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2021 college wrestling championship: Selection show time, key dates

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How to watch the 2021 NCAA wrestling championship selection show

The 2019 wrestling championships in Pittsburgh.

You can watch the 2021 NCAA Division I men's wrestling tournament at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, here on NCAA.com right on this page.

You can see the complete NCAA selection show schedule for fall and winter sports here.

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Key dates to know

March 10: At-large selections

Wrestlers who do not win their conference or earn a conference allocation spot will need to earn their bid to the NCAA tournament through an at-large bid. Any wrestler looking for an at-large bid must have four matches in his championship weight class in the season to qualify. Each weight class will have at least four at-large bids available, and the athletes who qualify for those spots will be selected by a committee. 

March 10: Bracket release

The 2021 NCAA wrestling tournament bracket will include seeding for each wrestler at each weight and will include the first matches for all 33 qualifiers. 

March 18-20: NCAA Tournament 

This year's national tournament will be held at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri March 18-20. Read more about how the NCAA tournament works here.

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Qualifying for the NCAA men's wrestling tournament

The 2021 NCAA men's wrestling tournament qualification process will look a little different this year, as certain rules and requirements have been adjusted as a result of COVID-19, but the tournament is still being held March 18-20 in St. Louis. In preparation for the qualifying tournaments and bracket release, here are the additional rules about who is eligible to compete at NCAAs. 

Wrestlers hoping to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships will need to go through their conference tournament, as each conference has a specified number of automatic qualifying spots at each weight. In previous years, athletes who did not weigh-in at their conference tournament were not able to qualify for an at-large bid,  but, as a result of COVID-19, athletes can now qualify for an at-large bid if they have more than four matches on the year and have to sit out the conference dual because of COVID-19. Conference winners will automatically qualify. Those who do not win will need four matches on the season to be eligible for an at-large bid. 

LEARN MORE: How a college wrestling dual is scored

You can read more about the allocation process and the number of spots allocated to each weight class here

DATE CONFERENCE SITE
Feb. 26-27 Mid-American Conference Rider
Feb. 28 Southern Conference  Appalachian State
Feb. 28 Atlantic Coast Conference NC State
March 6-7 Big 12 Conference Tulsa, Oklahoma
March 6-7 Big Ten Conference Penn State
March 6-7 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association TBD
March 6 Pac-12 Conference Oregon State
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Championship History

YEAR CHAMPION COACH POINTS RUNNER-UP POINTS HOST OR SITE
2019 Penn State Cael Sanderson 137.5 Ohio State 96.5 Pittsburgh
2018 Penn State Cael Sanderson 141.5 Ohio State 133.5 Cleveland
2017 Penn State Cael Sanderson 146.5 Ohio State 110 St. Louis
2016 Penn State Cael Sanderson 123 Oklahoma St. 97.5 New York
2015 Ohio State Tom Ryan 102 Iowa 84 St. Louis
2014 Penn State Cael Sanderson 109.5 Minnesota 104 Oklahoma City
2013 Penn State Cael Sanderson 123.5 Oklahoma St. 119.5 Des Moines, Iowa
2012 Penn State Cael Sanderson 143.0 Minnesota 117.5 St. Louis
2011 Penn State Cael Sanderson 103.5 Cornell 89.5 Philadelphia
2010 Iowa Tom Brands 134.5 Cornell 90 Omaha, Neb.
2009 Iowa Tom Brands 96.5 Ohio State 92 St. Louis
2008 Iowa Tom Brands 117.5 Ohio State 79 St. Louis
2007 Minnesota J Robinson 98 Iowa State 88.5 Auburn Hills, Mich.
2006 Oklahoma State John Smith 122.5 Minnesota 84 Oklahoma City
2005 Oklahoma State John Smith 153 Michigan 83 St. Louis
2004 Oklahoma State John Smith 123.5 Iowa 82 St. Louis
2003 Oklahoma State John Smith 143 Minnesota 104.5 Kansas City, Mo.
2002 Minnesota J Robinson 126.5 Iowa State 104 Albany, N.Y.
2001 Minnesota J Robinson 138.5 Iowa 125.5 Iowa
2000 Iowa Jim Zalesky 116 Iowa State 109.5 St. Louis
1999 Iowa Jim Zalesky 100.5 Minnesota 98.5 Penn State
1998 Iowa Jim Zalesky 115 Minnesota 102 Cleveland State
1997 Iowa Dan Gable 170 Oklahoma State 113.5 UNI
1996 Iowa Dan Gable 122.5 Iowa State 78.5 Minnesota
1995 Iowa Dan Gable 134 Oregon state 77.5 Iowa
1994 Oklahoma State John Smith 94.75 Iowa 76.5 North Carolina
1993 Iowa Dan Gable 123.75 Penn State 87.5 Iowa State
1992 Iowa Dan Gable 149 Oklahoma State 100.5 Oklahoma & Oklahoma State
1991 Iowa Dan Gable 157 Oklahoma State 108.75 Iowa
1990 Oklahoma State Joe Seay 117.75 Arizona State 104.75 Maryland
1989 Oklahoma State Joe Seay 91.25 Arizona State 70.5 Oklahoma & Oklahoma State
1988 Arizona State Bobby Douglas 93 Iowa 85.5 Iowa
1987 Iowa State Jim Gibbons 133 Iowa 108 Maryland
1986 Iowa Dan Gable 158 Oklahoma 84.25 Oklahoma & Oklahoma State
1985 Iowa Dan Gable 145.25 Oklahoma 98.5 Iowa State
1984 Iowa Dan Gable 123.75 Oklahoma State 98 Maryland
1983 Iowa Dan Gable 155 Oklahoma State 102 Iowa
1982 Iowa Dan Gable 131.75 Iowa State 111 Oklahoma & Oklahoma State
1981 Iowa Dan Gable 129.75 Oklahoma 100.25 Princeton
1980 Iowa Dan Gable 110.75 Oklahoma State 87 Oregon State
1979 Iowa Dan Gable 122.5 Iowa State 88 Iowa State
1978 Iowa Dan Gable 94.5 Iowa State 94 Maryland
1977 Iowa State Harold Nichols 95.5 Oklahoma State 88.75 Oklahoma
1976 Iowa Gary Kurdelmeier 123.5 Iowa State 85.75 Arizona
1975 Iowa Gary Kurdelmeier 102 Oklahoma 77 Princeton
1974 Oklahoma Stan Abel 69.5 Michigan 67 Iowa State
1973 Iowa State Harold Nichols 85 Oregon state 72.5 Washington
1972 Iowa State Harold Nichols 103 Michigan State 72.5 Maryland
1971 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro 94 Iowa State 66 Auburn
1970 Iowa State Harold Nichols 99 Michigan State 84 Northwestern
1969 Iowa State Harold Nichols 104 Oklahoma 69 BYU
1968 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick 81 Iowa State 78 Penn State
1967 Michigan State Grady Peninger 74 Michigan 63 Kent State
1966 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick 79 Iowa State 70 Iowa State
1965 Iowa State Harold Nichols 87 Oklahoma State 86 Wyoming
1964 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick 87 Oklahoma 58 Cornell
1963 Oklahoma Thomas Evans 48 Iowa State 45 Kent State
1962 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick 82 Oklahoma 45 Oklahoma State
1961 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick 82 Oklahoma 63 Oregon State
1960 Oklahoma Thomas Evans 59 Iowa State 40 Maryland
1959 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick 73 Iowa State 51 Iowa
1958 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick 77 Iowa State 62 Wyoming
1957 Oklahoma Port Robertson 73 Pittsburgh 66 Pittsburgh
1956 Oklahoma State Art Griffith 65 Oklahoma 62 Oklahoma State
1955 Oklahoma State Art Griffith 40 Penn State 31 Cornell
1954 Oklahoma State Art Griffith 32 Pittsburgh 17 Oklahoma
1953 Penn State Charles Speidel 21 Oklahoma 15 Penn State
1952 Oklahoma Port Robertson 22 UNI 21 Colorado State
1951 Oklahoma Port Robertson 24 Oklahoma State 23 Lehigh
1950 UNI David McCuskey 30 Purdue 16 UNI
1949 Olahoma State Art Griffith 32 UNI 27 Colorado State
1948 Oklahoma State Art Griffith 33 Michigan State 28 Lehigh
1947 Cornell College Paul Scott 32 UNI 19 Illinois
1946 Oklahoma State Art Griffith 25 UNI 24 Oklahoma State
1942 Oklahoma State Art Griffith 31 Michigan State 26 Michigan State
1941 Oklahoma State Art Griffith 37 Michigan State 26 Lehigh
1940 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 24 Indiana 14 Illinois
1939 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 33 Lehigh 12 Frankline & Marshall
1938 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 19 Illinois 15 Penn State
1937 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 31 Oklahoma 13 Indiana State
1936 Oklahoma Paul Keen 14 Central Oklahoma/Oklahoma State 10 Washington & Lee
1935 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 36 Oklahoma 18 Lehigh
1934 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 29 Indiana 19 Michigan
1933 *Iowa State/Oklahoma State Hugo Otopali/E.C. Gallagher       Lehigh
1932 *Indiana W.H. Thorn 14 Oklahoma State 11 Indiana
1931 *Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher   Iowa State   Brown
1930 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 27 Illinois 14 Penn State
1929 Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher 26 Michigan 18 Ohio state
1928 *Oklahoma State E.C. Gallagher   Iowa State/Michigan   Iowa State

No tournament held between 1943-45, 2020