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    Undefeated NCAA Champions Since 2000

    Undefeated 2022 NCAA Champion Keegan O'Toole of Missouri (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)


    When the dust cleared from Detroit and the ten national champions were crowned Saturday evening, one interesting fact stuck out to me. Of the ten winners, eight of them finished the year unbeaten! That “seemed” like a big number, but was it actually? Just to make sure, we've gone through the list of NCAA champions since the turn of the century to validate that eight was an incredible total.

    Below are the undefeated champions by year. For the bulk of this time period (2000-22) pin/tech/major decision totals have been included too. As we went back closer to 2000, those numbers became more difficult to obtain.

    2022

    125 lbs - Nick Suriano (Michigan) 16-0: 3 falls, 2 techs, 7 majors

    133 lbs - Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) 22-0: 4 falls, 4 techs, 4 majors

    141 lbs - Nick Lee (Penn State) 22-0; 2 falls, 4 techs, 6 majors

    149 lbs - Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) 28-0; 5 falls, 4 techs, 4 majors

    157 lbs - Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) 18-0; 6 falls, 1 tech, 2 majors

    165 lbs - Keegan O'Toole (Missouri) 25-0; 7 falls, 2 techs, 7 majors

    174 lbs - Carter Starocci (Penn State) 23-0; 4 falls, 5 techs, 4 majors

    285 lbs - Gable Steveson (Minnesota) 18-0; 1 fall, 6 techs, 7 majors


    2021

    125 lbs - Spencer Lee (Iowa) 12-0; 5 falls, 3 techs, 2 majors

    133 lbs - Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) 14-0; 1 fall, 2 techs, 2 majors

    149 lbs - Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) 13-0; 2 falls, 4 majors

    157 lbs - David Carr (Iowa State) 20-0; 4 falls; 4 techs, 5 majors

    184 lbs - Aaron Brooks (Penn State) 14-0; 2 techs, 5 majors

    285 lbs - Gable Steveson (Minnesota) 17-0; 4 falls, 6 techs, 3 majors


    2019

    141 lbs - Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) 29-0; 7 falls, 4 techs, 5 majors

    149 lbs - Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) 32-0; 8 falls, 4 techs, 7 majors

    157 lbs - Jason Nolf (Penn State) 31-0; 15 falls, 4 techs, 6 majors

    197 lbs - Bo Nickal (Penn State) 30-0; 18 falls, 3 techs, 6 majors


    2018

    149 lbs - Zain Retherford (Penn State) 31-0; 17 falls, 5 techs, 4 majors

    174 lbs - Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) 32-0; 9 falls, 7 techs, 9 majors

    184 lbs - Bo Nickal (Penn State) 31-0; 16 falls, 1 tech, 6 majors


    2017

    141 lbs - Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) 32-0; 2 falls, 4 techs, 6 majors

    149 lbs - Zain Retherford (Penn State) 28-0; 17 falls, 7 techs, 1 major

    157 lbs - Jason Nolf (Penn State) 27-0; 14 falls, 8 techs, 3 majors

    197 lbs - J'den Cox (Missouri) 28-0; 6 falls, 6 techs, 6 majors

    285 lbs - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 17-0; 4 falls, 5 techs, 4 majors


    2016

    133 lbs - Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) 37-0; 11 falls, 7 techs, 7 majors

    149 lbs - Zain Retherford (Penn State) 35-0; 16 falls, 8 techs, 7 majors

    165 lbs - Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) 33-0; 12 falls, 7 techs, 8 majors

    285 lbs - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 11-0; 1 fall, 5 techs, 2 majors


    2015

    141 lbs - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) 29-0; 10 falls, 8 techs, 4 majors

    157 lbs - Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) 35-0; 6 falls, 11 techs, 7 majors

    165 lbs - Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) 32-0; 11 falls, 4 techs, 12 majors

    285 lbs - Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) 32-0; 14 falls, 1 tech, 9 majors


    2014

    165 lbs - David Taylor (Penn State) 34-0; 16 falls, 8 techs, 8 majors


    2013

    133 lbs - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) 27-0; 14 falls, 7 techs, 2 majors

    141 lbs - Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) 31-0; 7 falls, 4 techs, 8 majors

    149 lbs - Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) 38-0, 17 falls

    165 lbs - Kyle Dake (Cornell) 37-0, 18 falls, 2 techs, 8 majors

    184 lbs - Ed Ruth (Penn State) 33-0, 12 falls, 4 techs, 10 majors

    197 lbs - Quentin Wright (Penn State) 32-0, 11 falls, 4 majors


    2012

    149 lbs - Frank Molinaro (Penn State) 33-0; 4 falls, 7 techs, 11 majors

    157 lbs - Kyle Dake (Cornell) 35-0; 12 falls, 3 techs, 6 majors

    165 lbs - David Taylor (Penn State) 32-0, 15 falls, 9 techs, 6 majors

    174 lbs - Ed Ruth (Penn State) 31-0, 10 falls, 7 techs, 9 majors


    2011

    125 lbs - Anthony Robles (Arizona State) 36-0, 2 falls, 24 techs, 5 majors

    133 lbs - Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) 29-0, 11 falls, 6 techs, 7 majors

    141 lbs - Kellen Russell (Michigan) 38-0, four falls, 1 tech, 9 majors

    165 lbs - Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska) 36-0, 6 falls, 14 techs, 9 majors

    174 lbs - Jon Reader (Iowa State) 39-0, 3 falls, 11 techs, 13 majors


    2010

    133 lbs - Jayson Ness (Minnesota) 31-0, 19 falls

    157 lbs - JP O'Connor (Harvard) 35-0, 4 falls, 6 techs, 7 majors

    174 lbs - Jay Borschel (Iowa) 37-0, 10 falls, 11 majors

    197 lbs - Jake Varner (Iowa State) 31-0, 10 falls, 1 tech, 10 majors


    2009

    125 lbs - Troy Nickerson (Cornell) 25-0

    157 lbs - Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska) 35-0

    174 lbs - Steve Luke (Michigan) 32-0

    184 lbs - Jake Herbert (Northwestern) 34-0


    2008

    174 lbs - Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh) 27-0


    2007

    141 lbs - Derek Moore (UC Davis) 24-0

    174 lbs - Ben Askren (Missouri) 42-0

    184 lbs - Jake Herbert (Northwestern) 34-0

    285 lbs - Cole Konrad (Minnesota) 35-0


    2006

    141 lbs - Nate Gallick (Iowa State) 35-0

    157 lbs - Ben Cherrington (Boise State) 20-0

    174 lbs - Ben Askren (Missouri) 45-0

    285 lbs - Cole Konrad (Minnesota) 41-0


    2005

    184 lbs - Greg Jones (West Virginia) 25-0

    285 lbs - Steve Mocco (Oklahoma State) 37-0


    2004

    157 lbs - Matt Gentry (Stanford) 42-0

    184 lbs - Greg Jones (West Virginia) 26-0


    2003

    125 lbs - Travis Lee (Cornell) 34-0

    149 lbs - Eric Larkin (Arizona State) 34-0

    165 lbs - Matt Lackey (Illinois) 38-0

    285 lbs - Steve Mocco (Iowa) 34-0


    2002

    125 lbs - Stephen Abas (Fresno State) 35-0

    197 lbs - Cael Sanderson (Iowa State) 39-0


    2001

    125 lbs - Stephen Abas (Fresno State) 34-0

    141 lbs - Michael Lightner (Oklahoma) 41-0

    157 lbs - TJ Williams (Iowa) 29-0

    174 lbs - Josh Koscheck (Edinboro) 42-0

    184 lbs - Cael Sanderson (Iowa State) 40-0


    2000

    133 lbs - Eric Juergens (Iowa) 31-0

    174 lbs - Byron Tucker (Oklahoma) 34-0

    184 lbs - Cael Sanderson (Iowa State) 40-0

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