You throw out Luke Manuel and Glasser as if those are bad losses. Both of them were ranked in the top 10 for most of last year. Manuel was undefeated and sitting at #3 or 4 for a while. Rella was a very solid wrestler who spent most of the year ranked.
I do think Zeerip could win the Big 10 this year, but there are a lot of guys at his weight that could. It's just not a weight that has a standout guy. Meanwhile, Ruth will be making freshman errors and cutting like crazy down to 74. You could have gotten him in the 12th round--about the time I took Zeerip.
And I already explained why I dropped him and picked up Booth; look at the post right above yours.