2021 NCAA champion David Carr (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
A couple switches were made due to intra-team positional battles. Noah Surtin and Anthony Molton are currently starting for the respective teams and get the nod for now. Good starts and movement up to 133 by others at the weight have cleared the way for Justin Cardani and Dylan Shawver. NCAA qualifier Jacob Allen has moved down from 133. Freshman Joey Fischer has looked solid in the early going and will be competitive for the MAC title.
The elephant in the room here is Drew Hildebrandt, who is currently enrolled at Penn State, but nothing has been said regarding his status on the wrestling team.
We flip-flopped Rutgers' 133/141's, so Sammy Alvarez is now here. Brock Hudkins, Codi Russell, and Rayvon Foley all move up from 125 lbs. Jake Gliva took the first steps towards establishing himself as Minnesota's starter and gets slotted in. NC State has a pair of potential qualifiers in Kai Orine and Jarrett Trombley. For now, it's Orine. Strong stars from Anthony Sobotker, Angelo Rini, and Dom Zaccone have given them a spot. Malyke Hines was at 141 in our last projection.
Big Ten contenders Stevan Micic, Sebastian Rivera, and Mike Carr all have moved weights since the last update. Keep an eye on Carr's weight, though. A blazing start at the Appalachian Individual shows Jesse Vasquez is someone to watch. Also moving up is 2021 NCAA qualifier Darren Miller. Another EIWA-related move is Corey Shie, who could have the starting job for Army. A few freshmen that we feel good about are Carter Young and Dylan Cedeno.
With Brock Mauller slated to redshirt, Josh Edmond slides in and has been impressive already. Ian Parker and Dylan Duncan are both up from 141. Beau Bartlett is Penn State's 149 lb starter and should get a spot. Both MAC berths are veterans that looked to be â€œon the cuspâ€ last time. The same can be said for Jared Verkleeren, who has been impressive so far for UVA.
Not a whole lot of movement at 157 lbs. Recently, Terrell Barraclough won a wrestle-off and will have the opportunity to solidify the Nittany Lions starting role. A big win in week one looks good for Parker Kropman, who has been added. Dazjon Casto comes down from 165 lbs, where we had him in last month.
True freshman Dean Hamiti has impressed thus far and should be in the 330. John Martin Best has acquitted himself well so far and picks up a spot. David Ferrante was not overly consistent last year, but looked great at the Michigan State Open. The EIWA has Josh Ogunsanya, who couldn't compete last year and started 2021-22 off with a win at the Southeast Open. Dalton Harkins doesn't have a signature win just yet, but that could be on the way.
Weight changes (or rumors of) have brought Gerrit Nijenhuis and Anthony Mantanona to 174 lbs. Troy Fisher is another Northwestern wrestler that shined at the MSU Open, despite a rough 2021 campaign. Gavin Kane won a wrestle-off for UNC and gets the spot here. Winning the Journeymen Collegiate Challenge has boosted Harvard's Josh Kim into qualifier contention. Someone else with a big win last week was John Worthing. He upset All-American Jackson Turley and will be a factor in the MAC.
Moving up to 184 lbs are Clay Lautt and Donnell Washington. All signs out of Iowa City point to Abe Assad being the guy for Iowa this year. Darrien Roberts had a good showing at the MSU Open and looks ready to take a step forward in 2021-22. It seems like Brad Laughlin may be Army's starter here and he responded with a good showing at the Journeymen.
All-American Louie DePrez and Alan Clothier are both up from 184 lbs. Graduate transfer Andrew Davison has looked good thus far for Northwestern. Freshman Levi Hopkins may have unseated incumbent Chris Kober at Campbell.
Veteran starters at NC State and Oklahoma State have been removed and replaced by Owen Trephan and Luke Surber, respectively. Boone McDermott has been extremely impressive for Rutgers in two consecutive weeks. Michael Wolfgram was previously on the cusp and pushed to the right side after beating Josh Heindselman. A great showing by Taye Ghadiali at the Wolfpack Open established him as the man to beat in the SoCon.