NCAA releases pre-allocations and first coaches ranking for 2021 Division I Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has announced the pre-allocations and first coaches ranking for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

The weight class conference champion in each qualifying tournament will earn an automatic qualifier to the national championships. Each conference was awarded additional pre-allocations based on the five-year average (2016-20) of pre-allocations earned by the conference in each weight class.

In recent years, pre-allocations have been determined by a formula measuring Division I winning percentage, ratings percentage index and coaches’ ranking. A decrease in overall matches, and in particular non-conference matches, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, led the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee to transition to using the five-year historical average to determine pre-allocations for 2021. For any adjustments in conference alignment over the last five years, historical pre-allocations stayed with the conference where they were earned. The competition status of schools for 2021 also did not impact the calculation of pre-allocations.

“The committee knew that there wasn’t going to be enough regular-season competition to utilize the existing process where wrestlers earned pre-allocations for their conference based on regular season performance,” said Karen Langston, senior associate athletics director at California State University, Bakersfield and chair of the wrestling committee. “The option to utilize the five-year historical average was an equitable alternative, and the way it worked out has opened more at-large spots this year for deserving wrestlers who don’t qualify through their conference tournament.”

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER BREAKDOWN

Conference125133141149157165174184197285PAAQTotal
ACC2322322223231033
Big 124434243344351045
Big Ten7776777756661076
EIWA2243444543351045
MAC3433312222251035
Pac-12101111102191019
Southern000100010131013
              
Pre-Allocation19202020201919201920196  
Automatic Qualifier7777777777 70 
At-Large7666677676  64
Total33333333333333333333  330

Note: The number under each weight class is the number of pre-allocations. Add the automatic qualifier for the conference tournament champion to account for the total qualifying spots available at each weight for each conference tournament (i.e ACC 125 has 2 pre-allocations plus 1 AQ to account for 3 total NCAA spots available at that weight

After the conference tournaments have concluded, the Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining at-large qualifiers to fill out the 33-man bracket in each weight class, which will be announced March 9, while brackets and seeding will be announced on ncaa.com at 6 p.m. March 10.

The coaches’ rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each conference. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. For the first ranking, wrestlers must have two Division I matches in the weight class to be considered with at least one within the last 30 days.

Seven different schools are represented by the 10 wrestlers ranked at the top of their weight class in this opening ranking of the season covering matches through Sunday, February 7. Spencer Lee at 125 pounds, Jaydin Eierman at 141 and Michael Kemerer at 174 give Iowa three wrestlers ranked at the top of their weight class. Virginia Tech is the only other school with multiple top-ranked wrestlers with former NCAA champion Mekhi Lewis at 165 pounds and Hunter Bolen at 184.

The additional top-ranked wrestlers include Roman Bravo-Young of Penn State at 133 pounds, Sammy Sasso of Ohio State at 149, Hayden Hidlay of NC State at 157, Eric Schultz of Nebraska at 197 and Gable Steveson of Minnesota at heavyweight.

A full description of the entire selection process for the 2021 Division I Wrestling Championships is available at ncaa.org.

NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Rank – Through Matches of Feb. 7

125 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Spencer LeeIowaBig Ten
2Drew HildebrandtCentral MichiganMAC
3Brandon CourtneyArizona St.Pac 12
4Sam LatonaVirginia TechACC
5Jakob CamachoNC StateACC
6Taylor LaMontUtah ValleyBig 12
7Liam CroninNebraskaBig Ten
8Michael DeAugustinoNorthwesternBig Ten
9Brody TeskeNorthern IowaBig 12
10Patrick MckeeMinnesotaBig Ten
11Devin SchroderPurdueBig Ten
12Dylan RagusinMichiganBig Ten
13Malik HeinselmanOhio St.Big Ten
14RayVon FoleyMichigan St.Big Ten
15Trevor MastrogiovanniOklahoma St.Big 12
16Justin CardaniIllinoisBig Ten
17Codi RussellAppalachian St.SoCon
18Connor BrownMissouriMAC
19Eric BarnettWisconsinBig Ten
20Brock HudkinsIndianaBig Ten
21Fabian GutierrezChattanoogaSoCon
22Jaret LaneLehighEIWA
23Jake FerriKent St.MAC
24Killian CardinaleWest VirginiaBig 12
25Logan TreasterNavyEIWA
26Daniel VegaSouth Dakota St.Big 12
27Cody PhippenAir ForceBig 12
28Brandon KaylorOregon St.Pac 12
29Nic AguilarRutgersBig Ten
30Jackson DiSarioStanfordPac 12
31Dylan RyderHofstraEIWA
32Micah RoesBinghamtonEIWA
33Jonathon TropeaRiderMAC
133 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Roman Bravo-YoungPenn St.Big Ten
2Austin DeSantoIowaBig Ten
3Micky PhillippiPittsburghACC
4Sammy AlvarezRutgersBig Ten
5Korbin MyersVirginia TechACC
6Michael McGeeArizona St.Pac 12
7Louie HayesVirginiaACC
8Jaime HernandezNorth CarolinaACC
9Matt SchmittMissouriMAC
10Jarrett TrombleyNC StateACC
11Kyle BiscogliaNorthern IowaBig 12
12Mosha SchwartzNorthern ColoradoBig 12
13Lucas ByrdIllinoisBig Ten
14Chris CannonNorthwesternBig Ten
15Zach PriceSouth Dakota St.Big 12
16Jared Van VleetAir ForceBig 12
17Job GreenwoodWyomingBig 12
18Brandon Ty SmithUtah ValleyBig 12
19Ryan SullivanWest VirginiaBig 12
20Jordan DecaturOhio St.Big Ten
21Boo DrydenMinnesotaBig Ten
22Devan TurnerOregon St.Pac 12
23Darren MillerBucknellEIWA
24Jason MirandaStanfordPac 12
25Andrew MartenCentral MichiganMAC
26Paul BianchiLittle RockPac 12
27Kellyn MarchNorth Dakota St.Big 12
28Bryce WestNorthern IllinoisMAC
28Mario GuillenOhioMAC
30Anthony MadrigalOklahomaBig 12
31Haiden DruryFresno St.Big 12
32Malyke HinesLehighEIWA
33Zach ReddingIowa St.Big 12
141 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Jaydin EiermanIowaBig Ten
2Nick LeePenn St.Big Ten
3Sebastian RiveraRutgersBig Ten
4Allan HartMissouriMAC
5Chad RedNebraskaBig Ten
6Ian ParkerIowa St.Big 12
7Dom DemasOklahomaBig 12
8Tariq WilsonNC StateACC
9Zachary ShermanNorth CarolinaACC
10Cody TrybusNavyEIWA
11Dresden SimonCentral MichiganMAC
12DJ LlorenFresno St.Big 12
13Dylan DuncanIllinoisBig Ten
14Brian CourtneyVirginiaACC
15Grant WillitsOregon St.Pac 12
16Clay CarlsonSouth Dakota St.Big 12
17Cole MatthewsPittsburghACC
18Saul ErvinSIU EdwardsvilleMAC
19Drew MattinMichiganBig Ten
20Marcos PolancoMinnesotaBig Ten
21Derek SpannBuffaloMAC
22Lenny PetersenAir ForceBig 12
23Sam HillegasVirginia TechACC
24Dusty HoneOklahoma St.Big 12
25Zack TrampeBinghamtonEIWA
26Peter LiPariArizona St.Pac 12
27Lawrence SaenzCal PolyPac 12
28Parker FiliusPurdueBig Ten
29Angelo MartinoniCSU BakersfieldPac 12
30Chase ZollmannWyomingBig 12
31Lane PetersArmy West PointEIWA
32Christopher SandovalNorthern ColoradoBig 12
33Franco ValdesChattanoogaSoCon
149 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Sammy SassoOhio St.Big Ten
2Austin O`ConnorNorth CarolinaACC
3Brock MaullerMissouriMAC
4Boo LewallenOklahoma St.Big 12
5Max MurinIowaBig Ten
6Jarrett DegenIowa St.Big 12
7Kanen StorrMichiganBig Ten
8Michael CarrIllinoisBig Ten
9Griffin ParriottPurdueBig Ten
10Bryce AndonianVirginia TechACC
11Yahya ThomasNorthwesternBig Ten
12Legend LamerCal PolyPac 12
13Joshua HeilCampbellSoCon
14Jonathan MillnerAppalachian St.SoCon
15Mitch MooreOklahomaBig 12
16Jaden AbasStanfordPac 12
17Graham RooksIndianaBig Ten
18Casey CobbNavyEIWA
19PJ OgunsanyaArmy West PointEIWA
20Brock HardyNebraskaBig Ten
21Mike Van BrillRutgersBig Ten
22Josh FinesilverDukeACC
23Luke GardnerPenn St.Big Ten
24Drew ScharenbrockWisconsinBig Ten
25Jimmy HoffmanLehighEIWA
26Michael BlockhusMinnesotaBig Ten
27Cameron HunsakerUtah ValleyBig 12
28Luke KemererPittsburghACC
29Selwyn PorterThe CitadelSoCon
30Greg gaxiolaHofstraEIWA
31Ed ScottNC StateACC
32Cory CrooksArizona St.Pac 12
33Dylan MartinezAir ForceBig 12
157 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Hayden HidlayNC StateACC
2David CarrIowa St.Big 12
3Jesse DellavecchiaRiderMAC
4Kaleb YoungIowaBig Ten
5Brayton LeeMinnesotaBig Ten
6Kendall ColemanPurdueBig Ten
7Will LewanMichiganBig Ten
8Jarrett JacquesMissouriMAC
9Brady BergePenn St.Big Ten
10Justin ThomasOklahomaBig 12
11Requir Van der MerweStanfordPac 12
12Jared FranekNorth Dakota St.Big 12
13Wyatt SheetsOklahoma St.Big 12
14Markus HartmanArmy West PointEIWA
15Hunter WillitsOregon St.Pac 12
16Justin RuffinSIU EdwardsvilleMAC
17Justin McCoyVirginiaACC
18Cade DeVosSouth Dakota St.Big 12
19Jacob WrightWyomingBig 12
20Holden HellerHofstraEIWA
21Parker KropmanDrexelEIWA
22Chase SaldateMichigan St.Big Ten
23Garrett ModelWisconsinBig Ten
24Benjamin BartonCampbellSoCon
25Joshua McClureNorth CarolinaACC
26Andrew CernigliaNavyEIWA
27Robert KannairdRutgersBig Ten
28Elijah ClearyOhio St.Big Ten
29Connor BradyVirginia TechACC
30Cody BondAppalachian St.SoCon
31Jordan SlivkaOhioMAC
32Alex CaridaBloomsburgMAC
33Johnny LovettCentral MichiganMAC
165 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Mekhi LewisVirginia TechACC
2Alex MarinelliIowaBig Ten
3Shane GriffithStanfordPac 12
4Travis WittlakeOklahoma St.Big 12
5Anthony ValenciaArizona St.Pac 12
6Dan BraunagelIllinoisBig Ten
7Zach HartmanBucknellEIWA
8Ethan SmithOhio St.Big Ten
9Jake WentzelPittsburghACC
10Kennedy MondayNorth CarolinaACC
11Jake KeatingVirginiaACC
12Joe LeePenn St.Big Ten
13Keegan O`tooleMissouriMAC
14Tanner SkidgelNavyEIWA
15Andrew SparksMinnesotaBig Ten
16William FormatoAppalachian St.SoCon
17Thomas BullardNC StateACC
18Peyton RobbNebraskaBig Ten
19Cameron AmineMichiganBig Ten
20Izzak OlejnikNorthern IllinoisMAC
21Peyton HallWest VirginiaBig 12
22Jake TuckerMichigan St.Big Ten
23Rodrick MosleyGardner-WebbSoCon
24Ricky StammHofstraEIWA
25Nick SouthIndianaBig Ten
26Evan BarczakDrexelEIWA
27Cole MoodyWyomingBig 12
28Andrew NicholsonChattanoogaSoCon
29Pat SchoenfelderNorthern IowaBig 12
30Colt YingerOhioMAC
31Luke WeberNorth Dakota St.Big 12
32Brevin CassellaBinghamtonEIWA
33Gerrit NijenhuisPurdueBig Ten
174 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Michael KemererIowaBig Ten
2Logan MassaMichiganBig Ten
3Mikey LabriolaNebraskaBig Ten
4Kaleb RomeroOhio St.Big Ten
5Demetrius RomeroUtah ValleyBig 12
6Carter StarocciPenn St.Big Ten
7Daniel BullardNC StateACC
8Donnell WashingtonIndianaBig Ten
9Peyton MoccoMissouriMAC
10Hayden HastingsWyomingBig 12
11Dustin PlottOklahoma St.Big 12
12Andrew McNallyKent St.MAC
13Thomas FlitzAppalachian St.SoCon
14Austin MurphyCampbellSoCon
15Michael O`MalleyDrexelEIWA
16Clay LauttNorth CarolinaACC
17Bernie TruaxCal PolyPac 12
18Jacob OliverEdinboroMAC
19Jackson TurleyRutgersBig Ten
20Lance RunyonNorthern IowaBig 12
21Mason KauffmanNorthern IllinoisMAC
22Jackson HemauerNorthern ColoradoBig 12
23Julien BrodersonIowa St.Big 12
24Jake AllarMinnesotaBig Ten
25Cody SurrattAir ForceBig 12
26Drew HughesMichigan St.Big Ten
27Anthony MantanonaOklahomaBig 12
28Victor MarcelliVirginiaACC
29Jared KrattigerWisconsinBig Ten
30Ross McFarlandHofstraEIWA
31Cade KingSouth Dakota St.Big 12
32DJ ShannonIllinoisBig Ten
33Angel GarciaRiderMAC
184 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Hunter BolenVirginia TechACC
2Aaron BrooksPenn St.Big Ten
3Trent HidlayNC StateACC
4Lou DeprezBinghamtonEIWA
5Parker KeckeisenNorthern IowaBig 12
6Dakota GeerOklahoma St.Big 12
7Christopher WeilerWisconsinBig Ten
8Layne MalczewskiMichigan St.Big Ten
9Owen WebsterMinnesotaBig Ten
10Jeremiah KentMissouriMAC
11Taylor VenzNebraskaBig Ten
12Zach BraunagelIllinoisBig Ten
13Nelson BrandsIowaBig Ten
14Brit WilsonNorthern IllinoisMAC
15John PoznanskiRutgersBig Ten
16Max LyonPurdueBig Ten
17Rocky JordanOhio St.Big Ten
18David KeyNavyEIWA
19Tate SamuelsonWyomingBig 12
20Alan ClothierNorthern ColoradoBig 12
21Michael BattistaVirginiaACC
22Devin KaneNorth CarolinaACC
23Caleb HopkinsCampbellSoCon
24Gregg HarveyPittsburghACC
25Matthew WaddellChattanoogaSoCon
26Dominic DucharmeCSU BakersfieldPac 12
27George WaltonRiderMAC
28Darrien RobertsOklahomaBig 12
29Ryan ReyesOregon St.Pac 12
30Hunter CruzFresno St.Big 12
31Cade BelshayArizona St.Pac 12
32Taylor BrownArmy West PointEIWA
33DeAndre NassarCleveland St.MAC
197 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Eric SchultzNebraskaBig Ten
2Jacob WarnerIowaBig Ten
3Kordell NorfleetArizona St.Pac 12
4Noah AdamsWest VirginiaBig 12
5Tanner SloanSouth Dakota St.Big 12
6Cameron CaffeyMichigan St.Big Ten
7Nino BonaccorsiPittsburghACC
8Greg BulsakClarionMAC
9Isaac TrumbleNC StateACC
10Jay AielloVirginiaACC
11Lucas DavisonNorthwesternBig Ten
12Stephen BuchananWyomingBig 12
13AJ FerrariOklahoma St.Big 12
14Rocky ElamMissouriMAC
15Jake WoodleyOklahomaBig 12
16Jacob KoserNavyEIWA
17Thomas PenolaPurdueBig Ten
18Max ShawNorth CarolinaACC
19Jake JakobsenLehighEIWA
20JT BrownArmy West PointEIWA
21Bryan McLaughlinDrexelEIWA
22Matt WroblewskiIllinoisBig Ten
23Gavin HoffmanOhio St.Big Ten
24Jacob SeelyNorthern ColoradoBig 12
25Billy JanzerRutgersBig Ten
26Landon PelhamCentral MichiganMAC
27Chris KoberCampbellSoCon
28Gage BraunNorthern IllinoisMAC
29Stanley SmeltzerVirginia TechACC
30Keegan MooreNorthern IowaBig 12
31J.J DixonOregon St.Pac 12
32Yonger Bastida PomaresIowa St.Big 12
33Tyler MousawVMISoCon
285 POUNDS
RANK
NAMESCHOOLCONFERENCE
1Gable StevesonMinnesotaBig Ten
2Mason ParrisMichiganBig Ten
3Tony CassioppiIowaBig Ten
4Matt StencelCentral MichiganMAC
5Gannon GremmelIowa St.Big 12
6Carter IsleyNorthern IowaBig 12
7Jordan WoodLehighEIWA
8Luke LuffmanIllinoisBig Ten
9Ethan LairdRiderMAC
10Christian LanceNebraskaBig Ten
11Trent HillgerWisconsinBig Ten
12Zach ElamMissouriMAC
13Cohlton SchultzArizona St.Pac 12
14Brian AndrewsWyomingBig 12
15Tate OrndorffOhio St.Big Ten
16Seth NevillsPenn St.Big Ten
17Deonte WilsonNC StateACC
18Brandon MetzNorth Dakota St.Big 12
19John BorstVirginia TechACC
20Quinn MillerVirginiaACC
21Josh HeindselmanOklahomaBig 12
22Nathan TraxlerStanfordPac 12
23Sam SchuylerBuffaloMAC
24Johnathan BirchmeierNavyEIWA
25Austin HarrisOklahoma St.Big 12
26Jon SpauldingEdinboroMAC
27Andrew GunningNorth CarolinaACC
28Wyatt HendricksonAir ForceBig 12
29Robert HealdArmy West PointEIWA
30Colton McKiernanSIU EdwardsvilleMAC
31Michael McAleaveyThe CitadelSoCon
32Max IhryNorthern IllinoisMAC
33Zachary Knighton-WardHofstraEIWA