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Live Saturday Notes: Is there parity in college wrestling? Check out some numbers

By USA Wrestling | March 19, 2016, 8:59 a.m. (ET)

No. 1 seed freshman Bo Nickal of Penn State battles Nathan Jackson of Indiana in the 174 pound semifinals. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

Posted at 10:20 a.m.

From our friend Norm Palovcsik of the Pennsylvania Roundup – The All-Americans include athletes from 29 states and Canada. The top few states:
12 – Pennsylvania
10 – Ohio
6 – Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan
4 – California

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

Parity. It is a word that has come to college wrestling, as more teams have found a way to compete at the national level and put athletes in position to be All-Americans. In 2016, there were 34 different teams that earned an All-American, and no team had more than six All-Americans.

Four different conferences had at least 10 All-Americans. The Big Ten remains the strongest conference with 31 All-Americans and 13 finalists. But strong athletes are coming from the remaining Div. I conferences.

However, with all the bracket busting in the first four sessions, half of the gold-medal finals feature the No. 1 vs. No. 2 seeds. Go figure.

All-Americans by Team
6 – Penn State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Virginia Tech
4- Ohio State, Missouri
3 – Nebraska, Cornell., NC State, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa State, Lehigh
2 – Oklahoma, Kent State, Rutgers, Minnesota, Stanford,
1 – Wyoming, Navy, Penn, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Northern Iowa, Old Dominion, Rider, American, Princeton, Indiana, Ohio, Central Michigan, Duke, North Carolina, Utah Valley, Boise State

All-Americans by Conference
31 - Big Ten
13 – Big 12
11 – ACC
10 – MAC, EIWA
4 – Pac 12
1 - EWL

Unseeded All-Americans
– Conor Youtsey (Michigan, 125), Jade Rauser (Utah Valley, 133), Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State, 174), Casey Kent (Penn, 174), Patrick Downey (Iowa State, 197)

Five Finals with No. 1 vs. No. 2
133 – No. 1 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) vs. No. 2 Cory Clark (Iowa)
149 lbs. – No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State) vs. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa)
165 lbs. – No. 1 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 2 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin)
197 lbs. – No. 1 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) vs. No. 2 J’den Cox (Missouri)
285 lbs. – No. 1 Nick Gwiazdowski (North Carolina State) vs. No. 2 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)

Finalists with the lowest seeds

No. 14 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming, 141)
No. 11 Myles Martin (Ohio State, 174)
No. 7 Timothy Dudley (Nebraska, 184)

Finalists by Team
5 – Penn State
3 - Iowa
2 – Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Cornell
1 – Missouri, Nebraska, NC State, Illinois, Wyoming, Wisconsin

Freshmen in the finals

No. 1 Bo Nickal (Penn State, 174)
No. 3 Jason Nolf (Penn State, 157)
No. 11 Myles Martin (Ohio State, 174)

Finalist who had family win the NCAAs
• Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin, the 165-pound finalist, follows his father Jim Jordan, a three-time All-American and two-time champion from Wisconsin. Jim Jordan is a Congressman from Ohio.

Returning NCAA champions in the finals
2x – Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State, 165)
2x – Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State, 285)
1x – Isaiah Martinez (Illinois, 157)
1x – Gabe Dean (Cornell, 184)
1x – J’Den Cox (Missouri, 197)