2020 Domestic Rankings - Greco-Roman
Now a two-time Senior National titlist, Cohlton Schultz has definitively cemented his current status as either a potentially very dire threat to ‘18 World silver Adam Coon, or at least the undisputed #2 heavyweight for the time being. Schultz didn’t bulldoze to his second Open triumph, but he certainly dictated nearly every measure of action in the ties against Tanner Farmer and West Cathcart, which is the wunderkind’s wheelhouse.
Cathcart -- who hops into Orndorff’s previous spot at #6 -- was a markedly-improved combatant in Iowa. It is not because he took second, for that was the anticipated outcome. It is more because of his movement and conviction, which is important to note. Cathcart was not always a heavyweight. There has been a slight learning curve in terms of how his frame, body, and balance mix with the behemoths in this weight class. Add in the skill and understanding he already had along with a great coach (and solid stable of heavies at Illinois), and he’s becoming someone to take pretty seriously leading to April.
There is a shift down the order. Newcomer Tanner Farmer put together a fine maiden voyage with his fourth-place finish, so he settles into #9, whereas Donny Longendyke holds still at #8. Both Haydn Maley and Tommy Helton drop one spot; but with room for more, ‘18 Cadet World Teamer Luke Luffman, Malcolm Allen, and Zach Schrader round out the bottom of the top-15.
Transparency Report: The ‘20 Nationals -- for everyone -- was obviously an event held under unique circumstances. Wrestlers from military programs were not permitted to compete, and many top athletes chose not to enter due to a variety of reasons, be it travel restrictions, lack of adequate training, dissatisfaction with the event’s place on the calendar -- or in some cases, the absence of prize money and procedural incentives.
Because of this, an effort was made not to penalize those who decided to sit out of the tournament. This is not to say that all athletes who declined to participate kept their prior ranking. In several weight categories, there are athletes who dropped a spot or two. One in particular was ‘18 US National Team member David Tate Orndorff, who competed in Iowa but bypassed Greco in favor of freestyle. And given their results, some wrestlers have deservedly moved up in their respective weight classes. Such is how rankings operate.
At the same time, one fortuitous byproduct of the encouraging amount of participation was that it now allows for rankings to go from #1 to #15, which was the original objective for this endeavor upon conception.
For a full overview on how the ranking system works, please view this article.
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