2020 NCAA Preview: 157 lbs.

2019 All-Americans in Bold, Qualifiers in Italics

Northeast 1LyonsNYU35-2
Northeast 2JoyceJWU25-15
Northeast 3MonteiroW. New England31-4
Mideast 1WintersRIT39-4
Mideast 2SchneiderIthaca16-5
Mideast 3GramugliaOswego27-4
Southeast 1LuthWashington & Lee23-2
Southeast 2Van SickellStevens23-4
Southeast 3MaloneyMessiah36-6
Central 1WhittenOtterbein39-7
Central 2LeightnerBaldwin Wallace28-10
Central 3GrossJohn Carroll32-7
Lower Midwest 1MurrayLoras24-2
Lower Midwest 2SandovalWartburg16-5
Lower Midwest 3EricksonCoe9-6
Upper Midwest 1ZaminLa Crosse23-1
Upper Midwest 2EppsAugsburg28-2
Upper Midwest 3BonsallChicago31-8

All four returning All-Americans at this weight placed in the same weight last year. Ryan Epps leads the pack as a two-time champ, but he has lost to two of the other returning placewinners. Grant Zamin is undefeated in Division III and comes in as the top ranked wrestler. Brandon Murray was 4th last year and has a win over Epps (but losses to Lyons and Zamin). Kaidon Winters was 5th last year and his only loss at 157 is Murray.

Sean Lyons won the Northeast Region with two falls and two tech falls. His only losses are to Bleich (now at 149) and Epps in the Citrus finals. Ryan Luth won the Southeast Region and avenged his one DIII loss multiple times before pinning Maloney and winning 15-8 over Van Sickell. Whitten won the Central Region out of the #3 seed and was one of the beneficiaries of returning NCAA runner-up Antwon Pugh moving up to 165 late in the year.

Two wrestlers have taken the long way back to the NCAA Championships. Steve Bonsall was an All-American in 2017 and has not qualified for the tournament since. Sam Schneider of Ithaca is in a similar situation having placed in 2017 but not making back until this year. Now, both are at the same weight looking to climb the podium again. A third former All-American, Cole Erickson of Coe, is a 2x placewinner who did not qualify last year. He is just 9-6 but has a win over Schneider. Schneider actually defeated Erickson for 5th place in his one trip to the NCAA championships in 2017.