I think all of you people arguing for ramos to get the #1 seed are off your rocker. Stieber is undefeated, 3-0 head to head, returning national champ and big ten champ. Ramos has had a good season himself, but Stieber has more then earned the #1 seed.
B1G seeding is done by the conference coaches and is supposed to be primarily based upon the conference record. This is because the coaches are considered to be the best equipped to rank the wrestlers, not outside ranking services nor past results which may be no longer relevant. Politics and horse trading unfortunately play a role in the seeding, but the coaches have traditionally frowned on missing the B1G duals.
If you argue that LS is #1 based upon past accomplishments, then don't you have to make the same argument for Ness? Does it then matter then if you wrestle any B1G duals at all if one can rely on past accomplishments? The goal is avoid forfeits (Bradley ducking Gelogaev for example, tho not in B1G conference). The coaches are always going to say that their guy was injured/ill when they miss a big match up, so by stressing conference records the coaches are trying to reduce seeding gamemanship.
I saw that 133 Dardenes was out against Michigan State on Sunday. Ness's match against Michigan State's 49 pounder was awesome! Anyone see it?
If Stieber had wrestled all the matches and just didn't show for Iowa then you could make a case that he "ducked" him. But Stieber has been out close to a month and is clearly injured. In light of no losses this year and his 3-0 last year against Ramos, I just can't see giving Ramos the #1 seed. I agree with others that it's a moot point, because they will see each other in the finals. But, the #2 seed will have a tougher time having to face Graff.
Well I think the point jammen is trying to make is if you miss duals in conference you will pay the price. I am not saying this is the case at 133 with Streebler this year but we don't have to look to far back to find examples. I recall tOSU vs Northwestern where a certain person didn't wrestle against Herbert to protect the seed. It is too bad but we all know that this type of thing happens from time to time in our sport. I don't think it really matters at 133 this year as Ramos and Steebler will meet in finals anyway. I do feel that if Ramos and Streebler go unbeaten into the Big 10's Ramos should be the 1 seed. Look at BJ Futrell's situation right now. If he makes it back for Big 10's should he be the 2 seed?