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    2022 MatScouts Dynasty Fantasy Wrestling Pre-Draft Preview (Willie Saylor)

    2022 NCAA Finalist Cohlton Schultz (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    The #MatScoutsDynasty League Draft is set for Wednesday October 12, 2022. To get not only the 10 members of this Dynasty League set for the draft, we thought we would share some insights to our rosters for the general public.

    Assessments, Critiques, and Opinions welcomed.

    Next Up - Brain Power

    Team Manager: Willie Saylor (@MatScouts1)

    2022 Regular Season Standings:

    Dual Record: 7-8
    Points For: 804 ,
    Points Against: 838.5 (-34.5 Difference)

    Total Points: 804

    NCAA Championship:
    119 Team Points (T-5th Place)

    Last year's 10th place finisher started the season with two straight dual losses, but through the transfer portal and some freshmen stepping up, Team Brain Power was able to get some extra bonus points towards nationals.

    Team Brain Power didn't have the postseason firepower, though and fell to the middle of the final standings. Five of his wrestlers finished Top-4 at 2022 Nationals, but the lack of points from 165 and 174, a total "0" combined," was too much to overcome.

    But, as they say, Trust the Process. The Brain Power youth movement is coming.

    With that, Team Brain Power is slated to be the #6 Overall Pick and hasn't moved in anticipation of adding to his freshmen crew.

    As it currently sits, Brain Power have 5 open roster spots (30 max per team)

    Roster Analysis:

    The Brain Power roster only has three seniors at three different weights, with two of them having starter caliber backups to bridge the gap for the 2024 season and beyond. 141, 149, 165, 184, and 197 are filled with wrestlers who will be AA Contenders for the next three years which gives Brain Power the ability to focus on where he will be weakest.

    There are a couple spots that need immediate attention such as 125 and 133, because between the three wrestlers and two weights, one is not going to have the depth. Dean Perterson is listed on the Rutgers roster as 125, and he wrestled 133 last season in Redshirt. Rutgers has a logjam in the lower weights so it is not clear where Peterson ends up. Heinselman, while he looked like he jumped a level last season, still has not AA'd, and Michael Colaiocco is listed as a Junior and hasn't had postseason success, yet.

    157 can be considered Brain Power's "oldest weight" being comprised of one senior and two juniors. Of those three, Jared Franek has had the best Fantasy Success (#7 in Fpts at 157 for both 2021 and 2022 seasons), and being a 2X Bloodrounder. With this recruiting class having a good stock of 157s, it may be worth a 1st round pick to refresh that part of the lineup.

    Brain Power does have trading power, in that his four 197s are all AA caliber and even finalist contenders with three of them being sophomores. With that weight being one of the more "up in the air" when it comes to parity, it gives Brain Power the chance to use that Greatest Mind in Wrestling to construct a winning trade.

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