Big Ten Rankings 2017-18
B1G 197: Is Moore Slipping?
The 197-pound weight class is in a similar situation as 157 — the top three and bottom six really rank themselves. The #4-8 spots are what give us headaches. Despite losing two of his last three matches, Kollin Moore is still the top-ranked guy. This is because he hasn’t lost to anyone else in the rankings. He dropped a conference match in the dual against Penn State, but that was against Anthony Cassar — not Shakur Rasheed, who appears to be the starter headed into the Big Ten tournament. Rasheed has been wrestling great this season and is coming in with a 18-2 record, with both loses coming in November. Twelve of his 18 wins have come via pin, so he will be looking to score bonus points in the conference tournament and NCAA championships. Cash Wilcke has lost to both Moore and Rasheed this season as well as to Kevin Beazley, but Wilcke gets the #3 ranking due to being more consistent this season over the rest of the field. As mentioned above, the fourth- through eighth-ranked guys have wins and losses against each other, so it's best to let them wrestle the conference tournament and see how it turns out.
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