OK, very good advice. I (perhaps stupidly) didn't realize personal choice had so much to do with what people were doing. I figured there must be some calculator somewhere that said if you're over 5'9" 180 or higher, and big boned, you eat until your frame is satisfied. If you're 5'8" 190 fat and small boned, you cut until your muscle mass is maximized.
However, Al's point about winning totals really hit home when I analyzed the meet I was in. There was a 181 lifter who totaled 1433 which would have crushed everyone up to 242 where he would have been second, and only one 275 beat him as well. So he was the third strongest of the day of the entire meet!
Bottom line, if I can hit 1200, I'm going to place respectably at 181 or 198 or even 220. I need to focus on the weights I'm lifting and eat clean. Then see what happens.
For example, 1200 would have placed 3rd in 181, 5th in 198, 5th in 220, 2nd in 242, and 2nd in 275+
Interestingly, If I want to "win", I'd avoid that cat at 181! He's silly strong. I'd be better off in the heavyweight class!
We'll see. Now that I realize personal choice has as much to do with genetics, I'll see what happens. I still think I'm better off clean fooding my way down, but if that doesn't actually work, well then calories here we come!