I think Gas Tank Gary beat Orndorff in a wrestle-off in 2021. Orndroff was a transfer coming in and had an AA that year and the coach made a decision and started Orndorff. There are no "generally accepted practices" at tOSU or any NCAA program that implies wrestle-offs determine the starter. The coach determines the starter. Now maybe there are some NCAA coaches that do that, but I would guess that most do not. And the crop of recruits that Ryan brought in this year didn't seem concerned. tOSU did lose GTG thru the transfer portal due to this, and I really liked the guy. However, Orndorff was the better wrestler IMO. And I'm glad GTG got a chance to start at Oregon State. Both GTG & Ordorff were R12 last year at NCAAs, so there wasn't a lot of separation there, if any. But Orndorff did have the one AA year for tOSU.I do not know what you know, or anyone else, which is why I asked if Carson starting was confirmed.
I agree with you Tom can pick whoever he wants, but there are repercussions with not following generally accepted practices. I would not be worried about what Yappi thinks, I would be concerned about future recruits, and the morale of the team.
Wrestle-offs do seem determine starters in HS.