Thursday, September 22, 2022

2023 NCAA DI The Season: Drexel


I think 22'-23' has potential to be a great year for Drexel. The Dragons haven't had an All American since 2007 & I think they have a legit shot at crowning one this season. I also think they could send up to six to the NCAA championships.  Graduated from last season are two time NCAA qualifiers Parker Kropman & Brian McLaughlin.  

125 lbs
Antonio Mininno 

An NCAA qualifier in 2020, senior Antonio Mininno enters his final season of eligibility looking to earn another qualification. 

149 lbs
Luke Nichter 

2021 NCAA qualifier Luke Nichter had a very nice EIWA tournament two seasons ago capturing an impressive 3rd place finish. Only a sophomore, his potential is great. 

133 lbs
Jaxon Maroney 

Another tough sophomore on the team, Jaxon Maroney was 7th at the EIWA championships last season & as he looks to become a two time conference place-winner he will also look for NCAA qualification this year. 

165 lbs
Evan Barczak OR Cody Walsh    

In my opinion this will be the best wrestle-off for a spot on the Dragon varsity. Senior Evan Barczak a two time NCAA qualifier taking on Cody Walsh a sophomore.  Last year, Barczak won an official meeting 11-6.  Either way whoever wins this year, the Dragons are looking at an NCAA qualifier. 

174 lbs
Mickey O'Malley 

Here's our star pupil.  Mickey O'Malley has the opportunity to achieve an assortment of accolades in what will be his junior season. Already a two time EIWA finalist who won an EIWA title this past season, if he is able to win another EIWA championship, he will be the first Dragon to do so since Matt Cimato in 2016. Qualify for the NCAA championships a fourth time? He'll be the first Dragon to do so since Matt Cimato in 2017. Earn All American honors? He'll be the third Dragon overall & the first to do so since Ryan Hlushack in 2007. Just think, he has another year of eligibility after this too.  He has the potential to be the only five time qualifier in all of Drexel history, & potentially to be their first two time All American. 

184 lbs
Brian Bonino 

Senior Brian Bonino who took 7th place honors at last year's EIWA championships for Columbia has decided to spend his final season of eligibility at Drexel. 

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