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NCAA Qualifier Allocations: Who is in Position to Earn a Bid Right Now?

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The NCAA Division I wrestling postseason is less than a month away and the first set of coaches rankings are already out.  Given that the other two factors for NCAA qualifier allocation can be calculated, we thought we'd break down each weight class, who is in, who has work to do, and who needs matches to earn a spot for their conference.  We calculated the top-33 RPIs at each weight class and added the D1 winning percentage for each wrestler as well.  This data was pulled at the end of last week.  It includes all matches wrestled through Sunday.

For those that may need a refresher, when the NCAA allocates qualifiers, they use this selection criteria.  The short version is, a wrestler who meets the threshold level in two of the three categories, winning percentage, coaches ranking, and RPI, earns a bid for their conference assuming that wrestler competes at the conference tournament.  The thresholds are a sliding scale used to select up to 30 wrestlers per weight class.  The bottom line is, if you find yourself in the top-25 in both the coaches ranking and RPI, you're in great shape.  If you're on the bubble in either but have a strong winning percentage, you're probably still ok.  If a wrestler finds themselves outside the top-33 in both RPI and the coaches poll, they will probably have to steal a bid earned by another wrestler at the conference tournament.

To be eligible for the coaches ranking a wrestler needs just five matches against Division I competition at their post-season weight, including one in the past 30 days.  To be eligible for a winning percentage, they need eight of those matches.  For the RPI, you must have 17 matches.  Because there is still time left in the season, we cut off the RPI measurement at anyone already having wrestled 12 eligible matches.  Some of those may not make it in the end, but they still have time.  Remember, any matches against Division I competition count.  We could see some folks at the Edinboro Open this weekend trying to make sure they hit that number.

Please note: There are a few instances where we left two wrestlers from the same school in the RPI rankings to illustrate where each option stacks up. When the qualifier allocations are done, only one wrestler per school will be counted.  The projected allocations account for that.


Weight Coaches Poll Ranking First Name Last Name Team League RPI Rank Matches At Weight Win%
125 1 Thomas Gilman Iowa Big Ten 1 13 1.000
125 2 Joey Dance Virginia Tech ACC 4 19 .947
125 3 Nick Suriano Penn St. Big Ten 2 14 .929
125 4 Joshua Rodriguez North Dakota St. Big 12 11 14 .929
125 5 Ethan Lizak Minnesota Big Ten 5 21 .857
125 6 Tim Lambert Nebraska Big Ten 6 22 .864
125 7 Darian Cruz Lehigh EIWA 3 22 .909
125 8 Jack Mueller Virginia ACC 9 20 .850
125 9 Sean Russell Edinboro EWL 7 27 .815
125 10 Josh Terao American EIWA 8 23 .826
125 11 Nathan Kraisser Campbell SoCon 12 26 .808
125 12 Nicholas Piccininni Oklahoma St. Big 12 13 16 .688
125 13 Dylan Peters UNI MAC UR 8 .625
125 14 Drew Templeman Wyoming Big 12 UR 7 .857
125 15 Shakur Laney Ohio MAC 10 26 .846
125 16 Gabe Townsell Stanford Pac-12 22 17 .706
125 17 Noah Gonser Eastern Mich. MAC 16 16 .625
125 18 Barlow McGhee Missouri MAC 27 16 .563
125 19 Jose Rodriguez Ohio St. Big Ten 15 16 .688
125 20 Markus Simmons Iowa St. Big 12 UR 16 .688
125 21 Christian Moody Oklahoma Big 12 14 18 .667
125 22 Vito Pasone Appalachian St. SoCon 21 15 .667
125 23 Johnny Jimenez Wisconsin Big Ten UR 10 .500
125 24 Ibrahim Banduka George Mason EWL UR 9 .778
125 25 Freddie Rodriguez SIUE SoCon 19 19 .684
125 26 Austin Assad Michigan Big Ten UR 13 .615
125 27 Brent Fleetwood Central Mich. MAC 17 19 .632
125 28 Trey Andrews Northern Colo. Big 12 UR 19 .474
125 29 Lorenzo Bentley Pittsburgh ACC 20 20 .600
125 30 Jake Gromacki Clarion EWL 24 12 .583
125 30 Elijah Oliver Indiana Big Ten 31 13 .692
125 32 Kyle Akins Buffalo MAC 26 13 .769
125 33 Ben Thornton Purdue Big Ten 25 28 .607


Wrestlers not ranked in the coaches poll that are in the top-33 in RPI:


Weight Coaches Poll Ranking Name Team League RPI Rank Matches At Weight Win%
125 UR Thayer Atkins Duke ACC 18 21 0.667
125 UR Travis Piotrowski Illinois Big 10 23 18 0.611
125 UR JR Wert Rider EWL 28 16 0.625
125 UR Ty Agaisse Princeton EIWA 29 12 0.667
125 UR Logan Griffin Michigan State Big 10 30 20 0.650
125 UR Alonzo Allen Chattanooga SoCon 32 19 0.526
125 UR Brandon Paetzell Rutgers Big 10 33 14 0.571


With Markus Simmons (Iowa State) moving up to 141, that opens up another qualifying spot as does the injury to Austin Assad (Michigan).  Conor Youtsey (Michigan) is a real threat to qualify in Assad's spot, but he has just three matches so far and is 2-1.  With the Wolverines having, at most, four duals left, he won't earn a bid unless he makes an unscheduled stop.  Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa), Drew Templeman (Wyoming), Johnny Jiminez (Wisconsin), and Ibrahim Bunduka (George Mason) all look like they'll be short matches for the RPI as well, which means we should keep a close eye on their winning percentages.  Jiminez could go to the Edinboro Open, it is on Wisconsin's schedule, and he needs to as his winning percentage is not competitive at this point.  Trey Andrews (Northern Colorado) could be a problem for the Big 12.  He is outside the top-33 in RPI and has a sub-.500 record in matches that count.  It is extremely doubtful he earns an allocation, but he is good enough to steal a bid.  That combined with Simmons moving up could make the Big 12 qualifying situation tight at 125.

Projected Allocations: ACC (4), Big 10 (7), Big 12 (4), EIWA (2), EWL (3), MAC (6), Pac 12 (1), SoCon (3) 

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