2x NCAA All-American Mason Parris (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
During the 2021-22 preseason, InterMat debuted our top-50 wrestlers list and revealed all 50 day-by-day in the lead up to the regular season. Our second iteration of this feature will spotlight five wrestlers at a time, going from 50 to number one.
For each wrestler, we'll have some basic information along with career highlights, a brief analysis of their collegiate career (with a focus on last season), along with their outlook for the upcoming season.
For earlier wrestlers
#46 - 50
#41 - 45
#36 - 40
#31 - 35
#26 - 30
25) Austin Gomez (Wisconsin)
Austin Gomez at the 2022 Big Ten Championships (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Weight: 149 lbs
Career Record: 47-11
Hometown: Carol Stream, Illinois
Collegiate Accomplishments: 2022 NCAA 4th Place, 2022 Big Ten Champion, 2019 NCAA Round of 12 Finisher, 2x NCAA Qualifier
2021 Top 50 Ranking: Not Ranked
What a return for Austin Gomez in 2021-22! Gomez showed plenty of promise as a redshirt freshman for Iowa State in 2018-19 with a regular season win over Austin DeSanto (Iowa) and an appearance in the NCAA Round of 12. He would go on to miss the next two years with injuries and even announced his retirement. Gomez decided to give it another shot and transferred to Wisconsin where he flourished. He went 15-2 during the regular season, then shocked 2021 Big Ten champion Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) in the conference finals. Gomez would replicate the feat in the NCAA consolations, on his way to a fourth-place showing.
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