Cleveland, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference has been allocated 22 automatic bids to the NCAA Wrestling Championships by the NCAA. The conference's 22 automatic qualifiers will be determined at the MAC Wrestling Championships, held March 6-7 at Central Michigan's Rose Center.
The MAC was awarded four automatic bids in the 133-pound weight class and three each at 149, 184 and 197 pounds. Two automatic bids were granted at 165, 174 and 285 pounds, and one each at 125, 141 and 157 pounds.
Each of the 11 tournaments that serves as a qualifier for the NCAA Championships was awarded a designated number of automatic qualifiers per weight class. Each Division I wrestler in the country was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI), and coaches' poll ranking. A threshold of a 0.725 winning percentage, top-28 RPI ranking and top-28 coaches' ranking was established to allocate 284 of the 330 championships field positions.
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 was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if it did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA Championships bids will be awarded based solely on place-finish at the qualifying tournament.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 46 at-large qualifiers. Those qualifiers will be announced March 10. Each of the 10 weight classes at the NCAA Championships will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition, qualifying tournament place-finish, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, RPI, coaches' ranking, and the number of matches contested at that weight class.
A full description of the entire selection process for the NCAA Wrestling Championships is available in Appendix C of the 2010 Division I Wrestling Championships Handbook.