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ACC Receives 34 Qualifications for NCAA Wrestling Championship

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ACC Receives 34 Qualifications for NCAA Wrestling Championship
Total ties for the most NCAA Wrestling Championship automatic berths for the Conference
Greensboro, N.C. (—The Atlantic Coast Conference was designated for 34 NCAA Tournament qualifications for the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships,which will be held March 15-17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, the NCAA announced today.
The 34 qualifications ties the ACC’s all-time high which was set in 2014 when the conference had seven wrestling programs and in 2016, when the ACC had six programs as it does today.
The ACC was awarded qualifications in the following weight classes: 125 (2), 133 (5), 141 (3), 149 (4), 157 (3), 165 (2), 174 (4), 184 (3), 197 (3) 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; ratings 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 47 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 6. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches’ ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.
The NCAA also released the third of four coaches’ panel rankings on Thursday for the 2017-18 wrestling season, and the Atlantic Coast Conference had 42 wrestlers listed. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Championship.
All 42 wrestlers will be in action at the 64th ACC Wrestling Championship, which will be held on Saturday, March 3, at North Carolina’s Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
With just six schools sponsoring wrestling, the ACC averaged seven ranked wrestlers per team. The league had 39 chosen in the first NCAA Coaches rankings of Jan. 18, and had 41 ranked on Feb. 8.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. To be eligible for the rankings, 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.
Virginia Tech senior Jared Haught (Parkersburg, West Virginia) is the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the 197-pound class and is the highest-ranked wrestler from the ACC. Tech sophomore David McFadden (West Milford, New Jersey) at 165, NC State freshman Hayden Hidlay (Lewistown, Pennsylvania) at 157 and
Duke senior Jacob Kasper (Lexington, Ohio) at 285, were each ranked third.
NC State, ranked sixth nationally in the latest NWCA poll, and Virginia Tech, ranked 10th, each had 10 wrestlers ranked, one from each weight class. The Wolfpack had five wrestlers ranked fifth or better, while Tech has three ranked in the top six.
No. 24 North Carolina had eight ranked wrestlers while Pitt and Virginia each had five ranked.Duke had four of its wrestlers ranked by the Committee.
The NCAA also released the wrestling Division I Wrestling Percentage Index (RPI) and NC State’s Michael Macchiavello (Monroe, North Carolina), was the top-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, with Haught ranked second. Macchiavello was ranked fourth in the coaches rankings.
Duke (4) Coaches
Wgt. Name, Rank
133 Josh Finesilver, 32
157 Mitch Finesilver, 11
174 Matt Finesilver, 19
285 Jacob Kasper, 3
North Carolina (8)
133 Zach Sherman, 22
141 A. G. Headlee, 19
149 Troy Heilmann, 8
157 Kennedy Monday, 19
174 Ethan Ramos, 15
184 Chip Ness, 18
197 Daniel Chaid, 17
285 Cory Daniel, 23
NC State (10)
125 Sean Fausz, 5
133 Tariq Wilson, 19
141 Kevin Jack, 4
149 Beau Donahue, 12
157 Hayden Hidlay, 3
165 Brian Hamann, 26
174 Daniel Bullard, 26
184 Pete Renda, 5
197 Mike Macchiavello, 4
285 Michael Boykin, 21
Pitt (5)
133 Dom Forys, 9
141 Nick Zanetta, 17
157 Taleb Rahmani, 24
184 Gregg Harvey, 33
285 Ryan Solomon, 17
Virginia (5)
125 Louie Hayes, 12
133 Jack Mueller, 8
149 Sam Krivus, 25
165 Andrew Atkinson, 29
174 Will Schany, 30
Virginia Tech (10)
125 Kyle Norstrem, 31
133 Dennis Gustafson, 14
141 Brent Moore, 25
149 Ryan Blees, 15
157 B.C. LaPrade, 31
165 David McFadden, 3
174 Hunter Bolen, 23
184 Zack Zavatsky, 6
197 Jared Haught, 1
285 Andrew Dunn, 20

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