2021 NWCA DIII 285 lbs. Preview

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Returning NCAA Qualifiers
Jordon Brandon, Wartburg – 3rd 2020 LM Region
Isaiah Espinoza, Adrian – 3rd 2020 C Region
Nico Ramirez, Southern Virginia – 3rd 2020 SE Region, 2018 qualifier
Wyatt Wriedt, Loras – 2020 LM Region Runner-Up

Other Notable Entries
Dominick Wilson, Olivet – 5th 2020 C Region
Tyler Kim, Augsburg – 5th 2020 UM Region
Kaleb Reeves, Coe – 5th 2020 LM Region
Carter Urich, Messiah – 8th 2020 SE Region
Ben Bergen, North Central
Trent Ragland, Averett
Sam Zook, Central

Four NCAA qualifiers return at this weight. Brandon beat Wriedt in a dual for the second year in a row, though the two did not meet in the 2020 region. Ramirez is the only qualifier in SVU history and was set for his second trip to the championships last year. Espinoza qualified last year and beat Wilson twice, though Wilson turned the tables on him this year at the MIAA.

Reeves has wins over Wriedt, Brandon, and Zook, and his only loss this year is to a wrestler not entered. Along with his win over Espinoza, Wilson defeated Kim this season. Bergen is the CCIW champ whose only loss this year was an injury default early on.

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