2019 NCAA Preview: 133 lbs.

  1. Jordin James, Mount Union
  2. Sam Bennyhoff, Augsburg
  3. Brock Rathbun, Wartburg
  4. Bobby Jordan, Johnson & Wales
  5. Brice Everson, Loras
  6. Charles Nash, Baldwin Wallace
  7. Ben Vosters, Stevens Point
  8. Jake Giordano, TCNJ

Chase Petty, Central
Ian Tolotti, Springfield
Jacob Forsman, Norwich
Josh Stenger, La Crosse
Kimo Dial, Merchant Marine
Levi Englman, Ferrum
Owen Doster, Wabash
Ricky Cavallo, Johns Hopkins
Russell Benson, Delaware Valley
Yoseph Borai, Stevens

Brock Rathbun became the first freshman national champion in Wartburg’s history last year, but he will have a tough road ahead if he wants to repeat as champion. He will be the third seed this weekend with a familiar foe potentially awaiting in the semifinals. Second seed Sam Bennyhoff of Augsburg was Rathbun’s finals opponent last year and took the win in their dual this season. The top seed spent last year at Iowa Lakes Community College but Jordin James now mans 133 lbs. for Mount Union. His only loss this year was a disqualification in the season’s first week, and he has wins over four other wrestlers in this tournament.

Fourth seed Bobby Jordan of Johnson & Wales has qualified several times to the championships and was an All-American in 2017. An injury cut short his season last year, but he is back in 2019 with a win over Bennhoff at the National Duals. Owen Doster returns for Wabash and was an All-American in 2017 before going 0-2 at last year’s tournament. Charles Nash was a round of 12 wrestler at 141 for Baldwin Wallace last year, and Ricky Cavallo returns at the same weight hoping to improve on last year’s single win in the event.

Ben Vosters of Stevens Point qualified for the tournament in 2016 and gets to return for the first time in 2019. Jacob Forsman of Norwich was unseeded at the regional but became the first qualifier for his team since 2008. Kimo Dial of Merchant Marine did not place at his conference tournament but defeated an NCAA round of 12 finisher in the 3rd place match to earn his way into the tournament.