NCAA Wrestling Conference Allocations Released

The NCAA released its conference allocations.

Here we go - one step closer to the post season. The NCAA released its official conference allocations. The table below tells the full tale. Quick shout out to the MAC, who just missed squaring the 2nd most bids of any conference. Watch out, EIWA.

Conference 125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 285 TOTAL
ACC 3 2 5 4 2 2 3 4 5 4 34
Big 12 3 2 3 3 2 2 4 1 2 2 24
Big Ten 7 8 6 6 8 8 7 7 8 9 74
EIWA 6 4 5 4 5 5 3 4 7 4 47
EWL 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 3 1 2 22
MAC 4 5 5 4 5 3 5 5 2 3 41
Pac-12 1 3 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 17
SoCon 1 1 1 3 2 3 1 1 1 2 16
WWC 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 15
TOTAL 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 290

There weren't a ton of surprises. But let's dig into the Penn State and Big Ten side of things anyhow.

125 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
2 2 92% Nico Megaludis Penn State
3 5 91% Jesse Delgado Illinois
5 NR 81% Thomas Gilman Iowa
9 6 87% Bradley Taylor Wisconsin
12 29 65% Tim Lambert Nebraska
15 14 63% Conor Youtsey Michigan
20 25 69% Nick Roberts Ohio State
31 26 59% Samuel Brancale Minnesota

Seven bids for seven qualifiers - makes sense. The surprise here is that it's Thomas Gilman in the last Coaches' Poll / RPI for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and not recent pinfall machine Cory Clark.

133 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
3 4 89% Tony Ramos Iowa
5 5 88% Tyler Graff Wisconsin
7 8 79% David Thorn Minnesota
8 6 85% Johnni DiJulius Ohio State
9 NR 67% Cashé Quiroga Purdue
13 11 79% Zane Richards Illinois
15 12 52% James Gulibon Penn State
17 16 57% Rosario Bruno Michigan
33 NR 43% Dominick Malone Northwestern

Eight bids for the Big Ten at 133. But I count 7 guys with at least two of the three criteria. So how about that. Just when I thought I had autobid stuff figured out, Cashe Quiroga pulls down an autobid - I'm guessing. Because it wasn't Dom Malone, right? Whatever - 8 bids is good news for Jimmy Gulibon, who I think might just surprise a couple of folks at Big Tens.

141 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
2 1 100% Zain Retherford Penn State
3 4 94% Logan Stieber Ohio State
5 9 76% Christopher Dardanes Minnesota
11 NR 75% Stephen Dutton III Michigan
13 3 71% Josh Dziewa Iowa
20 19 68% Danny Sabatello Purdue
23 NR 70% Steven Rodrigues Illinois
30 31 52% Jesse Thielke Wisconsin

Color me shocked. At 141, the Big Ten sports 8 - eight - wrestlers who square with at least two of the three criteria, and end up with 6 bids. I thought we'd get 7 or 8, but the injuries to Dutton and Rodrigues didn't help. Sabatello quietly had a heck of a last half of the season.

149 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
2 1 90% Nick Dardanes Minnesota
4 7 89% Jake Sueflohn Nebraska
6 14 87% Jason Tsirtsis Northwestern
7 11 67% Brody Grothus Iowa
8 8 67% Eric Grajales Michigan
18 17 64% Ian Paddock Ohio State
26 NR James English Penn State
NR 28 Rylan Lubeck Wisconsin

Six bids, just like we figured. And there's Jim English with the #26 Coaches rank, just like we figured (for the last 6 or 7 days, I mean; not the first 4 or 5 months). Jim's gonna have a tough, but doable, climb. He has to place 6th. He can do it. In reality, 7th is probably his absolute floor at Big Tens. Nobody's worked harder for this opportunity, that's for certain. Go take it, Jim.

157 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
1 1 100% James Green Nebraska
3 8 82% Isaac Jordan Wisconsin
4 3 89% Derek St. John Iowa
7 4 75% Dylan Ness Minnesota
8 12 89% Taylor Walsh Indiana
11 6 88% Dylan Alton Penn State
13 11 74% Brian Murphy Michigan
21 18 70% Zach Brunson Illinois

Eight bids for eight wrestlers, seven of whom are top 15. That's crazy deep. Dylan Alton, a past AA ranked as high as 4th this season, is now the 6th highest ranked wrestler in his own conference. The returning National Champion is 3rd. Sheer lunacy. From the quarterfinals on, the Big Ten tournament will look an awfully lot like the NCAAs.

165 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
1 1 100% David Taylor Penn State
4 2 89% Nick Moore Iowa
6 10 78% Pierce Harger Northwestern
10 21 76% Daniel Yates Michigan
13 16 81% Jackson Morse Illinois
20 13 54% Austin Wilson Nebraska
21 20 50% Daniel Zilverberg Minnesota
24 19 74% Ryan Leblanc Indiana

Could I interest you in 8 more bids? Why yes, thank you very much. The crazy part here at 165, as opposed to 157, is that no one in the Big Ten has ever beaten David Taylor. Ever. I'm not even going to bother with a "knock on wood". Alright - maybe one. Knock on wood. But that's it.

174 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
3 4 96% Robert Kokesh Nebraska
4 6 86% Logan Storley Minnesota
5 5 88% Mathew Brown Penn State
6 3 82% Michael Evans Iowa
13 13 74% Mark Martin Ohio State
20 NR 60% Leroy Munster Northwestern
23 20 65% Scott Liegel Wisconsin
28 19 60% Tony Dallago Illinois
NR 14 56% Collin Zeerip Michigan
NR 27 45% Patrick Kissel Purdue

There are nine wrestlers in the table, and 7 bring bids to Big Tens. But this looks like a 4-man race to me.

184 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
2 3 96% Ed Ruth Penn State
4 NR 85% Ethen Lofthouse Iowa
7 4 83% Kevin Steinhaus Minnesota
8 7 84% Timothy Dudley Nebraska
12 8 80% Kenny Courts Ohio State
21 NR 50% Domenic Abounader Michigan
24 12 67% John Rizqallah Michigan State
26 NR 69% Jackson Hein Wisconsin
29 18 67% Lazarus Reyes Illinois
29 24 66% Lucas Sheridan Indiana

Here's another sneaky deep weight, with nine wrestlers earning consideration, even though only 7 bring a bid. But, uh, this weight lists Ed Ruth at the top. And he's pretty good.

197 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
3 2 92% Morgan McIntosh Penn State
4 1 95% Scott Schiller Minnesota
5 5 79% Nick Heflin Ohio State
9 NR 88% Mario Gonzalez Illinois
12 13 74% Braden Atwood Purdue
13 NR 79% Nathan Burak Iowa
16 10 68% Alex Polizzi Northwestern
33 27 65% Nick McDiarmid Michigan State
NR 28 55% Timothy McCall Wisconsin

Eight bids here at 197. At first blush, that might sound like more than you expected. But when Nick McDiarmid, the #8 guy in the conference, nearly brings a 3-for-3 Gold bid to the party, you realize that the Big Ten has some serious firepower at this weight.

285 LBS

Coaches RPI Win% Wrestler School
1 1 96% Adam Coon Michigan
2 NR High Michael McMullan Northwestern
4 2 91% Adam Chalfant Indiana
5 NR 80% Bobby Telford Iowa
6 4 82% Anthony Nelson Minnesota
7 6 81% Mike McClure Michigan State
8 5 76% Connor Medbery Wisconsin
14 12 Good Jonathan Gingrich Penn State
22 27 68% Collin Jensen Nebraska
32 32 56% Nick Tavanello Ohio State
NR 26 35% Chris Lopez Illinois

Speaking of firepower, the Big Ten lands 9 bids at heavy. Having 7 of the national top 10 doesn't hurt the weight's case. And yes, that's Jon Gingrich in the blue and white singlet for Penn State. Not a surprising move after seeing Jimmy Lawson against Clarion. Law Dog just couldn't beat the knee injury, and that sucks for him because he had really wrestled well prior to that. Get well soon, Law Dog. And here's your chance, Big Jon. We're behind you.

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