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    2022-23's Top 50 Collegiate Wrestlers: #41 - #45

    Cal Poly's 2x All-American Bernie Truax (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.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.

    46) Kaleb Romero (Ohio State)

    2022 NCAA All-American Kaleb Romero (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Weight: 184 lbs

    Year: Senior

    Career Record: 59-25

    Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Ohio

    Collegiate Accomplishments: 2022 NCAA 6th Place, 2x Big Ten 4th Place, 2020 NWCA First Team All-American

    2021 Top 50 Ranking: Not Ranked

    At the beginning of the 2021-22 season, Ohio State did some shuffling around in their lineup and it appeared that maybe Kaleb Romero was the odd-man out. Those notions were dispelled at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational as Romero made his season debut and won the whole thing. Romero downed past All-American Taylor Venz (Nebraska) and announced himself as a key player in a crowded 184 lb weight class. A fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships resulted in a seventh seed for Romero at nationals. That was the same bracket placement as in 2021 when Romero came up a match shy of All-American honors at 174 lbs. After a loss in the quarters to the eventual champion, Aaron Brooks (Penn State), Romero left no doubt in the Round of 12, by majoring Big Ten foe Max Lyon. A match later he turned in his third major of the tournament and downed Marcus Coleman to secure a top-six finish.

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