2023 NCAA Preview: 133 lbs.

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Northeast 1Gabe Leo-EsparoliniJohnson & Wales
Northeast 2Adam SchaeublinTrinity
Northeast 3Chase RandallCoast Guard
Mideast 1Jayden CardenasCortland
Mideast 2Isaias TorresIthaca
Mideast 3Daniel HawsCentenary
Southeast 1Nico DiazStevens
Southeast 2Dalton RohrbaughYork
Southeast 3Luke KowalskiGettysburg
Central 1Andrew PerelkaJohn Carroll
Central 2Jaden HintonBaldwin Wallace
Central 3Desmond DiggsMount St. Joseph
Lower Midwest 1Robbie PrecinNorth Central
Lower Midwest 2Dylan KoontzDubuque
Lower Midwest 3Joe PinsWartburg
Upper Midwest 1Dominik MallinderUW-Whitewater
Upper Midwest 2Tyler FleetwoodUW-Eau Claire
Upper Midwest 3Ty BisekConcordia-Moorhead

Robbie Precin is the defending champion, and nothing has happened yet this season to suggest anyone here can keep him off the top of the podium again. He advanced his record to 31-0 at the Lower Midwest regional, defeating Ohio State transfer Dylan Koontz of Dubuque in the finals. Koontz avenged an earlier loss against Joe Pins of Wartburg in the semifinals to earn the right to face Precin. Pins, a 2022 All-American, came back to get the third spot in the region.

Last year’s runner up and the #2 ranked wrestler in this weight came out of the Central region. #2 Jaden Hinton has only lost to Precin this year and has a win over Andrew Perelka, the 2022 runner-up. Perelka was set to face off against Hinton in the regional final, but Hinton opted not to wrestle the match. Perelka’s only other DIII loss this season is to Ty Bisek of Concordia-Moorhead in the Wheaton finals.

Bisek had not lost to a DIII opponent prior to the regional tournament, and he still has not lost to anyone in the field. He dropped his quarterfinal match to the 8th seed before fighting back to beat the same wrestler in the consolation finals. Along the way, he defeated 2022 All-American Zach Thompson of UW-Platteville, the 5th ranked wrestler at the weight, in the consolation semifinals. The champion in the Upper Midwest, Dominik Mallinder of UW-Whitewater, defeated Tyler Fleetwood of UW-Eau Claire in the rubber match of their three match season series. He also defeated Fleetwood in the WIAC finals after dropping a match to him early in the season.

Dalton Rohrbaugh was third for York last year at this weight after coming in as the #2 seed. His only losses this year are to Jayden Cardenas of Cortland and Jaden Hinton, both of whom will be in Roanoke. He won a narrow 9-8 decision over Nico Diaz of Stevens early on and decided to sit out the regional final rather than have a rematch. Finishing third in the region was Luke Kowalski of Gettysburg. He dropped his quarterfinal match but won four in a row to earn a second trip to the tournament. Gettysburg had just one placer in the region, but it was enough to get them to Roanoke.