Early 141lbs Big 12 College Wrestling Conference Preview

Jumping from season to season comes with lineup changes and depth chart tweaks. As seniors graduate and recruits/transfers are set, among other changes, teams will be looking to improve their roster. In a series of articles, I will break down the individual wrestlers in each weight class and where they stand within the Big 12 Conference.


Conference Overview 141lbs:

The 141-pound weight class will return to seven of the eight best 12 class riders from the 2021-22 season. Six returning Novices have qualified for the NCAA Championship multiple times and only one made it to the podium. With the majority of the weight class returning for next season, two teams, Iowa State and West Virginia, will be looking for different names among their lineups to start the season. 141 pounds passes through the top three returning from the 12th class, with the rest of the class staying in line behind them. This is a group that has respected talents and could have enough experience to revolutionize the spotlight.

Expected matches:

Andrew Alirez (UNC) vs. Clay Carlson (SDSU) vs. Alan Hart (MIZ)

The top three wrestlers (Allerez, Carlson, Hart) could all be able to break out of the 141-pound weight class. Among these three wrestlers, they matched equally among each other. Carlson and Allerez defeated each other twice and Hart beat Carlson and fell to Allerez twice by no more than two points.

141 lb sleeper:

Casey Swidersky (ISU)

Casey Swiderski is a top recruit who graduated from high school and has a good chance of breaking through the lineup as a real freshman. He is a very talented wrestler and has many awards to his name. He will also battle it out with Zach Redding, the former 2021 NCAA qualifier. After the 2021-22 season in the back seat, Redding is back to compete for a 141-pound weight class job at the Cyclones.


Return 2021-22 Entrees:

Andrew Aliers (Jr.) – Northern Colorado – NCAA Championship Rating: 5 – Record: 25-5

He finished the season with an 11-2 record in the conferences and finished first in the conference in the 21-22 season. Allerez is a two-time NCAA playoff returning player who has reached the Round of 12 (Blood Round). He finished the 2022 NCAA Championship 3-2 after knocking out (3-2) to No. 10 Jacob Bergeland (Minnesota) in the fourth round.

Alan Hart (Jr.) – Missouri – NCAA Championship Rating: 9 – Record: 16-7

He finished the season with a record 8-5 in the conference and finished second in the conference in the 21-22 season. Hart is a three-time NCAA playoff returnee and has reached blood tour level. He finished the 2022 NCAA Championship with a 1-2 lead, coming out with the decision in overtime (7-5) to No. 7 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) in a second-round consolation.

Clay Carlson (Jr.) – South Dakota State – NCAA Championship Rating: 7 – Record: 33-6

He finished the season with a 12-4 record, and finished third in the conference in the 21-22 season. Carlson is the only returning former All-American (8 by 21) and a two-time NCAA qualified. He finished the 2022 NCAA Championship with a score of 3-2, knocking out the decision (6-2) to No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) in the fourth round.

Dylan Drogemüller (Jr.) – North Dakota State – NCAA Championship Seeds: 21 – Record: 17-10

He finished the season with a 5-8 conference score and finished fourth in the 21-22 season. Droegemueller is a two-time NCAA qualifier and has reached the Round of 16 once. He finished the 2022 NCAA Championship with a score of 2-2, knocking out the decision (7-6) to No. 19 Chad Reed (Nebraska) in his third-round consolation.

Jacob Butler (Jr.) – Oklahoma – NCAA Championship Seeds: 30 – Record: 9-15

He finished the season with a 4-8 record in the conferences and finished sixth in the 21-22 season. Butler returns from his first tournament appearance. He finished the 2022 NCAA Championship by going 1-2 after coming out with a big decision (14-5) to No. 14 Dresden Simon (central Michigan) in a first-round consolation.

Carter Young (SU) – Oklahoma State – NCAA Championship Seed: 26 – Record: 12-9

He finished the season with an 8-4 Conference record and finished seventh in the 21-22 season. Carter returns for his second season with the Cowboys after qualifying for the NCAA as a true freshman. He finished the 2022 NCAA Championship by leading 0-2, knocking out the decision (7-4) to #24 Stefan Micic in a first-round consolation.

Ty Smith (son) – Utah Valley – Record: 5-10

He finished the season 4-7 in the conference and finished eighth in the conference in the 21-22 season. Ty Smith is a one-time NCAA (2021) qualifier and will return after failing to make it to the championship the previous season.

Get Happel (So.) – UNI – Record: 17-10

He finished the season 9-5 in the conferences and did not participate in the conference championship in the 21-22 season.

Cody Viben (Father) – Air Force – Registration Number: 15-14

He finished the season with a 1-8 conference record and did not participate in the conference championship in the 21-22 season.

Darren Green (SU) – Wyoming – Record: 7-17

He finished the season with a record 8-5 in the conferences and did not participate in the conference championship in the 21-22 season.


Other possible entrees:

Mosha Schwartz (Jr.) – Oklahoma
  • Transfer from Northern Colorado
  • 2x NCAA Qualification
  • Jacob Butler will challenge for the starting point
Zack Reading (sic) – Iowa
  • 2021 NCAA Qualifier (133 lbs.)
  • 3rd place in the 2021 Big 12 Championships (133 lbs)
  • You will compete to start the business
Sam Hillegas (SU) – West Virginia
  • Transfer out of Virginia Tech
  • Expected starter at 141 lbs

Departures:

Ian Parker (Iowa): Graduate

Caleb Rea (West Virginia): Transfer


Notable Recruits: (FloWrestling, MatScouts)

Casey Swidersky – Iowa
  • #2 Total Recruitment (FloWrestling)
  • #3 Total Hiring (MatScout)
  • 4x High School State Champion (Michigan)
Garrison Dundee – Wyoming
  • #88 Total Staff (FloWrestling)
  • #73 Total Hiring (MatScout)
  • 4x High School State Champion (Tennessee)
Maxwell Petersen – North Dakota
  • Finalist 4x in High School (1x Champion), (Minnesota)
  • #98 Total Staff (MatScout)

Big 12 Championship Prediction:

  1. Alan Hart (Miz)
  2. Clay Carlson (SDSU)
  3. Andrew Aliers (UNC)
  4. Dylan Drogemüller (NDSU)
  5. Casey Swidersky (ISU)
  6. Darren Green (WYO)
  7. Carter Young (OKST)
  8. Jacob Butler (OU)

Previous Overviews:

125 lbs – 133 lbs

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