ACC Receives 21 Automatic Berths to 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships

Feb. 23, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which will hold its 2011 Championship on Saturday, March 5 at Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena, was awarded 21 total automatic qualifiers. The breakdown by weight class: 125: 2; 133: 1; 141: 3; 149: 2; 157: 3; 165: 2; 174: 2; 184: 3; 197: 2; 285: 1

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.

The NCAA Championships will be held March 17-19 at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena. Please see the link below for the number of qualifiers awarded to each conference, along with final coaches’ rankings for each weight class and final RPI rankings.