The info below is based on the list of initial entries and could change as teams adjust their lineups.
Returning NCAA Qualifiers
Kyle Briggs, Wartburg – 2020 LM Region Champion, 2019 All-American
Jacob Krakow, Loras – 2020 LM Region Runner-Up, 2019 All-American
George Moseley, Averett – 3rd 2020 SE Region (184)
Solomon Nielsen, Augsburg – 2020 UM Region Champion, 2019 qualifier
Brian Shermeyer, Messiah – 3rd 2020 SE Region, 2019 qualifier
Other Notable Entries
Alexander Skaare, Concordia Moorhead – 7th 2020 UM Region (165)
Tristin Westphal, Coe – 5th 2020 LM Region
Drew Matticks, MSOE
John Marsh, Cornell
Briggs got the year off to a great start with a win over Iowa state and then proceeded to get bonus points in every match since, including an 8-0 victory over Krakow, the other 2019 All-American in this bracket. Moseley qualified at 184 last year and dropped to 174 for 2021. He met up with 2x qualifier Shermeyer in a recent dual, and Shermeyer came away with a win by fall. Nielsen is also a 2x qualifier who was the #3 seed at the 2020 championships.
Westphal was a regional placewinner in 2020. Matticks is undefeated so far and won the CCIW Championship. Skaare has only wrestled once, but he placed in the region a weight class down last year. Marsh is undefeated, though he has not seen any of the other contenders yet.