January 25, 2017
NOTE: Includes all matches through January 22nd
Assumptions and Limitations ... we assume the results reported to us or into trackwrestling are accurate. Obviously, there are teams and individuals that compete and we do not have their information ... this is a significant limitation to the rankings and should be considered. Just an note: wrestlers that compete against "higher level" competition get "weighted" more than those that do not. Meaning - a wrestler goes unbeaten at 13-0, but has only wrestled the same 6 wrestlers in a small area of the state will get less consideration than a wrestler that is 8-5, but has 5 losses in top tournaments across the state or Southeast. Please remember that these are one person's opinion regarding the order of wrestlers at each weight class ...
Also note that several placers and qualifiers from last year are missing from the rankings ... if a wrestler has not wrestled yet in 2016-2017, they have been left off the rankings.
Alabama Class 6A Rankings
Traditional Team top 8
Summary: I know the casual fan will look at the new rankings and say, "but Southside-Gadsden beat Pinson Valley in a dual ... how can they be #5?" I remind you that these are traditional team rankings, not dual rankings. Wrestlers from other teams have a bearing on these rankings because they presume to be the points a wrestler would score at the state tournament. That said, Pinson Valley maintains the top spot with 11 ranked wrestlers. Oxford and Athens are #2 and #3 with 7 wrestlers each. Homewood comes in at #4 with Southside, Gadsden #5. Each of the top 5 teams have a legitimate shot to push Pinson Valley, but will need to get 8-10 wrestlers through to the state tournament (assuming Pinson Valley keeps their 11). Wetumpka, McAdory, and Clay-Chalkville round out our top 8.
NOTE: These are the Traditional Team Rankings ... not Dual Rankings. There is a significant difference between the two. I have not constructed a methodologically sound way to calculate a dual ranking. Much depends on match-ups, forfeits, and other factors. A good example is in 1A-5A where Arab with 12 wrestlers ranked in the top 8 would almost certainly be on top of the dual rankings as well, but a team like Scottsboro with just 3 ranked wrestlers might not be in the top 8. Moody, Jemison, and Ohatchee (our current honorable mention teams in 1A-5A traditional) have more ranked wrestlers than Scottsoboro ... meaning they might be ranked higher in that format.