2021 NWCA DIII 197 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
Cody Baldridge, North Central – 2020 LM Region Champion (184), 2019 qualifier
Michael Dooley, Stevens – 2020 SE Region Champion, 2019 qualifier
Logan Hagerbaumer, Millikin – 3rd 2020 LM Region
Braden Homsey, Ferrum – 3rd 2020 SE Region
Jonathan Wagner, Coast Guard – 2020 NE Region Champion, 2019 qualifier
Gabriel Zierden, Concordia Moorhead – 3rd 2020 UM Region

Other Notable Entries
Kobe Woods, Wartburg – 4th 2020 LM Region
Donovan Corn, Luther – 6th 2020 LM Region
Don Phillips, Buena Vista – 7th 2020 LM Region
Chris Nielsen, Dubuque – 8th 2020 LM Region (184)
Brady Vogel, Loras
Kole Kreinbring, Coe

Three regional champs from last year headline 197. Baldridge is up from 184 where he was the #3 seed last year. Dooley is a 2x qualifier who won the Southeast and was seeded 7th. Wagner won the Northeast region and was seeded 6th. Hagerbaumer, Homsey, and Zierden all finished third in their respective regions at this weight.

Former Purdue wrestler Woods finished fourth in the region last year and dropped a 5-4 decision to Baldridge for his only DIII loss so far. Vogel beat Kreinbring who beat Corn who beat Vogel. Nielsen and Phillips are a step down from that group base just on this year’s results.