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2019-20 Preseason DII Pound-for-Pound Rankings


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Preseason Pound-For-Pound Rankings

I woke up one morning and thought, why not? Fans love “Pound-for-Pound” rankings and I am a big fan of them too. After I was asked on Twitter about them, there was no turning back. This first one was probably the toughest because some excellent guys are returning. As easy as it was to pick my number one, it took me longer to work my way backward from there. A lot goes into selecting the best wrestlers P4P. I looked at accolades, records, dominance, and the weight class they are in. An argument could have been made for wrestlers who, while they are not currently the top wrestler at their weight, have shown incredible dominance as well. I expect there to be movement throughout this season as wrestlers hit their stride and newcomers challenge for their spot at the trough. I am starting with the current top ten, but during the season, wrestlers could fall out of or jump into this ranking even if they are not the current number one. For now, here is how I see #D2Wrestle entering this season.

 10. Isiah Royal (Jr) Newberry College 141

Isiah Royal went on a tear at the national tournament last season and landed in the national finals. He finished his season as a runner-up and is now a two-time national qualifier and first-time All-American. Isiah was part of a Newberry College squad that was one of the biggest surprises of the national tournament. Royal finished his season 29-7, bringing his two-year total to 52 wins. He returns to lead a Wolves team that is on the rise. Royal tallied bonus in 45% of his matches last season and I expect him to improve on that this season. He improved from his freshman to sophomore season, and I expect the veteran to make an even bigger jump this season. Last season, Royal handed top-ranked Brandon Ball his first loss of the season at the championships and also defeated two other All-Americans during the season. He was a Midwest Classic finalist, won Super Regional II, and was an NCAA finalist. That is a dominant run through a difficult weight class throughout the season. 

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