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Report: NCAA champion Alirez enters transfer portal

A national champion has entered the transfer portal.

According to multiple reports, 2023 NCAA champion Andrew Alirez has entered the transfer portal.

Alirez, a native of Greeley, Colorado, won the NCAA title at 141 pounds in 2023, becoming Northern Colorado's first national champion in the modern wrestler era. He finished the season with a perfect 28-0 record and was a finalist for the Hodge Trophy. Alirez is a three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time Big 12 champion.

He took an Olympic redshirt this past season in attempt to earn a spot on the 2024 U.S. Olympic team at 65 kilograms. Alirez won gold at the Poland Open last summer, picking up a win over three-time world champion Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan. At the Olympic Team Trials, Alirez defeated Penn State's Beau Bartlett to reach the semifinals of the challenge tournament before losing to Nick Lee.