Jaydin Eierman throughout his career at Mizzou and Iowa has consistently been one of the best wrestlers in the country. He has earned 4 All Americans and is in his final season of eligibility with the Hawkeyes. Throughout his four NCAA Tournament runs he has placed 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd respectively. This year he will be looking to finally claim a NCAA Title. Who stands in his way and what needs to happen for this to be possible?
Last season he finished as a NCAA runner up to Penn State’s Nick Lee where he lost the match in overtime to an inside trip. Since then both wrestlers have gone on to have good showing on the senior level and we have yet to see them return to college.
Some of the big things that have happened in this weight class are Yianni Diakomihalis 2x National Champion and World Team Member will most likely be moving up a weight class to 149 pounds to try and claim a 3rd NCAA Title. Another guy that could’ve given Eierman a good run for his money was Sebastian Rivera of Rutgers who took eventual champion Nick Lee into overtime. He has announced that he will going back to 133 pounds where he defeated NCAA Champion Roman Bravo-Young in the Big Ten finals a year prior.
If these things do follow through Eierman will still have to get through Nick Lee. Nick Lee and Roman Bravo-Young were talking a while back and there were talks about them both bumping up a weight class which would put RBY at 141. The chances of this happening are really low at this point in time and with their prior performances. That being said 149/157 has been a weak point in the PSU lineup since the departure of Zain Retherford and Jason Nolf so a bump makes sense should they want to do it.
Now the big question is if all of these bumps do happen Penn State would end up putting Roman Bravo-Young in at 141 pounds unless they would have Nick Lee bump in order to make room for Shane Van Ness in the lineup. Can Eierman get through RBY? I think so if he wrestles to his potential. Now let us assume that these bumps don’t happen. Eierman is the only wrestler to ever defeat Diakomihalis in his college career so that counts for something. He did take a loss to Nick Lee in overtime but also defeated him in the B1G finals so they are 1-1 and I would not be too shocked should Eierman take that rematch. Now Rivera is always dangerous and can never be counted out. He didn’t have the best showing at NCAAs but this just might be his time.
How do you think Jaydin Eierman does this season?