February 24, 2018

NCAA Qualifier Allocations Announced


Feb. 24, 2018


The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, and 80 tickets will be punched at the Big Ten Championships.

80 | Big Ten
47 | EIWA
45 | Big 12
34 | ACC
25 | MAC
22 | Pac-12
18 | EWL
12 | Southern

10 | 125 lbs
7 | 133 lbs
8 | 141 lbs
9 | 149 lbs
8 | 157 lbs
10 | 165 lbs
7 | 174 lbs
8 | 184 lbs
6 | 197 lbs
7 | HWT

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 at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches’ ranking.

RPI Rankings

Coaches Panel Rankings

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, 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.

After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 47 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 6. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches’ ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.

The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each conference. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. To be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class.