Big movement this week coming from FloNationals and Folk Nationals. Typically, I would have waited a week to give the rankings a thorough run through to cross all the T’s and dot the I’s as it would be the final rankings of the year. But the Dream Team Dual vs. Georgia is this weekend, so it will have to be extend. I’m at the U.S. Open next week, so the final rankings of the 2013-14 season will come on Wednesday, April 23. After that, seniors will be removed.
The two biggest stories from this weekend are Piccininni taking over the #1 spot at 120, and Zahid Valencia moving all the way up to 152 and beating Jo Jo Smith.
Last week so readers took issue with Nick Suriano getting in to the P4P and not Zahid. And it was a fair argument. Zahid has been amazing his entire 3-year career whereas Suriano wrestles in limited events and is just a Soph.
The deciding factor for me was last spring’s FILA Cadets where Zahid didn’t place, losing matches to Mark Voss and Lincoln Olson. Yes, just one tournament, but in the P4P rankings where everything is under a microscope, those last losses needed to be accounted for.
Now, in conjunction with Pletcher’s loss, Zahid’s resume is the top candidate for inclusion.
For additional notes, read each of the weight class articles.
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