Before the season, 184 looked to be the toughest (at least most top-heavy) weight class in the country with six bona fide studs contending for the title.
And yet it has slowly chipped away to look nothing like that. Dustin Kilgore bumped up to 197. Kirk Smith hasn't wrestled all year, won't be at Reno and perhaps he ends up redshirting. Quentin Wright just suffered an potentially very serious injury. Chris Perry has a couple losses most of us wouldn't have expected, and it looks like his tremendous freestyle success might take some time to translate to folkstyle. Chris Honeycutt missed a lot of time with a shoulder injury, and has just recently returned, but he has yet to be tested.
So who of the "Big 6" remains? Joe Leblanc and perhaps Honeycutt (and possibly Wright). But really just one of the original 6 is still looking bona fide.
The biggest riser of the year has been Robert Hamlin, who, as far as I can tell has the most impressive results on the year by a long shot (maybe I'm missing someone). He's beaten Wright, Jon Fausey, Mike Larson, Bagna Tovuujav, and Max Thomuseitt (which is a semi-quality win). Steve Bosak has climbed very high in the rankings, but more a result of the people around him going down than from any marquee win.
So how do you see this weight panning out right now?