If you aren't excited about Wisconsin's 2023 lineup, you will be after I give the rundown.

Who's Returning & Leaving?

Only three guys are gone:

  • 2x qualifier Kyle Burwick (133)
  • 3x qualifier Andrew McNally (174)
  • 4x qualifier Chris Weiler (184).

That means all four NCAA placers are back:

  • Eric Barnett (8th, 7th at 125)
  • Austin Gomez (4th at 149)
  • Dean Hamiti (6th at 165)
  • Trent Hillger (8th, 6th at 285)

Also in the mix is 2021 placer Taylor LaMont. He's transferring from Utah Valley and bumping up to 133.

New Starters & Freshmen

The Badgers need to fill spots at 174 and 184.

RS freshman Graham Calhoun seems likely to start at 174. He was a 3x Indiana state placer and went 13-10 last season.

At 184 expect Junior Tyler Dow to start. While he has struggled the past few seasons, he did have a tight match with Iowa's Nelson Brands back in 2019.

It's also possible that James Rowley, #32 overall recruit of 2022, challenges for 184. The Oregon native is a Cadet World silver medalist.

2023 Lineup Preview

Here's how I expect the team to look in 2023:

  • 125. Eric Barnett (7th)
  • 133. Taylor LaMont (*NQ at 125)
  • 141. Joe Zargo (NQ)
  • 149. Austin Gomez (4th)
  • 157. Garrett Model (NQ)
  • 165. Dean Hamiti (6th)
  • 174. Graham Calhoun
  • 184. Tyler Dow / James Rowley
  • 197. Braxton Amos (NQ)
  • 285. Trent Hillger (NQ)

What to Expect

Wisconsin has a stacked lineup.

The Badgers kick off the season with a Florida dual. In the Big Ten, I believe they'll be competitive against Nebraska, Ohio State, and Michigan.

On the national stage, they're right in the mix as a top 10 team (49 projected points).

Also, Gomez, Hamiti, and Hillger will all be aiming for titles. But their weights are tough!

Question for you: Can Dean Hamiti win 165 lbs this year?

Josiah Hritsko

Wrestling Fan & Founder of Fanco Wrestling

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