The Big Ten will be represented in a big way at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with a minimum of 74 wrestlers qualifying for the event, according to qualifier allocations released by the NCAA Thursday.
In second place in terms of wrestler representation by conference is the EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association), with 45. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and MAC (Mid-American Conference) will each have at least 30 wrestlers take to the mats at the 2013 NCAAs at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines March 21-23.
Traditional collegiate mat power Big 12 will have no less than 19 wrestlers qualify, a significant drop from the 31 qualifiers for the 2012 NCAAs.
According to the NCAA, 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; rating percentage index (RPI); and coaches’ ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament — in most cases, the conference championships — was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class.
Each qualifying tournament was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class; that slot will be awarded to the tournament champion, even if he did not meet two of the three criteria. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
The NCAA qualifier allocation process accounts for 290 wrestlers. There will be 330 wrestlers competing at the 2013 NCAAs (ten in each weight class). The other 40 at-large competitors will be announced by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee on March 13.
2013 NCAA Division I qualifier allocations — by conference:
- Big Ten: 74 wrestlers
- EIWA: 45
- ACC: 30
- MAC: 30
- EWL (Eastern Wrestling League): 23
- Pacific 12: 21
- Big 12: 19
- CAA (Colonial Athletic Association): 19
- West Regional: 16
- Southern Conference: 13
Want to know more? For a complete weight-by-weight allocation by conference — for example, how many heavyweights the Big Ten is sending to the NCAAs in Des Moines — check out the 2013 NCAA Qualifier Allocation Chart.
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