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  • Photo: Tony DiMarco

    Photo: Tony DiMarco

    Recruiting Analysis for the 2023 NCAA DI 133 lb Bracket

    2023 NCAA champion Vito Arujau (photo courtesy of Tony DiMarco)


    Earlier this week, InterMat released its re-ranking for the high school Class of 2018. With recruiting on the mind, we decided to jump in and look at each individual weight class for the 2023 NCAA DI Championships.

    As is customary in wrestling we'll start with the lower weights and work our way up.

    This analysis will break down the 2023 NCAA qualifiers a weight class at a time, by their pre-collegiate ranking within their recruiting class, their year of high school graduation, transfers, home states, and, of course, rankings for the 2023 All-Americans.

    We've made our way to the 133 lb weight class. 133 is an interesting study because you'll see that there were plenty of wrestlers that were off-the-radar that emerged once they got to college. That being said, the All-Americans were generally highly sought after recruits. Also, maybe what is a sign of things to come in the future, almost a third of this weight class transferred at least once in their collegiate careers.

    For past weights in this series:

    125 lbs


    2023 NCAA Qualifiers (133) by Recruiting Rankings

    #1-#10


    #2 (2017) Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)

    #4 (2017) Vito Arujau (Cornell)

    #4 (2022) Jesse Mendez (Ohio State)


    #11-#30

    #12 (2018) Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)

    #15 (2016) Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley)

    #16 (2016) Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh)

    #16 (2021) Wyatt Henson (Oklahoma)

    #18 (2019) Lucas Byrd (Illinois)

    #19 (2019) Michael Colaiocco (Penn)


    #31-#50

    #34 (2018) Brody Teske (Iowa)

    #41 (2019) Sam Latona (Virginia Tech)

    #49 (2019) Kai Orine (NC State)



    #51-#100

    #51 (2019) Connor McGonagle (Lehigh)

    #54 (2020) Zach Redding (Iowa State)

    #66 (2019) Brayden Palmer (Chattanooga)

    #68 (2020) Dylan Ragusin (Michigan)

    #74 (2017) Connor Brown (Missouri)

    #75 (2020) Kurtis Phipps (Bucknell)

    #77 (2020) Aaron Nagao (Minnesota)

    #91 (2019) Chris Cannon (Northwestern)

    #99 (2017) Michael McGee (Arizona State)


    #101-#200

    #154 (2021) Brendan Ferretti (Navy)


    #201+

    #292 (2021) Gable Strickland (Lock Haven)


    (Not Ranked by Willie Saylor/Matscouts; Ranked by The Open Mat)

    #86 (2018) Kyle Biscoglia (Northern Iowa)


    Not Ranked

    Joe Heilmann (Rutgers) - 2018

    Jack Maida (American) - 2021

    McGwire Midkiff (North Dakota State) - 2017

    Ethan Oakley (Appalachian State) - 2020

    Cody Phippen (Air Force) - 2018

    Chance Rich (CSU Bakersfield) - 2018

    Angelo Rini (Columbia) - 2019

    Ethan Rotondo (Cal Poly) - 2017

    Jason Shaner (Oregon State) - 2018

    Dom Zaccone (Campbell) - 2019


    2023 NCAA Qualifier (133 lbs) by Recruiting Class

    2016


    Taylor LaMont (Wisconsin)

    Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh)


    2017

    Vito Arujau (Cornell)

    Connor Brown (Missouri)

    Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)

    Michael McGee (Arizona State)

    McGwire Midkiff (North Dakota State)

    Ethan Rotondo (Cal Poly)


    2018

    Kyle Biscoglia (Northern Iowa)

    Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)

    Joe Heilmann (Rutgers)

    Cody Phippen (Air Force)

    Chance Rich (CSU Bakersfield)

    Jason Shaner (Oregon State)

    Brody Teske (Iowa)


    2019

    Lucas Byrd (Illinois)

    Chris Cannon (Northwestern)

    Michael Colaiocco (Penn)

    Sam Latona (Virginia Tech)

    Connor McGonagle (Lehigh)

    Kai Orine (NC State)

    Brayden Palmer (Chattanooga)

    Angelo Rini (Columbia)

    Dom Zaccone (Campbell)


    2020

    Aaron Nagao (Minnesota)

    Ethan Oakley (Appalachian State)

    Kurtis Phipps (Bucknell)

    Dylan Ragusin (Michigan)

    Zach Redding (Iowa State)


    2021

    Brendan Ferretti (Navy)

    Wyatt Henson (Oklahoma)

    Jack Maida (American)

    Gable Strickland (Lock Haven)


    2022

    Jesse Mendez (Ohio State)


    Home States for the 133 lb NCAA Qualifiers


    Alabama


    Sam Latona (Virginia Tech)


    Arizona

    Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)

    California

    Aaron Nagao (Minnesota)

    Chance Rich (CSU Bakersfield)


    Illinois

    Michael McGee (Arizona State)

    Dylan Ragusin (Michigan)

    Dom Zaccone (Campbell)


    Indiana

    Jesse Mendez (Ohio State)


    Iowa

    Kyle Biscoglia (Northern Iowa)

    McGwire Midkiff (North Dakota State)

    Brody Teske (Iowa)


    Michigan

    Brendan Ferretti (Navy)


    Missouri

    Connor Brown (Missouri)

    Cody Phippen (Air Force)

    Kai Orine (NC State)


    New Hampshire

    Connor McGonagle (Lehigh)


    New Jersey

    Chris Cannon (Northwestern)

    Michael Colaiocco (Penn)

    Joe Heilmann (Rutgers)

    Jack Maida (American)


    New York

    Vito Arujau (Cornell)

    Zach Redding (Iowa State)


    North Carolina

    Ethan Oakley (Appalachian State)


    Ohio

    Lucas Byrd (Illinois)

    Angelo Rini (Columbia)


    Oklahoma

    Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)


    Oregon

    Jason Shaner (Oregon State)


    Pennsylvania

    Wyatt Henson (Oklahoma)

    Kurtis Phipps (Bucknell)

    Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh)

    Gable Strickland (Lock Haven)


    Tennessee

    Brayden Palmer (Chattanooga)


    Utah

    Taylor LaMont (Wisconsin)

    Washington

    Ethan Rotondo (Cal Poly)


    133 lb NCAA Qualifiers Signed by Another School

    Connor Brown (South Dakota State)

    Joe Heilmann (North Carolina)

    Wyatt Henson (Iowa)

    Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley)

    Michael McGee (Old Dominion)

    Brayden Palmer (Clarion)

    Micky Phillippi (Virginia)

    Ethan Rotondo (Wisconsin)

    Brody Teske (Penn State)

    Dom Zaccone (Illinois)


    Recruiting Rankings for 2023 All-Americans

    1st: Vito Arujau (Cornell) - #4 in 2017

    2nd: Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) - #12 in 2018

    3rd: Michael McGee (Arizona State) - #99 in 2017

    4th: Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) - #2 in 2017

    5th: Aaron Nagao (Minnesota) - #77 in 2020

    6th: Jesse Mendez (Ohio State) - #4 in 2022

    7th: Sam Latona (Virginia Tech) - #41 in 2019

    8th: Kai Orine (NC State) - #49 in 2019

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