133 Charles Tucker
141 #3 Yianni Diakomihalis
165 #16 Jonathan Chavez
174 Brandon Womack
184 #9 Max Dean
197 #2 Ben Darmstadt
285 Jeramy Sweany
Best bet: Probably a tie with Yianni & Darmstadt. Both stud freshmen with one loss on the year and both have shown the ability to not only beat top tier guys but make them look bad in the process. Both guys here with a legit shot to win it, but wrestling in the first NCAA tournaments of their careers.
Team Race: Their three stud freshmen have major point scoring capabilities. Yianni and Darmstadt have scored a ton of points this year and can not only make a finals run, but put up bonus points along the way. Max Dean has 3 losses all year and should be right in the mix at 184, with a potential Dean-Nickal rematch in the quarters (his brother Gabe lost to Nickal in the finals last year). In order to make a run at the Top 10 the Big Red will need a combination of the big 3 D's (Dean/Diak/Darmstadt) making the podium and a significant point contribution from the rest of their qualifiers.
133 #13 Bryan Lantry
285 Jake Gunning
Best bet: Lantry - Renteria from Nebraska 1st round will not be a gimme, but should be a winnable match. He should then go in as an underdog against #4 Brock in round 2 and would need to string some big wins together and have his best day of the season to get to the AA rounds.
Team Race: UB will need very strong showings from their 2 qualifiers Lantry and Gunning if they want to crack the Top 30. With a great performance, both guys are in position to win a championship match or two and then look to rattle off some wins on the backside for them to have a good team finish.
149 Frank Garcia
184 #13 Steven Schneider
Best bet: Schneider - Making his 3rd trip to the NCAA tournament and a favorable draw, Schneider should be capable of winning his round 1 match. Round 2 he is looking at Pete Renda, a hammer from NC State, however, his backside draw after that has at least 2 rounds that would not require great upsets to advance to the round of 12 and put himself in the mix for AA contention.
Team Race: A deep Schneider run could very well propel Binghamton to the Top 30, and a Garcia upset or some backside wins could also provide a boost in team standing.
285 #11 Mike Hughes
Best bet: Hughes - Aside from a SV loss to #10 Jordan Wood at the EIWAs a couple weekends ago, this has been a near spotless season for the Smithtown-West product with his only other losses coming via decision to the #3 and #4 seeds. That being said - he has a winnable match round 1 with fellow New Yorker Jake Gunning of Buffalo, and then he has to feel like he can knock off #6 Dhesi to advane to the quarters for a potential rematch with Nevills, putting himself one win away from the podium.
Team Race: Hughes being their only qualifier represents the Pride's entire team race, however, it is not far fetched for him to win 2-3 matches and even make the all-american rounds, so they could finish relatively high despite only having one guy in the tournament.
157 - Luke Weiland
174 - Ben Harvey
197 - Rocco Caywood
Best bet: Harvey - all three Black Knights put together great runs to qualify, however, they all have tough round 1 draws. That being said, Harvey is the best bet to win as he has a prelim match against White from Columbia who he beat 1-0 at the EIWAs.
Team Race: It will be tough for Army to climb high in the standings with 3 unseeded wrestlers, but any wins and subsequent team points scored are a positive for the program as these three are all sophomores coming back next year.
Qualifiers - 3
157 #10 Markus Scheidel
174 Tyrel White
285 Garrett Ryan
Best Bet - Scheidel - All the makings of a breakout performance - In his 4th trip to the NCAA tournament, coming in as the 10 seed, and throw in that the St. Eds product will be making a homecoming finale to his career with this year's Championships being held in his homelands of Cleveland. Should he win round 2 he would have a showdown with OSU's Micah Jordan in a clash of Ohio HS powerhouse products (Scheidel-Eds/Jordan-Graham).
Team Race - All three seniors for Columbia and they will need something big from Scheidel to gain substantial ground in the team standings.
All in all, the state of New York has the 7th most qualifiers in terms of state natives, with 13 New York natives wrestling this weekend.
Here are the NY natives in action:
125 - Nick Piccininni (Okla State/Ward Melvile HS)
133 - Bryan Lantry (Buffalo/Wayne HS)
133 - John Muldoon (SIU-Edwarsville/Pearl River HS)
141 - Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell/Hilton HS)
149 - Frank Garcia (Binghamton/Norwhich HS)
157 - Mike D'Angelo (Princeton/Commack HS)
157 - Andrew Shomers (Edinboro/Lewiston-Porter HS)
184 - Steven Schneider (Binghamton/MacArthur HS)
197 - Shakur Rasheed (Penn State/Longwood HS)
197 - Thomas Lane (Cal Poly/Garden City HS)
285 - Mike Hughes (Hofstra/Smithtown-West)
285 - Youssif Hemida (Maryland/Mamaroneck HS)
Here are all the guys with NY ties wrestling in Cleveland this weekend, and their first round draws.
Wrestlers in blue are New York natives.
#6 Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State/Ward Melville HS) vs Travis Piotrowski (Illinois)
Charles Tucker (Cornell) vs #9 Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech)
#13 Bryan Lantry (Buffalo/Wayne HS) vs Jason Renteria (Nebraska)
John Muldoon (SIU-E/Pearl River HS) vs #7 Austin DeSanto (Drexel)
#3 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell/Hilton HS) vs Nick Zanetta (Pitt)
Frank Garcia (Binghamton/Norwhich HS) vs #7 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)
#16 Mike D'Angelo (Princeton/Commack HS) vs Taleb Rahmani (Pitt)
Luke Weiland (Army WP) vs #7 Micah Jordan (Ohio State)
Andrew Shomers (Edinboro/Lewiston-Porter) vs #10 Markus Scheidel (Columbia)
#10 Markus Scheidel (Columbia) vs Andrew Shomers (Edinboro)
#16 Jonathan Chavez (Cornell) vs Andrew Atkinson (Virginia)
Ben Harvey (Army WP) vs Tyrel White (Columbia)
Tyrel White (Columbia) vs Ben Harvey (Army)
Brandon Womack (Cornell) vs #6 Bo Jordan (Ohio State)
#13 Steven Schneider (Binghamton/MacArthur HS) vs Joe Heyob (Penn)
#9 Max Dean (Cornell) vs Dylan Gabel (Northern Colorado)197
#5 Shakur Rasheed (Penn State/Longwood HS) vs Sawyer Root (Citadel)
Thomas Lane (Cal Poly/Garden City HS) vs #4 Michael Macchiavello (NC State)
Rocco Caywood (Army WP) vs #7 Frank Mattiace (Penn)
#2 Ben Darmstadt (Cornell) vs Jacob Smith (West Virginia)
Jake Gunning (Buffalo) vs #11 Mike Hughes (Hoftsra)
Garrett Ryan (Columbia) vs #8 Tanner Hall (Arizona State)
Jeramy Sweany (Cornell) vs Brett Dempsey (American)
#11 Mike Hughes (Hofstra/Smithtown West) vs Jake Gunning (Buffalo)
#12 Youssif Hemida (Maryland/Mamaroneck HS) vs Tyler Love (UVA)