Two-time NCAA All-American Lucas Davison (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
A phrase that we became accustomed to hearing during 2020 and 2021 as we worked through Covid was “the new norm.” Society was changing and you had to either adapt or become obsolete. The same can be said for college athletics during this time period. Transferring has been prevalent for decades, however, the transfer portal has made it much easier and pain-free for college student-athletes to find new homes.
Working hand-in-hand with the transfer portal has been the implementation of student-athletes benefiting off of their name, image and likeness (NIL). They may end up in the portal as a result of promising NIL opportunities. Whether we like it or not, it’s “a thing” in college athletics.
The transfer portal has brought us extra discussion points as we start the long, arduous journey from March Matness to the preseason. Fans can speculate about the next stop for some of college wrestling’s bright stars. As of now, there are four (or five) past All-Americans in the portal. They’ll undoubtedly impact the 2023-24 collegiate season as they make their next decision. Could they help Penn State extend its lead on the field? Or perhaps push Iowa closer to Penn State? Or maybe be the missing piece for a contender to get an NCAA trophy? In due time, we’ll find out.
Until then, here are the All-Americans currently in the transfer portal.
Chris Cannon (133 lbs)
The first of the Northwestern All-Americans to hit the portal, Chris Cannon could have two years of eligibility remaining if he chooses to exercise them. Cannon has been very consistent throughout the first three years of his career. He hasn’t broken into the upper echelon of national title contenders at 133 lbs, but has stayed in the range indicated by his NCAA seeds (8, 10, 12). Obviously, Cannon has outperformed those seeds before as he placed seventh at the NCAA Championships in each of his first two appearances. In three trips to the Big Ten Championships, Cannon has finished fourth (2x) and fifth.
He went 1-2 in Tulsa this year, after getting edged by Chance Rich (CSU Bakersfield) in the opening round and pinned by Cody Phippen (Air Force) to get eliminated.
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