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2019 NCAA Preview: 125 lbs.

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  1. Jay Albis, Johnson & Wales
  2. Mike Tortorice, Whitewater
  3. Victor Gliva, Augsburg
  4. Dante Ginnetti, Baldwin Wallace
  5. Cam Timok, Central
  6. Peter Del Gallo, Southern Maine
  7. Brady Kyner, Wartburg
  8. Ferdinand Mase, Ithaca

Carlos Champagne, Wabash
Collin Wickramaratna, Ursinus
Dylan Nuttall, York
Eron Haynes, Nebraska Wesleyan
Jordan Burkholder, Muskingum
Josiah Gehr, Messiah
Matt Caccamise, Brockport
Samuel Braswell, Averett
Sawyer Sarbacker, La Crosse
Zack Murillo, Wesleyan

The first three weights all feature the 2018 champion in the bracket, but the only one of the three to be the top seed this year is Jay Albis of Johnson & Wales at 125. He wrestled a tough schedule this year that included Midlands, the National Duals, and a dual with the 7th ranked wrestler in Division II. He is currently 2nd in the DIII tech falls race with an outside shot to take the award this weekend. His only DIII loss was to Peter Del Gallo of Southern Maine way back on the second Saturday of the season.

The next highest returning finisher here is Mike Tortorice of Whitewater. He finished 3rd last season, winning five matches in a row after taking an opening round loss. He has a win over the 3rd seed Victor Gliva and was the champ at the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational. Fourth seed Dante Ginnetti of Baldwin Wallace only wrestled 125 at the regional and was a qualifier at 133 last year, while 5th seed Cam Timok of Central dropped to 125 halfway through the year and was a 2017 All-American at 133. Ferdinand Mase is the 8th seed and finished 7th last year for Ithaca.

A pair of wrestlers are the first NCAA qualifiers for their schools. Eron Haynes gives Nebraska Wesleyan a qualifier in their third year. Samuel Braswell is one of three Averett wrestlers competing this week, but he is technically the first to have earned his spot for the second year program. Jordan Burkholder of Muskingum is the first qualifier for his school since 2008.

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