Thursday afternoon, the NCAA released automatic qualifier allocations for next month’s NCAA wrestling championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In total, the Big Ten received 79 of the 283 allocations, the most of any conference. Here is that total broken down by weight class:
125 pounds: 8
These qualifying spots will be awarded at next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Piscataway, New Jersey.
The top-x amount of wrestlers at each weight class will earn the conference’s bids to the national tournament at that weight. For example, the B1G received 10 allocations at 184 pounds, so the top-10 finishers at the conference tournament will punch their ticket to NCAAs.
Each allocation is earned by one the conference’s wrestlers. Here’s how that process works (from the NCAA website):
Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches’ ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his conference tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each conference was awarded a minimum of one automatic bid 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.
Seven members of the Wisconsin wrestling team earned allocations for the conference, they were:
Eric Barnett (125), Seth Gross (133), Tristan Moran (141), Cole Martin (149), Evan Gross (165), Johnny Sebastian (184), and Trent Hillger (285).
Even though these athletes earned the allocations, they will still have to finish within the allocation allotment at the conference tournament to claim the automatic bid.
A full breakdown of wrestlers that earned allocations for their conferences can be found here.
The Big Ten tournament begins March 7.