The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations Thursday for each of the Division I conferences and regional tournaments to determine most of the field for the NCAA Championships on March 21-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The Big Ten leads the way with 74 automatic berths. The heavyweight class has the most from the Big Ten with nine.
University of Northern Iowa will compete in the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time this season. The MAC has 30 automatic spots, which is almost twice as much as the qualifiers from the West Regional they used to compete.
Iowa State will have a chance to automatic berths from the 19 allotted to the Big 12 Conference.
Below is the entire list of automatic berths:
|Atlantic Coast Conference||4||5||4||2||2||3||3||4||2||1||30|
|Big 12 Conference||1||2||2||2||2||3||2||2||2||1||19|
|Big Ten Conference||7||7||6||8||7||8||8||6||8||9||74|
|Colonial Athletic Association||1||3||3||2||2||1||1||1||3||2||19|
|Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association||4||2||7||4||5||5||4||5||5||4||45|
|Eastern Wrestling League||1||3||2||3||3||3||1||2||2||3||23|
Below is a news release from the University of Iowa:
B1G RECEIVES 74 AUTOMATIC BIDS FOR NCAAS
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Big Ten is receiving 74 of the 290 automatic qualifiers for the March 21-23 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The 74 automatic bids matches the conferences allocation from a year ago.
The Big Ten will receive at least six automatic qualifiers at every weight, including a conference-high nine qualifiers at 285 pounds, and a conference-low six qualifiers at 141 and 184 pounds. The top eight wrestlers at 149, 165, 174 and 197 earn automatic bids, as do the top seven wrestlers at 125, 133 and 157.
The Big Ten Championships on March 8-9 in Champaign, Ill., is one of 10 qualifying tournaments across the country. After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced March 13. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers.
The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.
The NCAA also released its 2013 RPI rankings. The Hawkeyes have five wrestlers ranked in the top 10, including No. 2 Matt McDonough (125). Tony Ramos (3rd, 133), Mark Ballweg (5th, 141) and Mike Evans (4th, 174) each cracked the top five, and Derek St. John was ranked 10th at 157. Nick Moore (17th, 165), Ethen Lofthouse (14th, 184) and Bobby Telford (13th, 285) were listed among the top 20 wrestlers at their respective weights.
Below is a news release from UNI:
INDIANAPOLIS --- According to the NCAA, at least 30 wrestlers will advance from the Mid-American Conference Championships held March 10.
The University of Northern Iowa will be joining the MAC championships for the first time this year. The Panthers will integrate a full MAC schedule starting next year.
The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships today. Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each qualifying tournament, with automatic qualifying status, was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 13. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition, qualifying event placement, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, RPI, coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.
The MAC will take the following number of wrestlers from each weight class:
125 4 wrestlers
133 3 wrestlers
141 1 wrestler
149 2 wrestlers
157 3 wrestlers
165 2 wrestlers
174 5 wrestlers
184 4 wrestlers
197 3 wrestlers
285 3 wrestlers
Five UNI wrestlers made the top four in the MAC rankings released today.
133 Levi Wolfensperger 3rd
141 Joey Lazor 1st
157 David Bonin 2nd
184 Ryan Loder 2nd
285 Blayne Beale 4th
The team is ranked third in the conference behind Missouri and Central Michigan, which won its 11th consecutive MAC title last year.
The 2013 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 10 and hosted by the University at Buffalo.Complete RPI and coaches rankings: http://www.ncaa.com/news/wrestling/article/2013-02-28/ncaa-announces-qualifier-allocations-final-coaches-panel-and-rpi-r