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    20 Storylines to Follow for the 2023 NCAA Quarterfinals

    Michigan 2x All-American Cam Amine (Photos/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    It's here! The greatest day of the wrestling season is Friday at the NCAA tournament. In a few short hours, the first 40 wrestlers will lock up berths in the NCAA semifinals and guarantee themselves All-American status and a top-six finish. Let's say you're on the fence about watching wrestling or the "other" form of March Madness or perhaps you're just looking for a reason to be invested in wrestlers that don't compete for your favorite teams. If so, here are 20 storylines to monitor as you're preparing for and watching the 2023 NCAA Quarterfinals.

    125

    #4 Matt Ramos (Purdue) vs. #28 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) -
    If Ramos wins, he'll clinch a spot on the stand and be the first AA for the Boilermakers in a decade. If Cardinale prevails, it will be validation for a semi-controversial at-large selection and set up a match with Spencer Lee, who Cardinale exchanged words with over social media.


    #2 Pat Glory (Princeton) vs. #10 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) - It's no secret that making 125 is not easy for Glory. This has been the match that most people have circled. "Can Glory wrestle an elite competitor in the morning fresh off the scale?" He looked excellent on day one.


    133

    #4 Michael McGee (Arizona State) vs. #5 Kai Orine (NC State) -
    Where does the last-season riser, Kai Orine, factor in at this weight? A win over McGee would validate him as a contender, in addition to cementing All-American status.

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