Road to the Championships
There are 77 NCAA member institutions that sponsor DI Wrestling and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All 77 programs support approximately 2,400 Wrestling student-athletes across the country.
A total of 330 wrestlers* will compete at the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Cleveland. Of those 330 spots, 290* of them will be determined via automatic qualification. The remaining 40* spots will be selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committe.
Wrestlers will compete in the following 10 weight classes: 125 pounds, 133 pounds, 141 pounds, 149 pounds, 157 pounds, 165 pounds, 174 pounds, 184 pounds, 197 pounds, Heavyweights (183-285 pounds). The same 10 classes will be used in conference and regional qualifying meets.
Wrestlers can earn automatic qualification to the championships based on place finish at their respective qualifying tournaments, listed below.
|Atlantic Coast Conference||TBD||TBD|
|Big Ten Conference||TBD||TBD|
|Big 12 Conference||TBD||TBD|
|Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association||TBD||TBD|
|Eastern Wrestling League||TBD||TBD|
*The exact number of student-athletes selected is subject to change
Selection Show | TBD
The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship bracket will be announced the week prior to the first round of competition.
National Championship | March 15-17, 2018
The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship will be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. A 33-man tournament will be conducted in 10 weight classes (125 pounds, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197 and heavyweight) to crown individual national champions and the top eight finishers in the double-elimination format will be honored as All-Americans. Wrestlers also accumulate points for their institution with every win as they advance through the bracket to decide the team national champion.
Wrestlers will compete in seven minute matches and will advance through six different competition sessions with the individual national championship matches occurring in session 6 on Saturday evening, March 17.
|Session 1||Thursday, March 15||TBD|
|Session 2||Thursday, March 15||TBD|
|Session 3||Firday, March 16||TBD|
|Session 4||Friday, March 16||TBD|
|Session 5||Saturday, March 17||TBD|
|Session 6||Saturday, March 17||TBD|