The 2021 individual NCAA champions (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
InterMat's 2021-22 preseason rankings have been released! They can be found here !
Since it is early September, these are very fluid. Many schools are trying to figure out weights, so we will likely see some shuffling between now and November.
After doing extensive homework for the rankings, we have included wrestlers we expect to see compete during the 2021-22 campaign.
Freshmen from the Class of 2021 have not been included. They will be added as they compete and if they warrant inclusion.
Freshmen from the Class of 2020 that did not enroll in school last year have not been included. They will be added as they compete and if they warrant inclusion.
Most of the time, preseason rankings focus only on results that occurred during the previous season. This time we have given some additional weight to results before the 2021 season. The reasoning behind this decision is that Ivy League schools did not compete at all and some conferences were limited as to where they could compete.
There are some notable wrestlers in the transfer portal. They have not been included. Once they make their transfer intentions known, they may be added.
Dual Meet and Tournament rankings only factor in wrestlers considered for the rankings. Teams with true freshmen projected to start may appear lower than their actual levels initially.
Due to the "free year" eligibility-wise in 2021, there are very few notable wrestlers that competed last year and are not back for this season. Therefore every weight class could be considered "stacked". This should benefit the fans with some incredible matchups. But, keep that in mind when looking at the rankings!