NCAA allocations announced as postseason looms for Jackrabbits

INDIANAPOLIS — Eight South Dakota State University wrestlers are included the final NCAA coaches’ panel rankings of the regular season, which were announced Thursday. In addition, NCAA officials announced the allocations by conference for next month’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Leading the way for the Jackrabbits are Clay Carlson and Tanner Sloan, who are each ranked ninth in their respective weight classes. A two-time NCAA qualifier from Willmar, Minnesota, Carlson has compiled a 17-7 record this season at 141 pounds and also ranks 22nd for ratings percentage index (RPI) in his weight class. The RPI is a calculation that consists of three factors: winning percentage, opponent winning percentage (strength of schedule) and opponent’s opponent winning percentage (opponent’s strength of schedule). Only matches against Division I opponents at the designated weight class count towards the RPI and a wrestler needs to have wrestled 15 matches to be ranked.

Sloan, a three-time NCAA qualifier from Alburnett, Iowa, ended the regular season with a 20-1 overall record. Currently on a 17-match winning streak, Sloan holds the sixth-best RPI in the 197-pound weight class.

Three other previous national qualifiers for the Jackrabbits — Tanner Cook, Cade DeVos and A.J. Nevills — maintained their top-20 rankings. Cook is 14-4 this season en route to a No. 17 ranking at 165 pounds, while DeVos holds a 20-6 record and a No. 14 ranking in the 174-pound weight class. Nevills is ranked 12th at heavyweight with an 18-4 overall mark.

Cook (ninth) and Nevills (10th) both appear in the top 10 of their weight classes for RPI, while DeVos is 13th in RPI at 174 pounds.

Other SDSU wrestlers in the latest coaches’ panel rankings are Cael Swensen (19th at 157 pounds), Cade King (19th at 184 pounds) and Tanner Jordan (26th at 125 pounds). Swensen stands 15th in RPI (18-6 overall record), while Jordan (16-12 overall) and King (15-7 overall) have respective RPIs that rank 23rd and 26th.

The Jackrabbits begin postseason competition at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship March 4-5 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Under the allocations announced Thursday, the Big 12 will receive 64 automatic qualifiers — an increase of six from last season — with at least four wrestlers from all 10 weight classes earning automatic bids to the national tournament out of the Big 12 Championship. The Big 12’s allocations rank second only to the Big Ten’s 88.

A total of 284 automatic bids are included in the pre-allocations, with the remaining 46 spots to fill out the 330-wrestler field — 33 in each weight class — will be determined through an at-large selection process. At-large selections will be announced on March 7, while the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are set for March 16-18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association655235445645
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Pacific-12 Conference331212213118
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