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
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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