Quantcast
College Wrestling News

Stat Corner Powered by WrestleStat: DI Individual Strength of Schedule

Stat Corner

After the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last week saw numerous wrestlers run a brutal gauntlet as they made their way through the brackets, we wanted to see who has had the toughest road so far.  So, we kick off this year’s series of Stat Corner Powered by WrestleStat with a look at the toughest individual schedules faced by Division I wrestlers so far.  Just as we did last year, we pulled the data from WrestleStat, looking at matches against the top five, top 10, top 20, and top 50 wrestlers in the country.  We assigned values of four points for a top five clash, three facing six through 10, two for the bottom half of the top 20, and one for the rest of the top 50.  We totaled them up and here are the top 30 toughest schedules in the nation so far.

Name School Weight Top 5 6 through 10 11 through 20 21 through 50 SoS Pts
1 Yoanse Mejias Oklahoma 174 3 2 3 5 29
2 Shawn Streck Purdue 285 4 1 3 4 29
3 Drew Mattin Michigan 125 2 1 3 8 25
4 Christian Moody Oklahoma 125 1 3 3 6 25
5 Taylor LaMont Utah Valley 125 1 4 3 3 25
6 Zack Zavatsky Virginia Tech 184 1 3 4 4 25
7 Josh Shields Arizona State 157 2 2 2 5 23
8 Michael Sprague American 149 2 2 3 2 22
9 Myles Amine Michigan 174 2 1 4 3 22
10 Josh Terao American 133 2 3 1 2 21
11 Ali Naser Arizona State 133 3 2 0 3 21
12 Anthony Tutolo Kent State 133 2 2 2 3 21
13 Evan Wick Wisconsin 165 2 1 3 4 21
14 Anthony Valencia Arizona State 165 2 1 2 5 20
15 Steve Schneider Binghamton 184 3 1 1 3 20
16 Austin DeSanto Drexel 133 4 1 0 1 20
17 Zach Sherman North Carolina 133 3 1 0 5 20
18 Dylan Lydy Purdue 174 0 2 4 6 20
19 Louie Hayes Virginia 125 2 0 3 6 20
20 Devin Nye Kent State 285 3 0 2 3 19
21 Jared Haught Virginia Tech 197 2 1 1 6 19
22 Zahid Valencia Arizona State 174 3 0 1 4 18
23 Jacob Kasper Duke 285 2 0 3 4 18
24 Korbin Myers Edinboro 133 2 3 0 1 18
25 Andrew Fogarty North Dakota State 165 2 2 1 2 18
26 Nathan Traxler Stanford 197 2 0 1 8 18
27 Dennis Gustafson Virginia Tech 133 0 3 2 5 18
28 Coleman Hammond CSU Bakersfield 157 0 2 3 5 17
29 Jacob Schwarm Northern Iowa 125 1 1 2 6 17
30 Luke Pletcher Ohio State 133 1 1 2 6 17

The most glaring thing about this list is that every single one of the top 30 were in Vegas.  Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma) and Shawn Streck (Purdue) share the title of the toughest slate in the nation in 2017-18 so far, each having faced five top 10 foes and eight in the top 20.  True freshman Drew Mattin (Michigan) has survived a trial by fire doing surprisingly well against a schedule that has been the third-toughest overall.

While this measure is good to see who has hit the toughest wrestlers the most often, it can also be good to see which grapplers have earned the most SoS points per match.  Here are the top 30 in that category (minimum seven matches wrestled).

Name School Weight Top 5 6 Through 10 11 through 20 21 through 50 SoS Pts Matches SoS Pts/Match
1 Tanner Hall Arizona State 285 2 1 2 1 16 8 2
2 Jordan Wood Lehigh 285 2 1 0 2 13 7 1.857
3 Alec Pantaleo Michigan 157 1 2 1 1 13 7 1.857
4 Solomon Chishko Virginia Tech 149 2 0 2 1 13 7 1.857
5 Myles Amine Michigan 174 2 1 4 3 22 12 1.833
6 Zahid Valencia Arizona State 174 3 0 1 4 18 10 1.8
7 Ryan Preisch Lehigh 184 2 1 0 1 12 7 1.714
8 Steve Schneider Binghamton 184 3 1 1 3 20 12 1.667
9 Yoanse Mejias Oklahoma 174 3 2 3 5 29 18 1.611
10 Nick Stephani Bucknell 174 1 2 1 4 16 10 1.6
11 Logan Massa Michigan 165 0 4 1 2 16 10 1.6
12 Drew Mattin Michigan 125 2 1 3 8 25 16 1.563
13 Christian Moody Oklahoma 125 1 3 3 6 25 16 1.563
14 Zach Sherman North Carolina 133 3 1 0 5 20 13 1.538
15 Josh Shields Arizona State 157 2 2 2 5 23 15 1.533
16 Jordan Kutler Lehigh 174 2 0 1 2 12 8 1.5
17 Jared Haught Virginia Tech 197 2 1 1 6 19 13 1.462
18 Shawn Streck Purdue 285 4 1 3 4 29 20 1.45
19 Austin DeSanto Drexel 133 4 1 0 1 20 14 1.429
20 Benjamin Honis Cornell 197 2 1 0 3 14 10 1.4
21 Zack Zavatsky Virginia Tech 184 1 3 4 4 25 18 1.389
22 Korbin Myers Edinboro 133 2 3 0 1 18 13 1.385
23 Michael Sprague American 149 2 2 3 2 22 16 1.375
24 Scott Parker Lehigh 133 1 2 0 1 11 8 1.375
25 Luke Karam Lehigh 141 1 1 1 2 11 8 1.375
26 Ian Brown Lehigh 157 1 1 0 4 11 8 1.375
27 Tristan Sponseller Lock Haven 197 0 2 1 3 11 8 1.375
28 Stevan Micic Michigan 133 0 2 1 3 11 8 1.375
29 Bryce Carr Chattanooga 184 1 2 2 1 15 11 1.364
30 Justin Oliver Central Michigan 149 0 2 3 4 16 12 1.333

This metric involves more teams, particularly Lehigh who has already faced Michigan and Penn State in addition to competing at the Journeymen Classic.  There are still plenty of wrestlers who were in Vegas, which is to be expected given the sheer number of teams present, but this look also sees names who have had to grind through a rough slate in other places.  It is interesting to note Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech) did not compete at the CKLV, though his team did.  Given his numbers here, he might be high on both lists had he made the trip and performed his best.  The Strength of Schedule metric is somewhat luck and circumstance, but it is difficult to make this list without having some success.  Winning at tournaments typically raises your SoS as you tend to face tougher competition in the later rounds.  The results here bear that out.  There are a lot of tough competitors on this list.

Check back next week when we add bonus points to the mix in an effort to see who is performing the best accounting for strength of opposition and results.

To Top