Preseason is one of my favorite times of the year. The discussion of who should be ranked where, what teams will surprise, and the difference of a few spots in the rankings are all topics that could be talked to death before a single competition.
Pure rankings are tough to do (shout-out to Earl Smith), especially when you’re doing all the teams in a conference. So instead I decided to try and group them into tiers. Of course, every team is going to say that they want team and individual titles, but what are some other storylines that fans should be keeping an eye out for?
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- California Baptist
In their first season fully competing at Division I California Baptist went 1-6 in conference dual competition. They notched a big upset win over Wyoming with a 22-10 victory on the road. One of their best wrestlers Eli Griffin was injured before Big 12’s and is currently ranked #28 at 125lbs. Head coach Derek Moore won Amateur Wrestling News Rookie Coach of the Year, and with three incoming big boarders, are showing the building blocks needed to compete in the Big 12.
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