Seth Gross Will Finish His Wrestling Career at the University of Wisconsin
Seth Gross will be finishing his wrestling career as a Wisconsin Badger after being granted a medical redshirt last year due to a back injury and not competing. Gross had been attending South Dakota State University and was coached by Chris Bono. Part of the reason for Gross’ transfer is to Wisconsin is to stay under Bono as last year was Bono’s first year as head coach at the University of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin will be the third college program Gross will represent. Gross was a three time state champion and a Fargo champion and was highly sought after when he graduated high school. He initially signed with the University of Iowa to wrestle under Tom Brands and everything was going well on the mat, but Gross got himself in trouble off the mat. He and two other Iowa wrestlers were arrested from events that stemmed from a late night of drinking. Brands released all three wrestlers from the program.
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After being released from Iowa, Gross found himself a home at South Dakota State University where he saw a lot of success. He was the national runner-up in 2017 at 133lbs and in 2018 he was the NCAA national champ at 133lbs, but a back injury sidelined him during the 2019 season and he was unable to compete.
With Gross being back for one more year of competition, it is safe to say that 133 will be one of the most exciting weight classes to watch this year as well as one of the toughest we’ve seen in college wrestling in a longtime.
Just in the Big Ten conference at 133lbs there are some extremely tough competitors. Last year’s national champion, Nick Suriano from Rutgers, will be returning to defend his title. Then there is Stevan Micic from Michigan, he was the national runner up at 133 in 2018 to Seth Gross and has done very well internationally including his most recent silver medal at the European Championships at 57kg. There are also All-Americans returning from three other Big Ten schools: Austin Desant from Iowa, Luke Pletcher from Ohio State, and Roman Bravo-Young from Penn State.
Outside of the Big Ten Conference, there is Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix who took runner-up last year against Suriano and just recently won his spot on the Men’s National team to represent the United States at the world championships this September in Kazakhstan.
With Gross being granted one more year of eligibility, the 133lb weight class is shaping up to be even tougher this year than it was last year. It will be fun to watch how it all plays out this winter when college wrestling season begins.
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