NCAA President Mark Emmert’s statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events

The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.

-NCAA President Mark Emmert

NCAA announces at-large selections for Division I wrestling championships

Gophers receive four at-large bids

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced the 48 at-large selections for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Minneapolis.

The wrestlers, listed in alphabetical order by weight class, join the 282 student-athletes that qualified automatically through their conference tournament finishes last weekend.  The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria: head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and conference tournament finish.

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Four NDSU Wrestlers Listed in NCAA Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Four North Dakota State wrestlers were listed in the second NCAA Division I coaches’ panel rankings and first NCAA RPI (ratings percentage index) released Thursday, Feb. 13. The next rankings will be released Thursday, Feb. 27, and include conference allocations.

North Dakota State (7-3, 4-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host No. 21-ranked Stanford (10-2, 3-1 Pac-12) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and Air Force (4-5, 1-4 #Big12WR) at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Scheels Center. Sunday is Senior Day.

NDSU 133 Cam Sykora (10-4 overall, 6-3 duals) was ranked No. 10 by the coaches panel, 157 Jared Franek (20-6, 8-2) is No. 18 in the RPI and No. 25 coaches’ panel, 165 Andrew Fogarty (16-2, 9-0) is No. 14 in the RPI and No. 20 coaches’ panel, and heavyweight Brandon Metz (18-7, 6-3) is No. 21 coaches’ panel and No. 23 in the RPI. Sykora and Fogarty are three-time NCAA tournament qualifiers.

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NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel and RPI rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released coaches’ panel rankings and ratings percentage index (RPI) rankings for the 2019-20 wrestling season today. The final rankings will be one of the criteria used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, EIWA, MAC, Pac-12 and SoCon), which is double the voters that had previously been used for the coaches’ panel rankings. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. 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 ranked.

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2020 NCAAs venue: Looks like a winner already

Who will be the winners at the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships? Months before the first wrestler steps onto the mat, the individuals who will come out on top are thousands of additional fans who will be able to see the Nationals in person for the first time, thanks to the fact the next NCAAs will be held at an indoor football stadium for the first time.

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis — home to the NFL Minnesota Vikings — will be the venue for the 2020 NCAAs from March 19 through March 21. This totally enclosed venue — which resembles a huge, glassy Viking ship — has a seating capacity of 66,860 for football, and 72,711 for the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four. These seating capacities are more than three times that of typical basketball/hockey arenas that have hosted NCAA Division I championships for the past few decades. And that means significantly more amateur wrestling fans will have the opportunity to witness in THE major event of the college wrestling season in person. Continue reading at

NCAA Committee recommends women’s wrestling for Emerging Sports Status

The U.S. wrestling community, including its leading organizations, is celebrating today’s announcement from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning women’s wrestling.

The NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) has “recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add women’s wrestling as an NCAA emerging sport, effective August 1, 2020.”

Each NCAA division (Division I, Division II and Division III) will address this recommendation separately and will determine independently if women’s wrestling is added to the division’s Emerging Sports list.

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