Mideast Regional Preview

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Ohio Northern University

Saturday, March 2nd, 9:00 AM
16 Teams – *Baldwin Wallace will not send entries this season

d3wrestle.com Rankings | NWCA Team Rankings

Ranked Teams: #15 York, #19 Messiah, #26 Ohio Northern

d3wrestle.com Top Ten Individuals (Returning AA in Bold)

125 – NONE
133 – NONE
141 – #6 Black (Mount St. Josephs) *#7 from last ranking Loht (Messiah) is entered
149 – #8 Pisani (York)
157 – #8 Gott (John Carroll)
165 – NONE
174 – #1 Kwiat (Ohio Northern)
184 – #6 Thomson (Messiah) *#10 from last ranking Lowry (Thiel) is back at 184
197 – #9 Landis (Elizabethtown)
285 – #8 Wilkinson (Brockport)

Ohio Northen will play host to the most geographically diverse regional tournament with teams coming from central and western PA, all over Ohio and western NY. The team race presents a lot of parity that may be more interesting than would be perceived at first glance. York and Messiah would appear to be set to contend for the team title, however both teams lost recent dual meets to unranked Elizabethtown College. In addition Mount Union could put together a strong tournament to be in the mix for the team title.

There could be a number of intriguing matchups and seeding could play a very important role as a number there have been a lot of inconclusive head to head matchups within this region throughout the year. Depth is the key at this region as most weights will have 6-8 wrestlers with a legitimate chance to finish in the top three and punch their ticket to the National tournament.

In addition to those wrestlers currently ranked in the top 10, several wrestlers have produced stellar seasons and should be poised to make a run at the podium in Iowa provided they make it through the region. Those wrestlers include: Schneider (125-Heidelberg) with wins on the year over wrestlers listed in the top 10, former All American Crown (133-Waynesburg), Loht (141-Messiah) who is 30-2 on the season, Mirman (149-John Carroll) listed as d3wrestle.com’s top contender with a win over former National runner-up Keeter from Augsburg, undefeated Lowry (184-Thiel) and a very talented Meaney (184-Elizabethtown), former National Qualifier Lovins (197-Heidelberg), and a very athletic big man in Elizabethtown’s heavyweight Jeremy Rieth.