Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Southeast Regional Preview - NCAA DIII- (February 25-26, 2022)


Not as tough as some of the other regionals, but still quite competitive, what I appreciate most about the Southeast Regional is that it's fairly well represented by the 20 teams within it.  I truly think that 17 in the least stand a chance at getting at least one wrestler through to the NCAA DIII tournament.  That's saying something considering only the top three in each weight class qualify. 

125 lbs 

Florida native Samuel Braswell who was 3rd in the NWCA last season will most likely be our #1 seed, but he's got his work cut out for him if he wants to win the Southeast Regional title this season.  Not only has Riley Parker of Washington & Lee given him two close 7-4 matches, he's also defeated him 11-9.  On top of that Austin Fashour of Wilkes has given him a 7-5 match as well.  

The other guy to look out for here will be Thiel's Evan Whiteside.  Between the four will be the battle for qualification. 

133 lbs 

York's (PA) Dalton Rohrbaugh is the favorite to win a Southeast Regional title here.  He absolutely demoslished Luke Kowolski of Gettysburg, who could be his opponent in the finals 14-2.  That's if Kowolski can defeat Josh Wilson of Greensboro in a likely semi-final match.  Wilson defeated Kowolski 12-10 sudden victory the last time the two met.   Whoever comes out on the losing end of that match, will then most likely have to face Hunter Thompson of Thiel.  Kowolski defeated Thompson earlier 11-8. 

141 lbs 

Have some very talented wrestlers at 141 lbs in the Southeast Regional.  Kyle Slendorn of Stevens Tech was 4th in the NWCA last season & both Josiah Gehr of Messiah and Brandon Woody of Averett have previously made it to the NCAA DIII's twice. 

149 lbs 

Take it to the bank, your 2022 Southeast Regional Champion will be Brett Kaliner, two time All American (3rd in 2019, 3rd in 2021 NWCA).  I believe regardless of who he faces in the finals, it won't be pretty.  

One of the guys he could meet in the finals might be Jake Coniglio of Messiah & what a story that would make.  Far from a superstar in high school, Coniglio's best season up to this point has been 14-12 his sophomore year. As a freshman he was 7-9 & as a junior last year he was 4-5.  This year he enters the Southeast Regional with a 21-10 record. In wrestling we preach hard work, dedication & commitment to getting better, but most of the time one of two things happen before this point. Either you get better much earlier or you quit. It's a rarity to see someone hold on, and truly live by the moniker of "never give up" the way Coniglio has.  Although his matches with Kaliner have not been pretty (pinned & tech'd twice), I do believe he's capable of beating anyone else here.  He owns a 5-4 victory over Jared Bair of York (PA). 

Another candidate for NCAA DIII qualification & a top 3 spot in the Southeast Regional is Nic Zamaloff of Washington & Lee who owns a 7-5 sudden victory over Bair.  Lastly, also look for Eli Blackwell of Southern Virginia to fight for a top 3 spot. 

157 lbs 

Also positive that our three NCAA DIII qualifiers will be Nick Barnhart of Messiah, along with 2020 NCAA qualifier Ryan Luth of Washington & Lee and Eric Hutchinson of York (PA) 2021 NWCA qualifier.  I will though put out a slight possibility for an upset out of Hunter Gutierrez of Stevens Tech. 

Thus far Barnhart has defeated Luth 9-6, with two victories 6-3 & 9-5 over Gutierrez. 

Luth has defeated Gutierrez 7-3  

Hutchinson does own an 11-3 victory over Barnhart, as well as a 5-0 victory over Gutierrez. 

165 lbs 

I believe these three will be our top three place winners/NCAA DIII qualifiers at the Southeast Regional.   Matt Lackman of Alvernia will take the top seed, with what should be a classic semi-final between Alex Turley of Averett and Joe Salerno of Washington & Lee.  Turley who was 7th at the NWCA last season, owns a 4-3 victory over Salerno. 

174 lbs 

From where I sit the war for qualification at 174 lbs in the Southeast Regional will be among five talented wrestlers. 

Stefan Major of Stevens Tech who owns a 9-4 decision over George Moseley of Averett, who was 6th in the NWCA last season.  

Ray Martin of Gettysburg who owns a 6-1 victory over Kade Kravits of Kings (PA)

Kravits who owns a 7-6 victory over Moseley.  

Jaden Datz of Washington & Jefferson. 

184 lbs 

184 lbs mirrors 174 lbs in the Southeast Regional as it too looks to be a 5 man war for NCAA DIII qualification.  Ironically though, other than Colton Babcock pinning Isaac Kassis  of Alvernia in 3:59, none of these guys have met yet.  As said, it'll be a war between Babcock, Kassis, Mahlic Sallah of Roanoke, Bryce McCloskey of Thiel & Brad Basham of Washing & Lee. 

197 lbs 

Michael Dooley a two time NCAA DIII qualifier is likely to be our #1 seed here.  He owns a 10-0 major decision over Alex Donahue of Washington & Jefferson.  A likely finalist to challenge Dooley might be Braden Homsey of Ferrum who also owns a 10-0 major decision over Donahue, although Donahue has also defeated him 3-1 sudden victory. 

Gable Crebs of Lycoming is  another Candidate who owns a 54 second fall over Donahue, as is Camden Farrow of York (PA).  Farrow has struggled with Dooley, having lost 3-2, 8-3 & 6-3 decisions, but he has split with Crebs winning a 5-2 decision and dropping an 8-2 decision. 


This weight class is pure chaos.  We have 8 guys here, all 8 capable of NCAA DIII qualification.  Just take a look. 

Connor Fulmer of Lycoming. Not sure if it has been time in the weight room, improving technique, something mental or a combination of all of the above, but he's been able to turn some pretty ugly losses into victories.  Nick Ramirez of Southern Virginia defeated him 10-0 & 6-1, but it was Fulmer who won the most recent meeting 8-0.  He turned a 12-2 major decision loss to Palmer Rodenhaber of Avernia into a 10-1 major decision victory.  Then he took an 11-2 major decision loss to Carter Urich of Messiah & turned that into both a 2 minute fall & a 1-0 victory.  He also owns a 4-2 decision over Clay Chadwick of Washington & Lee. 

As to Ramriez, he was 5th at the NWCA last season.  He has pinned Urich twice, as he's defeated RayShawn Dixon of Ferrum on three occasions. 3-0, 9-2 & a 21 second fall.   Although he does own a 15-0 technical fall over Trent Ragland of Averett, he's also lost to him 9-3 & 4-2 sudden victory.  Struggling with Rocky McGeary of Waynesburg, he's dropped 7-2, 11-6 & 9-8 decisions. He's also dropped a 6-3 decision to Chadwick. 

Rodenhaber an NCAA DIII qualifier in 2020 has pinned Urich on three occasions, but has lost to McGeary 4-0.

Urich a 2021 NWCA qualifier owns an 8-6 decision over McGeary & he's pinned Chadwick twice. He's also lost by fall to Ragland twice. 

McGeary an NCAA qualifier in 2020, has split with Ragland winning 4-3 but dropping a 6-3 match. 

Ragland a 2021 NWCA qualifier has defeated Chadwick on three occasions, pinning him at 6:26, along with 5-0 and 6-1 decisions. 

Finally Chadwick owns a 4:39 fall over Dixon, who was also a 2021 NWCA qualifier. 

Does your head hurt yet? 

HWT in the Southeast Regional is like a grenade. Just sit back and watch it explode. 

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