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NCAA Wrestling Midseason All-Americans at 149 Pounds

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Jacob SchlottkeContributor IIDecember 18, 2016

Iowa's Brent Metcalf is the midseason favorite for the 149 pound weight class after North Carolina State's Darrion Caldwell decided to redshirt this season.

 

Midseason Rankings

1. Brent Metcalf (Iowa)

2. Lance Palmer (Ohio State)

3. Kyle Ruschell (Wisconsin)

4. Kyle Terry (Oklahoma)

5. Frank Molinaro (Penn State)

6. Kyle Borshoff (American)

7. Jason Chamberlain (Boise State)

8. Matt Kyler (Army)

R12. Kevin LeValley (Bucknell), Mitch Mueller (Iowa State), Tony D’Alie (Central Michigan), James Fleming (Clarion)

 

Honestly, I’m starting to run out of things to talk about in these "Brent Metcalf is really good" paragraphs (since I do my best to avoid the played out “his gas tank is really good!!!!” statements).

This time last year he was struggling to turn even marginal guys; then he went on his pinning run over the second half of the year.

This year, I’ve been impressed with his continued improvement when it comes to transitioning from the takedown directly to back points. He’s had some close matches this year against LeValley and Mueller, but he’s still winning all of them.

He’s also got a fall over Mueller where he demonstrated that transitioning ability where he just blasted Mueller over for the fall while Mueller sat on his hands and knees.

He’s got a major over the much improved David Cheza, a major over Chamberlain, and just missed out on a major against Ruschell.

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