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.
Michael Carr didn't wrestle at all last season, but we're assuming he returns to action at 149 and his teammate Dylan Duncan stays at 141 for the Illini. Carr's win over Kanen Storr when they both at 141 two years ago is one of the main reasons Carr is able to start the preseason as high as he does, though his inaction last season affords him very little room for error.
We're also assuming Max Murin moves up to 149 to make room for Missouri transfer and three-time All-American Jaydin Eierman at 141. Thanks to Murin's wins over Carr at 2019 Big Tens and NCAAs, he slots in at #7.
Mitch Moore, who makes his way to the Sooners after two years with Virginia Tech that saw him qualify for nationals both times, makes his first appearance at 149 after bumping up from 141. Without a track record at 149 we had to make some assumptions to slot him in at #14.
Stanford's Jaden Abbas had a stellar season on redshirt. He checks in at #15 with the potential to move even higher as the season progresses. Likewise, Nebraska has a rising middleweight star on their roster in Kevon Davenport.
Like 141, we see a lot of new names at 149 thanks to a healthy amount of 2020 graduates in last season's top 25.
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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