Preview – 149 lbs.

9A7I2343 (Small)

149 lbs.

2011 Seeds
1. Dukes, Case
2. Woszczak, Ithaca
3. Batsukh, St. John’s
4. Valek, Augsburg
5. Dattolo, Wilkes
6. Mauseth, UW-Lax
7. Groth, Wartburg
8. Britton, Lycoming

Returning All Americans
Dukes, Case, 1st in 2010
Woszczak, Ithaca, 4th in 2010, 4th in 2009
Batsukh, St. John’s, 1st at 141 in 2010, 1st at 141 in 2009
Valek, Augsburg, 2nd in 2010
Mauseth, UW-Lax, 3rd in 2010, 1st in 2009, 6th in 2008
Paulish, Williams, 4th at 141 in 2009

This is going to be a fun one. Three returning champions are at this weight, including last year’s winner at both 141 and 149 in Batsukh and Dukes. Additionally, the 2009 champ at this weight Mauseth is hoping to get back on top of the podium again. Dukes has been the wire to wire favorite after coming back at the same weight, going undefeated in DIII, and placing in the Midlands while beating a top ten DI opponent. He has not run into any of the top wrestlers in this bracket yet, while some of the others are more battle-tested. Woszczak has beaten Batsukh, Valek, Groth, and Britton, and wins against the first three of that group earned him the OW award at the National Duals. The loss to Woszczak was Batsukh’s only hiccup this year, while Valek has lost to Batsukh and Woszczak along with a late season 5-4 loss to Groth.

The bottom half of this bracket could be pretty wild with 2x AA Woszczak, 2x champ Batsukh, 3x AA Mauseth and Groth all on the same side. The other side is good as well, if not quite so decorated, with both of last year’s finalists as well as the 27-2 Dattolo, who has a win over Groth, and 2010 qualifier Britton whose four losses are split evenly with two each to Dattolo and Woszczak. Also back from last year is 2009 AA Paulish of Williams. He has not had the same success at 149 as he did at 141, but if he gets hot at the right time again, he has a chance in this very tough weight.

Prediction: Woszczak makes it out of the dogfight in the bottom half and finishes his career on a win, aiding a strong Bombers squad in their hunt for a team trophy.

Last First School Record
Andrews Zac Delaware Valley 26 – 6
Batsukh Myanganbayar St. Johns (MN) 22-1
Bell Martin Merchant Marine 19 – 11
Brady Cameryn Manchester 33 – 9
Britton Isaiah Lycoming 27 – 4
Dattolo Anthony Wilkes 27 – 2
Dukes Isaac Case Western Reserve 33 – 4
Groth Jacob Wartburg 26-9
Johnson Andrew Heidelberg 19 – 13
Locke James Coe 21 – 11
Magruder Kris Wisconsin-Stevens Point 25 – 11
Mauseth Matt Wisconsin-La Crosse 22 – 9
Oyster Eric North Central (IL) 19 – 7
Paulish Corey Williams College 25 – 7
Schwebke Jacob Cornell College 27 – 15
Valek Tony Augsburg 34 – 5
Woszczak Blaine Ithaca 32 – 2