Midlands Committee Pre-Seeds Four Hoosiers
Dec. 23, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Midlands Committee released pre-seeds for the 51st edition of the Midlands (Dec. 29-30). Four Hoosiers were awarded pre-seeds: Ethan Raley (10-seed, 141 lbs), Taylor Walsh (2-seed, 157 lbs), Ryan LeBlanc (11-seed, 165 lbs) and Adam Chalfant (7-seed, 285 lbs).
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Raley is 17-5 in his first season as a Hoosier with bonus points in seven victories (three major decisions, two tech falls, two pins). He zeized the 141-lbs Keystone Classic crown, going 4-0 in Philly including a 14-11 decision over #28 Pat Greco (Northwestern). Raley also placed second at the Clarion Open, taking five of six bouts
Walsh is ranked fifth nationally and owns an unblemished season mark of 21-0 including 18 falls. He won individual titles at the Clarion Open, Michigan State Open and Keystone Classic, earning Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors after his championship run in the Clarion Open. Walsh ranks fifth all-time in school history with 39 career pins; and his 18 falls this year already slot him second on the all-time single-season pins list at IU.
LeBlanc is ranked 22nd nationally and shares the Division-I lead with 22 overall wins. His seven major decisions are amongst the highest totals in the Big Ten this season. LeBlanc has placed at all three 2013-14 tournaments, including a finals appearance at the Michigan State Open.
Chalfant, ranked eighth nationally, has suffered a lone loss on the season. The Hoosier heavyweight will travel to Evanston holding a 15-1 mark and a finals appearance in both tournaments he's competed in; including a Michigan State Open crown in which he topped a pair of top-10 opponents to earn the championship.
The final seeding meeting takes place on December 28.
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