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Best NCAA Wrestlers who Never won an NCAA title


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#1 BigTenFanboy

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:07 AM

John Trenge - Lehigh

Brandon Slay - Penn


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#2 PSUMike

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:36 AM

Gilman has to be in the conversation. 



#3 TobusRex

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:50 AM

Roger Frizzell, OU, 4 time AA, never finished below 4th. I think Hazewinkel did the same thing but never finished lower than 3rd.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:51 AM

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#5 Gambatte

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:48 AM

Lloyd "Butch" Keaser - Navy. NCAA 3rd & 4th. World Champion 1973 in Iran. After he beat the Russian in the finals the Iranian fans hoisted onto their shoulders and carried him around the arena in celebration. Also Olympic Silver medal 1976.

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#6 TBar1977

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:51 AM

Bo Jordan, although he still has one more shot to get one. 


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#7 Old_Marine_Wrestler

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:05 AM

Lloyd "Butch" Keaser - Navy. NCAA 3rd & 4th. World Champion 1973 in Iran. After he beat the Russian in the finals the Iranian fans hoisted onto their shoulders and carried him around the arena in celebration. Also Olympic Silver medal 1976.

AA at the Academy, but World and Olympic medals as a Marine Corps officer!


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I like NIke but wait a minute, the sport supports so put some money in it


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:07 AM

Mike DeAnna - 2X finalist; 4XAA.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:11 AM

Most won't agree, but I'll also say Mike Zadick. On paper, 7/7/3 finishes doesn't sound that impressive (relatively speaking), but watching him wrestle in person was a different perspective. He just kept running into Percival, who was a bad style match-up for him (as well as a great wrestler in his own right).


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#10 Old_Marine_Wrestler

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:13 AM

Gerry Abas

Troy Sunderland

Zeke Jones

Greg Gibson


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:14 AM

Bryan Snyder Nebraska should be included.  2X 4th place, 2X 2nd place.  Both finals lost on coin flip in OT (back when the 1st escape wins)


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:28 AM

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Based on post college performance, this is obviously a very good choice.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:34 AM

Most won't agree, but I'll also say Mike Zadick. On paper, 7/7/3 finishes doesn't sound that impressive (relatively speaking), but watching him wrestle in person was a different perspective. He just kept running into Percival, who was a bad style match-up for him (as well as a great wrestler in his own right).

 

He wrestled Percival only once in college when he lost to him in the quarterfinals in 2002.  https://www.youtube....h?v=-wAQ6XXVuAc


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:42 AM

A few of my favorites to watch from the 2000's

Tyrone Lewis
Ryan Lewis
Mike Poeta
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#15 Frank_Rizzo

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:44 AM

Bryan Snyder Nebraska should be included.  2X 4th place, 2X 2nd place.  Both finals lost on coin flip in OT (back when the 1st escape wins)

 

Agree that Snyder should be included, but Becker had the choice in OT in 2002 because he scored first in the match.  https://www.youtube....h?v=Vv4GVVE5Q0w



#16 redblades

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:57 AM

Mack Lewnes - Career record 150-12, 4x EIWA champ, NCAA 4,DNP,2,4



#17 Husker_Du

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:38 AM

Mike McMullen lost just 4 times in 4 years and never won one. 



#18 KTG119

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:38 AM

Roger Frizzell, OU, 4 time AA, never finished below 4th. I think Hazewinkel did the same thing but never finished lower than 3rd.

Roger and John Fisher are my two top 'never made finals' guys.


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#19 KTG119

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:46 AM

Scott Moore may not be the greatest to never win a title overall, but his senior season is one of the greatest non title seasons in my book. Kudos to Iowa's Cliff Moore for derailing that train, and decisively, in NCAA semi-finals, but 51-1, 34 pins, Gorriaran award  (3 pins in less than 5 minutes total, including over 5th placer Gallick and 4th placer Mester), win in all-star over Teyon Ware....Scott Moore was a bad man and that was an ass kicking season. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:51 AM

Steve St John is another wrestler I was a fan of who deserves mention here. Rd of 12 up a weight as a freshman, 4th as a soph, 3rd as a junior, 2nd to Kolat as a senior. Upset Ironside two different seasons at NCAAs.   


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