With about 40% of the country’s ranked individuals, and a boatload of bubble/honorable mentions, Super 32 results dominate the rankings shake-ups this week.
Other tournaments that come into play are USAW Preseason Nats and Freakshow.
13 of the 14 P4P guys remain. Only Fix, who lost to Yianni, comes out.
So the question becomes: Who (recently) earned the right to be back in?
And for me it’s clearly a debate between Fox Baldwin and Luke Pletcher.
While Baldwin has a ton of elite wins (and some over college guys at FILA JR’s), Pletcher has better overall consistency. Baldwin was teched by Anthony Valencia, Bryce Brill, and Jon Jay Chavez this spring, and lost to Massa in Fargo.
Pletcher’s only two losses came to Piccininni (FloNats finals) and Mike Russo (when Pletcher was purportedly injured.)
He came back in the biggest of ways this weekend, up two weights since FloNats, and was dominant in win vs. Fargo Champ McKee. It also helps his cause, however slightly, and in my mind, that’s he’s a #1 vs. Baldwin’s position at #3 behind Massa and Manville.
It’s a tough decision with no fully correct answer, but I think Pletcher’s steadiness makes him the right call.
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