2021 NWCA DIII 165 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
Bradan Birt, Millikin – 2020 LM Region Champion, 2x All-American
Philip Rogers, Coast Guard – 2020 NE Region Champion

Other Notable Entries
Zarik Anderson, Dubuque – 4th 2020 LM Region
Rafael Roman, North Central – 4th 2020 LM Region (157)
Matt Pangle, Messiah – 5th 2020 SE Region
Casey Allen, Cornell – 7th 2020 LM Region (157)
Morgan Peterson, Southern Virginia – 7th 2020 SE Region
Zane Mulder, Wartburg
Alex Turley, Averett
Ryker Kurimski, Coe

Birt is one of the more decorated wrestlers in the tournament with 2018 and 2019 All-American awards. He was the #2 seed last season at this weight and is certainly one of the favorites to win in Iowa. Rogers won consecutive 1-0 matches in the quarters and semis at last year’s region before getting a fall in the finals.

Mulder transferred to Wartburg from Iowa State and has not been seriously challenged, save for a close win against Iowa State to start the season. He majored Anderson and Kurimski and pinned Roman this season. Anderson and Roman missed out on qualifying last year by one match each. Pangle was 5th in the region last year but has a loss to Turley, who avenged his only loss of the year already.

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