2018 NCAA Preview: 133 lbs.

Troy Stanich of Stevens enters the NCAA tournament undefeated for the second year in a row

Mat Talk Online DIII Championships Guide

  1. Troy Stanich, Stevens
  2. Owen Doster, Wabash
  3. Brock Rathbun, Wartburg
  4. Sam Bennyhoff, Augsburg
  5. Anthony Munoz, Elmhurst
  6. Ricky Cavallo, Johns Hopkins
  7. Austin Sisco, Oneonta
  8. Matthew Noble, NYU

Tito Colom, Ithaca
Tyler Demo, Eau Claire
Dante Ginnetti, Baldwin Wallace
Brendan Gould, Augustana
Hunter Harris, Messiah
Owen McClave, Coast Guard
Nathaneal Rankin, University of the Ozarks
Brenden Velez, Delaware Valley
Joao Vicente, Johnson & Wales
Nolan Wochna, Mount Union

The number one seed this year is the same as last year, as Troy Stanich has again gone undefeated in his sophomore campaign leading into the NCAA Championships. He lost a tight match to Jay Albis in the semifinals and ended up in third place. The next time the two met back in November, Stanich won 12-1, and Albis is now down at 125. Stanich has not come close to losing this year and has wins over seven of the entries at this weight. There is just one other returning All-American at this weight, as Owen Doster of Wabash was 7th last year and comes in as the #2 seed. His only losses are to the #3 ranked wrestler in Division II and an injury default loss to a teammate back in the first competition of the year. He won the Central Region convincingly and has wins over three of the entries here.

Sam Bennyhoff was in the bracket last year for Augsburg, and he defeated Doster in the preliminary round before bowing out in the round of 12. He has split with Brock Rathbun of Wartburg, with Rathbun winning the more recent of the two matches. Austin Sisco of Oneonta and Hunter Harris of Messiah are also returning tot he championships at this weight. Sisco picked up a win here last year and fell in the round of 12. Harris is dangerous (winner of season long most falls award in 2017) and will be looking to close his career with a podium finish. Brenden Velez of Delaware Valley is making his third trip to the tournament, though both he and Harris finished behind Ricky Cavallo of Johns Hopkins at the Southeast Regional.

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