2016 NCAA Championships 157 pound matchups

Note: The rankings shown here are the SEEDS for tournament, not their ranking

#1 Isaiah martinez vs Robert Henderson http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13466/martinez-isaiah/14761/henderson-robert
Chris Castillo vs #16 Mqarkus Scheidel http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/14014/castillo-chris/13741/scheidel-markus
#9 Richie Lewis vs Andrew Atkinson http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/40042/lewis-richie/11982/atkinson-andrew
Russell Parsons vs #8 Nick Brascetta http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/19642/parsons-russell/14786/brascetta-nick
#5 Dylan Palacio vs LeRoy Barnes http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11481/palacio-dylan/20053/barnes-leroy
Justin Staudenmayer vs #12 Brian Murphy http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/15115/staudenmayer-justin/13518/murphy-brian
#13 Edwin Cooper vs Tyler Berger http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/19947/cooper-jr-edwin/20096/berger-tyler
Aaron Walker vs #4 Ian Miller http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13517/walker-aaron/11851/miller-ian
#3 Jason Nolf vs Kamaal Shakur http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20303/nolf-jason/19778/shakur-kamaal
May Bethea vs #14 Austin Matthews http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20309/bethea-may/22442/matthews-austin
Steiert vs Chino (pigtail) http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/39504/steiert-bryce/13542/chino-spartak
Jake Ryan vs #6 Joseph Smith http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20252/ryan-jake/39786/smith-joe
#7 Cody Pack vs Neal Richards http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13498/pack-cody/39991/richards-neal
Dylan Cottrell vs #10 John Boyle http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/14019/cottrell-dylan/13875/boyle-john
#15 Chad Walsch vs Gregory Flournoy http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13628/walsh-chad/18154/flournoy-greg
Andrew Morse vs #2 Thomas Gantt http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13512/morse-andrew/40196/gantt-thomas

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2016 NCAA Championships 149 pound matchups

Note: The rankings shown here are the SEEDS for tournament, not their ranking

Vassar vs Hammond (pigtail) http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11981/vassar-chris/14011/hammond-coleman
Tyson Dippery vs #16 Patricio Lugo http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11750/dippery-tyson/39919/lugo-patricio
#9 Justin Oliver vs Clayton Ream http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/19758/oliver-justin/13748/ream-clay
Bryant Clagon vs #8 Evan Henderson http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/22819/clagon-bryant/11771/henderson-evan
#5 Alec Pantaleo vs Jake Short http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20020/pantaleo-alec/13599/short-jake
Laike Gardner vs #12 Geo Martinez http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11748/gardner-laike/19690/martinez-geordan
#13 Matthew Kraus vs Colt Cotten http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11779/kraus-matt/22440/cotten-colt
John Fahy vs #4 Matthew Cimato http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11776/fahy-john/11725/cimato-matthew
#3 Lavion Mayes vs Davion Jeffries http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11599/mayes-lavion/39653/jeffries-davion
Steve Galiardo vs #14 Mitch Finesliver http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11797/galiardo-steven/19861/finesilver-mitch
#11 Anthony Colica vs Joey Delgado http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11723/collica-anthony/11620/delgado-joey
Alex Kocer vs #6 Jason Tsirtsis http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20562/kocer-alex/13629/tsirtsis-jason
#7 Jake Suefloh vs Joseph Galasso http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13613/sueflohn-jake/40376/galasso-joseph
Alex Griffin vs #10 Mike DePalma http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13525/griffin-alex/13801/depalma-michael
#15 Daniel Neff vs Victor Lopez http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11761/neff-dan/11886/lopez-victor
Nick Barber vs #2 Brandon Sorensen http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11739/barber-nicholas/13456/sorensen-brandon

2016 NCAA Championships 141 pound matchups

Note: The rankings shown here are the SEEDS for tournament, not their ranking

#1 Dean Heil vs Javier Gasca III http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/15376/heil-dean/13435/gasca-javier
Jordan Laster vs #16 Randy Cruz http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11916/laster-jordan/11853/cruz-randy
#9 Rick Durso vs Anthony Abidin http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11960/durso-richard/11584/abidin-anthony
Jameson Oster vs #8 Joseph Ward http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11659/oster-jameson/11615/ward-joey
#5 Matt Manley vs James Gulibon http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13384/manley-matt/13371/gulibon-jimmy
(pigtail) Finesilver vs Longo (pigtail) http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/19862/finesilver-zach/19624/longo-michael
#13 Steve Bleise vs Seth Gross http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20195/bleise-steve/19949/gross-seth
Jamel Hudson vs #4 Anthony Ashnault http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12024/hudson-jamel/11803/ashnault-anthony
#3 Kevin Jack vs Danny Sabatello http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20130/jack-kevin/11741/sabatello-danny
Robert Mathers vs #14 Bryce Meredith http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/40849/mathers-robert/20135/meredith-bryce
#11 Thomas Thorn vs Nicholas Gilman http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/21082/thorn-thomas/40255/gil-nicholas
Ian Nickell vs #6 Micah Jordan http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20540/nickell-ian/20557/jordan-micah
#7 Solomon Chishko vs Mike Pongracz http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20440/chishko-solomon/11726/pongracz-michael
Logan Everett vs #10 Todd Preston http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12041/everett-logan/11608/preston-todd
#15 Brook Zacherl vs Tyler Smith http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/19787/zacherl-brock/22439/smith-tyler
Zachary Horan vs #2 Joey McKenna http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/11624/horan-zach/24215/mckenna-joseph

2016 NCAA Championships 133 pound matchups

Note: The rankings shown here are the SEEDS for tournament, not their ranking

#1 Nahshon Garrett vs Mason Meckman http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12070/garrett-nahshon/12016/beckman-mason
Nathan Kraisser vs #16 Anthony Giraldo http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20783/kraisser-nathan/20359/giraldo-anthony
(pigtail) Richardson vs Bruno (pigtail) http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12113/richardson-caleb/15289/bruno-rossi
Josh Martinez vs #8 Earl Hall http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12145/martinez-josh/12220/hall-earl
#5 Jordan Conaway vs Corey Keener http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/15981/conaway-jordan/12111/keener-corey
Zach Synon vs #12 Ryan Taylor http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12142/synon-zach/12219/taylor-ryan
#13 Cameron Kelly vs Bryan Lantry http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/39687/kelly-cameron/19723/lantry-bryan
Jamal Morris vs #4 Cody Brewer http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20136/morris-jamal/12037/brewer-cody
#3 Zane Richards vs Joey Palmer http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/14736/richards-zane/12152/palmer-joey
Austin Eicher vs #14 Geoffrey Alexander http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20200/eicher-austin/12022/alexander-geoffrey
#11 Dom Forys vs Dominick Malone http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20323/forys-dom/12015/malone-dominick
Dalton Brady vs #6 George DiCamillo http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20566/brady-dalton/20426/dicamillo-george
#7 Eric Montoya vs Zachary Davis http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13414/montoya-eric/20604/davis-zack
Robert Deutsch vs #10 Johnni DiJulius http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12122/deutsch-robert/14679/dijulius-johnni
#15 Josh Alber vs Gary Wayne Harding http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20208/alber-josh/20270/wayne-harding-gary
Jade Rauser vs #2 Cory Clark http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13291/rauser-jade/13249/clark-cory

2016 NCAA Championships 125 pound matchups

Note: The rankings shown here are the SEEDS for tournament, not their ranking

#5 Ryan Milhof vs Drew Romero http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20815/millhof-ryan/20712/romero-drew
Sean Russell vs #12 Paul Petrov http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20727/russell-sean/12116/petrov-paul
#13 Tim Lambert vs Zachary Fuentes http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13256/lambert-tim/12061/fuentes-zack
Brent Fleetwood vs #4 Thomas Gilman http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/19750/fleetwood-brent/13245/gilman-thomas
pigtail Jeske vs Tolbert (pigtail) http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12133/jeske-brandon/13373/tolbert-chasen
Sean Fausz vs #14 Joshua Rodriguez http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/20126/fausz-sean/13418/rodriguez-josh
#11 Ronnie Rios vs Dalton Macri http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/25183/rios-ronnie/42225/macri-dalton
Conor Youtsey vs #6 Eddie Klimara http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/13271/youtsey-conor/12136/klimara-eddie
#7 Darian Cruz vs Johnny Jimenez http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12135/cruz-darian/20483/jimenez-johnny
Lorenzo Bentley vs #10 Connor Schram http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/39598/bentley-lj/14982/schram-connor
#15 David Terao vs Nick Hermann http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/12068/terao-david/12144/herrmann-nick
Alfredo Rodriguez vs #2 Joey Dance http://www.wrestlestats.com/wrestler/comparison/41005/rodriguez-alfredo/12221/dance-joey

WrestleStat Team Rankings Changes?

One of the main features of my website is the ability for any wrestling fan to be able to update different pieces of information about wrestlers, for example: eligibility/class, weight, redshirt status, starter status. This has been one of the principles that I had set for the website because I wanted users/fans to feel more like they “own” it.

Because of that ability, it directly affects how the team rankings are generated. In case you’re not aware of how the team rankings work, here’s a short description: team rankings are calculated by taking the ranking value of all 10 starters, and adding them together.

So, since the starter status for a wrestler is allowed to be changed by any user/fan, that means they can DIRECTLY influence how a team gets ranked.

Here’s my problem, there are some users out there that are apparently very anti-{insert team here}, and because of that, they are purposely setting the starter for some wrestlers/teams to guys that are the worst ranked wrestler on said team. Then, when the next set of rankings comes out, those teams slide down the rankings because of those changes. That’s not fair to those teams, and it also makes the WrestleStat rankings look bad.

Fortunately for me, I have written two versions of the team rankings process, one that is ranked based on the 10 starters, and one that is ranked based on the highest ranked, non-redshirting wrestler at each weight.

This has been going on for a few weeks now, and usually someone points out “why is {insert team here} team ranked so low?”. I’d then go do some quick research (first stop is always checking who the current starters are), and quickly find out that it’s because of the exact scenario that I laid out above.

Now, I haven’t wanted to do the rankings this way, but stuff like this may be forcing my hand. The reason why I have NOT wanted to do this, is because of situations like Oklahome State. Kaid Brock is ranked around #6 right now, and his shirt has been pulled, then he gets a season-ending injury. He’s obviously not designated as the starter right now since everyone knows he’s not going to wrestle again this season, but if I’m forced to make the change to the rankings process, he WOULD be used as the 133 pound wrestler for Oklahoma State’s ranking.

The only other way to get around this, is to implement another “status” on wrestlers, something like “Is Injured”. This would be checked for each wrestler if they are/were going to be out for any extended amount of team, and then the rankings process could completely ignore them when generating the team rankings.

For an example this week, Northern Iowa had Jarrett Jensen set as the starter at 149, and Zach Witte at 157.

Team Rankings

So, here’s your chance to be heard…

Most Anticipated Matchups for the Remainder of the Season (165 – 285)

Here’s the 2nd installment of my crazy thoughts from last weekend. Let’s get to it!

165 – #1 Alex Dieringer vs #2 Bo Jordan (Comparison)

This one was pretty much a no-brainer. I don’t think there’s anyone close to Dieringer’s level, but if there was, it would be Jordan. I was having a discussion on a forum today about Dieringer’s career…it’s damn impressive! 32 – 1 as a sophomore, then undefeated since then (WrestleStat only goes back to the 2013-2014 season, and I’m too lazy to go look up stats before that). So for 3 seasons, he’s 81 – 1, with 61 of those matches ending with bonus points, WOW! In my opinion, he is #1A for the Hodge award (you’ll see later in this post who is #1B).

Bo Jordan has had ALMOST an equally impressive resume. Jordan does not have as high of bonus point percentage through his career, but he’s also a lot younger. He was undefeated during his redshirt season, then he had two losses last season, one to his cousin in the Big Ten finals, then a loss to Dieringer at the NCAA tournament. I believe both of these guys are going to finish the season undefeated, until the NCAA finals again.

My prediction: The last time these two met up, Dieringer won 6 – 1. I still don’t see how this [hopeful] matchup will end up any different. Dieringer is an elite wrestler, and will prove it getting his 3rd national championship. I’ll go out on a limb and say this won will be closer to a 9 – 3 decision this time. He’s just too hard to score on.

Special note: I really wanted to pick Steven Rodriguez of Illinois. That guy has bumped up 3 weight classes this season, and is still doing extremely well.

174 – #1 Kyle Crutchmer vs #3 Bo Nickal (Comparison)

At the beginning of the season, this weight appeared to be the most up-in-the-air. Crutchmer came into the season #1, and already has 2 losses on the season, but the ranking algorithm still likes him at #1. He’s lost to #4 Ethan Ramos by 1, and fellow teammate, #10 Chandler Rogers by 2.

Bo Nickal, another Penn State wrestler that continues to impress this season. He’s had just one loss this season to Nate Jackson of Indiana, where he got thrown to his back early, and didn’t have enough time to come back for the win (did he get that takedown?).  Nickal has had a tremendous career so far, and he’s also putting up a lot of bonus points for Penn State this season, getting bonus pionts in 2 out of 3 matches that he wrestles.

My prediction: Nickal wrestles an extremely exciting, high-scoring style, while it appeared that Crutchmer started to get worn down by Alex Meyer’s motor in the first match of the season. Was that just because of the first match of the season, or will Crutchmer start to get drained in the 3rd period and allow Nickal to wear him out? I see this shaping up that way, with Nickal opening it up in the 3rd to take down Crutchmer 11 – 5.

184 – #1 Gabe Dean vs #8 Sam Brooks (Comparison)

Is anyone going to be able to beat Dean? One of the few wrestlers to take down Ed Ruth, he has continued to be extremely dominant this season, going undefeated this season while only having 3 matches that WEREN’T decided by bonus points. That includes MD’s over #4 Abounader, and #14 Lorenzo Thomas.

Brooks, now this was a tossup for me between Brooks and Miklus, but since Dean has already taken out Miklus this season (only 3 – 2), I went with Brooks. Last year, Brooks took Dean down to the wire losing 3 – 2. Brooks relentless style could very well cause Dean some fits, especially with the new stalling rules, if they continue to call them. Brooks has 1 (2 if you count losing to David Taylor) this season to #7 Hayden Zillmer at the Midlands tournament, that was right after he had already beaten him in the same tournament. I’m wondering if his head wasn’t in it after losing to David Taylor.

My prediction: With the new stalling rules, I have a feeling, if these two meet up, that this will be a more exciting match this time, with one of the two wrestlers getting throw to their back (Brooks initiating, but may or may not finish), although in the end, I think Brooks will let this one slip out of his hands and lose 6 – 5.

197 – #1 Morgan McIntosh vs #2 J’Den Cox (Comparison)

McIntosh is one of the few wrestlers to take down World Champion Kyle Snyder, and after his 3rd place finish last season, he’s blowing through his competition this year going undefeated, with only 3 non-bonus point victories.

Cox is putting together a solid season so far, except for the disqualification he received against Wellington back in December. I’m still a little surprised that he took 5th last year, after being a national champion in his true freshman season.

My prediction: I see Cox making it to the finals again this year, where I believe he will meet up with McIntosh, but this time, Cox is going to come out on top in a close, low-scoring match, 5 – 3.

285 – #1 Nick Gwiazdowski vs #3 Kyle Snyder (Comparison)

How impressive has Gwiz (I’m not going to keep typing his full name) been throughout his career. I know I was skeptical his sophomore year because he didn’t have to run through the gauntlet of the Big Ten schedule and tournament, but he proved everyone wrong, taking out Tony Nelson, Adam Chalfant, and Mike McClure all in the same tournament. THAT’S impressive! Since then, he goes undefeated last season, winning another national championship, beating Adam Coon in the finals. And now this season, he’s still undefeated. That’s quite the resume at any weight, but to do this at heavyweight is pretty remarkable. That’s why, if all holds, and he goes undefeated this year, he is my #1B pick for the Hodge award.

Snyder, have you heard of him? He’s a world champion. I was going to place Adam Coon in this spot for another re-match, but how can you pick against Snyder? I realize he didn’t win last year (at 197), and is bumping up a weight, and probably giving up a bunch of weight to the heavyweights, but you can’t deny his ability. In his first match this season, he majored Collin Jensen of Nebraska.

My prediction: I’m not even sure Snyder will be able to make the finals at heavyweight while giving up so much weight, but you can’t argue that this would be the most intriguing matchup of the NCAA tournament. If this match happens, I’m going to say that Gwiz will be too much (experienced in folkstyle, and by weight) for Snyder, with a final score of 4 – 3.

So here’s my list of weights I’d like to see:

  1. 285
  2. 149
  3. 157
  4. 165
  5. 125
  6. 133
  7. 184
  8. 197
  9. 174
  10. 141

Update: It has been brought to my attention that I was incorrect on the Cox/McIntosh finish from last season. The write-up has been updated.