NCAA Division I qualifier allocations released

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below.

Each qualifying tournament was awarded automatic bids per weight class based on current year data. 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.

After all of the conference tournaments have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 47 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 10, while brackets and seeding will be announced on at 6 p.m. 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; quality wins; coaches' ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.

Qualifiers per conference

The coaches' rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, EIWA, MAC, Pac-12 and SoCon), which is double the voters that had previously been used for the coaches' panel rankings. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. Wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days to be ranked.

The RPI is a calculation that considers a wrestler's winning percentage, opponent winning percentage (strength of schedule) and opponent's opponent winning percentage (opponent's strength of schedule). Only matches against Division I opponents at the designated weight class count towards the RPI and a wrestler needs to have wrestled 15 matches to be ranked.

Seth Gross of Wisconsin (133 pounds), Ryan Deakin of Northwestern (157) and Kollin Moore of Ohio State (197) are all ranked No. 1 by both the coaches and in the RPI.

The remaining top-ranked wrestlers by the coaches are Spencer Lee of Iowa (125), Nick Lee of Penn State (141), Sammy Sasso of Ohio State (149), Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State (165), Michael Kemerer of Iowa (174), Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa (184) and Gable Steveson of Minnesota (heavyweight).

The remaining top-rated wrestlers in the RPI include Pat Glory of Princeton (125), Luke Pletcher of Ohio State (141), Pat Lugo of Iowa (149), Shane Griffith of Stanford (165), Jordan Kutler of Lehigh (174), Hunter Bolen of Virginia Tech (184) and Mason Parris of Michigan (heavyweight).

For tickets or more information about the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Minneapolis, visit

A full description of the entire selection process is in the 2020 Division I Wrestling Championships Pre-Championships Manual at


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marty (2) about 9 months ago
Whats the reasoning for 33 vs 32 ? Seems weird to have that extra match.
AFurnas (2) about 9 months ago
My understanding is that this reaches back to when a lower-division (D2?) champion was given a spot in the D1 tourney. (This is how Carleton Hasslerig sp? won something like 6 NCAA titles.)

I agree that it is silly now. With fewer than 80 D1 teams, surely we could eliminate one spot from each class (just take one less at-large participant for each weight), and eliminate that really odd rat-tail round at the tourney.

Of course, they could also run a bout board at the tourney, and dispense with the drone of announcing every single guy for every single match ... don't miss the mat assignment, 'cause it's not available anywhere for your reference! Don't get me started ...
dbestsport (1) about 9 months ago
The NCAA Basketball tournament has 65 qualifiers, not 64.
The play-in game is fun, and creates more opportunities for college athletes. A win-win for fans and athletes alike.
FredHall (1) about 9 months ago
Actually the NCAA Men's D1 basketball tournament has 68 teams and has for the last 3-4 years
sam576 (1) about a month and a half ago