2018 NCAA Preview: 285 lbs.

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Lance Evans has finished 3rd and 4th at the NCAA Championships in his career.

Mat Talk Online DIII Championships Guide

  1. Lance Evans, Wartburg
  2. James Bethel, Oneonta
  3. Jake O’Brien, Ithaca
  4. Isaiah Bellamy, Wesleyan
  5. Jake Evans, Waynesburg
  6. Austin Bellile, MSOE
  7. Quin Gilliam, Loras
  8. Garrett Wesneski, Lycoming

Jonah Aurelio, Johnson & Wales
Nathan Barcaskey, Ohio Northern
Connor Calkins, RIT
Konrad Ernst, La Crosse
Joe Fusco, Springfield
D’andre Johnson, Platteville
Gabriel Mahaney, Baldwin Wallace
Alveno Matthews, Ferrum
Tyler Ortmann, Cornell
Nico Ramirez, Southern Virginia

Lance Evans is a two time All-American who is 19-1 on the season. He dropped a match to Tyler Ortmann of Cornell in regional for his only loss so far. He had previously pinned Ortmann in a December match. Evans is one of four 2017 All-Americans in this weight. Lance Evans was 4th last year, James Bethel of Oneonta was 5th, and Jake Evans of Waynesburg defeated Jake O’Brien of Ithaca in the 7th place match. Lance Evans beat O’Brien at the National Duals, while Bethel split with O’Brien while taking the latest match in the regional final. Jake Evans has not wrestled any of the seeded wrestlers this year except Garrett Wesneski of Lycoming who he defeated in November. He did split with Nathan Barcaskey of Ohio Northern, winning in the regional final.

Isaiah Bellamy has been competing with his teammate Carrillo and Jake Evans for the most falls award this year, and they enter the tournament in a three way tie. He has split with Bethel and lost to O’Brien this season. #8 seed Garrett Wesneski previously wrestled at Maryland. His only losses this year are to Bethel and Jake Evans. Quin Gilliam of Loras returns to the tournament in 2018. He won a pair of matches last year but fell in the round of 12. He is the Lower Midwest Regional champion. Southern Virginia University joined the NCAA just a few years ago and 2017 was their first year eligible for the postseason. Freshman Nico Ramirez came all the way across the country from Washington to the small LDS school in Buena Vista, Virginia, and became their first ever NCAA qualifier.