DI Stock Report: The Enigma That Is 197 Pounds

We're reaching the end of the NCAA regular season, but that hasn't slowed down the action. As the upsets keep coming, we're taking a look at all the big movers in the top 20 rankings and finding out whose stock is going up and whose is on the way down. 

Stock Up

197: Anthony Cassar, Penn State UR to #5

Head coach Cael Sanderson has a difficult decision on his hands, as both Cassar and Shakur Rasheed have proven themselves capable of making a deep run in March.

Watch Cassar beat #1 Kollin Moore at Rec Hall:

Stock Down

157: BJ Clagon, Rider #11 to #17

Clagon started the season off with an impressive win over #7 Alec Pantaleo but hasn't been able to maintain that level for the rest of this season. Clagon has lost to three unranked wrestlers so far, including last week to Drexel's Garett Hammond.

Stock Up

285: Michael Boykin, North Carolina State UR to #10

Wolfpack head coach Pat Popolizio also has a tough decision on his hands, with Malik McDonald available in addition to Boykin at 285. Boykin at least earn himself a ranking, but we will have to wait another month to know if he's also won the starting heavyweight job as well.

Watch Boykin upset Nevills at this year's Southern Scuffle:

Stock Down

157: John Van Brill, Rutgers #15 to #20

Van Brill won the first two matches he's had with Illinois' Kyle Langenderfer, but Langenderfer has won the last two, at last year's NCAA tournament and then again in last weekend's dual meet, which nearly knocked Van Brill out of the top 20.

Stock Up

149: Ryan Blees, Virginia Tech UR to #15

Blees has taken over 149 for the Hokies after All-American Solomon Chishko bumped up to the 157 spot for an injured BC LaPrade. The move paid off in VT's latest dual against North Carolina, as Blees upset then-#5 Troy Heilmann to make his ranking debut at #15.

Stock Down

174: Ethan Ramos, North Carolina #14 to #10

Heilmann isn't the only Tar Heel to have a rough day against the Hokies. All-American Ethan Ramos lost to #19 Hunter Bolen, dropping him down four spots in the rankings. 

Stock Up

141: Joey McKenna, Ohio State #11 to #7

Going into Ohio State's massive dual at Penn State last weekend, the match between McKenna and then-#6 Nick Lee was circled as a pivotal one. PSU ended up winning the dual despite McKenna gutting out a close victory over Lee.

Watch McKenna defeat Nick Lee inside enemy territory:

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141: Nate Limmex, Purdue #17 to #13

Limmex has been slowly but surely building up his resume and climbing up the rankings. His conference victories over Chad Red, Cole Weaver, Javier Gasca, Sal Profaci, Carter Happel, and Cole Martin will definitely come in handy during the Big Ten seeding meeting. 

Watch Limmex defeat NCAA qualifier Javier Gasca:


197 Pounds: ALL OF IT

Take that weight class. Please. 

How you feel about this weight class depends on a lot of questions. Does Moore have the resume to justify staying at #1? Should Haught have moved up even though he lost to Moore and Miklus? How much should Darmstadt's loss to his own teammate count against him? What is Penn State going to do with two top 10 guys? Are we overlooking Preston Weigel?

All good questions. I wish we knew the answer to them! So perhaps the best strategy is to avoid buying or selling anyone in the weight class and just wait for the NCAAs to sort everything out.