2021 NWCA DIII 157 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
Daniel Ruiz, Loras – 2020 LM Region Runner-Up (149)
Sean Sax, Westminster – 2019 NCAA qualifier (149)

Other Notable Entries
Tristan Birt, Millikin – 6th 2020 LM Region
David Hollingsworth, Wartburg
Brady Henderson, Coe
Tyler Shilson, Augsburg
Nick Boggiano, Stevens
Nick Barnhart, Messiah

Ruiz is the only 2020 qualifier in this weight after a runner-up finish in the Lower Midwest last season at 149. Sax qualified in 2019 at 149 and was 5th in the Lower Midwest last season. Sax has gone undefeated, mostly at 165, while Ruiz has had close losses to a couple of ARC opponents.

Hollingsworth and Henderson have wins over Ruiz, and Hollingsworth took the matchup with Henderson. The former Iowa Lakes and Alderson Broaddus wrestler has only lost to Iowa State’s Carr this season. Boggiano is a 2020 New Jersey state champ with a win over Barnhart this season. Birt is a CCIW champ who placed in the region last year. Shilson is a UT-Chattanooga transfer who is undefeated so far and is the brother of Augsburg’s Emily Shilson, one of the top college wrestlers on the women’s side.