3x NCAA Champion Spencer Lee (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
If you think back hard enough, you may remember that your timeline was blowing up with random wrestler names and the hashtag #MatScoutsDynasty just over a year ago. That was the inaugural draft of the MatScouts Dynasty Fantasy League.
Since then, deals were made, duals were waged, and teams were sent to a grand National Tournament in March vying to be the Top Fantasy Wrestling Team in the Dynasty League. We now enter Season 2 of the #MatScoutsDynasty League, so let's catch you up to where all the teams stand.
As a refresher, here is the basic point scoring rules:
ex: if your wrestler beats Spencer Lee by Dec, your wrestler would get +3 for the Dec and another +6 for beating the #1 ranked wrestler.
If your wrestler loses by Dec to Spencer Lee, your wrestler is penalized only for -1 pt.
Team Manager: Dysen Gould (@Dysgould_2005)
How It Started:
Dysen Gould of PA Power Wrestling is the youngest member of the MatScouts Dynasty League and was drawn as the First Pick in the inaugural draft. It didn't take long for him to make the first pick.
** Wrestling Community, please help this man get a better "Team Name". Something like "The Gould Standard" or "alliseeisGould"
For Dysen's full draft recap, see the full draft board HERE
Hindsight Draft Review:
First Round Pick (#1 Overall): With the first overall pick in the 2021 MatScouts Fantasy Wrestling Dynasty League, Dysen went with securing at least 20 team points for March. You can't go wrong with the consensus #1 at a weight, and I don't think there is anyone who will say that Spencer Lee is not worthy of a first-round pick.
Great Picks: One of the best picks for Dysen was his 5th round pick (#41 overall) in 197 Tanner Sloan (SDSU). Coming into his Redshirt Freshman year, Tanner Sloan had defeated Eric Schultz (NEB), Jacob Warner (IOWA), Josh Hokit (FS), and Lucas Davison (NW). On top of that, the hype grew after Sloan won Gold at the 2019 Junior Pan -American Championships. As the #10 Fantasy Wrestler at 197 last season, Sloan amassed a bonus rate of just over 50%, but the majority of those bonus point wins were by Major. There's no question that the 197 spot is solidified for the Jackrabbits, and it's always good to have a "sure-thing" starter.
In WrestleStat leagues, he was the top Fantasy Wrestler not only at 197 but across all weights in the 2021 season.
Under The Radar Pick: True Freshman 174 (which turned out to be 197) Luke Surber (OKST). After pushing Freshman phenom Aj Ferrari in the wrestle-offs, Surber got multiple opportunities in extra matches, and not counting his injury and MFF, went 8-0 with four Techs and one Major. He finished as the #10 Fantasy Wrestler at 197.
A Miss For This Season: It could be due to the odd, shortened, COVID season, but Team Gould had several wrestlers that did not see any mat time and thus used up some bench space. A couple wrestlers who came in with some hype and high expectations were 149 Kevon Davenport (NEB) and 133 Gabe Tagg (UNC). Both only wrestled two matches each going a combined 1-4.
How The Season Played Out:
Team Gould started the season off strong, winning his first dual before hitting a three dual losing streak. In all, he ended with a regular season record of 3-5, which landed him 6th in the Dual Standings and 7th in Total Points Standings to earn +7 team points added to his NCAA Total.
See the full Dual and Total Points Standings HERE
As the season rolled on, some wrestlers had to be let go for some fresh blood. Dysen jumped into the Transfer Portal and made the following add/drops:
- Drop 197 Daniel Jezik (Oklahoma State), adds 133 Matt Schmidt (Missouri)
- Drop 149 Kevon Davenport (Nebraska), adds 149 Corbyn Munson (Central Michigan)
- Drop Gage Garcia (Michigan), adds 149 Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh)
- Drop 133 Gabe Tagg (North Carolina), adds 174 Austin Murphy (Campbell)
Team Gould was also involved in a couple trades this season:
- 1/13/2021: Danny B Mobbin' traded 165 Tommy Bullard for Team Gould 174 Chris Foca (Cornell)
- 3/15/2021: The Ninnie's Propaganda trades 149 Jaden Abas (Stanford) to Team Gould for a 2022 4th Round Pick ; Drop 285 Colby Whitehill (Pittsburgh)
2021 NCAA Tournament
Team Gould approached the 2021 NCAA Tournament with this End-of-Season Roster:
And this is the lineup Dysen entered for Nationals:
102.5 points would be good enough for 7th place in the Final #MatScoutsDynasty League Standings for the inaugural season.
Team Gould Entering the 2022 Season Draft
Next season there's going to be a mass exodus of those hang-around Seniors, including two powerhouse point getters in Spencer Lee and Jaydin Eierman, that Dysen is going to have to try and make up. His roster appears very green in the lower weights and seems overstocked at 165, but the upper weights lean more on the older side and and depth is lacking behind a 157 that will graduate after this season and a 197 who, though being the #1 Fantasy Wrestler across all weights last year, has a history of injury.
Team Gould is the #4 pick in the draft this season on October 18, 2021. Who should he target? Should he drop anyone before the draft? What weights need depth? Should he look to trade? who?
Let us know!