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Big Ten Pre-Seeds!!!

We here at Bloodround are hoping you are enjoying your Leap Day. It isn't technically March, but the duals are over and we are ready for Big Ten weekend. Here are the pre-seeds. The brackets were released Friday afternoon at the coaches meeting last year. I don't expect much to change seeds wise between now and then as much hasn't in the previous years (as far as I remember).

Here we go: 

125 lbs. 
1. Nathan Tomasello, OSU
2. Thomas Gilman, IOWA
3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
4. Tim Lambert, NEB
5. Elijah Oliver, IND
6. Johnny Jimenez, WIS
7. Conor Youtsey, MICH
8. Sean McCabe, RU

133 lbs.
1. Zane Richards, ILL
2. Cory Clark, IOWA
3. Jordan Conaway, PSU
4. Geoff Alexander, MD
5. Eric Montoya, NEB
6. Ryan Taylor, WIS
7. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
8. Rossi Bruno, MICH
9. Dom Malone, NU
10. Anthony Giraldo, RU
11. Luke Welch, PUR
12. Garth Yenter, MSU
13. Alonzo Shepherd, IND
14. Sam Brancale, MINN

141 lbs.
1. Micah Jordan, OSU
2. Tommy Thorn, MINN
3. Anthony Ashnault, RU
4. Jameson Oster, NU
5. Javier Gasca III, MSU
6. Anthony Abidin, NEB
7. Danny Sabatello, PUR
8. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU

149 lbs.
1. Zain Retherford, PSU
2. Brandon Sorensen, IOWA
3. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
4. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
5. Alec Pantaleo, MICH
6. Alex Griffin, PUR
7. Andrew Crone, WIS
8. Jake Short, MINN

157 lbs.
1. Jason Nolf, PSU
2. Isaiah Martinez, ILL
3. Richie Lewis, RU
4. Jake Ryan, OSU
5. Edwin Cooper, Jr., IOWA
6. Brian Murphy, MICH
7. Tyler Berger, NEB
8. Lou Mascola, MD

165 lbs.
1. Isaac Jordan, WIS
2. Bo Jordan, OSU
3. Steven Rodrigues, ILL
4. Anthony Perrotti, RU
5. Chad Welch, PUR
6. Austin Wilson, NEB
7. Geno Morelli, PSU
8. Patrick Rhoads, IOWA

174 lbs.
1. Bo Nickal, PSU
2. Alex Meyer, IOWA
3. Zach Brunson, ILL
4. Myles Martin, OSU
5. Nathan Jackson, IND
6. Micah Barnes, NEB
7. Nick Wanzek, MINN
8. Ricky Robertson, WIS
9. Phil Bakuckas, RU
10. Mitch Sliga, NU
11. Aaron Calderon, MICH
12. Josh Snook, MD
13. Shane Shadaia, MSU
14. Andrew Hoselton, PUR

184 lbs. 
1. Dom Abounader, MICH
2. Matt McCutcheon, PSU
3. Sam Brooks, IOWA
4. TJ Dudley, NEB
5. Nick Gravina, RU
6. Kenny Courts, OSU
7. Jeff Koepke, ILL
8. Ryan Christensen, WIS

197 lbs.
1. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
2. Brett Pfarr, MINN
3. Nathan Burak, IOWA
4. Max Huntley, MICH
5. Aaron Studebaker, NEB
6. Mark Martin, OSU
7. Hayden Hrymack, RU
8. Jacob Cooper, MSU

285 lbs.
1. Adam Coon, MICH
2. Kyle Snyder, OSU
3. Sam Stoll, IOWA
4. Billy Smith, RU
5. Michael Kroells, MINN
6. Collin Jensen, NEB
7. Brooks Black, ILL
8. Nick Nevills, PSU

A couple takeaways from this. Penn State leads the field with 7 in the top 4 and 5 in the top 2 when it comes to predicting the semis and finals. Iowa is right with 7 & 4. Ohio State registers at 6 & 4, but the Buckeyes could have a really good final that could catch some ground. Penn State is certainly the favorite and Iowa & Ohio State have a tougher hill to climb. However, look at the seeds and realize how talented this conference is. Anything can happen in this tournament, and since I'm a fan attending the event in Carver_Hawkeye, it'd be fun to see the Hawkeyes in the hunt getting the crowd going all weekend long. 

As a Michigan fan, the injuries at 165 & 174 really doom the Wolverines chances to be in the hunt. Some odd stuff would have to happen bring home their first Big Ten tournament title since 1973, but a top 3 showing is not out of the question. Abounader and Coon are top seeds to go with a lot of guys with big point potential. It may be an uphill climb, but they have the team to finish top 3.