2020 NCAA Preview: 149 lbs.

2019 All-Americans in Bold, Qualifiers in Italics

Northeast 1BurnsJWU27-7
Northeast 2FidelibusNew England43-3
Northeast 3DrillNYU21-7
Mideast 1AndersonCentenary31-3
Mideast 2BrismanIthaca20-6
Mideast 3ShermanMuhlenberg23-4
Southeast 1KalinerStevens27-3
Southeast 2HeinlWashington & Jefferson35-7
Southeast 3HutchinsonYork32-4
Central 1BleichBaldwin Wallace38-2
Central 2CooperAlma22-0
Central 3BarrWabash26-11
Lower Midwest 1RinkNorth Central32-7
Lower Midwest 2RuizLoras7-1
Lower Midwest 3AreyanoCentral23-2
Upper Midwest 1WilsonAugsburg30-1
Upper Midwest 2McAuliffeElmhurst16-4
Upper Midwest 3DrexlerEau Claire32-6

Brett Kaliner of Stevens has finished 2nd and 3rd in his two trips to the NCAA Championships and dominated his way to a regional title. He has a single DIII loss to Ryan Anderson of Centenary. Kaliner’s 2018 finals opponent Ben Brisman of Ithaca is up at 149 this year after starting the season at 141 where he finished 4th last season. Evan Drill is the third 2x All-American in this weight with 5th and 4th place finishes. Zach Cooper was the #2 seed last year and ended up finishing 5th. He is currently undefeated.

Da’mani Burns of JWU was the top seed last year but lost to Cooper in a rare 1 vs. 2 blood round matchup. He won the Northeast Region over Evan Fidelibus, a former Rider wrestler whose only losses are to Burns and the top-ranked Ryan Anderson of Centenary. Anderson was Flowrestling’s #13 overall ranked high school wrestler last season, and he is undefeated against DIII. His 3-2 win over Kaliner has boosted him to the top spot in the rankings. Stanley Bleich lost one match wrestling up at 165 and another at 149 that he avenged at the regional. Anthony Rink topped the Lower Midwest region, defeating both of the other qualifiers along the way. He does have five losses to wrestlers in the bracket, though he did split with McAuliffe. Aaron Wilson was 28-3 at 157 last year behind NCAA champ Ryan Epps, and he has gone 30-1 at 149 this season with Bleich dealing him his only loss.

Central’s Robert Areyano was undefeated against DIII until running into Rink in the regional semifinal. Eric Hutchinson, a 2018 qualifier at 157 who missed all of last season with an injury, only wrestled one match down at 149 before qualifying at this weight in the regional.