Former Indian Tony Cassioppi gets #4 seed for the 2023 Division 1 Wrestling Championships
Late Wednesday night, the 2023 Division I Wrestling Championship brackets were announced. Former Hononegah Indian and current Iowa Hawkeye Tony Cassioppi will be taking on at-large wrestler Jaron Smith from Maryland. Cassioppi is 21-3 on the season and gets the number 4 seed in the 285 bracket.
Smith is 13-11 on the season and earned his spot in the championship the hard way by getting one of just four at-large spots in the 285 bracket. Smith has been in college for eight years now and has a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contract once his season ends. Last summer he attended a WWE tryout in Texas and was offered a contract right after the tryout ended.
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The 2023 Division I Wrestling Championships are in Tulsa, Oklahoma next weekend March 16–18, 2023. Tony Cassioppi will be taking the mat for the first time next Thursday morning March 16.
Thank you to NCAA.com, Hawkeyesports.com and umterps.com for information and images for the story.