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    Recruiting Analysis for the 2023 NCAA DI 157 lb Bracket

    2x NCAA champion Austin O'Connor (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Earlier last 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're halfway home after the 157 lb weight class. This is an extremely veteran-laden weight. Almost half of its entrants were from the high school Class of 2017 or 2018. Even so, there's a chance that all of the AA's, except NCAA champion Austin O'Connor return for the 2023-24 season.

    An interesting quirk about this weight is that it featured a pair of freshmen, one true and another redshirt, that were ranked #1 and #2 in their respective recruiting classes. Neither were able to get on the podium this year. With such a loaded field returning, it will be difficult to do so next season.

    125 lbs

    133 lbs

    141 lbs

    149 lbs

    2023 NCAA Qualifiers (157 lbs) by Recruiting Rankings

    #1-#10


    #1 (2020) Paddy Gallagher (Ohio State)

    #2 (2022) Daniel Cardenas (Stanford)

    #7 (2022) Levi Haines (Penn State)


    #11-#30

    #12 (2017) Austin O'Connor (North Carolina)

    #14 (2020) Chase Saldate (Michigan State)

    #15 (2017) Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State)

    #18 (2020) Ed Scott (NC State)

    #26 (2018) Anthony Artalona (Penn)

    #28 (2018) Will Lewan (Michigan)

    #28 (2019) Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech)


    #31-#50

    #31 (2018) Peyton Robb (Nebraska)

    #36 (2018) Kendall Coleman (Purdue)

    #41 (2020) Derek Gilcher (Indiana)

    #42 (2018) Jarrett Jacques (Missouri)

    #48 (2018) Jared Franek (North Dakota State)


    #51-#100

    #78 (2018) Josh Humphreys (Lehigh)

    #78 (2021) Cael Swensen (South Dakota State)

    #74 (2019) Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern)

    #94 (2019) Jason Kraisser (Iowa State)


    #101-#200

    #105 (2021) Vince Zerban (Northern Colorado)

    #115 (2021) Peyten Kellar (Ohio)

    #117 (2020) Andrew Clark (Rutgers)

    #118 (2021) Jared Hill (Oklahoma)

    #176 (2020) Tommy Askey (Appalachian State)


    Not Ranked

    Cesar Alvan (Columbia) 2021

    Ashton Eyler (Lock Haven) 2018

    Derek Holschlag (Northern Iowa) 2017

    Nate Lukez (Army West Point) 2020

    Garrett Model (Wisconsin) 2017

    Corbyn Munson (Central Michigan) 2018

    Peter Pappas (George Mason) 2017

    Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) 2019

    Jacob Wright (Wyoming) 2017


    2023 NCAA Qualifiers (157 lbs) by Recruiting Class

    2017


    Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State)

    Derek Holschlag (Northern Iowa)

    Garrett Model (Wisconsin)

    Austin O'Connor (North Carolina)

    Peter Pappas (George Mason)

    Jacob Wright (Wyoming)


    2018

    Anthony Artalona (Penn)

    Kendall Coleman (Purdue)

    Ashton Eyler (Lock Haven)

    Jared Franek (North Dakota State)

    Josh Humphreys (Lehigh)

    Jarrett Jacques (Missouri)

    Will Lewan (Michigan)

    Corbyn Munson (Central Michigan)

    Peyton Robb (Nebraska)


    2019

    Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech)

    Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern)

    Jason Kraisser (Iowa State)

    Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa)


    2020

    Tommy Askey (Appalachian State)

    Andrew Clark (Rutgers)

    Derek Gilcher (Indiana)

    Nate Lukez (Army West Point)

    Chase Saldate (Michigan State)

    Ed Scott (NC State)


    2021

    Cesar Alvan (Columbia)

    Paddy Gallagher (Ohio State)

    Jared Hill (Oklahoma)

    Peyten Kellar (Ohio)

    Cael Swensen (South Dakota State)

    Vince Zerban (Northern Colorado)


    2022

    Daniel Cardenas (Stanford)

    Levi Haines (Penn State)


    Home States for 157 lb NCAA Qualifiers


    California


    Chase Saldate (Michigan State)

    Jacob Wright (Wyoming)


    Colorado

    Daniel Cardenas (Stanford)


    Florida

    Anthony Artalona (Penn)


    Illinois

    Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern)

    Kendall Coleman (Purdue)

    Will Lewan (Michigan)

    Austin O'Connor (North Carolina)

    Vince Zerban (Northern Colorado)


    Iowa

    Derek Holschlag (Northern Iowa)

    Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa)


    Maryland

    Jason Kraisser (Iowa State)


    Massachusetts

    Cesar Alvan (Columbia)


    Michigan

    Derek Gilcher (Indiana)

    Corbyn Munson (Central Michigan)


    Minnesota

    Peyton Robb (Nebraska)

    Cael Swensen (South Dakota State)


    Missouri

    Jarrett Jacques (Missouri)


    New Jersey

    Andrew Clark (Rutgers)


    New York

    Tommy Askey (Appalachian State)

    Peter Pappas (George Mason)


    North Dakota

    Jared Franek (North Dakota State)


    Ohio

    Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech)

    Ashton Eyler (Lock Haven)

    Paddy Gallagher (Ohio State)

    Peyten Kellar (Ohio)


    Oklahoma

    Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State)

    Jared Hill (Oklahoma)


    Pennsylvania

    Levi Haines (Penn State)

    Nate Lukez (Army West Point)

    Ed Scott (NC State)


    West Virginia

    Josh Humphreys (Lehigh)


    Wisconsin

    Garrett Model (Wisconsin)


    157 lbs NCAA Qualifiers Signed by a Previous Program

    Ashton Eyler (Iowa Central CC)

    Jason Kraisser (Campbell)

    Peter Pappas (Edinboro)

    Jacob Wright (Fresno State)


    Recruiting Rankings for 2023 All-Americans

    1st: Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) - #12 in 2017

    2nd: Levi Haines (Penn State) - #7 in 2022

    3rd: Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) - #71 in 2018

    4th: Jared Franek (North Dakota State) - #48 in 2018

    5th: Ed Scott (NC State) - #18 in 2020

    6th: Peyton Robb (Nebraska) - #31 in 2018

    7th: Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) - #28 in 2019

    8th: Will Lewan (Michigan) - #28 in 2018

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