2020-21 NCAA DI Rankings
Every weight class explanation will include the following preseason caveats. Chiefly, that it is far too early to know the weight classes in which every wrestler in the NCAA will be going. A great many wrestlers themselves probably do not know that with any amount of certainty. Furthermore, Covid-19 and the postponed 2020 Olympics through yet more uncertainty into the mix.
As more information about if and where wrestlers will be competing becomes publically available, we will update the rankings accordingly. For the most part, we will be assuming that no redshirt years will be taken, neither will any weight classes be changed. However, as noted, all that will very likely change in the ensuing months, as will the rankings.
We're assuming All-Americans Vito Arujau and Rayvon Foley return to 125 after redshirt seasons. Spencer Lee remains the heavy favorite but both Vito and Rayvon should contend for a high placement in March.
As there was no NCAA season last year, the conference tournament results are elevated in their importance, which means Jacob Camacho's win over tow-time All-AmericanJack Mueller at ACCs earns him a bump up to #5.
We're penciling in Sam Latona as the Hokie starter at 125 but he will have competition from his teammate, national qualifier Joey Prata. Latona had a quality season of deferred eligibility and reckons to be a force in the division should he earn the nod.
Killian Cardinale had to transfer after Old Dominion shamefully closed their program and now looks to make his mark at West Virginia. Liam Cronin also has a new team after transferring from Indiana to Nebraska. Speaking of Indiana, we are expecting (and hoping) Brock Hudkins has recovered from the injury that prematurely ended his season and is back on the mat for the Hoosiers in the fall.
Like Camacho, Malik Heinselman's impressive conference tournament results give him a bump in the rankings to start the season.
Questions or comments for the rankers? We welcome and encourage your feedback. Hit up Andrew Spey (email: Andrew.Spey@flosports.tv; Twitter: @SpeyWrestle) and David Bray (email: David.Bray@flosports.tv; Twitter: @_DavidBray).
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