Below is the analysis of the 157 pound bracket.  While Carl Breitenstein ’10 did not get seeded, he pulled a favorable draw with the seven seed in the first round and the two seed in the second round.  While Breitenstein has not competed against any of these wrestlers this year, he has favorable results against common opponents.   I like his chances to place and become an All American!

Qualifiers at 157
Returning qualifiers in italics, All-Americans in bold, any year:
Jason Adams (Augsburg)
Carl Breitenstein (Williams)
Frank Cammisa (Bridgewater State)
Taylor Green (King’s)
Dale Handley (Coe)
Jesse Harrington (Delaware Valley)
William Horwath (Ithaca)
Nicholas Loughlin (Cornell)
Matt Magill (Newe York University)
Bryan Massong (Mount St. Joseph)
Jesse Milks (UW-Platteville)
Luke Miller (Ohio Northern)

Zach Mizer (Heidelberg)
Justin Skillings (St. Olaf)
Dan Twito (Merchant Marine)
Ryan Warcynski (Dubuque)
Adam Weber (Wartburg)

This is another weight class where one wrestler appeared to be the clear preseason #1, but some losses since then have dropped him down.  Jason Adams was 3rd here last year and the highest returning place winner, but he dropped two in a row down in Florida and then lost in the 2nd dual meet with Wartburg.  He could easily outplace his seed and add a 1st to go with his 3rd from 2009 and 2nd from 2008.  The top seed here earned his spot with a win over Adams, and Jesse Harrington of Delaware Valley has not let it go since then.  He has wins over five other entries at this weight and is making the most of his chances after missing all of last season with an injury.  Nicholas Loughlin of Cornell was not in the starting lineup for the Rams last year, but he has stepped up big, compiling a 32-2 record and winning the IIAC title to secure the 2nd seed.

Further down, Milks of Platteville, Miller of Ohio Northern, and Mizer of Heidelberg have gone in circles this year.  Milks beat Miller, Miller beat Mizer, and Mizer beat Milks.  The draw will have a lot to say about what happens with those three.  Each has experience at the tournament, and Miller and Milks are both All-Americans.  Cammisa of Bridgewater State is making his fourth trip to the NCAA tournament.  His current tournament record is 1-6, and this is his last chance to bring back some hardware.  He is wrestling well at the right time, having won the NEWA.  Breitenstein of Williams has split 4 matches with Cammisa and has also defeated a few of the other competitors at 157.  Dan Twito of Merchant Marine will make his 3rd trip to the tournament, and returning All-American Willie Horwath has fallen out of the seeds and could be a nasty first round match-up.  Warcynski of Dubuque and Handley of Coe are two surprise entries here.  Warcynski was seeded 6th in Iowa with a 13-12 record but made the finals to earn an automatic spot.  Handley got a wild card with a 14-12 record, and he has not won more than three matches in a row this season.

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