2013 184 lbs. Preview

West 1 Hagen St. John’s
West 2 Malychewski Pacific
West 3 Rieckhoff Eau Claire
Central 1 DeVilbiss Luther
Central 2 Broll Buena Vista
Central 3 Upah Wartburg
Midwest 1 Rau Elmhurst
Midwest 2 Dunlap Whitewater
Midwest 3 Olsen Wheaton
Mideast 1 Thomson Messiah
Mideast 2 Meaney Elizabethtown
Mideast 3 Dowdley Heidelberg
East 1 Broderick TCNJ
East 2 Sheehan NYU
East 3 Stark King’s
Northeast 1 Lenhardt Johnson & Wales
Northeast 2 Ajayi Wesleyan
Northeast 3 Parcel Roger Williams

d3wrestle.com Ranking #11 – March 5, 2013

Both of last year’s finalists are gone from list weight, leaving last year’s 3rd place finisher, #1 Rau as the favorite. Rau has not lost in DIII this year, and his only two losses came to DI wrestlers at the Midlands. He has wins over 6 wrestlers in the field. #2 Broderick is also undefeated against DIII, and he has not had any matches that were in doubt, save for a tight 3-2 win over #4 Thomson, an outstanding freshman who won the Mideast Region. #3 Hagen was a round of 12 wrestler last year who bounced back from a pair of early season losses to win the West Region. #5 Dunlap is one of Whitewater’s multiple 2nd-semester-only wrestlers and his only loss is to Rau. #6, #7, and #8 all come from the Central Region in DeVilbiss, Upah, and Broll, and that’s how they finished in the Regional. #9 Lenhardt and #10 Ajayi are both repeat qualifiers from the Northeast. Lenhardt was a qualifier in 2010, while Ajayi placed 7th last season. Lenhardt defeated Ajayi 3-2 in the regional final. It is a fairly strong field after the top ten, with the always dangerous Meaney ready to throw a wrench into the seedings and several others with excellent records making their first appearance at the tournament.