I have stated it numerous times that there are some great freshmen, the Stiebers, Chris Phillips, David Taylor, Devos, McCaulley, etc. BUT, they are RARE and not the norm.
The underclassmen we had on our good teams were not run of the mill freshmen. One(our 112lber) was a 3X semi-state qualifier(first in our school's history). He was a conference runner-up as a freshman. The other was very experienced and ended up being a state qualifier by his senior season. He also wrestled JV for about half the season until he could make 160lbs in a healthy manner. Behind whom you ask? A junior that was just a little more experienced. The same kid was forced to wrestle heavyweight as a sophomore weighing 190lbs, because we had a two seniors at 189 and 215 that he couldn't beat. Both were very talented wrestlers and they would have started as freshmen on many, many teams because of that. The fact is that on that team we had probably 8 other freshmen that didn't start. Why? Because they weren't as experienced and had juniors or seniors ahead of them. Note that we did forfeit 103lbs and if we had a freshman or anyone for that matter in that spot he would most likely been someone that got beat 99% of the time due to lack of experience.
This year's team, our 103/112lber will get the spot because there will most likely be no one else at the weight class. The other kid who may or may not start because there are experienced juniors and seniors around his weight only lost one middle school match the past two years. Again, he is not a typical freshman.
Last year, when we had a solid, but not great team, we had two freshmen in the lineup. One at 103 that was a first year wrestler that won one real match and collected 12 forfeits during the season. They only reason he had a spot was because he was small. The other was our 171lber. Again, not a typical freshman as he was very experienced and went 23-9 basically wrestling up a weight class or two for us.
Your average freshman should not be a varsity athlete in ANY sport! Right now in the sport there are too many average or below average freshman that are starting for their varsity teams. That doesn't help the sport at all. When a coach is forced to throw out athletes that are not ready for varsity competition(no matter the age), the team and the product is not going to be as good.
I'm not here saying that kids like the Stiebers, Chris Phillips, David Taylor, Devos, McCaulley, etc. shouldn't be varsity, but those types are rare. Teams that throw out many freshmen and sophomores will not be good teams. I would venture to say the team with the most juniors and senior starting will win duals 9 times out of 10. Obviously other things factor into that, but if I were to see two teams I know nothing about wrestle and have to guess who would win a dual, I would go with the one with more upperclassmen. The same goes for if I am watching two individuals wrestling that I don't know. I would take the upperclassmen over the underclassmen if I didn't know anything else.