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    2023-24's Top 50 Collegiate Wrestlers: #26-#30

    What has become a preseason staple for us at InterMat, counting down the top 50 wrestlers for the upcoming season, is back for 2023-24. With a large chunk of sixth and seventh-year seniors gone, there is plenty of turnover from last year’s list to this one. That makes for a lot of fun and perhaps some spirited debates. 

    Like last year, the third iteration of this feature will show five wrestlers at a time, counting down from #50 to #1. 

    For each wrestler, we’ll have some basic information along with career highlights, and a brief analysis of their career (with an emphasis on last season), followed by an outlook for the upcoming season. 

    Here are #31-35  #36-40   #41-45   #46-50

    30) Jared Franek (Iowa)


    photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com

    Weight: 157 lbs

    Collegiate Achievements: 2023 NCAA 4th Place, 2023 Big 12 Champion 

    2022 Top-50 Ranking: Not Ranked

    After a couple of close calls, Jared Franek finally broke through and got onto the NCAA podium for the first time in 2023. In each of the previous two seasons, Franek was knocked out in the bloodround, one agonizing win shy of All-American status.

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