2013 174 lbs. Preview

West 1 Schiferl Oshkosh
West 2 Roach St. Olaf
West 3 Kohler Augsburg
Central 1 Ball Coe
Central 2 Azinger Wartburg
Central 3 Burns Augustana
Midwest 1 O’Brien La Crosse
Midwest 2 Conat Stevens Point
Midwest 3 Pieper Trine
Mideast 1 Kwiat Ohio Northern
Mideast 2 Kramer Messiah
Mideast 3 Bonaventura Waynesburg
East 1 Thomson Gettysburg
East 2 Zotollo TCNJ
East 3 Winston Delware Valley
Northeast 1 Puca Cortland
Northeast 2 Doliscar Ithaca
Northeast 3 Hartzell Worcester Polytechnic

d3wrestle.com Ranking #11 – March 5, 2013

Here is the second weight with a defending champion back at the same weight class. #1 Kwiat has led the rankings all season and is undefeated against DIII. He is extraordinary on top and leads the whole NCAA by a wide margin in tech falls. #2 Doliscar was an All-American here last year, and he is another tough top wrestler who is undefeated against DIII. #3 Puca has a single DIII loss to Doliscar in their dual meet, but Doliscar forfeited to Puca in the Northeast Region final. #4 O’Brien was 4th at 165 last year, and has wrestled a string of close matches throughout the last month of the season, coming out on top in all but one tech fall loss to Kwiat. Both of his other losses came earlier in the year at 165. Two of those close wins came against #5 Conat who did not lose until late January this season and has just one other DIII loss to a wrestler not in this tournament. #6 Schiferl lost in the round of 12 last year and won the West Region. #7 Pieper has lost mainly to those above him and has a win over #8 Thomson, the East Region winner whose only other loss was to Puca back in December. #9 Azinger was a 184 placewinner last year who has two wins over Ball but lost to him at the Central Regional. #10 Roach rounds it out and was 2nd at the West Region. Outside the top ten are the previously mentioned Ball, Zotollo and Winston, who each beat the previous #3 Dufresne of Centenary to keep him from qualifying, and Hartzell, the first qualifier from WPI since 2004.