WrestleStat is a website designed for all Division I college wrestling fans and media. The main premise behind the site was to provide the ability for fans to compare different teams lineups, and show the common opponents between the head-to-head wrestlers at each weight. Since the original concept, there have been many additions which have expanded the array of information available to everyone.
The Fantasy Pick'Em is just a friendly contest that is held on a week-to-week basis. Since there are no public Wrestling Fantasy sites on the web, this is WrestleStat's attempt to get something like this out there, free for everyone.
Each week, WrestleStat identifies 20 "Feature Matches" out of the duals that are scheduled for an upcoming week. Feature Matches are generated based on the closeness of rankings between two potential starters. There will always be at least 1 feature match at each weight. Once the feature matches are generated, users can go and select the winner or loser for anywhere from 0, 1, or all 20 matches. There are no requirements on the number of feature matches that must be selected. After the Fantasy week has passed, the results of all users picks will be generated and leaderboards will be updated. There are separate leaderboards for Weekly, Monthly, and Season long results. All users will show up on the leaderboards. A user will only have a ranking on each respective leaderboard if they have participated in at least 50% of the feature matches for that time period/leaderboard. Example, for the Weekly leaderboard, a user will need to enter a prediction for at least 10 of the feature matches.
When WrestleStat predicts the matches for the upcoming duals, it is based on who the current starters are for those 2 particular teams. If the coach of either team decides to start a different wrestler, then that feature match will never occur. Therefore, instead of marking that particular feature match prediction as a loss, it is categorized as a DNW. DNW's DO count toward the 50% minimum that is required to be eligible for a ranking on the leaderboards.
Since there isn't a requirement of participating in ALL of the feature matches that are available, rankings cannot be determine by the standard win/loss numbers. The ranking is determined by the percentage of wins. (Wins / (Wins + Losses))
Navigate to the "Last Week" page, aka Weekly Leaderboard. On this page, the user should be shown in red text, which means it's a hyperlink. Click on the link to view the predictions for that user. You cannot view a users predictions until that week has already passed.
Once the season is underway, Feature Matches will be generated on each Wednesday for the upcoming week. If there are feature matches for the week of 11/31/2014 thru 12/07/2014, then the Feature Matches for that week will be generated on the morning of Wednesday, 11/26/2014.
Once a Fantasy Week has completed, all results will be calculated and updated on the following Wednesday. If there were feature matches for the week of 11/31/2014 thru 12/07/2014, then the results will be calculated and updated on Wednesday, 12/10/2014.
Rankings are re-generated every Tuesday during the season.
WrestleStat Rankings are 100% computer generated and is based on a custom variation of the popular Rating system called Elo (see Wikipedia for detailed information). The Elo rating system is used primarily in Chess, as well as Yahoo Games, and some other online gaming sites. There have been a few modifications to the algorithm to make this work well for wrestling. The algorithm factors in the margin of victory in every match. A FALL produces the largest margin of victory, followed by Tech Fall 5, then Tech Fall 4, etc. Other special weighting is applied for wrestlers that have fewer total matches. Any non-traditional results (forfeits, etc) do not have the margin of victory factored in when calculating the rating change for that particular match.
The stats that are saved in WrestleStat allows for rankings of each of those types of statistics. For example, Falls are recorded, and the stats rankings page will show the top 'X' wrestlers with the most falls.
WrestleTrak gives users of WrestleStat the ability to track wrestler(s) and/or school(s) directly from the homepage. Once a school or wrestler is added to WrestleTrak, the homepage will show a little widget that will contain the team/wrestler, ranking, last 5 matches (if available), as well as next 5 projected duals/dual matches (if available). For Wrestlers, the next 5 projected matches will only show up if that wrestler is designated as a starter.
These are basically the same thing, except in wrestling, partial scholarships are allowed. Because of this, the term "scholarship distribution" does not apply correctly. Since WrestleStat doesn't know how much "money" is offered to the student-athlete, the easiest is to just track all wrestlers on the team, and their respective eligibility classification, hence the term "Eligibility Breakdown".
The majority of wrestlers in college will redshirt there first season of their collegiate career. Because of that, it's good to know whether a wrestler is a true freshman (and taking a redshirt) vs a redshirt freshman (which would be their 2nd season in college). Wrestlers can, and do, redshirt during different seasons, but the "RS" in front of their class will only show up during the freshman (2nd) season.
This was the #1 reason why this site was developed. As a fan, I want to compare two wrestlers that are going to compete. One thing I wanted to compare was how both wrestlers did versus "common opponents". That is, of the two wrestlers that are being compared, which wrestlers have they BOTH wrestled against in the same season. Displaying the results of those matches between the common opponents can/will give fans a better idea of how two wrestlers may fare against each other.
Common opponents for wrestlers are opponents that two wrestlers have BOTH wrestled against. Showing the common opponents between two wrestlers gives the fan a slightly better perspective of how the head-to-head matchup may result. Obviously every match is different, but it gives a good baseline.
PermaLinks were created because there's the possibility that the starters for a team can be changed by any user of WrestleStat. If Editors/Bloggers want to do an article for an upcoming dual while providing a link to the Dual Comparison page for that match, there's always the possibility that another user on WrestleStat changes the starters that are defined for either team. PermaLinks solves this problem. When viewing the Dual Comparison page, get the desired lineup set by selecting the appropriate wrestler at each weight. Once that is done, click the "Generate PermaLink" button and it will save that EXACT lineup, and provide a link for future use. This ensures that all readers that click the link will see exactly what the Editor/Blogger was intending to show.