The EIWA will receive 46 automatic qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Championships, second highest in the country (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2012 NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships on Thursday and has also released its third and final set of coaches’ panel rankings.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) has received 46 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, second only to the Big Ten Conference’s 74. Each conference qualifying tournament was awarded a specific number of 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. Click here to view the complete allotment of qualifiers.
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, with automatic qualifying status, 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 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7. 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.
Five Crimson were featured in the third and final coaches’ panel rankings, up from four listed in the previous two sets of rankings. Walter Peppelman moved up one position at 157 lbs. and is now ranked seventh, while Corey Jantzen slid down three spots to No. 11 at 149 lbs. Stephen Keith remained idle as the 12th-ranked wrestler at 133 lbs. as James Fox moved down four spots to No. 31 at 197 lbs. New to the coaches’ panel rankings this time around is Cameron Croy, who enters as the 33rd-ranked grappler at 184 lbs. Click here to view the final rankings.
The 2012 EIWA Championships will take place March 3-4 in Princeton, N.J. For more information on the tournament, click here.