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Preliminary Little Rock preview for 2021

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LITTLE ROCK


Little Rock was in their very first year - as far as the sport of wrestling is concerned.  So their last place finish in the PAC 12 in 2020 was not exactly unexpected.   It's difficult to start up a wrestling program at any level, whether it be N.A.I.A., Division III or Division II, etc.  But to start up a new wrestling program at the Division I level and compete with teams from a conference that's been around as long as the PAC 12/PAC 10, etc., is a very daunting task IMO.   That having been said I think, objectively speaking, that Little Rock fared pretty well in their very first collegiate wrestling season ever.

Little Rock returns all of their starters from last season as one would expect from a first year program.  Their best placer last season at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament was Paul Bianchi 2nd place finish at 133 lbs.  Bianchi, who competed three seasons at North Dakota State before transferring to Little Rock, will be a RS Senior for the 2021 season. Little Rock's 2nd best placer last season was Conner Ward's 4th place finish at 141 lbs.  Four of the other seven starters for Little Rock placed 5th at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Namely Jayden Carson at 125 lbs, Jose Champagne at 157 lbs, Matt Muller at 184 lbs and Dylan Johnson at 197 lbs.  Three Little Rock starters last season placed 6th (last) at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  That being Tyler Brennan at 149 lbs, William Edgar at 165 lbs and Tristan Tadeo at 174 lbs.  Little Rock did not have anyone competing at 285 lbs for most of last season.

The good news for Little Rock is that all of their 2020 starters - except for their original starter at 174 lbs (Cash Jones) will be back for 2021.  However nearly all of those 2020 starters will be challenged by the transfers and incoming freshmen who Little Rock has added for the 2021 season.


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The probable lineup for Little Rock's wrestling team for the 2021 season is as follows: (Returning Starters listed in Bold print.  Of couse this is all subject to change as some wrestlers may move up (or down) from their present weight class and there may be transfers involved which would affect this probable lineup in the next few months.  I have listed each weight class (below) by each wrestler's WrestleStat ranking.  However incoming Freshmen will not be ranked in the same manner.  They will be listed last at each weight class.

All rankings are from WrestleStat - CORRECTIONS ARE WELCOME

 

125 lbs

# 100 ranked Jayden Carson (12-11) - 2021 True Sophomore - Placed 5th at 125 lbs at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Carson lost by Tech Fall (20-4 in 6:20) last February vs. Brandon Courtney in the dual vs. Arizona State.   Carson lost by Major Decision (15-3) vs. Brandon Kaylor in the dual vs. Oregon State last February.  Carson lost by FALL (6:29) vs. Alejandro Hernandez-Figueroa of CS Bakersfield in his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Carson lost 10-5 vs. Brandon Kaylor of Oregon State in his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Carson won by Major Decision (15-3) over Benny Martinez of Cal Poly in the 5th place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.
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# 157 ranked Joshua Sarpy - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 1st at the Louisiana D2 State tourament at 120 lbs in 2020.   Placed 1st in 2019 at 113 lbs.  SQ in 2018 at 106 lbs.
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# 157 ranked Khyler Brewer - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 4th at the Division 4 Missouri State tournament in 2020 at 126 lbs.  Placed 2nd at 120 lbs in 2019 and 2nd at 113 lbs in 2018 and 3rd at 106 lbs in 2017.
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133 lbs


# 67 ranked Paul Bianchi (13-7) - 2021 RS Senior - Placed 2nd at 133 lbs at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Bianchi won 6-2 over his teammate Marcus Castillo last November at the Oklahoma City Open.  Bianchi won 8-6 over Arizona State's Joshua Kramer last November in the dual vs. Arizona State.   Bianchi won by Major Decision (18-8) over Luciano Arroyo last February in the dual vs. Stanford.   Bianchi lost 8-6 vs. Devan Turner last February in the dual vs. Oregon State.  Bianchi won 7-4 over Cole Reyes of Cal Poly in his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Bianchi lost 5-3 in the championship match vs. Devan Turner of Oregon State at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  
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# 114 ranked Marcus Castillo (10-6) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Castillo lost 6-2 to his teammate, Paul Bianchi, last November at the Oklahoma City Open.  
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# 132 ranked Jaylen Carson (2-6) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 157 ranked Aidan Campbell (2-8) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 267 ranked Cody Mirander (9-8) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Mirander lost by FALL (0:41) vs. Riley Gurr of Oregon State last December at the Reno T.O.C.
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# 157 ranked Khyler Brewer - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 4th at the Division 4 Missouri State tournament in 2020 at 126 lbs.  Placed 2nd at 120 lbs in 2019 and 2nd at 113 lbs in 2018 and 3rd at 106 lbs in 2017.
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# 175 ranked Keegan Slyter - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 1st in 2020 & 2019 at 126 lbs at the 6-A Kansas State tournament.  Placed 1st in 2018 at 120 lbs.  Placed 2nd at 106 lbs in 2017.
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141 lbs
 

# 92 ranked Connor Ward (7-15) - 2021 RS Sophomore - Placed 4th at 2020 PAC 12 tournament at 141 lbs

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Ward lost 5-2 to his teammate, Joseph Bianchi, last November at the Oklahoma City Open.   Ward won 8-7 vs. Cory Crooks of Arizona State last February in the dual vs. Arizona State.  Ward lost 11-7 vs. Fabian Santillan last February in the dual vs. Stanford.   Ward lost by Major Decision (10-0) vs. Grant Willits last February in the dual vs. Oregon State.  Ward lost his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament 8-1 vs. Jake Ryan of Cal Poly.   Ward won 7-5 in SV OT # 1 vs. Angelo Martinoni of CS Bakersfield in his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Ward lost 4-1 vs. Cory Crooks of Arizona State in the 3rd place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.
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# 121 ranked Trent Dooley (2-6) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Dooley lost by FALL (1:41) vs. Riley Gurr of Oregon State last December at the Reno T.O.C.
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# 199 ranked Joseph Bianchi (4-5) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Won 5-2 over his teammate, Connor Ward, last November at the Oklahoma City Open.  
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149 lbs

# 46 ranked Tyler Brennan (10-16) - 2021 True Sophomore - Placed 6th at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament at 149 lbs

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Brennan won 7-0 over his teammate, Thomas Lisher, last November at the Oklahoma City Open.   Brennan lost by Major Decision (9-1) vs. Russell Rohlfing of CS Bakersfield last January at the Southern Scuffle.  Brennan won 4-2 over Josh Maruca last February in the dual vs. Arizona State.  Brennan lost 8-1 vs. Require van der Merwe last February in the dual vs. Stanford.   Brennan lost 9-3 vs. Lane Stigall last February in the dual vs. Oregon State.   Brennan lost his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament 5-1 to Joshua Maruca of Arizona State.  Brennan lost his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament to Joshua Cortez of Cal Poly.  Brennan lost the 5th place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament 4-0 to Lane Stigall of Oregon State.
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# 104 ranked (at 157 lbs) Thomas Lisher (0-3 at 157 lbs 3-6 at 149 lbs) - 2021 Senior

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Lisher lost 7-0 to his teammate, Tyler Brennan, last November at the Oklahoma City Open.
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# 124 ranked Kyle Prewitt (18-6) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 282 ranked Jake Turner (4-5) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 185 ranked (at 157 lbs) Austin Keal - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 3rd at 145 lbs at the Kansas 3-A State tournament in 2020.  Placed 4th at 132 lbs in 2019.  SQ at 113 lbs in 2018.  SQ at 106 lbs in 2017.
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157 lbs

# 104 ranked (at 157 lbs) Thomas Lisher (0-3 at 157 lbs 3-6 at 149 lbs) - 2021 Senior

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Lisher lost by Tech Fall (17-2) vs. Jacori Teemer last February in the dual vs. Arizona State.  Lisher lost by Major Decision (10-2) vs. Ethan Woods last February in the dual vs. Stanford.
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# 106 ranked Jose Champagne (6-13) - 2021 RS Senior - Placed 5th at 157 lbs at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Champagne lost 12-5 vs Logan Meek last February in the dual vs. Oregon State.  Champagne lost by Major Decision (12-3) vs. Wyatt Gerl of CS Bakersfield in his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Champagne lost 8-6 in SV OT # 1 vs. Brawley Lamer of Cal Poly in his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Champagne won by FALL (1:26) vs. Logan Meek of Oregon State in the 5th place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.
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# 185 ranked Korbin Riedel (2-2) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 185 ranked Austin Keal - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 3rd at 145 lbs at the Kansas 3-A State tournament in 2020.  Placed 4th at 132 lbs in 2019.  SQ at 113 lbs in 2018.  SQ at 106 lbs in 2017.
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165 lbs

# 123 ranked Braeden Redlin (0-0) - 2021 RS Sophomore

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE - He went 11-4 at 165 lbs in 2019 while being redshirted at Ohio State.   Transferred to Little Rock for the 2020 season but did not compete last season.
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# 176 ranked Noah Aziere (0-0) - 2021 RS Junior

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 250 ranked William Edgar (3-15) - Placed 6th at 165 lbs at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- Edgar won by MD (9-1) over his teammate, Tristan Tadeo, last November at the Oklahoma City Open.  Edgar lost 10-6 to Aaron Olmos of Oregon State last January at the Southern Scuffle.  Edgar lost by MD (16-5) to Joshua Shields last February in the dual vs. Arizona State.  Edgar lost by MD (8-0) vs. Gabe Dinette last February in the dual vs. Stanford.  Edgar lost 11-5 to Aaron Olmos last February in the dual vs Oregon State.  Edgar lost by TF (17-0 in 3:38) vs Bernie Truax of Cal Poly in his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Edgar lost 5-1 to Jacob Thalin of CS Bakersfield in his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Edgar lost 6-2 vs Aaron Olmos of Oregon State in the 5th place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.
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174 lbs

# 155 ranked (at 184 lbs) Triston Wills (0-0) - 2021 RS Freshman.  Transfer from Oklahoma State.  He did not compete at all last season for Oklahoma State.  He was entered in the Oklahoma City Open in early November last year at 184 lbs but he was listed on Oklahoma State's team roster at 174 lbs.

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 239 ranked (at 174 lbs) Tristan Tadeo (1-6 at 165 lbs & 0-11 at 174 lbs ) - 2021 True Sophomore.  Placed 6th at 174 lbs at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON (at 174 lbs) -- Tadeo lost by FALL (1:36) vs. Anthony Valencia last February in the dual vs Arizona State.   Tadeo lost by FALL (2:49) last February in the dual vs. Stanford to Foster Karmon.   Tadeo lost by TF (16-1) to Albert Urias of CS Bakersfield in Tadeo's first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Tadeo lost by MD (22-9) to Cal Poly's Dylan Miracle in his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Tadeo lost by MD (15-2) Albert Urias of CS Bakersfield in the 5th place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.
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# 185 ranked (at 157 lbs) Tyler Ross - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 1st at 2020 Missouri Class 1 State tournament at 170 lbs.  Placed 1st at 2019 Missouri Class 1 State tournament at 160 lbs. Placed 1st at 2018 Missouri Class 1 State tournament at 145 lbs.  Placed 2nd at 2017 Class 1 Missouri State tournament at 132 lbs.
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# ___ ranked Alex Hernandex - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 4th at the 2020 California HS State tournament at 170 lbs.  2019 CA SQ at 160 lbs - Placed 6th at the 2017 CA HS State tourament at 160 lbs.   Hernandez was listed as one of nine recruits signed by Little Rock last November however he is not listed by WrestleStat as a 2021 wrestler for Little Rock.
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184 lbs

# 155 ranked Triston Wills (0-0) - 2021 RS Freshman.  Transfer from Oklahoma State.  He did not compete at all last season for Oklahoma State.  He was entered in the Oklahoma City Open in early November last year at 184 lbs but he was listed on Oklahoma State's team roster at 174 lbs.
2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 231 ranked Drake Barbee (3-6) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 240 ranked Matthew Muller (2-16) - 2021 True Sophomore - Placed 5th at 2020 PAC 12 tournament at 184 lbs (by Forfeit).

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON --  Muller lost by FALL (5:25) vs. Anthony Valencia last February in the dual vs Arizona State.   Muller lost by FALL (1:38) vs. Nick Addison last February in the dual vs Stanford.   Muller lost by TF (16-0 in 2:30) to Colt Doyle last February in the dual vs Oregon State.   Muller lost by TF (16-1 in 2:19) to Cade Belshay in his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Muller lost by FALL (2:02) vs. Foster Karmon of Stanford in his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Muller won by Medical Forfeit in the 5th place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament over Trent Tracy of Cal Poly (who forfeited all of his matches at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament).
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# 155 ranked Brooks Sacharczyk - 2021 True Freshman - 2020 Tennessee AAA State champion at 182 lbs.  2019 Tennessee AAA State runner-up at 182 lbs.   2017 Tennessee SQ at 138 lbs.
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# 155 ranked Tanner Mendoza - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 1st at the 2020 Arizona USA Wrestling National Qualifier at 182 lbs.  Placed 2nd at the 2019 Arizona USA Wrestling National Qualifier at 170 lbs.
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197 lbs

# 187 ranked Dylan Johnson (4-16) - 2021 Senior - Placed 5th at 197 lbs at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON --  Johnson lost by FALL (1:14) vs. Kordell Norfleet last February in the dual vs. Arizona State.   Johnson lost by FALL (1:07) vs. Seamus O'Malley last February in the dual vs. Stanford.   Johnson lost by FALL (4:10) last February to J.J. Dixon in the dual vs. Oregon State.  Johnson lost by FALL (1:40) vs. Thomas Lane of Cal Poly in his first match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.   Johnson lost by FALL (2:59) vs. J.J. Dixon of Oregon State in his 2nd match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.  Johnson won by TF (16-1) over Josh Annis of CS Bakersfield in the 5th place match at the 2020 PAC 12 tournament.
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# 155 ranked (at 184 lbs) Steve Elwell (1-2 at 197 lbs) - 2021 RS Freshman
2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 155 ranked Gavin Carter - 2021 True Freshman - 2020 Kansas 2-A State runner-up at 195 lbs.  2019 Kansas 2-A State runner-up at 182 lbs - 2018 Kansas 2-A State champion at 195 lbs - 2017 Kansas 2-A third place at 170 lbs.
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# ___ ranked Zeke Beach - 2021 True Freshman - Placed 3rd at 195 lbs at the 2020 Missouri Class 4 H.S. State tournament.   He is not listed by WrestleStat and therefore not ranked by them either.
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285 lbs

# 153 ranked Miles Santiago (0-0) - 2021 RS Freshman

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 223 ranked Gunner Cash (1-6) - 2021 RS Junior

2021 PAC 12 MATCHES LAST SEASON -- NONE
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# 153 ranked Josiah Hill - 2021 True Freshman - 2020 California H.S. State champion at 285 lbs.  Placed 7th at 2019 California H.S. State tournament at 285 lbs.  2018 California H.S. State tournament qualifier.
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Edited by Bronco
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