285: The Top 20 Fantasy Wrestlers of 2021


Michael McAleavey on the 2021 SoCon Championships (Picture/The Citadel athletics)

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

There’s 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 aren’t trying that separates you from the pack.

We’re left with lots 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. Generally one of the simplest ways to organize 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 search out that 174 starter.

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

Properly, 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. Generally your high performers aren’t “family names.”

Now, this yr was positively an “asterisk” kind of yr as there will likely be fairly a couple of situations of skewing in a technique or one other (see the co-Hodge announcement). In previous seasons, we’ve careworn that match depend isn’t all the time a figuring out consider precise or in Fantasy Wrestling success, however this yr was completely different. Some groups have been hit with COVID precautions or wrestlers really received COVID making an imbalance of matches wrestled between wrestlers/groups bigger than in years previous and inflicting some massive 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 Crew Scoring throughout all competitions (+3 for a win by resolution, -4 for a loss by Main, and so forth)

2) Scoring solely counted in opposition to D1 competitors

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

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

5) Factors have been solely collected through the common season

Listed here 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)

149: Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State)

157: Jacob Wright (Wyoming)

165: Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State)

174: Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley)

184: Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois)

197: Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)


In the event you pin extra wrestlers than anybody within the league, likelihood is you can be among the many higher echelon of fantasy wrestlers. Michael McAleavey is available in because the #1 Fantasy Wrestler at 285, by one level over nationwide champ Gable Steveson, due largely to his six pins through the common season.

Regardless that Cohlton Schultz completed undefeated, he fell two factors behind #3 true freshman Wyatt Hendrickson. Hendrickson completed his final six matches with 5 pins and one tech, which helped him recover from the 2 losses (-7) he accrued.

Final season’s #1 Fantasy Wrestler at 285, Mason Parris, fell barely to #5 in 2021. Not as a result of he wasn’t as productive as final season (he was, with having a 100% bonus charge within the common season), however as a result of Michigan needed to cancel three twin meets. At a minimal, 12 additional factors (three Majors) would have put him at #3.

Three units of starters/backups make the listing, with all of the backups putting and scoring greater than their beginning counterparts. The very best and largest hole being Cale Davidson (#8 this season) outsourcing the Nebraska starter Christian Lance (Tied for #18) by seven Fpts. Three of the 4 NC State heavyweights make the High-20, with Tyrie Houghton getting the higher spot at #10 by one Fpt whereas Owen Trephan and starter Deonte Wilson tied for #11 with 22 Fpts. Lastly, Edinboro True Freshman Max Millin beats starter John Spaulding by one Fpt.

Prior to now, if you considered a Heavyweight pinner, you’ll consider Matt Stencel. This yr, nevertheless, was not his yr for falls. Prior to now three seasons (2020, 2019, and 2018), Stencel had a pin charge of 45%, 61%, and 32%, respectively. For the 2021 season, although, regardless of going undefeated, he didn’t have a fall in opposition to D1 competitors. Had he recorded three pins (which might be consistent with his common pin charge for the earlier three seasons), he would have been this season’s #6 fantasy wrestler at 285.

Tony Cassioppi caps the High-20 with solely 5 matches wrestled however made probably the most of them. He completed the common season with three pins and a call within the “win” column and a loss by main to Gable Steveson.

Who Missed The Minimize:

Whereas the highest 4 All American placers made the High-20, the decrease 4 discover themselves simply on the surface.

Gannon Gremmel wrestled 12 matches this season, however solely seven of them have been in opposition to D1 competitors and counted for fantasy wrestling scoring. He fell simply quick with 15 Fpts and the #29 spot. Greg Kerkvliet wrestled two regular-season matches (in opposition to two Maryland Terps) and scored 12 Fpts and was #34, Trent Hillger was #53 with six Fpts, and Tate Orndorff was #103 with -6 Fpts.

After ending because the #12 fantasy wrestler in 2020, Nathan Traxler bumped as much as 285 and fell one Fpt wanting making the High-20.

Seth Nevills had the beginning position for a lot of the common season, wrestling 5 matches, and finishes one Fpt greater than Kerkvliet with 13 for and tied for the #31 spot. The opposite wrestler who matched Nevills was additionally the starter for a lot of the common season. He was Virginia Tech’s John Borst, although he gave up beginning duties for a distinct set of circumstances.

After a powerful season the place he took out can be All Individuals Trent Hillger and Tate Orndorff, the #49 Fantasy wrestler Luke Luffman would go on to lose twice by pin (understandably to Steveson and Cassioppi in back-to-back weeks), which pushed him right down to #49 and 7 Fpts.

Another notables to overlook the lower embody Jordan Wooden (#26 with 15 Fpts), Sam Schuyler (#30 with 14 Fpts), Austin Harris (#33 with 13 Fpts), Max Ihry (#39 with 12 Fpts), and Brian Andrews (#45 with 8 Fpts).


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