2021 NWCA DIII 149 lbs. Preview

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The info below is based on the list of initial entries and could change as teams adjust their lineups.

Brackets on FloArena

Returning NCAA Qualifiers
Brett Kaliner, Stevens – 2020 SE Region Champion, 2x All-American
Robert Areyano, Central – 3rd 2020 LM Region
Noah Caskey, Coast Guard – 3rd 2020 NE Region (141)
Garret Cornell, Messiah – 3rd 2020 SE Region (141)
Brady Fritz, Wartburg – 2019 All-American (141)
Hai Siu, Greensboro – 2020 SE Region Runner-Up (141)

Other Notable Entries
Josh Gerke, Coe – 4th 2020 LM Region
Danny Terronez, Augustana – 5th 2020 LM Region (157)
Noah Nieman, Alma – 7th 2020 C Region
Zeke Smith, Loras
Charlie Stuhl, Augsburg
Hunter Murphy, Olivet
Peter McCusker, Millikin

Kaliner is the headliner here. He was 2nd as a freshman, 3rd as a sophomore, and the #2 seed as a junior last year. Fritz is the only other All-American here. He was 6th at 141 in 2019 and also was 6th in the region last season. Siu, Cornell, and Caskey are all up from 141 where they qualified last year. Siu beat Cornell in the 2020 regional semis. Areyano qualified at 149 last year. This year, all of his matches are at 157, but he is listed on the entries at 149.

Gerke was one match from qualifying last year and has a win over Fritz this season. Smith beat Gerke in the last ARC dual event to give him his only loss, while Fritz beat Smith. McCusker is undefeated with a win over Terronez.