The University of Northern Iowa will be joining the MAC championships for the first time this year. The Panthers will integrate a full MAC schedule starting next year.
The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships today. 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 at the weight class, 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, 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 13. 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 MAC will take the following number of wrestlers from each weight class:
- 125 - 4 wrestlers
- 133 - 3 wrestlers
- 141 - 1 wrestler
- 149 - 2 wrestlers
- 157 - 3 wrestlers
- 165 - 2 wrestlers
- 174 - 5 wrestlers
- 184 - 4 wrestlers
- 197 - 3 wrestlers
- 285 - 3 wrestlers
Five UNI wrestlers made the top four in the MAC rankings released today.
- 133 - Levi Wolfensperger 3rd
- 141 - Joey Lazor 1st
- 157 - David Bonin 2nd
- 184 - Ryan Loder 2nd
- 285 - Blayne Beale 4th
The team is ranked third in the conference behind Missouri and Central Michigan, which won its 11th consecutive MAC title last year.
The 2013 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 10 and hosted by the University at Buffalo.