Saw Hidlay was coming back at 174 for NC State today too. Add in all the Ivy guys who missed (Vito, Glory, Yianni, Dean, Darmstadt, Brucki), Evan Wick coming off Olympic redshirt, and the other seniors coming back, and 2022 might be one of the toughest NCAAs in history.Eierman and Marinelli have both announced they are returning. The Hawkeye faithful assume that all will be back, but that's yet to be confirmed as far as I know. And will Spencer be wrestling without knees again, or have surgery/rehab? Maybe it doesn't matter.
Edit- for reference, we had 40 returning 2019 All-Americans this year. Six missed the season due to Ivy league restrictions, one redshirted, and three (Suriano, Micic, Bridges) had eligibility but did not wrestle. That's only 30 guys entering the tournament who had AAd previously, with eight (Foley, Demas, Degan, Lewis, Marinelli, Venz, Wood, Stencel) not placing this year. Normally we have around 70 returning AAs. Next year there are 95 wrestlers with an All-American placing who have eligibility remaining. Not all of the seniors will come back, obviously, but still a potentially unprecedented amount.