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    2024 MAC Championships Preview

    The DI postseason kicks off on Friday as two of the seven conferences will hold their two-day conference tournaments on the eighth, as well as Saturday, the ninth. The. conference we’re looking at now is the MAC which has 22 allocations on the lineup. 

    All year I’ve gone back and forth between who I thought would prevail in this MAC team race. We’re in early March, only two days away from the first whistle being blown and I don’t have much more clarity. Lock Haven has won the last two MAC titles and has the firepower in the front of their lineup with three number-one seeds. Rider navigated the dual season without a conference loss and has some big guns that could make for a deep run. Ohio has emerged as a threat in large tournaments. They have potential champions at 157-184 lbs, which may be enough to propel them. Perennial power Central Michigan looks tough and capable. Digging deeper, Cleveland State could have multiple champions and should everything come together; could take home the title. 

    Here’s a weight-by-weight look at the conference along with predictions for the top four at each weight class (except 157 lbs) and picks for the team race. 

    125 lbs

    2 allocations

    We start at a weight with a clear-cut favorite in Anthony Noto (Lock Haven) who is the only MAC wrestler to have assumed the #1 ranking nationally this year. Noto has won each of the last two MAC titles at this weight. Earlier this year, Noto suffered his first loss to a MAC opponent when he was beaten by Joey Fischer (Clarion). Fischer has traditionally been close with Noto - taking him to sudden victory at the 2022 MAC Tournament. 

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