Feb. 25, 2010

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NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below.

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; rating percentage index (RPI); and coaches ranking.  A threshold of a 0.725 winning percentage, top 28 in the RPI and top 28 in the coaches ranking was established to allocate 284 of the 330 championships field positions.

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 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 46 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 10. 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.

Conference 125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 285 Total
Atlantic Coast Conference 3 1 3 2 4 2 1 2 3 3 24
Big 12 Conference 3 2 4 2 3 4 5 4 5 5 37
Big Ten Conference 6 5 5 8 4 5 6 5 7 5 56
Colonial Athletic Association 2 1 1 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 18
East Regional 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling 4 5 3 4 4 6 4 4 4 3 41
Eastern Wrestling League 2 2 1 2 2 3 1 2 1 3 19
Mid-American Conference 1 4 1 3 1 2 2 3 3 2 22
Pacific-10 Conference 4 5 5 3 3 1 3 2 2 5 33
Southern Conference 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
West Regional 2 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 14
TOTAL QUALIFIERS 29 28 28 30 27 28 28 27 29 30 284

The complete listing of the 33 wrestlers in each weight class for the final coaches' panel rankings, as well as the second RPI for the 2009-10 season can be found by logging on to www.ncaa.com.

A full description of the entire selection process is available in Appendix C of the 2010 Division I Wrestling Championships Handbook which is available at http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/champ_handbooks/wrestling/2010/10_1_wrestling.pdf.