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    Photo: Tony Rotundo

    MatScouts Dynasty Fantasy Wrestling Pre-Draft Preview (Tony DiMarco)

    2x NCAA All-American Ryan Deakin (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:

  • 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)

    Cael Chips

    Team Manager: Tony DiMarco (@FantasyD1Wrestl)

    How It Started:

    Yours truly, Tony DiMarco, founder of Fantasy D1 Wrestling (For All Your Major Decisions) was the #4 overall pick.

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

    Hindsight Draft Review:

    First Round Pick (#4 Overall): With the 4th overall pick, Freshman 174 Carter Starocci (Penn State) was selected by Cael Chips. As a Redshirt Freshman, Starocci wrestled in four tournaments going a perfect 19-0 with a 63% bonus rate against. At the Southern Scuffle he scored 25 Fpts which alone would have made him the #35 Fantasy Wrestler at 174 in WrestleStat leagues. In all, he finished as the #8 Fantasy Wrestler at 174 and #63 in Fpts across all weights. This season, Starocci finished the regular season as the #17 Fantasy Wrestler at 174, but finished the year as one of only two potential 5-time National Champion winners.

    Great Picks: Being extremely thin at 165 as Evan Wick (Wisconsin) was selected in the 6th Round and was taking a year off, Andrew Sparks (MINN) was one of the highest remaining True Freshmen and was selected in the 21st round. He would go on to be the #14 Fantasy wrestler at 165 and put the wrestling world on notice about going into the 3rd period with him. Sparks could provide an anchor at 165 in Cael Chips' roster from the next couple years.

    Under The Radar Pick: It was debatable on what weight he would go, but Jeremiah Kent (Missouri) continued from his 2020 ways in being a Fantasy Wrestling go-to. He was selected by Cael Chips in the 23rd Round (#224 overall) and ended up being the #4 Fantasy wrestler at 184 in WrestleStat leagues.

    A Miss For This Season: Taken with the #24 overall pick (3rd Round) Cael Chips went with a young and talented 141 in Real Woods (STAN). Unfortunately, this season was a disaster from the beginning in that he did not even certify until days before the Pac-12 Conference Championships. He did wiggle his way into the NCAA Tournament, but there was zero production from him in the regular season.

    How The Season Played Out:

    After getting off to a three dual win streak, Cael Chips lost to The Ninnie's Propaganda in Week 4. They were able to bounce back and win the last four duals to take 1st in the Dual Standings. Thanks to a 100 point score in Week 6, Cael Chips was also able to secure the 1st place spot in the Total Points Standings. That was good for 18 additional team points to be added on to the final NCAA score.

    See the full Dual and Total Points Standings HERE

    Cael Chips, like Danny B Mobbin, played the Transfer Portal basically every week. Several of the add/drops were "use and lose" situations, while others became permanent and multi-week mainstays:

    - Drop 149 Adam Busiello (Penn State), adds 184/197 Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State)

    - Drop 125 Pat McKee (Minnesota), adds 125 Codi Russell (Appalachian State)

    - Drop 157 Tyler Eischens (Stanford), adds 174 Devin Kane (North Carolina)
    - Drop 141 Drew Munch (Lehigh), adds 184 Nelson Brands (Iowa)

    - Drop 157 Cole Handlovic (Cornell), adds 165 Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

    - Drop 174 Devin Kane (North Carolina), adds 157 Tyler Eischens (Stanford)

    - Drop 149 Josh Heil (Campbell), adds 133 Kellyn March (North Dakota State)

    - Drop 133 Kellyn March (North Dakota State), adds 133 Bryce West (Northern Illinois)

    - Drop 184 Nathan Haas (Nebraska), adds 157 Requir Van der Merwe (Stanford)

    - Drop 133 Bryce West (Northern Illinois), adds 174 Michael O'Malley (Drexel)

    - Drop 165 Ethan Smith (Ohio State), adds 141 Anthony Brito (Appalachian State)

    - Drop 174 Tyler Eischens (Stanford), adds 174 Donnell Washington (Indiana)

    - Drop 157 Requir van der Merwe (Stanford), adds 285 Seth Nevills (Penn State)

    - Drop 125 Codi Russell (Appalachian State), adds 165 Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

    - Drop 141 Anthony Brito (Appalachian State), adds 197 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming)

    - Drop 285 Seth Nevills (PSU), adds 184 Chris Weiler (Wisconsin)

    - Drop 285 Nathan Traxler (Stanford), adds 125 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin)

    Cael Chips was also involved in a few trades during the season:

    - 1/15/2021: Traded 184 Nelson Brands (Iowa) to Team JHagger for 141 Tariq Wilson (NC State)

    - 3/8/2021: Traded 133 Michael McGee (Arizona State), 184 Chris Weiler (Wisconsin) and 2022 3rd Rd Pick to Team Upson for Austin DeSanto (Iowa)

    2021 NCAA Tournament

    Team Cael Chips approached the 2021 NCAA Tournament with this End-of-Season Roster:

    And this is the lineup Tony entered for Nationals:

    Finishing with 164.5 total points, Cael Chips finished in First (that means CHAMPION) in the #MatScoutsDynasty League Standings for the inaugural season.

    Cael Chips Entering the 2022 Season Draft

    Two big retirements in Boo Lewallen (OKST) and Drew Hildebrandt (CMU) put Team Cael Chips a little behind the eight-ball, so to speak. Next year, seven wrestlers will be removed from the roster and four more (the current Juniors) in two years. Just like last year, this team is ready to compete TODAY, but after this season there will have to be some serious stocking of young talent to add depth (especially to the loser weights.

    Cael Chips is the #10 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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