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    2024 NCAA DI National Championships Preview (141 lbs)

    The 2024 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships are less than a week away! In a few short days, 330 wrestlers will make the trek to Kansas City, with hopes of a national title on their minds. Now it's in a city that hasn't hosted nationals since 2003 , but by all accounts, should be a great host. 

    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.

    The Top Seed: Jesse Mendez (Ohio State)

    A year ago, Jesse Mendez was a true freshman doing anything possible to grind out wins at 133 lbs. His run to the NCAA podium included three one-point wins that were decided in tiebreakers. Mendez showed some poise and guts, beyond his age, while finishing sixth in the nation. 

    This season, Mendez moved up to 141 lbs and has tried to display more of the offensive skills that led him to being named the fourth overall recruit in the Class of 2022. Those efforts have shown on the mat and Mendez has more than doubled his bonus point percentage compared to last season (74% from 35%). More scoring has led to more consistency in the win-loss column, as well. Mendez heads into Kansas City with a 24-2 record and is fresh off an impressive showing at the Big Ten Championships. 

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