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MAC ALLOCATED 41 QUALIFIERS FOR 2016 NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Mac Sports Information, 02/29/16, 11:15AM EST

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MAC Awarded with 41 allocations to the NCAA Wrestling Championships March 17-19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City

INDIANAPOLIS--- The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and the Mid-American Conference has received 41 allocations, the third highest of any Division I Wrestling Conference.  The nine MAC wrestling programs will compete in the MAC Wrestling Championships March 5-6 in Ypsilanti, Mich., on the campus of Eastern Michigan University to determine which wrestlers will qualify for the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

NCAA DI Wrestling Qualifier Allocations

Earlier this week, the MAC had four programs ranked in the top 20 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Rankings as Missouri ranked No. 6 in the nation, while Kent State (15), Central Michigan (19) and Ohio (20) all rank among nation's best wrestling programs in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll.  The MAC's 41 allocations were third most of any conference in Division I Wrestling behind only the Big Ten's 71 allocations and the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) with 51 allocations.

In addition, the individual wrestler rankings for the top 33 wrestlers in each weight class were released by the final coaches' panel rankings as well as by RPI.

The MAC had 47 wrestlers ranked in the Individual Rankings by RPI, including nine wrestlers ranked in the top five with No. 2 Barlow McGhee (Missouri) at 125, Daniel Lewis (Missouri) at 165 and J'Den Cox (Missouri) at 197; No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) at 149; No. 4 Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) at 133, Matt Manley (Missouri) at 141 and Blaise Butler (Missouri) at 174; No. 5 Ian Miller (Kent State) at 157 and Willie Miklus (Missouri) at 184.  Overall the MAC had 15 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes by RPI rating.

Also, the MAC had 48 wrestlers ranked in the Indvividual Rankings by the Coaches' Poll, including six MAC wresters in the top five with No. 2 J'Den Cox (Missouri) at 197; No. 3 Ian Miller (Kent State) at 157; No. 4 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) at 149; No. 5 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) at 125, Daniel Lewis (Missouri) at 165 and Blaise Butler (Missouri) at 174.  The MAC had 15 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes by Coaches rankings.

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 46 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.

Individual Rankings By Weight Class (47); RPI Ranking
125:
  2. Barlow McGhee, Missouri
15. Brent Fleetwood, Central Michigan
23. Shakur Laney, Ohio
30. Brandon Jeske, Old Dominion
31. Kyle Akins, Buffalo

133:
  4. Mackenzie McGuire, Kent State
  9. Josh Alber, Northern Iowa
10. Zach Synon, Missouri
13. Emilio Saavedra, Old Dominion
14. Cameron Kelly, Ohio
18. Corey Keener, Central Michigan

141:
  4. Matt Manley, Missouri
12. Chris Mecate, Old Dominion
14. Zach Horan, Central Michigan
19. Steve Bleise, Northern Illinois
24. Kyle Springer, Eastern Michigan
25. Trevor Jauch, Northern Iowa

149:
  3. Lavion Mayes, Missouri
  7. Justin Oliver, Central Michigan
16. Mike DePalma, Kent State
19. Alexander Richardson, Old Dominion
28. Nick Barber, Eastern Michigan

157:
  5. Ian Miller, Kent State
10. Luke Smith, Central Michigan
13. Bryce Steiert, Northern Iowa
21. Leroy Barnes, Missouri
23. Spartak Chino, Ohio

165:
  2. Daniel Lewis, Missouri
21. Cooper Moore, Northern Iowa
25. Tyler Buckwalter, Kent State
30. Austin Reese, Ohio
32. Jordan Atienza, Central Michigan

174:
  4. Blaise Butler, Missouri
  7. Mike Ottinger, Central Michigan
11. Cody Walters, Ohio
28. Trace Engelkes, Northern Illinois
32. Jacob Davis, Eastern Michigan

184:
  5. Willie Miklus, Missouri
  9. Jack Dechow, Old Dominion
20. Jordan Ellingwood, Central Michigan
28. Andrew Romanchik, Ohio

197:
  2. J`Den Cox, Missouri
15. Phillip Wellington, Ohio
17. Kyle Conel, Kent State
29. Anthony Abro, Eastern Michigan
32. Shawn Scott, Northern Illinois

285:
14. Blaize Cabell, Northern Iowa


Coaches Rankings:
The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.  To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class.

Individual Rankings By Weight Class (48); Coaches Ranking
125:
  5. Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa
10. Barlow McGhee, Missouri
22. Brent Fleetwood, Central Michigan
26. Shakur Laney, Ohio
32. Kyle Akins, Buffalo
33. Brandon Jeske, Old Dominion

133:
  8. Mackenzie McGuire, Kent State
10. Cameron Kelly, Ohio
12. Josh Alber, Northern Iowa
16. Zach Synon, Missouri
25. Corey Keener, Central Michigan

141:
  7. Matt Manley, Missouri
13. Chris Mecate, Old Dominion
14. Steve Bleise, Northern Illinois
15. Zach Horan, Central Michigan
32. Trevor Jauch, Northern Iowa

149:
  4. Lavion Mayes, Missouri
  7. Justin Oliver, Central Michigan
10. Alexander Richardson, Old Dominion
19. Mike DePalma, Kent State
23. Nick Barber, Eastern Michigan

157:
  3. Ian Miller, Kent State
10. Luke Smith, Central Michigan
21. Bryce Steiert, Northern Iowa
29. Spartak Chino, Ohio
29. LeRoy Barnes, Missouri

165:
  5. Daniel Lewis, Missouri
17. Cooper Moore, Northern Iowa
27. Austin Reese, Ohio
28. Seldon Wright, Old Dominion
30. Tyler Buckwalter, Kent State
33. Jordan Atienza, Central Michigan

174:
  5. Blaise Butler, Missouri
  8. Cody Walters, Ohio
11. Mike Ottinger, Central Michigan
32. Jacob Davis, Eastern Michigan

184:
  9. Willie Miklus, Missouri
15. Jack Dechow, Old Dominion
26. Jordan Ellingwood, Central Michigan
27. Cole Baxter, Kent State
29. Andrew Romanchik, Ohio

197:
  2. J`Den Cox, Missouri
12. Kyle Conel, Kent State
14. Phillip Wellington, Ohio
20. Shawn Scott, Northern Illinois
24. Anthony Abro, Eastern Michigan

285:
15. Blaize Cabell, Northern Iowa
27. Gage Hutchison, Eastern Michigan


The 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City March 17-19.