We break down the toughest years at the NCAA DII wrestling tournament since 1974.
Each year is scored by adding up the career scores of all the NCAA All-Americans.
The 2000s steal the show with four of the top five toughest years!
Jody Strittmatter won a title in 1998 before becoming a two-time All-American at Iowa, and Tervel Dlagnev won a title in 2007 before going on to win world and Olympic medals.
Check out the best years from 1974 to 2019 ranked by NCAA DII medals!
Here are the top five!
Rank - Year - Score - Champions
#1 - 1998 - 1685 - Jody Strittmatter, Pittsburgh-Johnstown; Matt Goodson, Central Oklahoma; Braumon Creighton, Nebraska-Omaha; Troy Szydel, Minnesota State-Mankato; Travis King, South Dakota State; Mark Pazdemik, North Dakota State; Steve Saxlund, North Dakota State; John Simpson, Colorado Mines; Link Steffen, Southwest Missouri; Ryan Resel, South Dakota State;
#2 - 2003 - 1683 - Mark Dodgen, Central Oklahoma; Cole Province, Central Oklahoma; Shane Barnes, Adams State; Waylon Lowe, Findlay; Paul Carlson, North Dakota State; Shawn Silvis, Central Oklahoma; Frank Kuchera, Nebraska-Kearney; Mauricio Wright, San Francisco State; Chad Wallace, Nebraska-Omaha; Les Sigman, Nebraska-Omaha;
#3 - 2000 - 1679 - Mark Dodgen, Central Oklahoma; Kris Nelson, North Dakota State; Paul Konechne, South Dakota State; Lazaro Reinoso, Carson-Newman; Wayne Mooney, North Dakota State; Titus Taylor, SIU-Edwardsville; Todd Fuller, North Dakota State; Steve Saxlund, North Dakota State; Terry Tuzzolino, San Francisco State; Jon Madsen, South Dakota State;
#4 - 2008 - 1664 - Cody Garcia, Nebraska-Omaha; Brett Allgood, Nebraska-Kearney; Kyle Evans, Central Oklahoma; Todd Meneely, Nebraska-Omaha; Jason Rhoten, Minnesota State-Mankato; Andy Pickar, Minnesota State-Mankato; Albert Miles, Pittsburgh-Johnstown; Daniel Scanlan, Limestone; Josh Majerus, Chadron State; Tervel Dlagnev, Nebraska-Kearney;
#5 - 2007 - 1652 - Trevor Charboneau, Nebraska-Kearney; Joe Kemmerer, Kutztown; Kyle Evans, Central Oklahoma; Todd Meneely, Nebraska-Omaha; Tony Guerra, Findlay; Brett Hunter, Chadron State; J.D. Naig, Nebraska-Omaha; Jared Deaguero, Adams State; Ryan Phillips, Upper Iowa; Tervel Dlagnev, Nebraska-Kearney;
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