I'm just taking a break from writing this paper and doing some fantasy wrestling procrastinating and for giggles I decided to look at where some of my guys were at last season compared to where they are now (to see if they have improved).
Rankings are as of this tuesday for this year and the Jan 22nd intermat rankings last year (which conviniently also have the records)
125: Tony Mustari, NColorado (2-2 NCAA)
07-08 UR, ~16-3
08-09 #18, 15-4
133: Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise State (N/A)
07-08: N/A (Redshirting)
08-09: #4, 24-2
141: Nick Gallick, ISU (5th NCAA)
07-08: #20, 16-10 (WOW!)
08-09: #2, 21-3
Stock- HUGELY Up
149: Darrion Caldwell, NC State (5th NCAA)
07-08: #10, 20-2
08-09: #3, 26-0
157: Gregor Gillespie, Edinboro (5th NCAA)
07-08: #3, 23-2
08-09: #1, 28-0
165: Moza Fay, UNI (5th NCAA)
07-08: #11, 13-5
08-09: #2, 17-2
Stock- Significantly up
174: Raymond Jordan, Missouir (5th NCAA)
07-08: #6, 18-1 (184)
08-09: #6, 22-2
184: Josh Patterson, Binghamton (0-2 NCAA)
07-08: #19, 9-2
08-09: #9, 27-4
197: Tyrell Todd, Michigan (3rd NCAA)
07-08: #2, 18-1 (184)
08-09: #6, 8-1 (Injured)
Stock- Down (Injury)
HVY: Konrad Dudziak (N/A)
07-08 N/A, (Where did this guy come from??)
08-09: #5, 26-2
141: Alex Krom, Maryland
07-08: N/A, (Redshirt)
08-09: #13, 10-4
141: Andrae Hernandez, Indiana
07-08: #10, 14-3 (133)
08-09: UR, 12-6 (Wtf :P)
Stock- Down to 5 cents a share
174: Mike Miller
07-08: N/A (Redshirt)
08-09: #7, 16-5
197: Brandon Halsey, CSB
08-09: #7, 13-2
HVY: Justin Dobies, NC
07-08: #18, 16-5
08-09: UR, 19-7
So basically two of my studs are having very compareable years to last year, jordan and Gillespie. GG is undefeated this year vs. 2 losses, but considering he went into NCAAs as the #1 seed it would be hard to say he is greatly improved. Jordan I think is looking great at 174, but I'd forgotten how great he looked at 184 last year until I looked at some of his old results. He's pretty much at the same point he was last year, but I think he is more in the mix for a title.
-Two of the guys I drafted originally who didnt wrestle last year are having good years, especially hochstrasser who is looking ungodly, Miller isnt a lock to AA but he is a strong contender for a low spot on the podium.
-Krom is having a so-so year coming off his redshirt, he's back up to 13 but he really doesnt have many quality wins, we'll see him against Caramancia and Diaz before the season is over.
-Two of the guys I grabbed at the supplimental have also achieved top 10 rankings after not wrestling the year prior, I knew halsey was tough but I had never heard of Dudziak prior to this year nor have I seen any results of his.
-Two of my Journeyman recruits (Mustari and Dobies) are doing pretty much the same thing they did last year, winning matches but not making waves. Last year Mustari was UR and Dobies was #18, now they are flip flopped. I was hoping Dobies would have a better year but no surprises really.
- Patterson evidently missed a bunch of time last year but is much improved this season as he has moved up 10 spots and won quite a few matches for me.
- Hernandez has absolutely fallen on his face this year, I'm still scratching my head on that one. I was never overly impressed by him but last year at least he was losing to ranked guys like Gomez and tanelli, not scrubs from NAIA and bottom tier D1 schools.
-Caldwell has the same potential he did last year but has been much more consistent and is undefeated in official matches, versus getting pinned several times last year.
Right so all of that stuff is pretty ho-hum...
But then we get to the interesting guys, Fay and gallick
I knew Fay wasnt a top top guy when he AA'ed last year but I had no idea he was barely top 15 for a good part of the year. Its not just that he had lost twice as many matches last year, but as of Jan 22th the only top-tier guy he had beaten was Reader, who later avenged the loss with a brutal beatdown.
This year his only two losses are to sponseller and Howe, and he has beaten them both as well. Other then that so far he's beaten #3 Morningstar, #10 Stewert, #9 Manuel, and #7 Marable. I'd have to say his stock is up immensley from where it was at this point last season
As for gallick... MAN. I remembered watching him dominate rivera at ncaas and thinking what a huge turn around it was from when Rivera practically majored him at the start of the season, but I had no idea he cranked it up so hard at NCAAs.
He was barely ranked at #20 after national duals last year, and his record was only 16-10!!
This year he looks to be tremendously improved and in the hunt for a title. By far "most improved award" on my team.
Thats all for me rambling, dont feel like you have to write as much as I did, but if there is a guy on your team who has dramatically improved his stock from last year give him a shout out here.