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King James, NCAA National Champion from Mt. Union University sits on top of a deep 141 field.

Updated: Nov 2, 2021


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Jordin James - Mt. Union and Jimmy McAuliffe - Elmhurst are the only returning All-Americans at 141, James won NCAA National Championship in 2019 at 133 pounds and was the #2 seed at the 2020 National Championships at 141. McAuliffe finished 7th at 141 pounds as a freshman in 2018. This weight returns 2 All-Americans, 5 returning seeded wrestlers and 12 returning National Qualifiers. See below for more details.


Top Returners

  • Jordin James - Mt. Union University, 2019 National Champion at 133, #2 Seed at 141 in 2020.

  • Jimmy McAuliffe - Elmhurst College, 2018 NCAA All-American (7th, 141), 3x NCAA National Qualifier (2020, 2019, 2018), 2021 NWCA National Champion

  • Kristian Rumph - Wartburg College, 2x National Qualifier (2020, 2019), #1 Seed at 2020 NCAA National Championships, 2021 NWCA Nationals Runner-up

  • Evan Fidelibus - New England College, 2020 National Qualifier, #6 seed at 2020 NCAA National Championship (149)

  • Jarrod Brezovec - John Carroll, 2x National Qualifier (2020, 2019), #8 Seed at the 2020 NCAA National Championships

  • Joseph Rossetti - Williams College, 2x National Qualifier (2020, 2019)


Notable Returners

  • Chandler Merwin - Cortland, National Qualifier (2020)

  • Noah Caskey - Coast Guard, National Qualifier (2020), 2021 NWCA Nationals-7 at 149

  • Ethan Harsted - Wheaton College, National Qualifier (2020)

  • Brandon Woody - Averett, National Qualifier (2019)

  • Kyle Slendorn - Stevens Tech, National Qualifier (2020) at 133, 2021 NWCA Nationals - 4th

  • Riley Wright - Coe College, National Qualifier (2020), 2021 NWCA Nationals - 5th


Moving up to 149?

  1. Chandler Merwin - SUNY Cortland - 2020 National Qualifier at 141

  2. Noah Caskey - Coast Guard - 2020 National Qualifier at 141 and 7th at 149 at 2021 NWCA Nationals

  3. Brandon Woody - Averett - 2019 National Qualifier at 141

  4. Riley Wright - Coe College, National Qualifier (2020), 2021 NWCA Nationals - 5th


Moving up from 133?

  1. Hayden Brown - Johnson & Wales University - 2020 NCAA National Qualifier, Northeast Regional Champion, #5-Seed at 133lbs

  2. Kyle Slendorn - Stevens Tech (2020 National Qualifier - 133, 2021 NWCA Nationals - 4th at 141)

  3. Brock Henderson - Coe College - 2021 NWCA National Champion, 2020 National Qualifier

  4. Brad Beaulieu - University of Southern Maine - 2020 NCAA National Qualifier, 2019 Division I transfer from Old Dominion University (RS in 2019)

  5. Chris Trelli - Springfield College - 2020 NCAA National Qualifier, Northeast Regional Third Place

  6. Russell Benson - Delaware Valley - 2019 National Qualifier (133lbs)


Wrestlers to keep an eye on in ‘21-’22

  • A.J. Pagliarulo - Coast Guard, 2021 NWCA Nationals - 3rd

  • Jalen Schropp - Loras College, 2021 NWCA Nationals - 6th

2021 NWCA Nationals Placers

  1. Jimmy McAuliffe - Elmhurst College

  2. Kristian Rumph - Wartburg College

  3. A.J. Pagliarulo - Coast Guard

  4. Kyle Slendorn - Stevens Tech

  5. Riley Wright - Coe College

  6. Jalen Schropp - Loras College

  7. Luis Ramos - Central College

  8. Tyler Difiore - Luther College


Notable Transfers

If you know of notable transfers entering Division III at 141lbs, please comment below or DM us on Instagram (@d3wrestling) and we will work to confirm the news with the individual’s new institution.


Notable Roster Omissions:

  • Eli Sims - Brockport, Sophomore in 2020, National Qualifier

  • Hai Siu - Greensboro, Sophomore in 2020, National Qualifier

  • Robert Dinger - TCNJ, Junior in 2020, National Qualifier

  • Luis Ramos - Central College, Sophomore in 2021, 2021 NWCA Nationals - 7th


Weight Class Outlook:

Jordin James - Mt. Union was unable to compete last season due to COVID, and will most likely not compete until the second semester of this year. James’s absence allowed Elmhurst College’s Jimmy McAuliffe to steal the show and win the NWCA Nationals. Headed into the ‘21-’22 season McAuliffe looks to be a serious title contender again come March. McAuliffe and James are the only returning All-Americans at 141, McAuliffe finished 7th at 141 pounds as a freshman in 2018, while James won NCAA National Championship in 2019 at 133 pounds.


There are numerous returning seeded wrestlers from the 2020 National Championships vying for the top spot, and this contingent is led by the 2020 NCAA National Championships #1 seed (133) and 2x NCAA National Qualifier from Wartburg, Kristian Rumph. McAuliffe and Rumph wrestled in the finals of the 2021 NWCA Nationals with McAuliffe getting the better of Rumph defeating him 6-3.


Transfer Evan Fidelibus - New England College, electrified Division 3 wrestling in 2020 with 25 pins on the season. He earned the #6 seed after finishing 2nd at the Northeast Regional at 149 pounds. Jarrod Brezovec of John Carroll, and Joseph Rossetti of Williams College, are both vying for their third visit to the NCAA Championships and are experienced contenders to get on the podium come March.


With all the returning fire power and the addition of Hayden Brown - Johnson & Wales University - 2020 NCAA National Qualifier, Northeast Regional Champion, #5-Seed at 133lbs, Kyle Slendorn - Stevens Tech (2020 National Qualifier - 133, 2021 NWCA Nationals - 4th at 141), and Brock Henderson - Coe College - 2021 NWCA National Champion, 2020 National Qualifier, 141 is shaping up to be an exiting weight to watch!