March 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -
The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with the Atlantic Coast Conference receiving a league-record 30 automatic spots, including multiple qualifiers in nine of the 10 weight classes.
The ACC received five qualifiers in the 133-pound weight class, and four qualifiers in the 125-, 141- and 184-pound pound weight classes. Three spots were awarded to the conference at 165 and 174. The 149-, 157- and 197-pound weight classes each received two slots, with the heavyweight division receiving one.
Each conference 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 who 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.
The 2013 ACC Championship is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.
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.