January 24, 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 7A Rankings
Traditional Team top 8
Summary: Vestavia continues to hold the lead over the rest of the field. With 11 wrestlers ranked in the top 8, they will be tough to beat coming down the stretch. Thompson and Oak Mountain each have 8 and have the best chance of putting pressure on the Rebels. Huntsville has 4 hammers and edges Hewitt for 5th. Hewitt has been stocked well between 120 and 145, but needs to fill the holes at 220 and 285 if they are going to contend. Hoover, Grissom, and Bob Jones round out the top 8. Central-Phenix City, Sparkman, and Smiths Station make the list as honorable mention.
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.
NOTE: Just received news that Morris has moved to Oklahoma, so he will be removed moving forward. Another note regarding Gonzalez, Segars, and Toney ... each could claim the #4 spot (honestly each could make a case for being #3 or even #2 because they haven't faced one another, other than Hughes beating Toney). Gonzalez has 5 wins over Segars throughout the season (4 of which occurred at 113) and each of the three has beaten another in the last two weeks. They could easily be ranked differently and perhaps the best way to rank them would be to put a 4 next to each name. Whoever places higher at sectionals (and state) could come down to who match-ups with who. It wouldn't be a surprise to see any of the three on top of the podium at sectionals.
Apologies to Jaxon Bast of Spain Park ... been spelling your name wrong all season. Will certainly get it right when we do the Fan's Guide for the state tournament next week.