Projecting The 197lb Seeds For The 2020 Big Ten Conference Tournament

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The seeds for the upcoming Big Ten championships at Rutgers are scheduled to be released on Monday, March 2nd and we're up to 197 pounds in our seeding projections.

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The seeding rules changed once again this year. In 2019, they seeded all 14 guys if a weight had eight or more automatic qualifier allocations. This year, they are seeding every entry at all 10 weights no matter what the allocations look like.

These seeds disagree slightly with our Big Ten rankings. The top three is pretty clear, and the bottom four are straightforward, but when the projected nine seed has a win over the projected four, you know you've got a bear on your hands.

Seed Projections: 125 | 133 | 141 | 149 | 157 | 165 | 174 | 184

Projected 197 Seeds

  1. Kollin Moore, Ohio State
  2. Eric Schultz, Nebraska
  3. Jacob Warner, Iowa
  4. Lucas Davison, Northwestern
  5. Christian Brunner, Purdue
  6. Shakur Rasheed, Penn State
  7. Jordan Pagano, Rutgers
  8. Jackson Striggow, Michigan
  9. Jaron Smith, Maryland
  10. Hunter Ritter, Minnesota
  11. Matt Wroblewski, Illinois
  12. Nick May, Michigan State
  13. Taylor Watkins, Wisconsin
  14. Nick Willham, Indiana

No brainer from the top three, they made it easy on us. Kollin Moore is undefeated in the conference with wins over everyone seeded 2-7 except for Jacob Warner. Eric Schultz's only loss was to Moore and he beat Warner. The Hawkeye beat Brunner, Rasheed, and Striggow.

Then it gets completely ridiculous. Lucas Davison holds the most recent win over Brunner, but also lost twice to him and ended his conference schedule on a loss to Jaron Smith. But with Brunner not wrestling the last month of the year, and Davison beating Rasheed, Pagano, and Striggow, he goes ahead of the Boilermaker.

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Even deciding Brunner over Rasheed required some discernment, as Brunner lost to Pagano (by injury default) who Shakur beat and Rasheed lost to Davison who Brunner beat twice. Both also had injury marred seasons and only beat one guy of note within the Big Ten.

Rasheed beat Pagano to settle the 6/7 debate, and Pagano defeated Striggow so that gets us down to the 8 seed. Striggow defeated Jaron Smith, who as we mentioned has the win over Davison.

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Smith did not wrestle Ritter this year, however, Smith's win over Davison was one of five straight he had to end the year and is better than any win Ritter holds in conference. The Gopher's Big Ten wins are over Nick Willham of Indiana, Nick May of Michigan State, and Taylor Watkins of Wisconsin.

May beat Taylor Watkins and split with Peter Christensen of Wisconsin, but lost to Matt Wroblewski of Illinois. Wroblewski also took one from Purdue backup Jared Florell, as well as holding two wins over Willham. Taylor Watkins beat both Willham and Indiana backup Jake Kleimola.

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