Think you know wrestling? Or are you just a compulsive gambler? We aren't here to judge. But what we are here to do is offer an XL "3zus Saves" T-shirt to whoever can win our 2015 NCAA Wrestling Tournament Fantasy Pool.
How to Make Your Team
- You choose ten guys to form your team, one from each weight class
- You have a limit of one wrestler per seed for the top ten. 11-16 seeds and unseeded guys are fair game with no limit
In other words, you can pick only one #1 seeded guy, One #2 seeded guy. One #3 seeded guy. And so on. Anybody outside of the top ten, including unseeded wrestlers, are fair game. So if you think there is a guy outside the top ten who is going to make a deep run, go ahead and use them in place of a top ten guy.
How Scoring Works
The scoring will be by the same rules the NCAA uses for the tournament.
Each win in the championship bracket is worth 1 point
Each win in the consolation bracket is worth .5 points
Each fall, forfeit, default, disqualification is worth an extra 2 points
Each tech fall (w/ near fall points) is worth an extra 1.5 points
Each tech fall (w/o near fall points) is worth an extra 1 point
Each major decision is worth an extra point
In addition to the points scored for winning matches, placing in the top eight and earning All American status is worth the following.
1st place: 16 points
2nd place: 12 points
3rd place: 10 points
4th place: 9 points
5th place: 7 points
6th place: 6 points
7th place: 4 points
8th place: 3 points
Basically, you want to pick guys that you think are going to make deep runs into the bracket, and ideally get some pins along the way.
Where do I find the brackets?
The top ten seeds at each weight are listed below and full brackets can be found here (.pdf).
|3||Joey Dance||Virginia Tech|
|4||Nathan Tomasello||Ohio State|
|7||Eddie Klimara||Oklahoma State|
|9||Dylan Peters||Northern Iowa|
|10||Ronnie Rios||Oregon State|
|4||Johnni DiJulius||Ohio State|
|6||Earl Hall||Iowa State|
|7||James Gulibon||Penn State|
|1||Logan Stieber||Ohio State|
|4||Devin Carter||Virginia Tech|
|8||Geo Martinez||Boise State|
|10||Zachary Horan||Central Michigan|
|7||Sal Mastriani||Virginia Tech|
|8||Alexander Richardson||Old Dominion|
|9||Gabe Moreno||Iowa State|
|10||Christian Pagdilao||Arizona State|
|5||Cody Pack||South Dakota State|
|6||Josh Demas||Ohio State|
|7||Ian Miller||Kent State|
|1||Alex Dieringer||Oklahoma State|
|2||Michael Moreno||Iowa State|
|5||Bo Jordan||Ohio State|
|2||Matthew Brown||Penn State|
|7||Zach Epperly||Virginia Tech|
|10||Mark Martin||Ohio State|
|3||Blake Stauffer||Arizona State|
|4||Jack Dechow||Old Dominion|
|5||Taylor Meeks||Oregon State|
|6||Hayden Zillmer||North Dakota State|
|2||Morgan McIntosh||Penn State|
|3||Kyven Gadson||Iowa State|
|4||Kyle Snyder||Ohio State|
|1||Nick Gwiazdowski||NC State|
|4||Austin Marsden||Oklahoma State|
|7||Blaize Cabell||Northern Iowa|
|8||James Lawson||Penn State|
|10||Ty Walz||Virginia Tech|
I'm so excited, what do I do now?
Create your team! Put your ten guys in the comments. We'll leave a reply letting you know if your team works or if you need to make some changes. Submissions are due before the first pigtail matches kick off on Thursday morning. And don't worry if someone has already picked a wrestler you want - duplicates are fine. Just don't duplicate someone's entire team.
I'm so scared, can you give me an an example?
Sure thing. Here's a sample team.
125: #5 Sean Boyle - Chattanooga
133: #6 Earl Hall - Iowa State
141: #10 Zach Horan - Central Michigan
149: #2 Jason Tsirtsis - Northwestern
157: #8 John Boyle - American
165: #1 Alex Dieringer - Oklahoma State
174: #4 John Eblen - Missouri
184: #7 Nathan Brown - Lehigh
197: #3 Kyven Gadson - Iowa State
HWT: #10 Ty Walz - Virginia Tech
How will results be updated?
Updated fantasy pool results will be included in our daily NCAA tournament previews & open threads. Once the tournament is over on Saturday night we'll get ahold of the winner so we can send them their 3Zus shirt..
If you have any questions please just leave a comment and we'll help you out.