Tuesday, December 5, 2023

NCAA DIII Dual Preview - Stevens Vs United States Coast Guard (Wed Dec 6th, 2023)


We have a great dual between #13 Stevens & #6 USCG tonight.  While all matches should be exciting, there are three that stick out to me in particularly. 

#8 Luke Hoerle Vs #7 Chase Randall
133 lbs 

This ought to easily be the match of the dual.  We have one guy who just narrowly missed out on NCAA Division III All American honors last season & another who captured an 8th place finish at last year's D3 championships. The two have never met, but I'm thinking this will be a classic showdown between two of the best 133 lbs'ers in the D3 nation.  Hoerle is coming off of an incredibly strong New Standard Invite performance and a win over Randall would only heighten his confidence as well continue the season. Randall himself recently won the Ted Reese Invitational. 

#5 Ryan Smith Vs #17 Noah Caskey
157 lbs 

This match excites me because I'm anxious to see where freshman Noah Caskey is in terms of wrestling the very top guys at 157 lbs in NCAA Division III. Thus far he's wrestled well enough to earn himself a top 20 ranking.  Is he good enough to hang with the likes of Ryan Smith? In a battle of youth Vs experience, Smith brings in with him an assortment of high quality wins & an 8th place finish at last year's NCAA DIII championships. An opportunity for Caskey to really make his mark & show indeed he belongs, while at the same time a chance for Smith to show him just how tough it can really get when you gotta face the top dawgs. 

#13 Stefan Major Vs #17 Joe Chapman
174 lbs 

Stefan Major could very well be coming into this match with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Upset at the New Standard Invite, he finished 3rd (while beating the guy who upset him in the process) in a tournament that he was hoping to win.  The two time D3 All American I would say is most likely poised and ready for what could be worthy challenge.  Opponent Joe Chapman is no stranger to garnering some big wins. An NCAA D3 qualifier in 2022, he's wanting to once again be among the 18 by year's end. If he could possibly upset Major, pardon the pun, that would be a major deal for his career. However, much easier said than done by a guy who's proven many times throughout his career, usually wins win the chips are on the table. 

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