The 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling championships run from March 21 to March 23 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 330 qualifiers for the 2019 DI NCAA wrestling tournament were announced Tuesday, March 12, with brackets and seeding revealed on Wednesday, March 13.
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The 2019 tournament will run as double-elimination, and the top eight finishers in each weight class will earn All-American honors. Wrestlers will also score team points for every win.
NCAA TOURNAMENT INFO: How the NCAA wrestling tournament works
Each match will last seven minutes unless ended early by a fall or a tech fall. The tournament will run across six sessions. A full schedule of the tournament can be found below. All individual championship matches will be held during Session 6 on Saturday, March 23.
|Session 1||Thursday, March 21||Noon||ESPNU|
|Session 2||Thursday, March 21||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Session 3||Friday, March 22||11 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Session 4||Friday, March 22||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|Session 5||Saturday, March 23||11 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Session 6||Saturday, March 23||7 p.m.||ESPN|
*All times eastern. All broadcast times and networks are subject to change.
Of the 330 athletes in the tournament, 285 earned automatic bids based on their finishes in their respective conference tournaments. All 33 athletes in each of the weight classes will be seeded.
The automatic bids were awarded to each conference based on the current strength of the weight class during the 2018-2019 season. Each wrestler in a given weight class was evaluated based on Division I winning percentage in his weight class, ratings percentage index (RPI) and coaches' ranking.
For every wrestler who met two of those three criteria, his conference earned an automatic qualifying spot in that specific weight class. Every conference earned at least one automatic bid per weight class, which was awarded to the conference champion, regardless of whether or not that wrestler met two of the three criteria listed above.
The table of automatic bids per conference is listed below:
|Atlantic Coast Conference||2||4||4||4||4||4||3||5||4||3||37|
|Big 12 Conference||5||5||6||7||1||6||5||5||7||6||53|
|Big Ten Conference||9||8||9||6||9||9||8||8||5||7||78|
|Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association||4||4||3||5||6||4||5||6||6||4||47|
|Eastern Wrestling League||1||2||1||1||1||3||1||1||1||2||14|
The remaining 45 spots were awarded as at-large bids by NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee.
Thirty-three athletes in each of the following weight classes qualified for the tournament either through automatic bids or at-large bids: 125 pounds, 133 pounds, 141 pounds, 149 pounds, 157 pounds, 165 pounds, 174 pounds, 184 pounds, 197 pounds, Heavyweights (183-285 pounds).
Penn State won last year’s NCAA Division I wrestling title, and the Nittany Lions are currently ranked first in the NWCA poll. The Nittany Lions also won the Big Ten tournament this weekend by more than 30 points, the first time they have won the conference title since 2016. They will chase their eighth national title in nine years in Pittsburgh next week.
TRACK LIVE RESULTS: Live results and team scores for the 2019 championships
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