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.
It's not 100% that the top two ranked wrestlers will return at 141, as there is a strong possibility Yianni Diakomihalis and Jaydin Eierman wrestled 149. That goes for just about everyone in the top 10 if we're being honest. But Yianni and Eierman last wrestled at 141, so that's where they will start the preseason rankings. Eierman at 141 means his teammates Max Murin will start the year unranked, although if either one of them bumps up to 149 they will enter the top 25 for the Hawkeyes.
One person we do know intends to go 141 is Sebastian Rivera, who is bumping up from 133. Rivera has been nearly flawless the last two seasons. He beat Spencer Lee twice 2 seasons ago and Seth Gross last season. He only has two non-injury default losses in his post-season weight class over the last two years. He's done enough to give him the benefit of the doubt after moving up a weight, but there are solid arguments to have either Eierman or Lee ahead of him (or both), so we will be watching those wrestlers closely.
Kaid Brock may bump down to 133 if Fix fills in for the departed Nick Piccininni at 125. If Brock stays at 141 then his teammate Kaden Gfeller likely spends another season out of the Cowboy lineup, which is how we have things penciled in for now.
There were a lot of graduates in the tp 25 from the class of 2020, so we see a lot of new names toward the bottom of the preseason rankings for 2021.
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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