2024 NCAA Preview: 141 lbs.

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Returning 2023 All-Americans in Bold

Northeast 1Victor PerlleshiJohnson & Wales
Northeast 2Bobur BerdiyorovNew England
Northeast 3James RodriguezCastleton
Mideast 1Alex SamsonSt. John Fisher
Mideast 2Gabe GossOswego
Mideast 3Xavier PeñaCentenary
Southeast 1Josh WilsonGreensboro
Southeast 2Josiah GehrMessiah
Southeast 3Mark SamuelRoanoke
Central 1Jacob ReedOhio Northern
Central 2Evan BurgeWabash
Central 3Dylan PhelpsOlivet
Lower Midwest 1Kyler RomeroWartburg
Lower Midwest 2Pierre BaldwinCentral
Lower Midwest 3Jacob DadoOzarks
Upper Midwest 1Sam StuhlAugsburg
Upper Midwest 2Ethan PogorzelskiUW-Whitewater
Upper Midwest 3Sam LorenzUW-La Crosse

Sam Stuhl of Augsburg won a battle of unseeded wrestlers in last year’s NCAA final when he defeated Ethan Harsted of Wheaton 5-1. He will not have to repeat the feat this year, though he will not be the favorite in La Crosse this weekend. That honor goes to Jacob Reed of Ohio Northern. Reed has placed third in each of his first two years for the Polar Bears, though his one loss here last year was to Stuhl in the semifinals. He is undefeated this year at 26-0. Another contender is Josh Wilson of Greensboro. He is undefeated against DIII and a two-time NCAA All-American, though he was down big in the regional final before pinning Messiah’s Gehr.

Gehr was a 2022 All-American at this weight but did not wrestle last year. He had a tight match with Reed in the Wheaton finals that hinged on one scramble that Reed won. Only two of his 23 wins have lasted a full seven minutes. One of those decisions was against fellow qualifier Jacob Dado of Ozarks. James Rodriguez became the first ever All-American for Castleton in 2022 with an 8th place finish (losing to Gehr in the 7th place match) and improved by one spot to 7th here last season. He gave up a late takedown to lose in the regional semifinals to Bobur Berdiyorov of New England College (and Uzbekistan). Berdiyorov was an NJCAA All-American last season and also wrestled for his junior college in the 2018-2019 season.

Kyler Romero of Wartburg has been biding his time to get a chance in the Knights lineup and has made the most of it with a 20-1 record and two wins over the defending champion. He avenged his one loss to Schropp of Loras twice late in the season. Lower Midwest runner up Pierre Baldwin has two losses, one to Romero and one to Dresden Grimm of Coe that he avenged in the regional semifinal.

Mideast champ Alex Samson of St. John Fisher is the first qualifier for the Cardinals since bringing the program back in 2022 after a 38 year hiatus. He is currently undefeated in his first season as a grad transfer from Mercyhurst. He defeated Gabe Goss of Oswego, a freshman who upset #5 ranked returning qualifier Xavier Pena of Centenary in the regional semifinals. Pena joins other 2023 qualifiers Evan Burge of Wabash and Victor Perlleshi of JWU in the search for a spot on the podium in La Crosse.

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