2018 NCAA Preview: 149 lbs.

Cross Cannone was the runner-up at 141 last year and is ranked #1 at 149

Mat Talk Online DIII Championships Guide

  1. Cross Cannone, Wartburg
  2. Jimmy Davis, Loras
  3. Greg Warner, York
  4. Bradan Birt, Millikin
  5. Alex Wilson, Augsburg
  6. Jarrad Lasko, John Carroll
  7. Sean Peacock, Brockport
  8. Austin Bethel, Wabash

Stanley Bleich, Baldwin Wallace
Trevor Corl, Lycoming
Evan Drill, NYU
Josh Lawson, Elmhurst
Stephen Maloney, Messiah
Christopher Muce, Centenary
Spencer Nevills, La Crosse
Brendon Seyfried, Williams
Grant Sorensen, Trinity
Dylan Van Sickell, Stevens

None of the eight All-Americans at 149 last year are back at the weight this season. There are, however, All-Americans in the weight. Tops among them is 2017 NCAA 141 lbs. runner-up Cross Cannone of Wartburg. He kicks off a stretch for the Knights where they have a wrestler ranked 1st or 2nd in six of the last seven weights. Cannone is undefeated on the season and looks to be a clear favorite on paper. While some All-Americans moved up into this weight, Jimmy Davis of Loras has moved down after placing 5th at 157 last season. He was the runner-up to Cannone at the regional and has only lost to Cannone and Opelt of Cornell who is not in this bracket. If you add in the very tough Bradan Birt of Millikin, the Lower Midwest Region is sending a very good contingent to Cleveland at 149.

Brendon Seyfried of Williams and Greg Warner of York met in the 7th place match at 141 last year with Seyfried taking a 2-1 decision. Both have moved up to 149 and qualified for the championships. Warner took a few early losses but has gone undefeated since mid-November. He is a two time All-American at 141, finishing 8th and 5th the past two years. Seyfried dropped the regional final to Evan Drill of NYU but will be making his third trip to the NCAA Championships. Christopher Muce of Centenary has the distinction of being the only 2017 qualifier at this weight to return to the NCAA Championships at 149 this season.