Conference tournaments are over, now it’s NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TIME.
Above is the point matrix (20 points for being ranked 1st, 19 for 2nd, etc) of the 60 D1 teams with at least 1 wrestler ranked in the top 20, provided by the good people at Intermat on today, the first Tuesday following the conference tournaments. At large bids are being rolled out today, then tomorrow we get 10 glorious 33 man, 16 seeded brackets over which to pour with fanboy glee.
Because the rankings are not weighted to tournament scoring, Oklahoma State sores more “points” than Penn State, but PSU is still the favorite, as evidenced by Intermat’s tournament based team rankings.
I am on record having previously stating that the Nifty Lions have about a 90% chance of winning the title, but perhaps I overestimated their odds? The Cowpokes could pull off an upset if a few things break their way and against Penn State. One has to wonder how things would have played out had Kaid Brock not gotten injured. Okie State is also the only program with all 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 20 at the moment.
It will also be interesting to see if an ACC team (either VA Tech or NC State) can break into the top 4 and snag a team trophy. And which will be the 2nd best B1G team, Iowa, Ohio State, or some other dark horse?
Also of note, the EIWA is only projected to have 4 All Americans; 2 champs, a runner up and an 8th place, all from the Cornell Big Red program. Lehigh will be sending 3 former all Americans (DCruz, Beckman and Nate Brown), however none are ranked in the top 8 as of yet.
In fact, let’s just go ahead and make a chart of the expected number of AA’s per conference. Yes, great idea, let’s do it.
Big Ten rolling deep as usual. And the ACC’s power waxes as the other Eastern conferences’ (EIWA & EWL) wane. But every conference gets at least one eightieth share of the glory. Or will they? We find out in less than two weeks!