Despite finishing seventh, Ethan Lizak had a strong season and nearly identical wins and losses as sixth-place finisher John Erneste, and maintains a higher rank in the top 20 as a result. Sometimes that's just how the bracket breaks.
A heroic battle to the round of 12 by #31 seed Mason Pengilly of Stanford was enough to earn a top 20 ranking, but alas, not a coveted All-American award. Pengilly's run meant American University's Josh Terao was the last man on the top 20 bubble.
|2||FR||Daton Fix||OK State||2|
|4||JR||Luke Pletcher||Ohio State||9|
|8||FR||Roman Bravo-Young||Penn State||10|
|11||FR||Austin Gomez||Iowa State||12|
|13||SO||Tariq Wilson||NC State||13|
|14||JR||Korbin Myers||Virginia Tech||14|
|18||SR||Gary Wayne Harding||North Carolina||17|
|19||SO||Matt Schmitt||West Virginia||19|
|20||SR||Sean Nickell||CSU Bakersfield||18|