By Nick Ridgeway

125 lbs:

Auto-Bids: 10
Pre-Seeds: 1. Nick Suriano (Rutgers), 2. Spencer Lee (Iowa), 3. Nathan Tomasello (Ohio St.), 4. Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern), 5. Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), 6. Luke Welch (Purdue), 7. Rayvon Foley (Michigan St.), 8. Drew Mattin (Michigan), 9. Travis Piotrowski (Illinois), 10. Elijah Oliver (Indiana), 11. Mitch Maginnis (Nebraska), 12. Johnny Jimenez (Wisconsin), 13. Brandon Cray (Maryland), 14. Carson Kuhn (Penn St.).

Mitch Maginnis is 16-13 on the year, and has stepped up to the plate and done battle in the B10 this season. Through hard work and grit he has positioned himself to potentially qualify for the NCAA tournament. He started the season as the backup, but solidified himself as the starter throughout the season. He picked up B10 wins against Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Maryland. Given that there are 10 auto-bids, Mitch will have to beat someone at the tournament who he was unable to beat in the regular season. He lost close matches to Elijah Oliver (3-1), Drew Mattin (10-8), Rayvon Foley (6-3), and Travis Piotrowski (4-2).

Nebraska Communications

133 lbs:

Auto-Bids: 7
Pre-Seeds: 1. Stevan Micic (Michigan), 2. Luke Pletcher (Ohio St.), 3. Mitch McKee (Minnesota), 4. Jason Renteria (Nebraska), 5. Scott Delvecchio (Rutgers), 6. Corey Keener (Penn St.), 7. Dylan Duncan (Illinois), 8. Ben Thornton (Purdue).

Jason Renteria has only 7 matches on the year (5-2), but has found himself situated nicely with the 4th pre-seed. Jason picked up wins at Maryland, Northwestern, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. His big win on the year was over Scott Delvechio. Renteria’s only two losses come from Stevan Micic and Mason Pengilly of Stanford. With 7 automatic bids, Renteria will need to have an off day to not qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Nebraska Communications

141 lbs: 

Auto-Bids: 8
Pre-Seeds: 1. Joey Mckenna (Ohio St.), 2. Nick Lee (Penn St.), 3. Michael Carr (Illinois), 4. Chad Red (Nebraska), 5. Nate Limmex (Purdue), 6. Tommy Thorn (Minnesota), 7. Cole Weaver (Indiana), 8. Eli Stickley (Wisconsin).

Chad Red (18-7) has had his ups and downs this season, but appears to be peaking at the right time. He’s won his last four dual matches against Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Stanford. There’s a chance that these pre-seeds will be changed a bit before final seeds are released, due to Red having lost to Limmex, who is seeded below him. Either way, Red has a chance to place high in the tournament if he brings his A-game.

Nebraska Communications

149 lbs:

Auto-Bids: 9
Pre-Seeds: 1. Zain Retherford (Penn St.), 2. Brandon Sorensen (Iowa), 3. Ryan Deakin (Northwestern), 4. Colton McCrystal (Nebraska),5. Keyshawn Hayes (Ohio St.), 6. Eleazar Deluca (Rutgers), 7. Alfred Bannister (Maryland), 8. Malik Amine (Michigan), 9. Steve Bleise (Minnesota), 10. Cole Martin (Wisconsin), 11. Austin Nash (Purdue), 12. Eric Barrone (Illinois), 13. Jwan Britton (Michigan St.), 14. AJ Raya (Indiana).

Colton McCrystal (17-3) has been consistent this year and solidified himself as the 4th pre-seed. His only losses come at the hands of North Carolina’s Troy Heilman, Ryan Deakin of Northwestern, and Justin Oliver of Central Michigan. McCrystal will likely see Keyshawn Hayes in the quarterfinals, who he has not wrestled this year. Colton has not wrestled Retherford or Sorensen this year either. It will be a successful weekend for McCrystal if he has able to capture third or fourth at Big Tens.

157 lbs:

Auto-Bids: 8
Pre-SeedsT1. Michael Kemerer (Iowa), TI. Jason Nolf (Penn St.), 3. Alec Pantaleo (Michigan), 4. Micah Jordan (Ohio St.), 5. Tyler Berger (Nebraska), 6. Andrew Crone (Wisconsin), 7. Jake Short (Minnesota), 8. John Van Brill (Rutgers).

Tyler Berger (18-6) is a guy who is capable of beating almost anyone on any given day. He has solid wins over Jake Short, Archie Colgan, Kyle Langenderfer, and John Van Brill, but has also dropped a couple of unexpected matches to Andrew Crone and Kennedy Monday. Berger will need to come to the tournament ready to compete if he is to place in the top four. This year he’s dropped two matches to Alec Pantaleo, who appears to be his kryptonite. There is a chance that he will lose his #5 pre-seed to Andrew Crone who won the head-to-head matchup. Berger has not wrestled Kemerer, Nolf, or Micah Jordan this season.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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