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Which of our freshman NCAA champs had the toughest proven competition?

 

For the sake of argument, lets omit later accomplishments of the competitors. I recall Schlatter had a returning champ in Esposito. Being a middleweight, I'm sure MacIlravy also had some accomplished guys he had to beat out.

 

what's everyone's opinion on this?

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Darryl Burley had two defending champs in his weight class, Ken Mallory who did not place, and Mike Land, who came into his finals match with Burley on an 85 match winning streak. Burley won 9-7 in the finals.

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Logan Stieber had to go thru Chris Dardenes, Tony Ramos then Jordan Oliver. But Darryl Burley may have bit tougher competition.

 

Freshman champions:

J'Den Cox

Jason Tsirtis

Logan Stieber

Kyle Dake

Dustin Schlatter

Cael Sanderson

Lincoln MacIlravy

Mark Branch

Pat Smith

Ed Banach

Darryl Burley

Pat Milkovich

Chuck Jean

That ok state HWT Hinton (sp)

 

I'm sure I missed some.

 

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Logan Stieber had to go thru Chris Dardenes, Tony Ramos then Jordan Oliver. But Darryl Burley may have bit tougher competition.

 

Freshman champions:

J'Den Cox

Jason Tsirtis

Logan Stieber

Kyle Dake

Dustin Schlatter

Cael Sanderson

Lincoln MacIlravy

Mark Branch

Pat Smith

Ed Banach

Darryl Burley

Pat Milkovich

Chuck Jean

That ok state HWT Hinton (sp)

 

I'm sure I missed some.

 

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All Americans listed for the weights the freshman won starting with Sanderson.

 

Sanderson

1. Cael Sanderson

2. Brandon Eggum

3. Vertus Jones

4. Brad Vering

5. John Van Doren

6. Viktor Sveda

7. Mike Greenfield

8. Andy Hrovat

 

Greg Jones

1. Greg Jones

2. Greg Parker

3. Josh Koscheck

4. Nathan Coy

5. Otto Olson

6. Rick Springman

7. Terry Parham

8. Michael Barger

 

Teyon Ware

1. Teyon Ware

2. Dylan Long

3. Phillip Simpson

4. Scott Moore

5. Jason Mester

6. Shane Cunanan

7. Aaron Holker

8. Mike Maney

 

Dustin Schlatter

1. Dustin Schlatter

2. Ty Eustice

3. Zack Esposito

4. Matt Storniolo

5. Jon Masa

6. Eric Tannenbaum

7. Gregor Gillespie

8. Mark DiSalvo

 

Kyle Dake

1. Kyle Dake

2. Montell Marion

3. Reece Humphrey

4. Zack Bailey

5. Tyler Nauman

6. Germaine Lindsey

7. Mike Thorn

8. Chris Diaz

 

Logan Stieber

1. Logan Stieber

2. Jordan Oliver

3. Tony Ramos

4. Chris Dardanes

5. Devin Carter

6. BJ Futrell

7. Zach Stevens

8. Steve Keith

 

Jason Tsirtsis

1. Jason Tsirtsis

2. Josh Kindig

3. Eric Grajales

4. David Habat

5. Drake Houdashelt

6. Mitch Minotti

7. James English

8. Kendric Maple

 

J'Den Cox

1. J'Den Cox

2. Nick Heflin

3. Scott Schiller

4. Kyven Gadson

5. Conner Hartmann

6. Chris Penny

7. Morgan McIntosh

8. Nathan Burak

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(5) Jason Tsirtsis - Bryce Busler (BLO) 4-1, James English (PSU) 4-3, (4) Kendric Maple (OU) (2013 NCAA champ) 2-1 TB, (1) Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) 2-1 TB, (11) Kindig (OKST) 3-1 SV-1

 

(2) J'Den Cox - Mario Gonzalez(ILL) 10-4, (15) Brandon Atwood (PUR) MDec 19-6, Hartmann (DUKE) Dec 5-1, (14) Chris Penny (VT) 4-1, (1) Nick Heflin 2-1

 

(2) Logan Stieber - Mason Beckman, Lehigh Fall 5:52, Jordan Thome, Army Fall 4:20, Chris Dardanes, Minnesota [10] 7-4, Tony Ramos, Iowa [3] (2014 NCAA champ) 4-2, Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State [1] (2x NCAA champ) 4-3

 

Matt McDonough, Iowa [3] - Jason Lara, Oregon State 15-0 TF, Anthony Zanetta, Pittsburgh 10-6, Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech 9-0, Cashe Quiroga, Purdue 14-3, Andrew Long, Iowa State [5] 3-1

 

Kyle Dake, Cornell [1] - Todd Schavrien, Missouri 4-1, Elijah Nacita, Cal State-Bakersfield Fall 3:48, Levi Jones, Boise State [9] 11-0, Reece Humphrey, Ohio State [4] 3-2 TB, Montell Marion, Iowa [6] 7-3

 

Dustin Schlatter, Minnesota [1] - Anthony Baza, Cal State-Bakersfield 8-0, Ryan Osgood, Northern Iowa 14-1, Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan [8] 8-0, Matt Storniolo, Oklahoma [4] 5-1, Ty Eustice, Iowa [2] 4-0

 

Teyon Ware, Oklahoma [1] - Juan Mora, Cal State-Fullerton TF 18-3, 7:00, Mike Messina, Sacred Heart 5-4, Phillip Simpson, Army [8] 5-2, Jason Mester, Central Michigan [4] 3-2 TB, Dylan Long, Northern Iowa [3] 6-4 OT

 

Greg Jones, West Virginia [2] - Steve Strange, Cal Poly-SLO 17-10, Michael Barger, Oklahoma 8-3, Tyler Nixt, Iowa [7] 10-4, Rick Springman, Pennsylvania [6] 15-5, Greg Parker, Princeton [4] 12-5

 

I will post rest later if you want to do the rest, feel free to do it

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What Schlatter did his true freshman year impressed me the most. Stieber beating Oliver definitely was a big accomplishment, but the controversy surrounding it took some luster off of it for me.

 

149 Schlatter's freshman year was chalk full of credentialed wrestlers.

 

The following,excepting Storniolo who was a junior, were seniors in 2006:

 

Masa DNP, 7, 3, 5

Storniolo r12,7, 4, r16

Disalvo dnp, dnp, 8, 8

Esposito r12, 2, 1, 3

Eustice r12, r16, 5, 2

 

The following went on to finish their careers as follows:boldfaced 2006 finish

 

Tannenbaum 4, 6, 4, 2

Gillespie 7, 1, 5, 4

 

Ty Turner also took 6th the following year.

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Just to clarify the heavyweight from Oklahoma State.

 

Dick Hutton lost only 1 match in his career, which included 4 Finals and 3 Titles. He won as a freshman. His one loss was a controversial overtime match to Verne Gagne. He had defeated Gagne earlier in their two Hall of Fame careers. He was a Drill Sargent the last two years of WWII and he wrestled at Oklahoma A&M from 1947-1950.

 

I don't remember all the details, but one time Pat Smith and I were talking and he explained to me about meeting Dick Hutton. Pat was in awe of the man, and since I am in awe of Pat, I never forgot the name.

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Schlatter was something special his freshman year. I too would have to go with Schlatter and Stieber. Logan probably had a slightly tougher field, but the Stieber/Oliver and the Gagne/Hutton matches BOTH resulted in rule changes.

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Matt Reiss, NC State 167 lb champ in 1980 had to get past a former 3rd placer- Dave Evans of Wisconsin to get to the finals and win the whole thing.

 

I just want to expand on a couple of these:

 

Darryl Burley's 134 lb weight class in 1979, however, had the following stars place or not place beneath him:

1. Mike Land, previous NCAA champ @ 126 from 1978, also had an 86 match win streak halted, also a World Team member.

2. Ken Mallory, defending champion @ 134

3. Buddy Lee, Pan Am and World Cup team member

4. Frank DeAngelis, defending runnerup @ 134

5. Jim Martinez, Olympic and World medalist

 

 

 

Stieber had a tough go, true, but his weight class doesn't quite measure up to Burley's, as freshmen- that and the wild thing was that Burley did not redshirt as a freshman.

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Matt Reiss, NC State 167 lb champ in 1980 had to get past a former 3rd placer- Dave Evans of Wisconsin to get to the finals and win the whole thing.

 

I just want to expand on a couple of these:

 

Darryl Burley's 134 lb weight class in 1979, however, had the following stars place or not place beneath him:

1. Mike Land, previous NCAA champ @ 126 from 1978, also had an 86 match win streak halted, also a World Team member.

2. Ken Mallory, defending champion @ 134

3. Buddy Lee, Pan Am and World Cup team member

4. Frank DeAngelis, defending runnerup @ 134

5. Jim Martinez, Olympic and World medalist

 

Jeff McGinness had:

1. Sanshiro Abe, NCAA runnerup, several time World/Olympic Teamer from Japan

2.Dwight Hinson, NCAA runnerup, Pan Am Teamer

3. Eric Jetton, NCAA runnerup

 

except Jeff M was not a champ as a freshman so NA for this discussion.

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Here's the latest update:

 

NCAA freshman champions (from ncaasports.com and wrestlingstats.com)

 

2014 - (5) Jason Tsirtsis - Bryce Busler (BLO) 4-1, James English (PSU) 4-3, (4) Kendric Maple (OU) (2013 NCAA champ) 2-1 TB, (1) Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) 2-1 TB, (11) Kindig (OKST) 3-1 SV-1

 

2014 - (2) J'Den Cox - Mario Gonzalez(ILL) 10-4, (15) Brandon Atwood (PUR) MDec 19-6, Hartmann (DUKE) Dec 5-1, (14) Chris Penny (VT) 4-1, (1) Nick Heflin 2-1

 

2012 - (2) Logan Stieber - Mason Beckman, Lehigh Fall 5:52, Jordan Thome, Army Fall 4:20, Chris Dardanes, Minnesota [10] 7-4, Tony Ramos, Iowa [3] (2014 NCAA champ) 4-2, Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State [1] (2x NCAA champ) 4-3

 

2010 - Kyle Dake, Cornell [1] - Todd Schavrien, Missouri 4-1, Elijah Nacita, Cal State-Bakersfield Fall 3:48, Levi Jones, Boise State [9] 11-0, Reece Humphrey, Ohio State [4] 3-2 TB, Montell Marion, Iowa [6] 7-3

 

2010 - Matt McDonough, Iowa [3] - Jason Lara, Oregon State 15-0 TF, Anthony Zanetta, Pittsburgh 10-6, Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech 9-0, Cashe Quiroga, Purdue 14-3, Andrew Long, Iowa State [5] 3-1

 

2006 - Dustin Schlatter, Minnesota [1] - Anthony Baza, Cal State-Bakersfield 8-0, Ryan Osgood, Northern Iowa 14-1, Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan [8] 8-0, Matt Storniolo, Oklahoma [4] 5-1, Ty Eustice, Iowa [2] 4-0

 

2003 - Jake Rosholt [10] - Oklahoma State: Keith Clifton, Citadel 8-6; Gerald Harris, Cleveland State [7] 12-7; Greg Parker, Princeton [2] Fall 2:20; Josh Lambrecht, Oklahoma [6] 9-2; Scott Barker, Missouri [4] 13-5

 

2003 - Teyon Ware, Oklahoma [1] - Juan Mora, Cal State-Fullerton TF 18-3, 7:00, Mike Messina, Sacred Heart 5-4, Phillip Simpson, Army [8] 5-2, Jason Mester, Central Michigan [4] 3-2 TB, Dylan Long, Northern Iowa [3] 6-4 OT

 

2002 - Greg Jones, West Virginia [2] - Steve Strange, Cal Poly-SLO 17-10, Michael Barger, Oklahoma 8-3, Tyler Nixt, Iowa [7] 10-4, Rick Springman, Pennsylvania [6] 15-5, Greg Parker, Princeton [4] 12-5

 

1999 - Cael Sanderson, Iowa State [1] - Josh Didion, Cleveland State Fall 4:46, Nate Patrick, Illinois 18-6, Andy Hrovat, Michigan Fall 4:24, Brad Vering, Nebraska [5] (2000 NCAA Champ) Fall 1:58, Brandon Eggum, Minnesota [2] 6-1

 

1994 - Mark Branch, Oklahoma State [unseeded] - Chad Renner, Oregon State [2] 12-2, Jim Brasco, Duquesne 8-5, Chris Studer, Boston University [7] 8-3, Jason Leonard, Oklahoma [6] 9-2, Laszlo Molnar, Cal State-Fullerton [unseeded] 4-2

 

1993 - Markus Mollica [3] - Arizona State: Jim Prendergast, Southwest Missouri 6-4 OT; Kemal Pegram, Lock Haven 3-2; Mike Schyck, Ohio State [6] 4-3 TB; Dan Wirnsberger, Michigan State [10] 7-5; Josh Robbins, Penn State [4] 6-4

 

1993 - Lincoln McIlravy [5] - Iowa: Matt Blair, West Virginia TF 24-9, 5:31; Tom Barley, Millersville [12] 8-7; Charlie Branch, Virginia Military 12-7; Shannyn Gillespie, Lock Haven [1] 12-7; Gerry Abas, Fresno State [2] 16-15

 

1990 - Pat Smith, Oklahoma State [1]: Pete Welch, North Carolina 19-7; Michael Murray, Virginia Military Fall 4:42; Chauncy Wynn, Morgan State [8] 16-6; Dan Russell, Portland State [4] 16-7; Scott Schleicher, Navy [3] 11-7

 

1980 - Ed Banach [2] - Iowa: Eli Blazeff, Auburn Fall 4:35; Jim Kleinhans, Wisconsin [11] 14-2; Gary Germundson, Oklahoma State [7] Fall 7:59; Colin Kilrain, Lehigh [3] 12-11; Dave Allen, Iowa State [4] 16-5

 

1980 - Matt Reiss [uS] - North Carolina State: Ed Potokar, Ohio State 15-10; Dom DiGioacchino, Bloomsburg [5] Fall 8:52 OT; Dave Evans, Wisconsin [4] Fall 7:47; John Reich, Navy [8] 8-4; Perry Hummel, Iowa State [2] 4-2

 

1979 - Darryl Burley [2] - Lehigh: Dave DiSabato - Notre Dame 25-7; Carl Poff, Bloomsburg 8-3; Randy Miller, Clarion [10] Fall 3:53; Billy Fitzgibbons, Cal Poly-SLO Fall 3:17; Brian Brown, Franklin & Marshall [6] 21-10; Mike Land, Iowa State [1] (Unbeaten 1978 NCAA champ) 9-7

 

1972 - Pat Milkovich [5] - Michigan State: Eddie Webb, Oklahoma 11-4; Dan Monroe, East Carolina 12-4; Fred Hahndorf, Navy 2-1; Jeff Lamphere, Minnesota [8] 8-3; Chris Quigley, Illinois State 4-2

 

1969 - Chuck Jean, Iowa State [4]: Larry Wollschlager, Texas-El Paso 11-2; Charles Bishop, Long Beach State Fall 7:50; John Sorochinsky, Brigham Young [5] 5-0; Verlyn Strellner, Iowa 13-4; Pete Cornell, Michigan [7] Fall 7:25

 

1947 - Dick Hutton, Oklahoma State [1]: Glenn Blagg, Colorado College 3-0; Verne Gagne, Minnesota [4] (2X NCAA champ) 2-1; Ray Gunkel, Purdue 5-3 OT

 

1947 - Bill Nelson, Northern Iowa [4]: James Clagett, Iowa State 9-3; David Shapiro, Illinois [1] (NCAA champ) 6-3; Jim Eagleton, Oklahoma [2] Fall 7:36

 

1947 - Lowell Lange, Cornell Iowa [1]: Charles Calderaro, Rutgers Fall 4:21; George Fuller, Waynesburg 8-0; Kenneth Watson, Oklahoma [4] 4-0; Nathan Bauer, Oklahoma State [3] 6-3

 

1947 - Dick Hauser, Cornell Iowa [2]: Garth Lappin, Minnesota 9-4; Daniel Jencson, Appalachian State Fall 3:25; Arnold Plaza, Purdue [3] (2x NCAA champ) 10-9 OT; Bill Jernigan, Oklahoma State [1] Fall 3:34

 

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Jason Tsirtsis, Logan Stieber, Cael Sanderson, Darryl Burley, Dick Hutton, Bill Nelson, and Dick Hauser defeated a NCAA champion (past and future) in their bracket.

 

Only Logan Stieber has beaten 2 NCAA champions in his bracket

 

Darryl Burley went through 6 matches to win NCAA championship.

 

Cael Sanderson has the most falls with 3.

 

Kyle Dake, Dustin Schlatter, Teyon Ware, Cael Sanderson, Dick Hutton, and Lowell Lange were top seed freshmen.

 

There were 4 NCAA freshman champs in 1947!

 

Matt Reiss and Mark Branch were the only unseeded freshmen to win the NCAA championship. Mark Branch actually had a losing record before the NCAA tournament.

 

J'Den Cox, Logan Stieber, Darryl Burley, and Dick Hauser went against top seed opponent in the finals.

 

Only Logan Stieber and Darryl Burley went against defending NCAA champions in the finals.

 

Only Darryl Burley went against undefeated defending NCAA champion - Mike Land, Iowa State (84 straight wins)

 

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Out of 23, Only 3 NCAA freshman champs went on to win 4 NCAA championships [Kyle Dake(1-1-1-1), Cael Sanderson(RS-1-1-1-1), and Pat Smith (1-1-1-RS-1)]

 

Lowell Lange (1-X-1-1), Bill Nelson (1-DNP-1-1), Dick Hutton(1-1-2-1), Ed Banach(1-1-2-1), Lincoln Mcllravy (1-1-2-RS-1), Greg Jones (1-DNP-1-1), Jake Rosholt (1-3-1-1) and Logan Stieber (RS-1-1-1-?) went on to win 3 NCAA championships. (Logan still has one more to go)

 

Chuck Jean (1-1-X-X), Pat Milkovich (1-RS-1-2-2), Darryl Burley (1-2-2-RS-1), Mark Branch (1-2-2-1), Mark Mollica (1-5-1-4), Teyon Ware (1-6-1-2), and Matt McDonough (1-2-1-DNP) went to win 2 NCAA championships.

 

Dick Hauser (1-X-3-X), Dustin Schlatter (1-3-7-RS-DNP), Matt Reiss (1-8-DNP-X), Jason Tsirtsis (RS-1-?-?-?), and J’Den Cox (1-?-?-?) won only 1 NCAA title with Jason and J’Den having 3 chances to go.

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Markus Mollica (ASU) won it as a freshman at 158s in 1993. He had Sean Bormet in his bracket as a freshman, but cant think of any other notables off the top of my head.

 

1993 - 1st

1994 - 5th

1995 - 1st

1996 - 4th

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I don't know how you'd rate the fields in today's world, but in 1947 Dick Hauser of Cornell College was the first freshman to win an NCAA title. His team mate, Lowell Lange also won as a freshman and I believe is still the youngest NCAA champion. Iowa State Teacher's College's Bill Nelson also won as a freshman that year. Lange and Nelson were 3x champs, with injuries denying both of them the opportunity to win 4.

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In these cases, I have updated the previous post with additional information. Enjoy.

 

There are 23 NCAA freshman champions! Only 3 made it far to win 4 NCAA championships! 3 are still in play for 4 NCAA championships though (Logan, J'Den, and Jason T.).

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I think Schlatter's freshman year without question was the most impressive- though Logan's is close. Zack Esposito was comparable to Jordan Oliver (slight edge to Oliver) and Dustin majored him. He also dominated guys like Eric Tannenbaum (combined score of 14-0 in their two matches) and Jon Masa who were legit studs. Tannenbaum owned a win over Mark Perry when they were Seniors, as a point of reference. Outscored the competition at Big Ten's and NCAA's by a combined 72-2, with the only points allowed being escapes. Nobody on earth could have foreseen at that point that this would be his only title.

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Without looking it up, I'm going to give a nod to Pat Milkovich, a 1x high school state champ, because he was the youngest true frosh champ and did it at a time when frosh did not enter college nearly as ready as they are today. Maybe the same can be said for Daryl Burley. Logan, Dustin and others like them were both held back a year and trained from an early age to be champions. Doesn't diminish their greatness but makes their titles more understandable.

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Without looking it up, I'm going to give a nod to Pat Milkovich, a 1x high school state champ, because he was the youngest true frosh champ and did it at a time when frosh did not enter college nearly as ready as they are today. Maybe the same can be said for Daryl Burley. Logan, Dustin and others like them were both held back a year and trained from an early age to be champions. Doesn't diminish their greatness but makes their titles more understandable.

 

If you look it up, I think you'd have to give the nod to Burley.

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