2021 NCAA Wrestling Tournament Seeds Released; Iowa Has 4 #1 Seeds

By RossWB on March 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm
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More detailed preview information is coming soon, but the NCAA released the official seeds and brackets for all 10 weights for the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Tournament last night, so I wanted to get that information out so folks could digest it. 

You can access the full brackets here


1. Spencer Lee, Iowa
2. Sam Latona, Virginia Tech
3. Brandon Courtney, Arizona State
4. Drew Hildebrandt, Central Michigan
5. Brody Teske, UNI
6. Jakob Camacho, NC State
7. Taylor LaMont, Utah Valley
8. RayVon Foley, Michigan State

I think it says a lot about the weakness of this weight in the Big Ten that the league's only representatives are Lee and Foley. But when you've got Lee, that's all that matters. Lots of fresh faces here in the upper seeds for Spencer to face as he goes for national title #3. 


1. Daton Fix, Oklahoma State
2. Roman Bravo-Young, Penn State
3. Korbin Myers, Virginia Tech
4. Austin DeSanto, Iowa
5. Micky Phillippi, Pitt
6. Matt Schmitt, Missouri
7. Lucas Byrd, Illinois
8. Chris Cannon, Northwestern

It's probably good news that DeSanto is on the opposite side of the bracket from Bravo-Young (and Byrd, who nearly upset him in the Big Ten semis), but being on the same side of the bracket as Fix and Phillippi is no picnic, either. Let's hope that DeSanto's hand is in better shape next weekend than it was this past weekend. 


1. Jaydin Eierman, Iowa
2. Nick Lee, Penn State
3. Sebastian Rivera, Rutgers
4. Tariq Wilson, NC State
5. Dom Demas, Oklahoma
6. Allan Hart, Missouri
7. Ian Parker, Iowa State
8. Chad Red, Nebraska

Eierman-Lee was the Big Ten final and the stage is set for a rematch on Saturday night of the NCAA Tournament. Both guys will have their work cut out for them to get to that rematch, though. A Lee-Rivera rematch in the semis could be epic. Although if ISU's Ian Parker wanted to do us a solid and upset Lee in the quarters, we wouldn't say "no" to that... 


1. Sammy Sasso, Ohio State
2. Austin O'Connor, North Carolina
3. Brock Mauller, Missouri
4. Boo Lewallen, Oklahoma State
5. Ridge Lovett, Nebraska
6. Bryce Andonian, Virginia Tech
7. Jonathan Millner, Appalachian State
8. Jaden Abas, Stanford

OTHER: 12. Max Murin, Iowa

Murin's 0-2 showing at the Big Ten Tournament really crushed his seed at the NCAA Tournament; he went from the #2 seed at Big Tens to the #12 seed here. He's definitely going to have to get through some landmines at this weight -- first and foremost a potential rematch with Lovett (who sent Murin into the consolation bracket at Big Tens) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 


1. Ryan Deakin, Northwestern
2. Hayden Hidlay, NC State
3. David Carr, Iowa State
4. Jesse Dellavecchia, Rider
5. Kaleb Young, Iowa
6. Brayton Lee, Minnesota
7. Jarrett Jacques, Missouri
8. Jared Franek, North Dakota State

Young but crushed by Deakin in the Big Ten finals, but he earned a pretty solid seed -- thanks in part to his pair of wins over Lee. Possible quarterfinal and semifinal matches with Dellavecchia and Deakin look very challenging for Kaleb; he might need to do some work in the consolation rounds to get a spot on the NCAA podium this year. 


1. Alex Marinelli, Iowa
2. Anthony Valencia, Arizona State
3. Jake Wentzel, Pitt
4. Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech
5. Zach Hartman, Bucknell
6. Keegan O'Toole, Missouri
7. Ethan Smith, Ohio State
8. Shane Griffith, Stanford

This is the third-straight year that Marinelli has been the #1 seed at the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago he got upset by Lewis in the quarterfinals; last year the NCAA Tournament got canceled due to COVID. Hopefully this year's tournament has a better ending for The Bull. A possible semifinal rematch with Lewis looms, though, and Griffith will be no pushover in the quarters if they meet up there. 


1. Michael Kemerer, Iowa
2. Demetrius Romero, Utah Valley
3. Carter Starocci, Penn State
4. Mikey Labriola, Nebraska
5. Logan Massa, Michigan
6. Andrew McNally, Kent State
7. Kaleb Romero, Ohio State
8. Daniel Bullard, NC State

The Big Ten is all over this weight, with five of the top eight seeds. Three of those seeds are in the top half of the bracket: Kemerer, Labriola, and Massa. If the seeds hold, Kemerer will be looking at a very B1G semifinal matchup. 


1. Aaron Brooks, Penn State
2. Trent Hidlay, NC State
3. Lou Deprez, Binghampton
4. Parker Keckeisen, UNI
5. Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech
6. John Poznanski, Rutgers
7. Brit Wilson, Northern Illinois
8. Taylor Venz, Nebraska

OTHER: 12. Nelson Brands, Iowa

Nelson Brands had a very good Big Ten Tournament, finishing 3rd after being seeded 9th. That only earned him a #12 seed at the NCAA Tournament, though, probably because the NCAA isn't as high on the Big Ten at this weight (outside of Brooks); only two other B1G wrestlers cracked the top-8 and none higher than Poznanski at #6. 


1. Myles Amine, Michigan
2. Eric Schultz, Nebraska
3. Kordell Norfleet, Arizona State
4. AJ Ferrari, Oklahoma State
5. Jacob Warner, Iowa
6. Nino Bonaccorsi, Pitt
7. Rocky Elam, Missouri
8. Stephen Buchanan, Wyoming

Warner's 3rd-place finish at the Big Ten Tournament netted him a #5 seed at the NCAA Tournament, behind both of the wrestlers to hand him losses this season: Amine, the #1 seed and Big Ten champion (who beat Warner in the Big Ten Tournament semis), and Schultz, the #2 seed and Big Ten runner-up (who beat Warner at the Iowa-Nebraska dual meet). Warner's path to a rematch with Amine likely involves getting by AJ Ferrari, a super-frosh from Oklahoma State with an incredible name. 


1. Gable Steveson, Minnesota
2. Mason Parris, Michigan
3. Matt Stencel, Central Michigan
4. Cohlton Schultz, Arizona State
5. Tony Cassioppi, Iowa
6. Gannon Gremmel, Iowa State
7. Ethan Laird, Rider
8. Jordan Wood, Lehigh

Heavyweight is Gable Steveson's world; everyone else is just renting space in it. Cassioppi netted a #5 seed, which is unfortunately on the same side of the bracket as Steveson, so he could get a crack at the big man in the semis of this tournament, if he can get by ASU's Schultz in the quarterfinals. Give 'em hell, Tony. 

As you can probably tell from the seeds, Iowa is the favorite here. They have four #1 seeds; no other school has more than one. They also have four other wrestlers seeded to finish in the top-5 at their respective weights. No one else can match that firepower, at least on paper. 

There are the seeds and the brackets -- what jumps out to you? Hit up the comments. 

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