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    2022-23's Top 50 Collegiate Wrestlers: #6 - #10

    2022 NCAA champion Keegan O'Toole (photos 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

    #21 - 35

    #16 - 20

    #11 - 15

    10) Max Dean (Penn State)
    2022 NCAA champion Max Dean (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Weight: 197 lbs

    Year: Senior

    Career Record: 90-13

    Collegiate Accomplishments: 2022 NCAA Champion, 3x NCAA All-American (1st, 2nd, 8th), 2x Conference Champion (1x Big Ten, 1x EIWA), 3x Conference Finalist

    2021 Top-50 Ranking: #31

    2021-22 saw Max Dean make his Penn State debut after competing for two years at Cornell and earning All-American honors in each season. Dean responded by winning his first 12 matches in a PSU singlet, with the 12th bout being a victory in his home state against then-unbeaten Michigan. After his only loss of the year, Dean bounced back to get an a over Jacob Warner (Iowa) in the most-anticipated dual of the year. That ended up being an NCAA finals preview. Dean won 8-3 in the dual, while Warner narrowed the gap to 3-2 in Detroit. Dean was tested early and often at nationals, but pulled out a pair of tight wins in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals.

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