Alabama Team Ranking Methodology
As a research scientist (professionally), I focus on methods and designing methods that are as free of bias as possible ... the same is true in how I construct the team rankings for Alabama. This is my attempt to be transparent in how the team rankings are constructed. It should be noted that the method described below does not hold for team rankings in duals. Having 3-4 very good wrestlers and several holes in a tournament format is not as much of a problem, in duals it is a significant liability.
The traditional team rankings are based on the individual rankings that have been constructed. Additionally, the methodology for the team rankings is based on the perspective of being at the "state tournament". Meaning all of the best individuals from around the state gather for one tournament (broken down into classifications). As an example, if 16 teams entered a regular season tournament and 4 teams were quite good and 12 were not as good ... the depth (kids that placed 3rd, 4th, or went 1-2) would make a significant difference in which team emerged as tournament champion. At the state level, where the best individuals from around the state are present, that is less of an issue ... the traditional state tournament rewards teams for having outstanding individuals, while still rewarding teams for having individual wrestlers that produce ... the margin for error is significantly thinner for 7A than for either 6A or 1A-5A. Getting 10 individuals to the state tournament and having 8 of them go 0-2 is like taking 2 to the state tournament - in terms of the team score. All of that said ... here is the process:
- Individuals are ranked based on their performance.
- Each "place" or "rank" is associated with a point structure, which differs based on classification.
- The point structure is based on last year's state tournament results ... what the average number of points the 1st place wrestler earned, the 2nd, and so on.
- The points for each individual are added and the combined score is the total team score.
An example, let's take Auburn in 7A. Auburn has 3 ranked wrestlers in the December Individual rankings ...
- Drimitri Anderson is ranked #2 at 285 so he earned 16 points
- Charlie Friedenreich is ranked #3 at 160 so he earned 12 points, and
- Dylan Pearson is ranked #5 at 152 so he earned 3 points.
Auburn as a result has a combined team score of 28 points. If Dylan Pearson drops to 145 and is ranked #3 in the next rankings, it will significantly impact the number of points Auburn will have in the next rankings.
Class 7A Points based on last year's State Tournament
Class 6A Points based on last year's State Tournament
Class 1A-5A Points based on last year's State Tournament