INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, as well as the final RPI and coaches' panel rankings for the season.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), of which American is a member, will receive 51 total qualifiers, broken down as follows: 125 (3), 133 (3), 141 (6), 149 (5), 157 (6), 165 (4), 174 (7), 184 (7), 197 (4) and 285 (6).
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 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 46 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 9. All weight classes with 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.
In the final RPI of the season, Boyle is rated 11th, Terao is ranked 12th and Wightman is ranked 31st.
The EIWA Championships will take place March 5-6 at Princeton University.