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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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mzendar (1) about a month and a half ago
Wow this year the most wins by a wrestler was 20-0. Just five or ten years ago they were wrestling 35 or 40 matches. Three years Cael went 40,40 and 39. What gives??? Are current wrestlers sunning the competition?
obrats (1) about a month and a half ago
You were looking at 2021 with 20 wins. Big 10 was conference duals only and really no open tournaments that year. You did have 5 of this years 8 to have more than 20 matches, but none over 30. I think you will see more of the 20-30 matches a year going forward.
ResiliteMarine (1) about a month and a half ago
Mzandar,
My guess is lack of tournaments. Keystone Classic, Midlands, low Scuffle #’s, East Stroudsburg Open, Edinboro Open and more. Throw in injuries, which were widespread and you have a ‘short’ season.
ban basketball (1) about a month ago
The two years that UNI had champs it was RIGGED, which is why they're not included in here. Dominion scoring systems were used, fans couldn't oversee the scorers table to look for peole rigging the scoring, and bout sheets where switched upin transfer.

STOP THE STEAL! I'll be going to the NCAA to storm the gates, and if you don't join me and we don't fight like heck, we're not going to have rasslin!