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InterMat Staff Predictions for NCAA Championships

The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships take place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)

The InterMat staff writers have broken down the brackets for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh and made their predictions.



T.R. Foley


125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
133: Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) over Stevan Micic (Michigan)
141: Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) over Joey McKenna (Ohio State)
149: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) over Mitch Finesilver (Duke)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Tyler Berger (Nebraska)
165: Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)
174: Mark Hall (Penn State) over Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
285: Gable Steveson (Minnesota) over Demetrius Thomas (Pitt)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Iowa, NC State



Richard Mann


125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
133: Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) over Nick Suriano (Rutgers)
141: Joey McKenna (Ohio State) over Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)
149: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) over Micah Jordan (Ohio State)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Tyler Berger (Nebraska)
165: Alex Marinelli (Iowa) over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)
174: Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) over Mark Hall (Penn State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
285: Gable Steveson (Minnesota) over Derek White (Oklahoma State)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan



Craig Sesker


125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
133: Nick Suriano (Rutgers) over Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)
141: Joey McKenna (Ohio State) over Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)
149: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) over Mitch Finesilver (Duke)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Tyler Berger (Nebraska)
165: Alex Marinelli (Iowa) over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)
174: Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) over Mark Hall (Penn State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Shakur Rasheed (Penn State)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Willie Miklus (Iowa State)
285: Gable Steveson (Minnesota) over Derek White (Oklahoma State)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan



Andrew Hipps


125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State)
133: Stevan Micic (Michigan) over Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)
141: Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) over Joey McKenna (Ohio State)
149: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) over Mitch Finesilver (Duke)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Tyler Berger (Nebraska)
165: Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)
174: Mark Hall (Penn State) over Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Shakur Rasheed (Penn State)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
285: Amar Dhesi (Oregon State) over Derek White (Oklahoma State)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan



Josh Lowe


125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
133: Stevan Micic (Michigan) over Daton Fix (Northwestern)
141: Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) over Joey McKenna (Ohio State)
149: Micah Jordan (Ohio State) over Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Tyler Berger (Nebraska)
165: Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) over Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven)
174: Mark Hall (Penn State) over Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Kollin Moore (Ohio State)
285: Gable Steveson (Minnesota) over Derek White (Oklahoma State)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Michigan



Eric Olanowski


125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
133: Stevan Micic (Michigan) over Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)
141: Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) over Nick Lee (Penn State)
149: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) over Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Tyler Berger (Nebraska)
165: Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) over Evan Wick (Wisconsin)
174: Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) over Mark Hall (Penn State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Shakur Rasheed (Penn State)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Kollin Moore (Ohio State)
285: Gable Steveson (Minnesota) over Jordan Wood (Lehigh)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan



Tom Franck


125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
133: Nick Suriano (Rutgers) over Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)
141: Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) over Joey McKenna (Ohio State)
149: Micah Jordan (Ohio State) over Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)
165: Alex Marinelli (Iowa) over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)
174: Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) over Mark Hall (Penn State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Drew Foster (Northern Iowa)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
285: Gable Steveson (Minnesota) over Derek White (Oklahoma State)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan



Steve Elwood


125: Nick Piccinnini (Oklahoma State) over Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
133: Stevan Micic (Michigan) over Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)
141: Joey McKenna (Ohio State) over Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)
149: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) over Micah Jordan (Ohio State)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)
165: Alex Marinelli (Iowa) over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)
174: Mark Hall (Penn State) over Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
285 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) over Matt Stencel (Central Michigan)
Top-five teams: Penn State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Minnesota

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gutfirst (2) about 5 months ago
where are Jim Beezer's picks?
mzendars (2) about 5 months ago
BOY!!!! Everybody jumped off Cenzo after just one loss. I guess nobody remembers who he beat the last two years. Everyone above had IMAR then.....Steveson loss his last match but everybody picks him... I guess no one likes PSU but they will prove you all wrong...
ohioslayer (1) about 5 months ago
"I guess no one likes PSU ..."

Huh? Every single one of these writers predicted PSU to win the team title. Also, each picked at least three champs for PSU.
jamper1 (1) about 5 months ago
I guess I'm looking at different predictions than you because I see 3 of them that have PSU with only 2 champs and they are not going out on a limb by predicting PSU to win the team title. You'd have to be a fool not to predict PSU to win the team title.
Duffnuts (1) about 5 months ago
Actually, three of them - Mann, Sesker, and Franck - have 2 champs for PSU .
aggieheaven (2) about 5 months ago
Jumped of Cenzo? I am still trying to figure out how he beat Martinez the last two years. There is absolutely nothing impressive about how he wrestles. And didn't just lose to Marinelli, he was completely dominated and uncompetitive in that match.
JimmyBigTime (1) about 5 months ago
Hates PSU????
Get off your high horse
mzendars (1) about 5 months ago
AGGIEHAVEN The fact is he beat IMAR and also lost to him in the Big-10 but nobody remembers correctly. Ohioslayer.. everyone pickup PSU because OAK ST and OSU is overrated......as always....couldn't win with Synder last year.....
jamper1 (1) about 5 months ago
They also don't bring it up that Cenzo dominated the match with Marinelli last year and had he not tried the inside trip late in the 1st match the outcome would have been much different. If Marinelli makes the finals I think Cenzo will go back to his double leg attack and Iowa will again go home without a champ. My do they sure miss Dan Gable out there.
rburke1024 (1) about 5 months ago
Some serious and I mean....serious spence lee homers....smh...
Jhyman (1) about 5 months ago
Come on... No chance Iowa finishes on the podium....
Yes Man (1) about 5 months ago
125: Nicholas Piccininni (Oklahoma State) over Sebastian Rivera (NW)
133: Stevan Micic (Michigan) over Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh)
141: Jaydin Eierman (Mizzou) over Joey McKenna (Ohio State)
149: Brock Mauller (Mizzou) over Micah Jordan (Ohio State)
157: Jason Nolf (Penn State) over Ryan Deakin (NW)
165: Alex Marinelli (Iowa) over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)
174: Daniel Lewis (Mizzou) over Mark Hall (Penn State)
184: Myles Martin (Ohio State) over Shakur Rasheed (Penn State)
197: Bo Nickal (Penn State) over Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
Hwt: Anthony Cassar (Penn State) over Derek White (Oklahoma State)
Yes Man (1) about 5 months ago
Top-five teams: Penn State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Mizzou, Iowa
Leon (1) about 5 months ago
Rooting for Cassar & Rasheed to take it all. What a story that would be for 2 career backups. And it would be really telling for Cael & cos. ability to develop uppers. Also rooting for Lee. Good kid who had some set backs but we know what he's capable of.
mzendars (1) about 5 months ago
MARILLE OUT CENZO MOVE ON..TOLD YOU SO.....