The NCAA announced on Wednesday that the NCAA West Regional Tournament has been allocated 15 automatic qualifier spots for the 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships. The breakdown of the 15 automatic bids per weight class for the West Regional are as follows: 125 pounds (2), 133 (1), 141 (2), 149 (2), 157 (2), 165 (1), 174 (1), 184 (2), 197 (1) and Heavyweight (1).
Along with the qualifier allocations, the NCAA also released the final Coaches' Panel Rankings and Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2010-11 wrestling season. Air Force sophomore Cole VonOhlen is listed in both ranking, listed ninth in the Coaches' Panel Rankings and 12th in the RPI at 141 pounds. VonOhlen currently leads the nation in total wins this season with 39.
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; 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 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.
Air Force will host the NCAA West Regional, which will be held March 6, 2011, in Clune Arena. Opening rounds of the tournament are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m., while finals are scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 48 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; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.