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NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« on: April 06, 2022, 01:53:31 PM »
I counted up and reviewed all of the individual weight class champions - and the school they represented - from 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.   That's a total of 40 individual weight class champions.  Here are the results:

Big Ten Conference - 25 champions

All other D-1 Conferences - 15 champions

Have to give the Big Ten Conference it's due that they are the # 1 wrestling conference.  I don't think that's even debatable.  But after all the Big Ten has 14 teams with wrestling programs.  Including teams such as Penn State, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, etc.   It's no wonder they are number one. 

However what about the fact that 15 of those 40 individual weight class champions wrestled for schools that are NOT in the Big Ten.   That's 37 1/2 percent of the championships being won by wrestlers who don't wrestle for Big Ten Schools.

2018 - 6 Big Ten champions - 4 non Big Ten champions
2019 - 6 Big Ten champions - 4 non Big Ten champions
2021 - 6 Big Ten champions - 4 non Big Ten champions
2022 - 7 Big Ten champions - 3 non Big Ten champions
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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2022, 05:20:47 PM »
Makes you wonder why blue chippers would go anywhere but B1G.  Why go to Stanford, Cal Poly, Princeton, Lock Haven, etc?   Lock Haven used to have a really great program, but it seems they are not at that level anymore.   And this is why I feel that Ok St under performs quite often.   As your data shows, you have to be in B1G to become a champ more often than not.  Iowa St has no excuse really, they were a powerhouse and I can only think that coaching there under performed and they are not getting the recruits they should get.  Missouri has had some success.   But you will get small spurts of champs from a team then nothing for a long while. 

In your list, how many of the 15 were from Big 12?  Lately Cornell has done well with Dake and Yanni.  Very interesting topic really.

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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2022, 05:52:54 PM »
I don't recall how many were from the Big 12 but I'd GUESS there were three or four from the Big 12.  I'd have to go back and do it all over again to be sure.

I don't disagree with your point here tho.  I think with the inventions of the transfer portal (I agree with coach Smith's observation on that - it's toxic) and now with the N.I.L. money the days of "amateur" athletics are over and he who has the most $$$$$ wins it.  It's a truly sad day for college athletics.  As the old saying goes "Be careful what you wish for...................you might just get it".

P.S. I have to correct myself the Big Ten won eight weight classes this year - NOT seven.  My mistake.  Apparently I can't count.  The only two non-Big Ten champs this year were Cornell's Diakomilhalis at 149 lbs and Missouri's O'Toole at 165 lbs
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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2022, 06:07:49 PM »
To answer your Big 12 question there were five wrestlers (of 14) from the Big 12 who won individual weight class championships between 2018 and 2022.  O' Toole of Missouri at 165 lbs in 2022 as mentioned and Carr of Iowa State at 157 lbs in 2021 as well as Ferrari of Oklahoma State at 197 lbs (also in 2021), Foster of Northern Iowa at 184 lbs in 2019 and Gross of South Dakota State at 133 lbs in 2018.

Three of the 14 were from the PAC 12.  Shane Griffith of Stanford at 165 lbs in 2021 and Zahid Valencia of Arizona State at 174 lbs in 2018 and 2019.   Diahomihalis of Cornell won three championships in that five year period - at 141 lbs in 2018, and 2019 and at 149 lbs in 2022.
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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2022, 09:03:10 PM »
B1G #1. Not even remotely close.
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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2022, 07:06:25 AM »
To answer your Big 12 question there were five wrestlers (of 14) from the Big 12 who won individual weight class championships between 2018 and 2022.  O' Toole of Missouri at 165 lbs in 2022 as mentioned and Carr of Iowa State at 157 lbs in 2021 as well as Ferrari of Oklahoma State at 197 lbs (also in 2021), Foster of Northern Iowa at 184 lbs in 2019 and Gross of South Dakota State at 133 lbs in 2018.

Three of the 14 were from the PAC 12.  Shane Griffith of Stanford at 165 lbs in 2021 and Zahid Valencia of Arizona State at 174 lbs in 2018 and 2019.   Diahomihalis of Cornell won three championships in that five year period - at 141 lbs in 2018, and 2019 and at 149 lbs in 2022.

It may be worthy of a separate string, but....Diakomihalis has had his 4 years at Cornell.  3 championships and he missed 20-21 because the Ivy cancelled the season.  The Ivy has had a standing rule, only 4 years of eligibility.  If you view 20-21 as a red shirt year in the eyes of a non-Ivy, added with the NCAA COVID bonus year, he has 2 years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

Does he forego those 2 years and focus on freestyle, does he transfer to a non-Ivy like Princeton's Brucki, or does the Ivy award a 5th year to all student athletes ?  I'm fairly certain the 5th year is out.  Graduate in 4 and you are done.  With the NIL cashflow, Yianni would be worth a bundle taking a grad transfer to another school.  No way he makes as much cash getting paid by a regional training camp.  I think we will be seeing him in a different NCAA singlet next year since he could be the first and only 5 time champ.

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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2022, 12:16:28 PM »
Interesting, a 5 time champ where eligibility is usually capped at 4 years.  100 years from now they'll wonder what happened there.   :)

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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2022, 04:48:02 PM »
To answer your Big 12 question there were five wrestlers (of 14) from the Big 12 who won individual weight class championships between 2018 and 2022.  O' Toole of Missouri at 165 lbs in 2022 as mentioned and Carr of Iowa State at 157 lbs in 2021 as well as Ferrari of Oklahoma State at 197 lbs (also in 2021), Foster of Northern Iowa at 184 lbs in 2019 and Gross of South Dakota State at 133 lbs in 2018.

Three of the 14 were from the PAC 12.  Shane Griffith of Stanford at 165 lbs in 2021 and Zahid Valencia of Arizona State at 174 lbs in 2018 and 2019.   Diahomihalis of Cornell won three championships in that five year period - at 141 lbs in 2018, and 2019 and at 149 lbs in 2022.

It may be worthy of a separate string, but....Diakomihalis has had his 4 years at Cornell.  3 championships and he missed 20-21 because the Ivy cancelled the season.  The Ivy has had a standing rule, only 4 years of eligibility.  If you view 20-21 as a red shirt year in the eyes of a non-Ivy, added with the NCAA COVID bonus year, he has 2 years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

Does he forego those 2 years and focus on freestyle, does he transfer to a non-Ivy like Princeton's Brucki, or does the Ivy award a 5th year to all student athletes ?  I'm fairly certain the 5th year is out.  Graduate in 4 and you are done.  With the NIL cashflow, Yianni would be worth a bundle taking a grad transfer to another school.  No way he makes as much cash getting paid by a regional training camp.  I think we will be seeing him in a different NCAA singlet next year since he could be the first and only 5 time champ.

If he was going to enter the transfer portal I would think he would have done so by now.  But it's an interesting point you bring up here.
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Re: NCAA wrestling weight class championships since 2018
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2022, 09:04:12 PM »
To answer your Big 12 question there were five wrestlers (of 14) from the Big 12 who won individual weight class championships between 2018 and 2022.  O' Toole of Missouri at 165 lbs in 2022 as mentioned and Carr of Iowa State at 157 lbs in 2021 as well as Ferrari of Oklahoma State at 197 lbs (also in 2021), Foster of Northern Iowa at 184 lbs in 2019 and Gross of South Dakota State at 133 lbs in 2018.

Three of the 14 were from the PAC 12.  Shane Griffith of Stanford at 165 lbs in 2021 and Zahid Valencia of Arizona State at 174 lbs in 2018 and 2019.   Diahomihalis of Cornell won three championships in that five year period - at 141 lbs in 2018, and 2019 and at 149 lbs in 2022.

It may be worthy of a separate string, but....Diakomihalis has had his 4 years at Cornell.  3 championships and he missed 20-21 because the Ivy cancelled the season.  The Ivy has had a standing rule, only 4 years of eligibility.  If you view 20-21 as a red shirt year in the eyes of a non-Ivy, added with the NCAA COVID bonus year, he has 2 years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

Does he forego those 2 years and focus on freestyle, does he transfer to a non-Ivy like Princeton's Brucki, or does the Ivy award a 5th year to all student athletes ?  I'm fairly certain the 5th year is out.  Graduate in 4 and you are done.  With the NIL cashflow, Yianni would be worth a bundle taking a grad transfer to another school.  No way he makes as much cash getting paid by a regional training camp.  I think we will be seeing him in a different NCAA singlet next year since he could be the first and only 5 time champ.

If he was going to enter the transfer portal I would think he would have done so by now.  But it's an interesting point you bring up here.

1) There may well be an appeal to the Ivy committee to allow a graduate student to enjoy hte extra eligibility.  It would leave the Ivy 4 year undergrad rule in tact.
2)  As a grad, he can talk to any school about grad school and wrestling without going through the portal.  That wouldn't happen until he graduates in May. 

Timing is not an issue.  There no school other than an Ivy that would deny his interest, no matter when the question arose.  Coaches can ramrod applicants through the process unquestioned.