2020-21 High School Rankings
Everything about this spring and summer has been unprecedented. Putting together the first ranking of the year was not easy with months between competitions and most wrestlers have not been on the mat since their state championship. Grand River Rumble, King of the Ring, and Midwest Iron Man have been considered in the rankings. Normally a tournament in the middle of the summer after a long layoff would be a pretty insignificant data point. Unfortunately, these are the only data points we have since March. More than usual lengthy resumes were given more leeway for sub-par performances at any of these events. We do have some weight declarations and have adjusted accordingly.
If a wrestler has not competed, and we don’t have any information on a projected weight class, a one weight class adjustment has been made. Once wrestlers start competing again adjustments will be made. The one exception is 106lbs. Often the weight is reloaded with breakout performers from UWW Cadet World Team Trials and Fargo. I have kept some wrestlers at the weight as I believe they could be back for another year at the weight. With that said, 106lbs will be added in the fall. Junior high results don’t create enough data points with several weight classes filtering into the bottom weight. Everything at this point would be speculation. Without NHSCA, Fargo, and the spring/summer dual events it’s just too long of a competitive layoff to get an accurate handle on the landscape of the weight class.
Add Pennsylvania to Michigan as states that don’t follow NFHS weight classes. This will be a case-by-case basis to fit the wrestlers into a weight class at the national level. Pennsylvania will compete in the same weights up to 160lbs. From there they will wrestle 172, 189, 215 and 285. The 189lb wrestlers will be the wrestlers in question here. They will be considered at 182 and 195lbs. This isn’t the big departure that Michigan takes using the old weight classes prior to the 2011 change.
Comin up through the weights the top half had a lot of turnover with graduating seniors. 220lbs does not fit that description. A lot of young talent performed well in the postseason last year and they bring impressive resumes to the table. The weight is a mix of returning 220lbers and 195lbers moving up. This makes for a deep top 20.
At the top there are questions. #2 Nathan Haas (KS) took a loss at King of the Ring, and #1 Nick Feldman is moving to a weight with proven veterans that have resume built at the weight class. The top ten is very deep and there is plenty of potential for a big mixup from the preseason positions.
Get your tickets for the New Jersey state tournament if you’re a fan of the big guys. There is the potential for a great bracket there.
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