149: The Top 20 Fantasy Wrestlers of 2021


Boo Lewallen on the 2021 NCAA Championships (Photograph/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

When the #FantasyCollegeWrestling season involves an finish, it is typical to really feel such as you want a break. I get it; even WE took a bit of time for some wanted R&R (concern not, although, the FCW Podcast returns later this month!). The quantity of labor and recreation planning is exponentially greater than Fantasy Soccer or different sports activities.

There may be not a lot to do apart from analysis within the low season. However identical to we are saying in coaching, it is what you do when others should not wanting that separates you from the pack.

We’re left with a number of uncooked information that must be filtered and sorted. The low season is dedicated to not solely recording and organizing that information, however grouping, deciphering, and using that information to forecast and strategize for the upcoming season. Typically the easiest way to arrange for the longer term is to look again on the previous season and who’s returning or names/information to recollect come week 12 if you find yourself struggling to search out that 174 starter.

Normally, you will have names like Spencer Lee, Shane Griffith, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Cassioppi that you just consider to deliver you success. Collectively this season, they mixed for 84 Fantasy Factors (Fpts).

Nicely, let me throw a pair different names at you: Codi Russell, Will Formato, Brit Wilson, and Michael McAleavey. This group totaled 185 Fpts this season.

As I say yearly, that is the sweetness and frustration of Fantasy Sports activities. Typically your high performers should not “family names.”

Now, this yr was positively an “asterisk” kind of yr as there can be fairly just a few cases of skewing in a technique or one other (see the co-Hodge announcement). In previous seasons, we now have careworn that match depend just isn’t at all times a figuring out consider precise or in Fantasy Wrestling success, however this yr was totally different. Some groups have been hit with COVID precautions or wrestlers really bought COVID making an imbalance of matches wrestled between wrestlers/groups bigger than in years previous and inflicting some huge names to not make the High 20 of their respective weights.

To compile these lists, we used WrestleStat Fantasy School Wrestling information. Only a reminder of how factors have been tallied in WrestleStat Leagues:

1) The scoring used was Normal Workforce Scoring throughout all competitions (+3 for a win by choice, -4 for a loss by Main, and so forth)

2) Scoring solely counted towards D1 competitors

3) Wins through Forfeits (FFT) would depend as +6 in direction of a wrestler’s level complete

4) Wins or Losses by Medical Forfeit (MFF) didn’t depend as + or – in direction of a wrestler’s level complete

5) Factors have been solely accrued through the common season

Listed below are the earlier #FCW 2021 Season weight class High-20 Lists:

125: Codi Russell (Appalachian State)

133: Daton Repair (Oklahoma State)

141: Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)


Your 2021 nationwide champion, Austin O’Connor, is available in because the #9 Fantasy Wrestler this season with 5 of his six regular-season matches gained by bonus (three majors and two pins). Surprisingly, that’s six spots decrease than his 2020 Fantasy standing, the place he was #3. On the flipside, Appalachian State’s solely All-American was once more a fantasy celebrity. In 2020, he was the #4 Fantasy Wrestler; this season, he slots in a single notch higher at #3.

Boo Lewallen and Brock Mauller each wrestled 13 matches this season, tied for many amongst High-20 wrestlers at 149, and have been separated by solely 4 factors ending as #1 and #2, respectively. Mauller solely had three bonus-point wins of his 13 victories (all three by main), so it is secure to say that there have been factors left on the desk for Mauller to get the highest spot.

Of the 4 non-starters to make this checklist, Hunter Lewis put collectively a Spencer-Lee-esque run, pinning six of his seven opponents to be the #6 Fantasy Wrestler. In actual fact, he may have been a lot greater nonetheless as his lone loss was by main, that means if he had someway gained that match, it will have been a 7 level swing placing him at 39 Fpts and #4. However then once more, that is why they wrestle the matches.

No matter whether or not Kyle Parco was at 141 or 149, he was a High-10 Fantasy Wrestler at each weights. Though he wrestled just one regular-season match at 149, he’s a part of this weight as this was his entry weight for the nationwide match.

Bryce Andonian sits at #10, identical to he did in 2020. If he finishes the 2022 on the #10 spot once more, I’ll formally nickname him “Mr. Constant.”

Who Missed The Reduce:

Simply barely lacking the minimize was final season’s #8, Andrew Alirez. Resulting from harm, Alirez was solely in a position to get in 4 matches, three of them being within the first eight days of the season and the final one being virtually a month and a half later.

Two of the eight All People fell in need of breaking into the High-20, Yahya Thomas (#33 with 14 Fpts) and Jaden Abas (#42 with 10 Fpts).

Different notables to overlook the High-20 embody Ridge Lovett (#22 with 19 Fpts), Josh Heil (#32 with 14 Fpts), Max Murin (#51 with 8 Fpts, largely to his loss by pin to Sasso), Kanen Storr (#64 with 6 Fpts), and Josh Finesilver (#96 with 0 Fpts).


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