March 2018 was a big Roast Battle month – you had the semifinals and finals of the Roast Battle Royale tournament, the number one ranked battler stepping into the ring, and some top-notch performances from some rising battle stars. Let’s check out how the top 50 shook out this time.

1. Toby Muresianu 13-3-1
2. Leah Kayajanian 11-8-1
3. Pat Barker 14-5-2
4. Bryan Vokey 9-2
5. Omid Singh 17-7
6. Doug Fager 10-6-1
7. Jamar Neighbors 6-4
8. Alex Hooper 13-7
9. Nicole Becannon 8-4
10. Jeanne Whitney 7-4

Toby maintains the top spot after running his streak to an incredible 12 battles without a loss. Since falling to Jeff Amaral in a three-joke undercard in August 2015, Toby’s run off 11 straight wins with a tie against Connor McSpadden thrown in to the middle. In this humble reporter’s opinion, if Eli Sairs retains the title in New York this month and Muresianu isn’t granted the next title shot, it will be a travesty of justice. Bryan Vokey’s big tournament win completes his march into the Top 5, as he settles in to the four spot. Closing out the bracket is Jeanne Whitney, who fell from her six spot last month to tenth this time as a result of her loss to Toby.

11. Jeff Sewing 6-1-2
12. Jay Light 14-12-1
13. Alex Duong 10-7
14. Quentin Thomas 6-3
15. Mike Schmidt 6-2
16. Dan Nolan 11-11
17. Keith Carey 14-16
18. Galina Rivina 7-4
19. Sarah Keller 6-2-2
20. Caesar Lizardo 8-4

Jeff Sewing’s semifinal loss to Bryan Vokey drops him from 7 to 11. Dan Nolan finally got back to .500 after an impressive win over the previously undefeated Logan Guntzelman and climbs to 16 because of it. Keith Carey extended a record he already held by battling for the 30th time, but took a loss to Nat Baimel in the process and drops to 17th.

21. Isaac Hirsch 6-1
22. Evan Cassidy 6-3
23. Albert Escobedo 8-2
24. Stuart Thompson 6-5
25. Rena Hundert 6-2
26. Ramsey Badawi 5-3
27. Joe Eurell 9-9-1
28. Jacob Trimmer 7-4
29. Brett Erickson 5-0
30. Jonathan Rowell 5-5-1

Isaac Hirsch’s win over Kevin McNamara proved two things – number one, he’s really good at this, and number two, he should face off with a top 20 opponent as soon as possible. Evan Cassidy returned after a long layoff with a loss against Joe Eurell and a win over Robin Tran – the net result is a return to the rankings in the 22 spot. Eurell’s win over Cassidy propels him to #27, while Jonathan Rowell’s Cinderella run to the tournament finals takes him from 1-4-1 and unranked to 5-5-1 and a top 30 spot.

31. Tony Bartolone 7-8
32. Nicole Aimee Schreiber 3-1
33. Katrina Davis 5-3
34. Brian McDaniel 4-0
35. John-Michael Bond 6-3
36. Armando Torres 4-2
37. Paige Wesley 5-4
38. Hormoz Rashidi 5-5-1
39. Valerie Tosi 4-2
40. Logan Guntzelman 3-1

Tony Bartolone’s bizarre tournament concluded with his second loss, this time to Jonathan Rowell in the semifinals. He drops to 31 because of it. Brian McDaniel made a statement against Armando Torres in March – not just with a flawless battle performance but with a pre-fight shot at the rankings committee for perceived slights against him. Well done on both, Brian. Hope #34 is a satisfactory ranking. If not, I’m sure we’ll hear about it before your next battle. Armando drops to 36 with the loss, while Paige Wesley jumps back up a bracket to 37 after her win over Sharon Houston. Finally, Logan Guntzelman returns after previously falling out of the ranks due to inactivity, sliding in at 40 after her loss to Dan Nolan.

41. Guam Felix 7-5
42. April Lotshaw 4-2
43. Brent Duncan 5-5
44. Zach Stein 6-4
45. Ashley Johnson 3-1
46. Alfred Konuwa 4-4-1
47. Andrea Guzzetta 2-0
48. Lonnie Johnson 5-4
49. Movses Shakarian 4-4
50. Nat Baimel 3-5-1

We close out the rankings with a couple of slight moves – Ashley Johnson bumps up a few spots after defeating Kelly McInerney, while Movses Shakarian slides a few following his controversial loss to Kelsey Lane and her dad. We close out the rankings with the first ever appearance of Nat Baimel, who started his career 1-5-1 before delivering wins over highly ranked Ramsey Badawi and Keith Carey and calling out another battle legend in Connor McSpadden.

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