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    Recruiting Analysis for the 2023 NCAA DI 174 lb Bracket

    3x NCAA champion Carter Starocci (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Early 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.

    Moving along to 174 lbs. Both the final and consolation final featured clashes between competitors that were high-caliber recruits from the same home state. In addition to placements, there were deeper bragging rights involved.

    This is also a bracket that is filled with wrestlers from the Class of 2019. Post-covid has made determining years/eligibility more difficult than in the past, but we

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    2023 NCAA Qualifiers (174 lbs) by Recruiting Rankings

    #1-#10


    #2 (2020) Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State)

    #5 (2017) Mikey Labriola (Nebraska)

    #9 (2019) Carter Starocci (Penn State)


    #11-#30

    #13 (2021) Cael Valencia (Arizona State)

    #19 (2017) Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)

    #19 (2021) Tate Picklo (Oklahoma)

    #21 (2019) Chris Foca (Cornell)


    #31-#50

    #33 (2017) Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

    #35 (2018) Rocky Jordan (Chattanooga)

    #35 (2021) Luca Augustine (Pittsburgh)

    #39 (2018) Peyton Mocco (Missouri)

    #43 (2018) Mickey O'Malley (Drexel)

    #43 (2019) Jackson Turley (Rutgers)


    #51-#100

    #53 (2019) Troy Fisher (Northwestern)

    #55 (2020) Tyler Stoltzfus (Lock Haven)

    #62 (2019) Edmond Ruth (Illinois)

    #75 (2019) Alex Cramer (Central Michigan)

    #76 (2018) Phil Conigliaro (Harvard)

    #76 (2019) Cade Devos (South Dakota State)

    #93 (2018) Nelson Brands (Iowa)

    #99 (2018) Tyler Eischens (Stanford)


    #101-#200

    #131 (2021) Sal Perrine (Ohio)


    Not Ranked

    Alex Faison (NC State)

    Nick Incontrera (Penn)

    Will Miller (Appalachian State)

    Aaron Olmos (Oregon State)

    Bailee O'Reilly (MInnesota)

    Ben Pasiuk (Army West Point)

    Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley)

    DJ Washington (Indiana)

    Lennox Wolak (Columbia)

    Sam Wolf (Air Force)

    John Worthing (Clarion)


    2023 NCAA Qualifiers (174 lbs) by Recruiting Class


    2015


    Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley)


    2017

    Mikey Labriola (Nebraska)

    Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)

    Aaron Olmos (Oregon State)

    Bailee O'Reilly (Minnesota)

    Ethan Smith (Ohio State)


    2018

    Nelson Brands (Iowa)

    Phil Conigliaro (Harvard)

    Tyler Eischens (Stanford)

    Alex Faison (NC State)

    Rocky Jordan (Chattanooga)

    Peyton Mocco (Missouri)

    Mickey O'Malley (Drexel)


    2019

    Alex Cramer (Central Michigan)

    Cade DeVos (South Dakota State)

    Troy Fisher (Northwestern)

    Chris Foca (Cornell)

    Nick Incontrera (Penn)

    Ben Pasiuk (Army West Point)

    Edmond Ruth (Illinois)

    Carter Starocci (Penn State)

    Jackson Turley (Rutgers)

    DJ Washington (Indiana)

    Lennox Wolax (Columbia)

    Sam Wolf (Air Force)

    John Worthing (Clarion)


    2020

    Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State)

    Tyler Stoltzfus (Lock Haven)


    2021

    Luca Augustine (Pittsburgh)

    Will Miller (Appalachian State)

    Sal Perrine (Ohio)

    Tate Picklo (Oklahoma)

    Cael Valencia (Arizona State)


    Home States for 174 lb NCAA Qualifiers


    Alabama


    Will Miller (Appalachian State)


    California

    Aaron Olmos (Oregon State)

    Cael Valencia (Arizona State)


    Idaho

    Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley)


    Illinois

    Alex Cramer (Central Michigan)


    Indiana

    DJ Washington (Indiana)


    Iowa

    Nelson Brands (Iowa)

    Cade DeVos (South Dakota State)


    Kansas

    Troy Fisher (Northwestern)


    Massachusetts

    Phil Conigliaro (Harvard)


    Minnesota

    Tyler Eischens (Stanford)

    Bailee O'Reilly (Minnesota)


    New Jersey

    Chris Foca (Cornell)

    Nick Incontrera (Penn)

    Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)

    Mickey O'Malley (Drexel)


    New York

    Sam Wolf (Air Force)

    John Worthing (Clarion)


    North Carolina

    Alex Faison (NC State)


    Ohio

    Rocky Jordan (Chattanooga)

    Sal Perrine (Ohio)

    Ben Pasiuk (Army West Point)

    Lennox Wolak (Columbia)


    Oklahoma

    Tate Picklo (Oklahoma)

    Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State)


    Pennsylvania

    Luca Augustine (Pittsburgh)

    Mikey Labriola (Nebraska)

    Edmond Ruth (Illinois)

    Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

    Carter Starocci (Penn State)

    Tyler Stoltzfus (Lock Haven)


    Virginia

    Jackson Turley (Rutgers)


    Wisconsin

    Peyton Mocco (Missouri)


    174 lb NCAA Qualifiers Signed by a Previous Program

    Alex Cramer (Old Dominion)

    Rocky Jordan (Ohio State)

    Demetrius Romero (Boise State)

    Edmond Ruth (Lehigh)


    Recruiting Rankings for 2023 All-Americans

    1st: Carter Starocci (Penn State) #9 in 2019

    2nd: Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) #5 in 2017

    3rd: Chris Foca (Cornell) #21 in 2019

    4th: Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) #19 in 2017

    5th: Nelson Brands (Iowa) #93 in 2018

    6th: Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State) #2 in 2020

    7th: Ethan Smith (Ohio State) #33 in 2017

    8th: Peyton Mocco (Missouri) #39 in 2018

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