165: The Top 20 Fantasy Wrestlers of 2021


Travis Wittlake the 2021 NCAA Championships (Picture/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

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

There’s not a lot to do aside from analysis within the low season. However similar to we are saying in coaching, it is what you do when others usually are not trying that separates you from the pack.

We’re left with a variety of uncooked information that must be filtered and sorted. The low season is dedicated to not solely recording and organizing that information, however grouping, decoding, 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 end up struggling to seek out that 174 starter.

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

Effectively, 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 usually are not “family names.”

Now, this yr was undoubtedly an “asterisk” sort of yr as there shall be fairly a number of situations of skewing in a technique or one other (see the co-Hodge announcement). In previous seasons, we’ve got careworn that match depend shouldn’t be at all times a figuring out think about precise or in Fantasy Wrestling success, however this yr was totally different. Some groups have been hit with COVID precautions or wrestlers truly acquired COVID making an imbalance of matches wrestled between wrestlers/groups bigger than in years previous and inflicting some large names to not make the Prime 20 of their respective weights.

To compile these lists, we used WrestleStat Fantasy Faculty 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 resolution, -4 for a loss by Main, and many others)

2) Scoring solely counted towards D1 competitors

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

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

5) Factors have been solely amassed through the common season

Listed here are the earlier #FCW 2021 Season weight class Prime-20 Lists:

125: Codi Russell (Appalachian State)

133: Daton Repair (Oklahoma State)

141: Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)

149: Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State)

157: Jacob Wright (Wyoming)


That is the primary and solely weight to be an all-starter card and tied for probably the most All-People in a Prime 20 (seven). The 165 Prime 20 also can boast that they’ve probably the most wrestlers with 40 or extra Fantasy Factors this season.

Main the 165 class this season was, for the third time, an Oklahoma State Cowboy: Travis Wittlake. Wittlake secured the #1 spot with a 0.5 Fpt distinction in PPM away from App State Mountaineer Will Formato (regardless of each having the identical variety of techs and majors, 4 & 3 respectively).

Keegan O’Toole completed #3 at 165, however had probably the most Fantasy Factors out of any true freshman throughout all weights. Seven of his 9 matches within the common season have been gained by tech or pin.

Initially, Ethan Smith was not presupposed to be within the Ohio State lineup, however resulting from an unlucky harm to star Freshman Carson Kharchla, Smith discovered himself beginning for the Buckeyes. Regardless of this, and dropping his first match of the season, he would go on to rattle off eight straight wins and end fifth at Nationals. Smith finishes because the #10 Fantasy Wrestler at 165.

Regardless of beating him through harm (+6 for the winner, -6 for the loser), Jake Wentzel completed one spot (and one level) behind Mekhi Lewis. To point out how each match and each level issues, had Lewis misplaced that match by solely Choice, he would have been the #10 Fantasy Wrestler at 165 this season.

Final Season, Shane Griffith was the #1 Fantasy Wrestler at 165 and the quantity 2 Seed at 2020 Nationals. This yr, even with restricted match time for Stanford, Griffith got here in on the #19 spot in Fpts however ended as a Nationwide Champion.

Who Missed The Reduce:

The one All American to overlook out on Prime 20 was Cam Amine, who completed the season at #25 with 13 Fpts. He went 5-1 with just one bonus win (main).

Kennedy Monday (#23 with 15 Fpts) had three losses this season which ate into his 5 victories, but when he had pulled out simply a kind of wins, he would have taken Griffith’s #19 spot with 21 Fpts. The identical might be mentioned for Peyton Robb (#24 with 14 Fpts) if he had completed that match towards Andrew Sparks to start out the 2021 season.

True freshman and quantity 10 total 2020 recruit, Gerrit Nijenhaus completed with 12 Fpts which was good for thirtieth place,

Possibly most shocking, Alex Marinelli completed at #42 with 6 Fpts. He solely wrestled two matches and (towards Andrew Sparks and Peyton Robb) and gained each by Choice. Final season, he was the #7 Fantasy Wrestler at 165 and #54 total throughout all weights. If he had the chance for at the least six matches, likelihood is he in all probability would have damaged the Prime 20 threshold.


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