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Hypothetical: How well would the champ, Riley Lefever do at the Division I level?


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I've had this conversation a few times with some very knowledgable wrestling people. I guess I'm just curious to know how good of a chance Riley Lefever would have to be a stud at the Division-I level of wrestling? We all know he has an awesome set of skills for a bigger wrestler and dominates at his level. But I'm curious to know how well his current skill set would translate to the D-I level. Obviously this is all hypothetical, but I would love some insight from my fellow wrestling fans.

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  • 2 weeks later...

What did he do at Midlands last year?  0-2?

Obviously, being at a D1 program would give him better training partners.  

 

The first match he lost to a returning D-1 All-American by criteria after going the full amount of overtimes, and the 2nd match he lost by 1 to an NCAA D-1 qualifier. So, he is right there with those guys even with D3 training partners

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Based on who he and his brothers have beaten and lost to at the Midlands and in freestyle competition the last couple seasons, it seems like Riley could be a bottom half of the rankings type of guy with an outside shot at a D1 medal if he were regularly training at that level.  When given the opportunity, he hasn't shown he would have the ability to compete for a high ranking or a title (yet).

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  • 3 weeks later...

Very nice win over #7-ranked Courts.  Riley has struggled to get over the hump when given a chance against guys of this caliber, so it's got to feel good.  Let's hope he can roll to another D3 title and maybe make a run at Midlands this year to show that he would in fact be a D1 contender if he were there.

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