March 8, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa wrestlers Patrick Rhoads and Sam Stoll picked up at-large bids to the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships when the NCAA announced the 330-person tournament field Tuesday.
Stoll and Rhoads were on the outside looking in after missing the cut at their respective weight classes at the NCAA qualifying tournament last weekend in Iowa City. Rhoads placed seventh at 165 pounds and Stoll placed eighth at 285 at the Big Ten Championships. The top six at each of their respective weight classes earned automatic berths.
Rhoads, a senior who is 13-11 overall and ranked No. 27 in RPI, was one of five wrestlers at his weight class to earn an at-large bid.
Stoll grabbed one of six at-large selections at 285. The redshirt freshman is 22-5 overall with a team-high 10 falls. He is ranked fourth in RPI, and sixth in the Coaches Poll.
Both wrestlers are making the NCAA tournament debuts.
The Hawkeyes enter the NCAA Championships March 17-19 in New York City with nine tournament qualifiers. Thomas Gilman (125), Cory Clark (133), Brandon Sorensen (149), Edwin Cooper, Jr. (157), Alex Meyer (174), Sammy Brooks (184), and Nathan Burak (197) earned automatic berths at the Big Ten Championships.
The NCAA Championships selection show will release tournament seeds and brackets Wednesday at 5 p.m. (CT) at NCAA.com.