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Qualifier allocations announced

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Last Updated – Feb 23, 2012 10:50 EST
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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below.

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, with automatic qualifying status, 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.

After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7. 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.

Qualifier Allocations
CONFERENCE 125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 285 TOTAL
Atlantic Coast Conference 4 3 4 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 25
Big 12 Conference 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 2 31
Big Ten Conference 6 7 5 9 6 8 9 7 7 10 74
Colonial Athletic Association 1 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 3 3 23
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association 3 5 6 6 6 4 4 4 5 3 46
Eastern Wrestling League 2 3 2 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 24
Mid-American Conference 4 1 3 1 1 1 2 3 1 3 20
Pacific-12 Conference 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 19
Southern Conference 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 11
West Regional 2 2 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 1 17
TOTAL QUALIFIERS 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 290

A full description of the entire selection process in the 2012 Division I Wrestling Championships Pre-Championships Manual which is available at NCAA.org.

Week in Review 12/7

EWL Athletes/Freshman of the Week (Dec. 8)

Edinboro’s Schopp, Port & Habat named EWL Athletes of the Week; Clagon named EWL Rookie of the Week

EWL Wrestler of the Week – A.J. Schopp, Mitchell Port & Dave Habat (Edinboro)

The redshirt senior trio of A.J. Schopp (133 lbs.), Mitchell Port (141 lbs.), and Dave Habat (149 lbs.) won their fourth consecutive individual PSAC titles on Saturday. It marks the first time in PSAC history that a team has had three four-time champions in its lineup. When the day started just 14 former wrestlers had won four conference crowns. This is an impressive feat by these three gentlemen and therefore all were honored as EWL Wrestlers of the Week. No. 13 Edinboro won the PSAC team title.

EWL Freshman of the Week – BJ Clagon (Rider)

Clagon continued a strong freshman campaign by leading No. 22 Rider to upset win over No. 10 Lehigh. Clagon’s 16-5 win over Lehigh’s Drew Longo was the key for Rider’s upset. This match proved to be the difference in the dual, as both teams won five bouts and criteria was used to determine the winner. Rider won the criteria on total points, 46 to 41, 16 of which were scored by Clagon. The last time Rider won at Lehigh was during the 1993-94 season.


Week in Review 11/30


Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week, for week ended November 30, 2014, is Aaron McKinney, who is a redshirt junior at Lock Haven University.  Mr. McKinney is from Imperial, Pennsylvania, and competes for the Bald Eagles at 165 pounds.  He redshirted the 2013-14 campaign, but is back on the mats for Lock Haven this fall.

Our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week, for the week ended November 30, 2014, is Brock Zacherl, who is a true freshman at Clarion University.  Mr. Zacherl is from Brookville, Pennsylvania, and wrestles at 141 pounds.

On November 30, 2014, Lock Haven University hosted its annual Mat Town Open.  Led by Aaron McKinney, the Bald Eagles grabbed four Mat Town crowns.  McKinney hammered his way through the tournament, opening with a pin in 1:52, then gaining a 10-1 major decision in the quarter-finals.  In the semi-finals he racked-up an 8-0 shutout.

In the championship finals, McKinney faced Garrett Peppelman of the University of Virginia.  Peppelman, out of powerful Central Dauphin High School, was 2014 PIAA AAA champion at 160 pounds and one of the highest ranked middle-weight recruits in the nation.  McKinney defeated Peppelman 12-1 for the Mat Town title.

On November 30, 2014, Brock Zacherl wrestled unattached at Lock Haven’s Mat Town Open.  Zacherl opened with a 17-1 tech fall followed by a 10-3 decision.  In the semi finals he scored a 9-4 win, then decisioned two-time EWL place winner, Bobby Rehm of Lock Haven University, in the championship finals 9-4.

Congratulations to Aaron McKinney, our EWL Wrestler of the Week, and to Brock Zacherl, our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week.

Further, the EWL tips its headgear to the three other Lock Haven University grapplers (besides Aaron McKinney), who won titles at the November 30 Mat Town Open.  They are Ron Perry at 133 pounds, Elias Biddle at 157 pounds and Fred Garcia at 184.

Also, we tip our headgear to the Rider University wrestling team.  On November 30, Rider, currently ranked #25 in the nation, hosted Clarion University and the EIWA’s University of Pennsylvania.  Rider defeated Clarion 38-3 and then beat Pennsylvania 21-12, to raise their dual meet record this season to 5-1.  Good job Broncs.

Week in Review 11/23


Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week, for week ended November 23, 2014, is Chuck Zeisloft, who is a senior at Rider University.  Mr. Zeisloft is from Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, and competes for the Broncs at 141 pounds.

Our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week, for the week ended November 23, is B.J. Clagon, who is a redshirt freshman at Rider University.  Mr. Clagon is from Toms River, New Jersey, and wrestles at 149 pounds.

Rider had an outstanding wrestling week.  On November 20, 2014, the Broncs upset sixteenth-ranked Wisconsin, nipping the B1G Badgers 20-19.  The dual meet (at Rider) started at 141 pounds, and Chuck Zeisloft got the Broncs off to a winning start, decisioning the Badgers’ nationally ranked Ryan Lubeck 3-1, via a sudden-victory take down.  That take down was the first of the dual meet, and proved to be the criteria tie-breaker.  The one-point criteria addition, thanks to Mr. Zeisloft’s TD, elevated Rider from a tie to a 20-19 victory.  In that dual meet, B.J. Clagon was one of the five Rider winners.  Clagon majored his Wisconsin foe, T.J. Ruschell, by a score of 12-3.

On November 23, 2014, Rider competed in the University of Pennsylvania’s Keystone Classic, and finished second in the 14-team field.  Rider tallied 92.5 team points in The Palestra showcase event, close behind the Northwestern University final point total of 98.0.  In the Keystone Classic Chuck Zeisloft went 3-1 and finished runnerup to Todd Preston of Harvard.  Preston, who, this past season was the OW at the EIWA Tournament and finished top 12 at the 2014 NCAA’s, edged Zeisloft 3-1 in the championship finals.

B.J. Clagon also had a very good Keystone tournament.  He placed third in the event at 149, winning five of six bouts.  Clagon’s only loss, by a score of 10-8, was to the defending NCAA champion, Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern.  Rider’s veteran head coach Gary Taylor remarked, “A lot of people thought he had a take down at the end, that would have put it into overtime.  It was a great match.”

Congratulations to Chuck Zeisloft, our EWL Wrestler of the Week, and to B.J. Clagon, our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week!

Further, the EWL tips its headgear to four other EWL grapplers, who had strong mat weeks.  They are Rob Deutsch of Rider, Riley Shaw of Cleveland State, Chase Zemenak of Bloomsburg and Wayne Stinson of Rider.

Mr. Deutsch (133 pounds) had a 6-3 win over nationally ranked Ryan Taylor in the Broncs’ win over Wisconsin and also finished second at the Keystone Classic.  Mr. Shaw (285 pounds) racked up four wins, including two pins, on his way to a runnerup finish at the 13-team Navy Classic, held on November 22nd in Annapolis, Maryland.  Further, on November 22, 2014, Mr. Zemenak (133 pounds) and Mr. Stinson (157) each won titles at the Central New Jersey Open.

Schedule 11/20-23

Rider vs #16 Wisconsin Badgers & Clarion vs The Defending National Champions, #5 Penn State Nittany Lions highlight this weeks EWL Mat action!!

Thursday – November 20th
Rider hosts #16 Wisconsin – Alumni Gym 7:00pm

Friday – November 21st
Bloomsburg hosts Eastern Michigan – Nelson FieldHouse 7:00pm
Lock Haven hosts Shippensburg – Thomas FieldHouse 7:00pm

Saturday – November 22nd
Cleveland State at the Navy Classic – Annapolis, MD 10:00am
George Mason at the Navy Classic – Annapolis, MD 10:00am
Clarion hosts Defending National Champion #5 Penn State –
Tippin Gym 7:00pm

Sunday – November 23rd
Bloomsburg at the Keystone Classic – The Palestra Phila, PA 9:00am
Rider at the Keystone Classic – The Palestra Phila, PA 9:00am



Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week, for week ended November 16, 2014, is Mitchell Port, who is a senior at Edinboro University.  Mr. Port is from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and competes for the Fighting Scots at 141 pounds.

Our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week, for the week ended November 16, is Sean Russell, who is a true freshman at Edinboro University.  Mr. Russell is from Lawrenceville, Georgia, and has been wrestling unattached this season at 125 pounds.

On November 15, 2014, Edinboro University competed at the Eastern Michigan Duals.  The Fighting Scots won all three of their dual meets at the event, beating Central Michigan by a score of 30-3, besting Northern Illinois 40-3, and upsetting top-ten ranked University of Michigan 23-16.  Mitchell Port helped lead his team to the three victories, by decisioning nationally ranked Zach Horan of Central Michigan 2-0, pinning his Northern Illinois foe in 1:21 of the first period and defeating top-four ranked Steve Dutton of Michigan 5-2.

Mitchell Port currently is ranked second in the nation at 141 pounds, and his three wins this past weekend raised his season record to 9-0.  Mr. Port, who is a former PIAA AAA champion, placed second in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and grabbed third place at the 2014 NCAA’s.  His college career won/lost mark now stands at 105-15.

On November 16, 2014, Sean Russell competed in the huge East Stroudsburg Open, and finished runnerup at 125 pounds.  In his first two bouts Russell majored his opponents from Drexel and Navy by scores of 17-7 and 20-7, respectively.  In his third and fourth matches of the day, Mr. Russell racked up tech falls over foes from Delaware Valley (final score 19-3) and West Virginia University (18-3).

In the ESU Open semi finals Russell defeated Billy Watterson of Brown University by a final score of 8-4.  Watterson is a senior, who has placed twice in the EIWA tournament, and qualified for the NCAA’s in 2013.  In the championship finals, Sean Russell dropped a 2-1 decision to Lehigh Div I All-American Darian Cruz, who placed seventh in the 2014 NCAA’s.

Congratulations to Mitchell Port, our EWL Wrestler of the Week, and to Sean Russell, our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week!

Further, the EWL tips its headgear to the six Edinboro grapplers who each went 3-0 at the Eastern Michigan Duals this past weekend.  They are, as follows: Kory Mines (125 pounds); A.J. Schopp (133); Mitchell Port (141); David Habat (149); Austin Matthews (157); and Vic Avery (at 184 pounds).

On November 15, 2014, besides the EMU Duals, Eastern Michigan University also hosted the Eastern Michigan Open.  In that connection, we tip our EWL headgear to Edinboro University’s Nick Mitchell, who entered the Open at 174 pounds and racked-up five straight wins to capture the crown.

Moreover, the EWL tips its headgear to two true freshman, who wrestled well this past weekend – Brock Zacherl of Clarion University and Billy Miller of Edinboro University.  Zacherl went 4-1 at the November 15 Eastern Michigan Open to gain second-place at 141 pounds, and Miller went 4-1 at the November 16 ESU Open to grab runnerup at heavy weight.

This Week’s Schedule Nov. 10-16

Three EWL teams will head to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI to compete in the Eastern Michigan Duals on Saturday, November 15th.   Marquee for the EWL squads matches will be when Clarion takes on #16 Northwestern University – 11:30am, #14 Edinboro faces #8 Michigan – 1:00pm, & Lock Haven squares off with #25 Kent State.
Rankings courtesy of InterMat – http://www.intermatwrestle.com/rankings/college/Team2

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 10:00AM
# 16 Northwestern University 11:30AM
Central Michigan University 1:00PM
Northern Illinois University 2:30PM

#14 Edinboro
Central Michigan University 10:00AM
# 8 University of Michigan 1:00PM
Northern Illinois University 11:30AM

Lock Haven
Ohio University 10:00AM
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 11:30AM
#25 Kent State 1:00PM
Eastern Michigan 2:30PM

Bloomsburg, Cleveland State, George Mason, & Rider are idle this week.


Recap – Week of 11/9

Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestlers of the Week, for week ended November 9, 2014, are Lock Haven University’s Dan Neff and Fred Garcia (co-winners of the award).  Mr. Neff, from Quarryville, Pennsylvania, is a junior, and Mr. Garcia, from Donora, PA, is a senior.

Our EWL Freshmen Wrestlers of the Week, for the week ended November 9, are Chase Zemenak and B.J. Clagon (co-winners).  Mr. Zemenak is from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and is a true freshman at Bloomsburg University. Mr. Clagon is from Toms River, New Jersey, and is a redshirt freshman at Rider University.

On November 8, 2014, Lock Haven University competed in the seven-team Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational Tournament (at Brockport), and finished a strong second place to the powerful Sooners of Oklahoma University.  Oklahoma finished with 173.5 team points with LHU at 154.0, trailed by Kent State University (third place), Army (fourth place), Buffalo, Bloomsburg and SUNY Brockport.  Dan Neff and Fred Garcia both helped lead the Bald Eagles to second place, by winning their weight classes.  Neff, a two-time NCAA qualifier, won the tournament title at 149 pounds, and Garcia, also a two-time NCAA qualifier, grabbed the gold at 184.  Both grapplers went 4-0 on the day.

On November 8, 2014, Chase Zemenak competed in Binghamton University’s Jonathan Kaloust Open, and won the crown at 133 pounds.  In winning his weight class, Zemenak opened with a 6-0 decision, then majored (14-4) his opponent from Lehigh University in the quarter-finals, pinned his foe from Old Dominion University in the semi-finals, and shut out (5-0) his Cleveland State opponent in the championship finals.

On November 9, 2014, Rider University competed in the University of Illinois Quad Meet.  In their three dual meets at the Quad, the Broncs were bested by the nationally ranked Illinois team, but defeated Northern Illinois University 28-9 and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville by a score of 31-9.  B.J. Clagon soldiered through the day, winning by decision, pin and tech fall, to finish 3-0.

Congratulations to Dan Neff and Fred Garcia, our EWL Wrestlers of the Week, and to Chase Zemenak and B.J. Clagon, our EWL Freshmen Wrestlers of the Week!

Also, the EWL tips its headgear to Rob Deutsch and Ben Willeford.  Mr. Deutsch, who finished top 12 at the 2014 NCAA Tournament at 125 pounds, is a junior at Rider University.  This season Deutsch is competing at 133 pounds and completed his November 8 University of Illinois Quad outing at 3-0, all by decision.

Ben Willeford, who redshirted this past season, but qualified for the 2013 NCAA’s by winning the 2013 EWL Tournament, is a senior at Cleveland State University.  This past weekend he competed in the Binghamton Open at 125 pounds, won four bouts on his way to a runnerup finish, including an opening-round decision over Lehigh’s Darian Cruz, who placed seventh at 125 pounds in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Moreover, one final tip of the EWL headgear, this one to George Mason University.  On November 9, 2014, the Patriots marched into the 18,000-seat University of Maryland Xfinity Center, and battled to a hard-fought 17-16 criteria win over the Terps.  It’s always nice to beat a Big Ten team in a dual meet!