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Big Ten Pre-seeds

While these seeds aren't official, don't expect many changes before brackets are printed on Friday. So excited! Let's break it down. 

Gilman gets the #1 nod over Delgado. I would have kept Delgado as the #1, but it's tough to argue with the lack of participation. Tomasello and Delgado will be a great semi-final with two very quick guys on their feet.

125 lbs. 
1. Thomas Gilman, IOWA
2. Jesse Delgado, ILL
3. Nathan Tomasello, OSU
4. Tim Lambert, NEB
5. Jordan Conaway, PSU
6. Conor Youtsey, MICH
7. Garrison White, NU
8. Luke Welch, PUR

With 11 ranked guys in the top 20 at different times this year, 133 is a bear. These guys will battle from the opening round all the way through the consolations. DiJulius gets a big benefit with his win over Clark landing him the 4 spot. It seems like Clark & Richards have the much better overall resume.

133 lbs.
1. Chris Dardanes, MINN
2. Ryan Taylor, WIS
3. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
4. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
5. Cory Clark, IOWA
6. Zane Richards, ILL
7. Danny Sabatello, PUR
8. Rossi Bruno, MICH
9. Eric Montoya, NEB
10. Scott Delvecchio, RU
11. Geoff Alexander, MD
12. Dom Malone, NU
13. Garth Yenter, MSU
14. Alonzo Shepherd, IND

#7 ranked Dziewa getting the #6 seed jumps off the page. Losses to Rodrigues & Ashnault really hurt. Ashnault probably hoped for 6 rather than 4-5 and have to be on the same side as Stieber. So maybe they really helped Iowa here.

141 lbs.
1. Logan Stieber, OSU
2. Nick Dardanes, MINN
3. Anthony Abidin, NEB
4. Steven Rodrigues, ILL
5. Anthony Ashnault, RU
6. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
7. Jameson Oster, NU
8. Nick Lawrence, PUR
9. Kade Moss, PSU
10. George Fisher, MICH
11. Javier Gasca III, MSU
12. Shyhiem Brown, MD
13. Jessie Thielke, WIS
14. Sean Brown, IND

The big mystery was how to seed Hunter and I feel this is probably the right move. He is 1-2 on the year but was 36-1 as a Sophomore. Theobold was not punished for his loss to Arthur. Could anyone imagine a scenario where Jake Short wouldn't be seeded before the season began?

149 lbs.
1. Brandon Sorensen, IOWA
2. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
3. Hunter Stieber, OSU
4. Ken Theobold, RU
5. Alec Pantaleo, MICH
6. Zack Beitz, PSU
7. Justin Arthur, NEB
8. Rylan Lubeck, WIS

Pretty straight forward seeding, but no less fun. Imart can prove it with a win over the winner of the exciting semi-final of Green & Ness, or does he get caught looking ahead by the funky Murphy?

157 lbs.
1. Isaiah Martinez, ILL
2. Dylan Ness, MINN
3. James Green, NEB
4. Brian Murphy, MICH
5. Doug Welch, PUR
6. Josh Demas, OSU
7. Mike Kelly, IOWA
8. Anthony Perrotti, RU
9. Luke Frey, PSU
10. Louis Mascola, MD
11. Luke Blanton, IND
12. TJ Ruschell, WIS
13. Ben Sullivan, NU
14. Travis Curley, MSU

Straight forward seeding. For the cousins to wrestle each other they will have to endure a loaded bracket This weight class will be packed from the beginning to the end.I still have some hope for Nick Moore and that's a tough quarterfinal draw for Isaac Jordan. 

165 lbs.
1. Bo Jordan, OSU
2. Isaac Jordan, WIS
3. Taylor Walsh, IND
4. Pierce Harger, NU
5. Jackson Morse, ILL
6. Garett Hammond, PSU
7. Nick Moore, IOWA
8. Nick Wanzek, MINN
9. Austin Wilson, NEB
10. Pat Robinson, PUR
11. Nick Visicaro, RU
12. Garrett Sutton, MICH
13. Roger Wildmo, MSU
14. Justin Alexander, MD

Massa at #9 seems like an insult. They didn't punish other guys for lack of matches like that. While he probably won't beat Kokesh, it'll be interesting to see him in the consolations. 

174 lbs.
1. Robert Kokesh, NEB
2. Matt Brown, PSU
3. Mike Evans, IOWA
4. Logan Storley, MINN
5. Zach Brunson, ILL
6. Mark Martin, OSU
7. Chad Welch, PUR
8. Frank Cousins, WIS
9. Taylor Massa, MICH
10. Nathan Jackson, IND
11. Josh Snook, MD
12. Phil Bakuckas, RU
13. Nick Proctor, MSU

Ricky Robertson as the #3 seed is surprising. I do think the top 7 or 8 guys can all beat each other and make this bracket a mess in a hurry though. 

184 lbs.
1. Sam Brooks, IOWA
2. Dom Abounader, MICH
3. Ricky Robertson, WIS
4. Brett Pfarr, MINN
5. Kenny Courts, OSU
6. TJ Dudley, NEB
7. Nikko Reyes, ILL
8. Matt McCutcheon, PSU
9. John Rizqallah, MSU
10. Patrick Kissel, PUR
11. Anthony Pafumi, RU
12. Mitch Sliga, NU
13. Matt Irick, IND
14. Tony Gardner, MD

Huntley lost one match all year to a guy not ranked in the top 6 currently. He is punished for it dearly here as Studebaker was that match and knocks him to the 6 instead of the 5 against Burak who he just took to overtime. McCall's losses down the stretch knock him to 8, but that seems dangerous.

197 lbs.
1. Kyle Snyder, OSU
2. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
3. Scott Schiller, MINN
4. Nathan Burak, IOWA
5. Aaron Studebaker, NEB
6. Max Huntley, MICH
7. Alex Polizzi, NU
8. Timmy McCall, WIS
9. Braden Atwood, PUR
10. Nick McDiarmid, MSU
11. Jeff Koepke, ILL
12. Hayden Hrymack, RU
13. Rob Fitzgerald, MD
14. Luke Sheridan, IND

Really scratching my head where Myers would be seeded behind Kroells after just beating him on February 8th. McMullan should really be the #2 seed over Coon but 2-3 is not a big difference. 

285 lbs.
1. Connor Medbery, WIS
2. Adam Coon, MICH
3. Mike McMullan, NU
4. Bobby Telford, IOWA
5. Jimmy Lawson, PSU
6. Michael Kroells, MINN
7. Spencer Myers, MD
8. Billy Smith, RU
9. Nick Tavanello, OSU
10. Brooks Black, ILL
11. Collin Jensen, NEB
12. Chris Nash, MSU
13. Garret Goldman, IND
14. Gelen Robinson, PUR