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    MatScouts Dynasty Fantasy Wrestling Pre-Draft Preview (John Foster)

    2021 NCAA All-American Greg Kerkvliet (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.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:

  • For wrestlers competing in dual meets, Standard Dual Team Scoring is used (win by Dec +3, loss by Dec -6, etc).

  • Bonus Points are given when your wrestler beats a ranked wrestler OR if your wrestler loses to a ranked wrestler

    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.

  • One starter per weight with two Flex classes.

  • Two in-season competitions of Head-to-Head Duals and Cumulative Total Points. Each competition brought with it the prize of earning additional team points for the National Tournament. 1st place = +9 team points for Nationals, 2nd place = +8, etc (if you win 1st in the Duals and Total Points, you earn +18 team points for Nationals, etc)

    The Incredible Bulks

    Team Manager: John Foster (@JohnFosterUSA)

    How It Started:

    If you got a question about a Big Man on a wrestling roster, John Foster is the guy you need to speak with. John was the #8 pick.

    For John's full draft recap, see the full draft board HERE

    Hindsight Draft Review:

    First Round Pick (#8 Overall): With the 8th overall pick, John went with one of the newer Nittany Lion in 285 Greg Kerkvliet. In 2020, he competed in nine matches as a Redshirt, winning them all, with five via Fall. With the small sample size in 2020 and the offseason Freestyle matches under the NLWC events, Kerk looked to be every bit as advertised, but the question was if he was going to wrestle in 2021 or not. First it was “no”, then he was thought to be injured, then he showed up and pinned two Maryland heavyweights in the last dual of the season. While the Big Ten Tourney didn't go as a lot of fans thought, Kerkvliet still qualified for the NCAA Tournament and was the 9-seed. He was close to ending up on the “Miss For The Season” designation, but instead finished 7th at Nationals.

    Great Picks: With his last pick, #248 overall out of 250, 165 Jake Wentzel was selected. He was the third 165 lber chosen by The Incredible Bulks and finished the regular season as the #13 Fantasy Wrestler at 165. With a controversial win over reigning 165 champ Mekhi Lewis, Wentzel entered Nationals as the 3-seed and made his way to the Finals.

    Under The Radar Pick: A blue chip recruit is not often seen as an “under the radar” kind of guy, but there's always a question of True Freshman transitioning into the NCAA grind. 157 Andrew Cerniglia looked to have swayed the doubters. Though the competition was not very high, Cerniglia went 5-0 in the regular season with two Techs and one Major which was good enough to tie for #17 in Fpts at 157.

    A Miss For This Season: For the 2020 Season, 165 Tanner Cook (SDSU) was electric and had probably the most impressive Fantasy Wrestling start to a season any wrestler could ask for. 11 of his first 15 matches were won by Fall and one by Tech which powered him to being the #6 Fantasy Wrestler at 165 (one point ahead of Alex Marinelli (IOWA)). Unfortunately, Cook did not take the mat in 2021.

    How The Season Played Out:

    The Incredible Bulks fell just short of making the podium in both Dual and Total Points Standings. The Season played out like a sine wave with wins and losses, but in the end he was able to secure 4th place in Dual and Total Points, which was good for an additional 12 bonus team points to be added to his final Team Score.

    See the full Dual and Total Points Standings HERE

    Foster was active for a few weeks in the Transfer Portal, helping to add some talent and try to keep chase for the top three in the Standings:

    - Drop 197 Chase Singletary (Ohio State), adds 197 Nick Reenan (NC State)

    - Drop 149 Dalton Harkins (Army), adds 184 Hunter Cruz (Fresno State)

    - Drop 174 Grayden Penner (Oklahoma), adds 197 Landon Pelham (Central Michigan)

    - Drop 285 Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force), adds 285 Christian Lance (Nebraska)

    - Drop 184 Hunter Cruz (Fresno State), adds 184 David Key (Navy)

    - Drop 197 Nick Reenan (NC State), adds 197 Colin McCracken (Kent State)

    2021 NCAA Tournament

    The Incredible Bulks approached the 2021 NCAA Tournament with this End-of-Season Roster:

    And this is the lineup John entered for Nationals:

    Just edging out The Murder Hornets by 1 point, The Incredible Bulks took the Silver Medal and finished 2nd in the #MatScoutsDynasty League Standings for the inaugural season.

    Incredible Bulks Entering the 2022 Season Draft

    This roster is pretty balanced overall and set up to potentially in 2025 have all but two weight classes covered with his original drafted team. Immediate needs for depth at 141 and potentially 165 if looking down the road a bit. Edmond will likely Redshirt, which leaves a postseason hole to fill. Other than that, this team is ready to pick up where it left off in 2021

    The Incredible Bulks has the #9 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!
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