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    2023 NCAA DI National Championships Preview (149 lbs)

    (from left) Sammy Sasso, Yianni Diakomihalis, Kyle Parco (Photos/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    The 2023 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships are less than a week away! In a few short days, 330 wrestlers will make the trek to Tulsa, Oklahoma, with hopes of a national title on their minds. Now it's in a state that hasn't hosted nationals since 2014 and a city that has never hosted the DI Tournament. Our Big 12 friends are plenty-familiar with the venue, the BOK Center, as it has become the home of their conference tournament.

    Before the action on the mat starts, InterMat will go through each individual bracket and highlight the favorites, top matches to watch, and much more.

    Here are the previously released previews:

    125 lb Preview

    133 lb Preview

    141 lb Preview

    The Top Seed: #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)

    For as long as DI wrestling has been "a thing" there have only been four wrestlers who have finishing their collegiate careers with four national titles. Amazingly enough, in 2023, we could see it happen twice. Spencer Lee is in position at 125 lbs to claim his fourth national title, while Yianni Diakomihalis could join the club, as well.

    Diakomihalis enters the NCAA Tournament as the top seed for the third time in four tries. It's slightly different this time as Diakomihalis and the rest of the field have at least one loss. In Diakomihalis' season debut he was stunned by Austin Gomez, 9-3. The loss stopped a 70-match winning streak for the Cornell star and was only the second of his career.

    Despite the loss, Diakomihalis had an excellent season and posted the highest bonus point percentage of his career. Specifically, he tallied five tech falls and three pins.

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