Top-seeded 285 lber Colton McKiernan (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
2023 MAC Conference Preview
23 total allocations/22 in 2022
Where: Fairfax, Virginia (George Mason University)
How to Watch: Will Update Later
The DI postseason gets kicked off on Friday as the MAC Championships start day one of their two-day competition. 13 schools will be fighting for 23 automatic berths to the 2023 NCAA Championship. That number has increased by one from 2022, so it represents a small measure of progress for the MAC. The favorites will be the 2022 champion Lock Haven Bald Eagles. Scott Moore's team will come into the conference meet with four nationally ranked wrestlers and a couple others on the cusp of the top-33. After a down showing in 2022 (8th) Rider is back and looking to significantly improve on that placement. The Broncs boast the highest-ranked wrestler in the conference (Ethan Laird - 6th at 197) among their three ranked wrestlers. Never count out Tom Borrelli and Central Michigan. The Chippewas had a difficult schedule at the beginning of the year, but seemed to wrestle better as the postseason grew closer. Other schools that haven't necessarily been regulars at the top of the conference standings, but will play an integral role this week are Cleveland State and SIU Edwardsville. The Vikings have a very balanced team, while SIUE has impressive individual firepower.
Below is our weight-by-weight preview of the action, along with predictions for top-four finishers at all ten weights and a team race projection. Wrestlers bolded are the ones we have pegged to receive automatic qualifying bids at their respective weight classes.
One of the top wrestlers in the entire conference resides at the 125 lb weight class in Anthony Noto (Lock Haven). He'll come to Fairfax riding a 14-match winning streak and in search of his second consecutive MAC crown. In two years of competition, Noto has been undefeated against conference foes and there's little reason to think that streak will be in danger this weekend.
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