INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, as well as the final RPI and coaches' panel rankings for the season.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), of which American is a member, will receive 43 total qualifiers, broken down as follows: 125 (3), 133 (3), 141 (5), 149 (3), 157 (7), 165 (4), 174 (2), 184 (5), 197 (6) and 285 (5).
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 at the weight class, 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.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 70 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 11. All weight classes with 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.
In the final coaches' panel rankings of the season, junior David Terao leads the way for American with a ranking of 18th at 125 pounds. Junior John Boyle is rated 22nd at 157 pounds, while freshman Jeric Kasunic is tied for 31st at 184 pounds.
Additionally, Terao is ranked 26th in the final RPI of the season.