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2017 NCAA Preview: 133 lbs.

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Freshman Troy Stanich is undefeated in his debut season

2016 Champion – Devin Broukal, Wabash

Central 1 Chris Williams Millikin
Central 2 Cam Timok Central
Central 3 Connor Campo Wartburg
East 1 Troy Stanich Stevens
East 2 Nathan Pike NYU
East 3 Zach Bylykbashi Washington & Lee
Mideast 1 Ryan Flynn York
Mideast 2 Evan Corso Oswego
Mideast 3 Hunter Harris Messiah
Midwest 1 Joe Brodman Whitewater
Midwest 2 Jared Braun Elmhurst
Midwest 3 Owen Doster Wabash
Northeast 1 Jay Albis Johnson & Wales
Northeast 2 Maverick Passaro Cortland
Northeast 3 Austin Sisco Oneonta
West 1 Sam Bennyhoff Augsburg
West 2 Scott Arneson Platteville
West 3 Noah Becker St. John’s

Troy Stanich came to Stevens after a 4th place finish at the 2016 New Jersey State Championships and has proceeded to roll off 41 straight victories to start his college career. He has wins over five of the other entrants at the weight including a pair of victories over Nathan Pike of NYU, the runner-up last season. There are not a lot of freshman national champions in Division III, but Stanich is in the driver’s seat to get it done. Pike is a two time All-American who became his school’s first ever finalist last year. He is just 11-2, with both losses to Stanich, but he has picked up where he left off last year and scores points in bunches. The only other returning All-American at this weight is Connor Campo of Wartburg who needed a 1-0 decision in the 3rd place match at the region to both get to the tournament and take his record above .500 for the year.

Chris Williams of Millikin is the only other returning All-American at this weight, though he got on the podium at 141 last season before dropping this year. He is 17-0 and will be a top contender. There are some good stories at this weight class worth noting. Ryan Flynn of York became his school’s all-time wins leader this year. Hunter Harris of Messiah now has 32 pins (30 in DIII) on the year to lead all divisions. Maverick Passaro was a 2012 New York state champion who made stops at Rutgers and Hofstra before landing at Cortland this year. Joe Brodman followed his coach from Heidelberg Whitewater and is making his first trip to the championships as a senior.


  1. Troy Stanich gives every match 110% with good scholastic’s to boot. My wife and I are proud to call him our Grandson. May you always succeed Troy, in your every endeavor.

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