One of my favorite elements of the first month of a new collegiate season is seeing how freshmen work their way into their respective lineups and, in some cases, the national rankings. With wrestlers competing at a higher level, younger than ever, it’s not as much of a surprise that young wrestlers are able to compete against, and beat, fourth and fifth-year seniors.
Through two weeks of action, we’ve singled out some of the top freshman performances. 20 to be exact. Not only have we singled them out, but we’ve ranked ‘em too!
These rookie (freshman) rankings are just based on 2023-24 results. They are not a projection of things to come. There are wrestlers on the list that will rise here, and in the national rankings, as they wrestle more and face higher-ranked competition. Also, we’ve tried to stick with wrestlers that are going starting for the entire season and not redshirting.
After a brief synopsis of each wrestler’s 2023-24 season, we’ve listed his team’s schedule for this weekend.
20. Danny Wask (Navy - 174)
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