Complete NCAA Qualifier Allocation Release
The NCAA has allocated to the Mid-American Conference 18 automatic bids to the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
The MAC received four automatic bids at heavyweight and three at the 157-pound weight class. Two automatic bids were awarded for the 133-pound, 174-pound and 197-pound classes and one each at 125, 141, 149, 165 and 184 pounds.
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; 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 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 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 48 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 9. 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.
A full description of the entire selection process in the 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships Handbook which is available at NCAA.org.