NCAA Releases Automatic Qualifier Allocations, Final Rankings and Final RPI
Feb. 27, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2009 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below. The Colonial Athletic Association was awarded 20 automatic bids, with four each at 174 and 197 lbs. The NCAA also released the coaches panel rankings and RPI on Wednesday. Five Monarchs are ranked in the Top 33 accoring to the coaches panel, including #6 James Nicholson and #7 Ryan Williams.
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. A threshold of a 0.725 winning percentage, top 28 in the RPI and top 28 in the coaches ranking was established to allocate 278 of the 330 championships field positions. 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 52 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 11. 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.
Qualifying Tournament Automatic Bids:
Atlantic Coast Conference: 27
Big Ten Conference: 61
Big 12 Conference: 37
Colonial Athletic Association: 20
East Regional: 10
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association: 38
Eastern Wrestling League: 22
Mid-American Conference: 19
Pacific-10 Conference: 20
Southern Conference: 11
West Regional: 13
Please see complete release for breakdown by weight class.