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Who was the best wrestler ever from each of these school?

 

American-

Appalachian State-

Arizona State-

Binghamton-

Bloomsburg-

Brown-

Bucknell-

Buffalo-

Cal Poly-

Cal Bakersfield-

Cal Fresno State-

Campbell-

Central Michigan-

Citadel-

Clarion-

Cleveland State-

Columbia-

Cornell-

Davidson-

Drexel-

Duke-

Eastern Michigan-

Edinboro-

Franklin & Marshall-

Gardner- Webb-

George Mason-

Harvard-

Hofstra-

Illinois-

Indiana-

Iowa-

Iowa State-

Kent State-

Lehigh-

Lock Haven-

Maryland-

Michigan-

Michigan State-

Minnesota-

Missouri-

Nebraska-

North Carolina State-

North Carolina-

North Dakota State-

Northern Colorado-

Northern Illinois-

Northern Iowa-

Northwestern-

Ohio State-

Ohio-

Oklahoma-

Oklahoma State-

Old Dominion-

Oregon State-

U Penn-

Penn State-

Pittsburgh-

Princeton-

Purdue-

Rider-

Rutgers-

Sacred Heart-

South Dakota State-

Southern Illinois Edwardsville-

Stanford-

Tennessee Chattanooga-

Air Force Academy-

U.S. Military Academy West Point-

U. S. Naval Academy-

Utah Valley-

Virginia-

VMI-

Virginia Tech-

West Virginia-

WIsconsin-

Wyoming-

Programs No Longer Active

Syracuse-

LSU-

Kentucky-

Slippery Rock-

BYU-

Portland State-

Toledo-

Eastern Illinois-

Grand Valley State-

Miami (Ohio)-

Oregon-

UCLA-

California (Pa)-

Oakland Michigan-

Morgan State-

Northern Michigan-

Southern Connecticut State-

Cal State Sacramento-

Central Florida-

Youngstown State-

Southwest Missouri-

Southern Illinois Carbondale-

Minnesota Morris- 

Many Others Sadly-

 

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imo of course


 


George Mason- Johnny Curtiss 


 


Old Dominion-Jody Staylor or Buddy Lee. Jason Bryant may have a different answer, more modern if nothing else.


 


Virginia-Scott Moore, only one season at UVa but what a season. Otherwise Chris Henrich is the only 3 time AA and placed as high as 3rd. DiCamillo capped his career last season with a 2nd place after 3 times being top 12, they'd be my top 2 if looking at 4 year careers.  


 


VMI-Charlie Branch 


 


Virginia Tech-Devin Carter


 


Programs No Longer Active


JMU : tie between Brian Kurlander and Mike Coyle. HM Jeff Peanut Bowyer

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I will handle the easy ones

 

ISU:Sanderson

Cornell:Dake

tOSU:Stieber

Nebraska:Burroughs

 

Yeah, that ISU thing would be Gable if not for some upstart named Cael.  ISU had arguably the #1 and #2 best college wrestlers of all time.

 

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Other easy ones that come to mind immediately:

 

Bakersfield: Stephen Neal

Campbell: Nathan Kraisser

Clarion: Kurt Angle

Harvard: Jesse Jantzen

Iowa: Tom Brands

Iowa State: Dan Gable

NC State: Nick Gwiazdowski

Penn: Matt Valenti

Penn State: Ed Ruth

OSU: Pat Smith

OU: Mark Schultz

Syracuse: Gene Mills

WVU: Greg Jones

 

Didn’t see UC Davis in there, so I’ll add it: Derek Moore

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Other easy ones that come to mind immediately:

 

Bakersfield: Stephen Neal

Iowa: Tom Brands

 

I agree Neal is the guy but maybe not a total slam dunk. John Azevedo (2nd, 2nd, 1st) , Joe Gonzales (2 years at CSB went 2nd to Gene Mills and then 55-0 as a senior), and Dan Cuestas (2 timer) were pretty damn good as well.  

 

Iowa - I await debate on this one. Tom for sure is in the discussion but not an easy one. TJ Williams 3 time finalist in 3 seasons with 1 career loss; Lincoln Mac (my pick if I had to make one), Ed Banach, Joe Williams, Barry Davis, etc etc. 

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I agree Neal is the guy but maybe not a total slam dunk. John Azevedo (2nd, 2nd, 1st) , Joe Gonzales (2 years at CSB went 2nd to Gene Mills and then 55-0 as a senior), and Dan Cuestas (2 timer) were pretty damn good as well.  

 

Iowa - I await debate on this one. Tom for sure is in the discussion but not an easy one. TJ Williams 3 time finalist in 3 seasons with 1 career loss; Lincoln Mac (my pick if I had to make one), Ed Banach, Joe Williams, Barry Davis, etc etc. 

 

Probably between Brands and Ed Banach. TJ Williams lost in the semis.

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Other easy ones that come to mind immediately:

 

Bakersfield: Stephen Neal

Campbell: Nathan Kraisser

Clarion: Kurt Angle

Harvard: Jesse Jantzen

Iowa: Tom Brands

Iowa State: Dan Gable

NC State: Nick Gwiazdowski

Penn: Matt Valenti

Penn State: Ed Ruth

OSU: Pat Smith

OU: Mark Schultz

Syracuse: Gene Mills

WVU: Greg Jones

 

Didn’t see UC Davis in there, so I’ll add it: Derek Moore

Gable over Sanderson?

Huge fan of Jantzen, but O'Connor has a solid argument with an undefeated season under his belt.

Also a huge fan of Brands, but Iowa has guys like Lincoln Mac, Lewboo, Barry Davis, the Williams boys and the Banachs to choose from as well.

I would also go with Ruth at PSU, but I could see arguments for a few others.

Pat Smith isn't a lock in my opinion.  The early OkState years produced some monsters and John Smith may be one of the best ever at the peak of their DI careers.

OU has a lot of super strong history. Martin, Evans, Hodge, Abel, Metzger, Kilgore and Douglas could definitely be argued for.

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Probably between Brands and Ed Banach. TJ Williams lost in the semis.

you are right on TJ. 1, 3, 1 not a 3 time finalist as I had posted. still best career winning % at Iowa.

trivia or fun fact as my kids like to say : the only year Ed was #1 seed is the year he did not win it.  

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Gable over Sanderson?

Huge fan of Jantzen, but O'Connor has a solid argument with an undefeated season under his belt.

Also a huge fan of Brands, but Iowa has guys like Lincoln Mac, Lewboo, Barry Davis, the Williams boys and the Banachs to choose from as well.

I would also go with Ruth at PSU, but I could see arguments for a few others.

Pat Smith isn't a lock in my opinion. The early OkState years produced some monsters and John Smith may be one of the best ever at the peak of their DI careers.

OU has a lot of super strong history. Martin, Evans, Hodge, Abel, Metzger, Kilgore and Douglas could definitely be argued for.

The Gable pick was intentional. There’s not enough mention of Cael of this forum so I thought I’d throw that out there to get the juices flowing.

 

On the others, it’s hard to make a decision unless you have criteria as to what we’re taking about, e.g. best career versus best peak level achieved, folk style only versus consideration for freestyle as well, etc. You make good points, either way.

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Probably between Brands and Ed Banach. TJ Williams lost in the semis.

I give it to Brands because of who he beat to win three times. He faced some absolute hammers. Alan Fried would’ve been an all-time great had he been born a few years earlier or later. He is easily the best one-timer ever and in my opinion better than a lot of two timers and even some three timers. He was an absolute beast who had the misfortune of being Brands’s contemporary.

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you are right on TJ. 1, 3, 1 not a 3 time finalist as I had posted. still best career winning % at Iowa.

trivia or fun fact as my kids like to say : the only year Ed was #1 seed is the year he did not win it.  

 

TJ was great but, like his brother, had a lot of close matches. Ed Banach, I think, is Iowa career leader in points scored at the NCAA. McIlravy was great but had a slow senior year due to concussions. Ed had the better final's loss - Mark Schultz>Marianetti. I'd go with Ed Banach.

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