NCAA Wrestling Championship
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NCAA Wrestling Championship Prediction: 141 LBS

It’s that time of the year again people! MARCH MATNESS! That’s right I said MATness, not madness. The college wrestling postseason is right around the corner and it has been one hell of a season so far. I will be doing a count down the next two weeks of my picks of which wrestler is going to take the crown at each of the 10 weight classes in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 19th – March 21st. I’m so excited people you have no idea. Let’s start this article off right as we discuss the 141 LB division.

Chach’s Pick: Nick Lee – Penn State JR

Unquestionably Penn State is currently the greatest dynasty in all of college sports. In the last 9 years, PSU has won 8 National titles.

Nick Lee, no relation to Spencer Lee, has been quietly on a war path this season. The 2x All-American and currently ranked number one in the country at 141 pounds did not start the season at the top after placing 5th for the second year as a row last year as a sophomore. Lee had to grind his way through a rigorous schedule where he has completely dominated the field. Lee beat then #1 Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher 8-4, #7 ranked Chad Red of Nebraska, #8 Mitch McKee of Minnesota, #11 Tristan Moran of Wisconsin, and #23 Doug Zapf of Penn. He also has wins last season over now #5 Max Marin of Iowa. Nick Lee continues to distance himself from the pack.

The other reason I love this pick is the fact that Lee wrestles for the best college program of the last 10 years, Penn State. Since 2011 Penn state has had at least 1 champion every year on their way to winning 8 team titles during that stretch. As a team they always peak at the right time which is why this year will be no different. The Penn State junior still has to get through the Big 10 Tournament this weekend where a rematch with #2 Luke Pletcher is expected in the finals. If Lee can continue to distance himself and rack up bonus points for PSU then I would 100% expect to see his name in contention for the Hodge Trophy, an award that has been given to 5 PSU wrestlers in the last 8 years. Expect to see Nick Lee standing high up on the podium this year people. WE ARE!

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