New format has six sites with 180 qualifiers moving to nationals
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee announced today the selection of six sites to host the 2013 Division III Wrestling Regional Championships.
The selected sites and host schools are:
|March 2||Central||Dubuque, Iowa||Five Flags Center||Loras|
|March 2||East||Ewing, N.J.||Student Recreation Center||TCNJ|
|March 2||Mideast||Ada, Ohio||ONU Sports Center||Ohio Northern|
|March 2||Midwest||Elmhurst, Ill.||R.A. Faganel Hall||Elmhurst|
|March 2-3||Northeast||Worchester, Mass.||Sports and Recreation Center||WPI|
|March 3||West||Minneapolis||Si Melby Hall||Augsburg|
The six-site regional format is part of a new qualification process for the Division III Wrestling Championships, approved by the Division III Championships Committee in April. The format says that the top-three wrestlers from each weight class will advance to the championships from each of the six regional sites, allowing for a total of 180 qualifiers.
The previous Division III wrestling qualification system consisted of seven automatic-qualifying conferences and two NCAA sponsored regionals that moved 170 student-athletes onto the championships through automatic bids and at-large selections.
Student-athletes advancing out of the 2013 regional championships will compete at the Division III Wrestling Championships scheduled for March 15-16 at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.