Feb. 25, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Six University of Iowa wrestlers are ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight class in the NCAA Division I Coaches’ Rankings released Thursday by the NCAA.
The coaches’ rankings are among the criteria used by the NCAA when selecting at-large participants for the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The coaches rank the top 33 wresters in each weight class, Edwin Cooper, Jr. and Sammy Brooks also made the list. Cooper is ranked 15th at 157. Brooks is 12th at 184.
The Big Ten hosts its qualifying tournament March 5-6 in Iowa City, Iowa, and the NCAA has awarded the conference 71 of the 284 automatic bids for the national tournament in New York City on March 17-19.
The Big Ten was allotted more bids than any other conference. Nine Big Ten wrestlers receive automatic bids at 133 and 174 pounds; seven get bids at 125, 141, 157, 184, and 285; and the top six get bids at 149, 165, and 197.
The Big Ten Championships is one of eight qualifying tournaments across the country. After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 49 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; quality wins; coaches ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.
Click HERE for a complete list of RPI and coaches rankings, and automatic qualifiers by conference/qualifying tournament.