125: #11 Nick Bedolyn --> UR Ben Ashmore
From a rankings perspective this is a downgrade, but I think ashmore is more talented then Bedelyon and has a better shot of placing. This is an upgrade
133: #10 Andrew Hochstrasser --> #8 Scott Sentes
At this point we would consider Hochstrasser slightly ahead of Sentes in the pecking order, but going into last year he was very much an unproven commodity that I took a gamble on. This year sentes is already an AA and should be even better, so I would consider this a definite upgrade
141: UR Alex Krom --> #1 Reece Humphrey
Big upgrade. Krom was a sleeper who I hoped might have AA potential. Humphrey is a returning finalist who might win a title.
149: #4 Darrion Caldwell --> UR David Greenweld
157: #4 Gregor Gillespie --> #7 Steve Brown
Brown is an AA contender but this is clearly a significant downgrade
165: #3 Moza Fay --> #8 Dan Vallimont
As far as caliber of wrestler I feel like these guys are pretty comparable, but Fay was definitely a better fantasy pick due to more bonus and a far weaker conference.
174: #6 Mike Miller --> #4 Mack Lewnes
Major upgrade. Miller was a top 10ish guy going into last year but nowhere near the calibur of Lewnes
184: #9 Vince Jones --> #5 Louis Caputo
Definite upgrade. Both are bonus scorers, but Caputo has an easier schedule and is much more of a proven commodity then Jones was last year.
197: #3 Tyrell TODD --> #13 Logan Brown
Major downgrade. However Logan will probably score me far more points due to purdues pussy schedule and the fact that todd was hurt and missed half the season
HVY: UR Justin Dobies --> UR Scott Steele
Majorrrr upgrade. Dobies was my boy, but he wasn't really an AA contender. Steele should be fighting with the other big boys for a title.
157: #9 Jonny B-B --> #8 Tucker Lane
I consider Lane a better pick at this point then JBB was last year, but its pretty close
174: #12 Luke Feist --> #12 Luke Manuel
#12 for #12, but Manuel is a far better prospect who should score me far more points. Plus he won't be drafted at 174 and end up at heavyweight (hopefully)
141: #16 Andrae Hernandez --> #14 Garret Scott
Massive upgrade. Podunk lucky AA to national title contender
184: #20 Josh Patterson --> #24 Sean Nemec
In hindsight Patterson is CLEARLY better. However he had an absolute breakout year last year. Going into this year I am higher on nemec then I was on Patterson last year.
141: Ken Hashimoto UR --> UR Zach Bailey
A guy who was potentially injured for a guy who might potentially be injured. However I think Bailey is
Overall it seems like my draft was clearly better last year. However I felt very much uncertain coming out of last year, wheras I am much more satisfied with how this year turned out. Whether that is residual confidence from my title run last year I'm not sure...
I dont think I picked 11 AAs this year, but I didn't think I did last year either and that turned out to be the case. I DO think I have 12 or so guys who will be in AA contention come march