Now that the 2021 Season has concluded, every team, every conference, and every site has their "End-of-Season" awards, so why not do the same at #FantasyCollegeWrestling? The end of the season leaves us with a lump sum of pure, raw, and uncut data. While we take the time to sift through it, and create that sweet sweet Fantasy Wrestling content you're itching for, here's a little taste.
Much like the "All-NBA'' teams, these wrestlers proved to be the outstanding competitors at their weights in the 2021 season. Most likely, they were the wrestlers that probably propelled your team (or the winner of your league this season) to the top of the podium to claim full bragging rights. The way these teams were compiled was purley off statistical superiority in their respective weight classes broken down by Total Season Points and, if a tie, Points Per Match.
While the articles that will help you prepare for next season's draft and 2022 Fantasy College Wrestling campaign are still being put together, let's give a quick round of applause for the top three "All-Fantasy" teams from the 2021 Season.
Again, there isn't a lot of meat to this, just more of a visual to show that Fantasy College Wrestling is not as easy as you might think it is. Only 15 of the following 36 wrestlers received All-American Honors. There are a lot of names here you might not expect or recognize, and a lot more that are suspiciously absent. We will touch on that in some upcoming articles.
Just a reminder of how points were tallied in WrestleStat Leagues:
The scoring used was Standart Team Scoring across all competitions (+3 for a win by decision, -4 for a loss by Major, etc)
Scoring only counted against D1 competition
Wins via Forfeits (FFT) would count as +6 towards a wrestler's point total
Wins or Losses by Medical Forfeit (MFF) did not count as + or - towards a wrestler's point total
Points were only accumulated during the regular season
2021 All-Fantasy First Team:
125: Codi Russell (Appalachian State)- 47 Fpts
133: Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)- 29 Fpts
141: Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)- 41 Fpts
149: Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State)- 46 Fpts
157: Jacob Wright (Wyoming)- 41 Fpts
165: Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State)- 47 Fpts
174: Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley)- 50 Fpts
184: Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois)- 43 Fpts
197: Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)- 62 Fpts
285: Michael McAleavey (The Citadel)- 48 Fpts
Float 1: Izzak Olejnik (Northern Illinois)- 40 Fpts [@ 165]
Float 2: Luke Weber (North Dakota State)- 40 Fpts [@ 165]
The All-Fantasy First Team finished the 2021 season with an impressive 534 total points and with six All-Americans. You may notice, however, that none took home first place honors.
In fact, none of the AA wrestlers that are in the All-Fantasy First Team won in their placement match: 133 Daton Fix took second, 149 Boo Lewallen & 165 Travis Wittlake got fourth, 174 Demetrius Romero & Brit Wilson got sixth, and 141 Clay Carlson took eighth.
Two wrestlers (157 Jacob Wright and 197 Tanner Sloan) reached the bloodround and the rest of the wrestlers on the First Team went a combined 6-8 at nationals.
2021 All-Fantasy Second Team:
125: Cody Phippen (Air Force)- 36 Fpts
133: Brendon Fenton (Kent State)- 27 Fpts
141: Durbin Lloren (Fresno State)- 38 Fpts
149: Brock Mauller (Missouri)- 42 Fpts
157: Hayden Hidlay (NC State)- 32 Fpts
165: Will Formato (Appalachian State)- 47 Fpts
174: Austin Murphy (Campbell)- 38 Fpts
184: Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State)- 42 Fpts
197: AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State)- 43 Fpts
285: Gable Steveson (Minnesota)- 47 Fpts
Float 1: Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State)- 39 Fpts [@ 285]
Float 2: Sammy Sasso (Ohio State)- 38 Fpts [@ 149]
With 470 Total Points for the 2021 Season, the All-Fantasy Second Team finished with more All-Americans than the First Team (seven). The Second Team can also boast that they had two Champions in AJ Ferrari and Gable Steveson.
Sammy Sasso finished as the runner-up at the national tournament, but was the fourth-highest Fantasy Wrestler at 149 this season. The other AAs include 285 Cohlton Schultz taking fourth place and 149 Brock Mauller, 157 Hayden Hidlay, & 184 Dakota Geer, finishing fifth at their respective weights.
Fun fact, 125 Cody Phippen and 133 Brendon Fenton did not even qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
2021 All-Fantasy Third Team:
125: Brandon Courtney (Arizona State)- 35 Fpts
133: Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh)- 26 Fpts
141: Anthony Brito (Appalachian State)- 36 Fpts
149: Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State)- 40 Fpts
157: Ben Barton (Campbell)- 32 Fpts
165: Keegan O'Toole (Missouri)- 44 Fpts
174: Thomas Flitz (Appalachian State)- 37 Fpts
184: Caleb Hopkins (Campbell)- 40 Fpts
197: Tyler Mousaw (VMI)- 42 Fpts
285: Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force)- 41 Fpts
Float 1: Legend Lamer (Cal Poly)- 36 Fpts [@ 149]
Float 2: Hayden Hastings (Wyoming)- 36 Fpts [@ 174]
The All-Fantasy Third Team finished the 2021 Season with 445 points, but doesn't have the same All-American flair that the other two Teams do. With only three AAs (125 Brandon Courtney finished as the runner-up, 165 Keegan O'Toole was 3rd, and 149 Jonathan Millner took 8th.
The rest of the team went a combined 11-16 at nationals, along with 197 Tyler Mousaw not qualifying for the tournament.
Hopefully, this quick-hit article did the trick: got you thinking about #FantasyCollegeWrestling again and getting the juices flowing for next season's draft.
Don't worry; we will be coming out with a lot more fun articles looking back at the Crazy COVID Season and the Fantasy Wrestling that came with it, but also looking forward to 2022 and preparing you for the season to come.
Stay Tuned, sports fans.
Photo: Tony Rotundo
Photo: Tony Rotundo
2021 All-Fantasy Wrestling TeamsDemetrius Romero in the NCAA quarterfinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)