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    2023 NCAA DI National Championships Preview (285 lbs)

    (from left) Wyatt Hendrickson, Mason Parris and Greg Kerkvliet (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

    149 lb Preview

    157 lb Preview

    165 lb Preview

    174 lb Preview

    184 lb Preview

    197 lb Preview

    The Top Seed: #1 Mason Parris (Michigan)

    In his first NCAA tournament, Mason Parris finally gets the top seed. He twice earned the second seed, at the ill-fated 2020 tournament and a year later when he fell to Hodge Trophy winner Gable Steveson in the championship match. This year also marked the first Big Ten title for Parris. In each of the aforementioned seasons, Parris was the conference runner-up to Steveson.

    Parris comes in undefeated in a weight class full of talented big men. He, along with the seven of the remaining top-ten seeds have all competed on an age-group world team. Parris is the only one of the bunch without a loss and owns 2022-23 wins over the second-thru-fourth seeds this year.

    While Parris' bonus point percentage has been consistent with his career marks, this season he has begun to rack up the falls again. His 11 is tied for second-most in a season for his career. With a strong tournament, he might be able to tie the mark he set as a true freshman (13). The 2021-22 season saw a dip in that category (5) and many others as Parris was dealing with an ongoing injury. It's remarkable that despite an injury-plagued year, Parris still managed to go 20-6 and finish fifth in the nation. That marked the second time that the Wolverine heavyweight made it to the NCAA podium.

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