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MAC Awarded 41 Spots In NCAA Wrestling Championships

Updated 2/28/2014

 

MAC Awarded with 41 allocations to the NCAA Wrestling Championships March 20-22 in Oklahoma City

 

INDIANAPOLIS--- The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and the Mid-American Conference has received 41 spots, which is the third highest of any Division I College Wrestling Conference. The nine MAC wrestling programs will compete in the MAC Wrestling Championships March 8-9 in Kent, Ohio to determine which wrestlers will qualify for the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

 

In addition, the Individual wrestler rankings for the top 33 wrestlers in each weight class were released both by the final coaches' panel rankings as well as by RPI.

 

The MAC had 49 wrestlers ranked in the Individual Rankings by the Coaches' Poll, including five wrestlers ranked in the top five with No. 1 Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) at 133; No. 1 Drake Houdasheldt (Missouri) at 149; No. 2 J'Den Cox (Missouri) at 197; No. 4 Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) at 141 and No. 5 Ian Miller (Kent State) at 157.

 

Also, the MAC had 46 wrestlers ranked in the Indvividual Rankings by RPI, including seven MAC wresters in the top five with No. 2 Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) at 141; No. 2 Drake Houdasheldt (Missouri) at 149; No. 3 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) at 125; No. 3 Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) at 133; No. 4 Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa) at 165; No. 4 J'Den Cox (Missouri) at 195 and No. 5 Sam Wheeler (Kent State) at 184.

 

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, 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 12. 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.

 

The complete listing of the 33 wrestlers in each weight class for the final coaches’ panel rankings, as well as the second RPI for the 2013-14 season can be found by logging on to NCAA.com.

The 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships return to Oklahoma City March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. New ticket and hospitality options are still available, visit NCAA.com/Wrestling to purchase.

 

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

Southern 1 1 1 3 2 3 1 1 1 2 16

West Reg. 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 15

TOTAL 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 290

 

 

Individual Rankings By Weight Class; Coaches Poll:

 

125 Weight Class

No. 6 Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa

No. 16 Jared Germaine, Eastern Michigan

No. 24 Corey Keener, Central Michigan

No. 30 Brandon Jeske, Old Dominion

No. 32 Barlow McGhee, Missouri

 

133 Weight Class

No. 1 Joe Colon, Northern Iowa

No. 12 Joe Roth, Central Michigan

No. 21 Mackenzie McGuire, Kent State

No. 26 Vincent Pizzuto, Eastern Michigan

No. 27 Matt Manley, Missouri

 

141 Weight Class

No. 4 Chris Mecate, Old Dominion

No. 6 Zach Horan, Central Michigan

No.16 Joey Lazor, Northern Iowa

No. 19 Lavion Mayes, Missouri

No. 24 Tyler Small, Kent State

No. 33 Noah Forrider, Ohio

 

149 Weight Class

No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, Missouri

No. 15 Alexander Richardson, Old Dominion

No. 17 Tywan Claxton, Ohio

No. 27 Michael Depalma, Kent State

 

157 Weight Class

No. 5 Ian Miller, Kent State

No. 17 Luke Smith, Central Michigan

No. 20 Joseph LaVallee, Missouri

No. 22 Tristan Warner, Old Dominion

No. 29 Brandon Zeerip, Eastern Michigan

No. 30 Spartak Chino, Ohio

No. 32 Andrew Morse, Northern Illinois

 

165 Weight Class

No. 11 Zach Toal, Missouri

No. 12 Cooper Moore, Northern Iowa

No. 26 Harrison Hightower, Ohio

 

174 Weight Class

No. 8 Mike Ottinger, Central Michigan

No. 12 Cody Walters, Ohio

No. 18 Billy Curling, Old Dominion

No. 21 Cody Caldwell, Northern Iowa

No. 26 Mike England, Missouri

No. 27 Caleb Marsh, Kent State

 

184 Weight Class

No. 8 Ryan Loder, Northern Iowa

No. 10 Sam Wheeler, Kent State

No. 14 John Eblen, Missouri

No. 18 Jack Dechow, Old Dominion

No. 28 Phillip Joseph, Eastern Michigan

 

197 Weight Class

No. 2 J'Den Cox, Missouri

No. 8 Phillip Wellington, Ohio

No. 28 Kevin Beazley, Old Dominion

No. 29 Shawn Scott, Northern Illinois

No. 32 Cole Baxter, Kent State

 

285 Weight Class

No. 10 Jeremy Johnson, Ohio

No. 25 Devin Mellon, Missouri

No. 27 Blaize Cabell, Northern Iowa

 

 

Individual Rankings By Weight Class; RPI Ranking

 

125 Weight Class

No. 3 Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa

No. 19 Brandon Jeske, Old Dominion

No. 20 Corey Keener, Central Michigan

No. 23 Barlow McGhee, Missouri

No. 27 Jared Germaine, Eastern Michigan

 

133 Weight Class

No. 3 Joe Colon, Northern Iowa

No. 10 Joe Roth, Central Michigan

133 14 Mackenzie, McGuire Kent State

133 18 Matt Manley, Missouri

133 29 Vincent Pizzuto, Eastern Michigan

 

141 Weight Class

No. 2 Chris Mecate, Old Dominion

No. 8 Zach Horan, Central Michigan

No. 16 Lavion Mayes, Missouri

No. 17 Tyler Small, Kent State

No. 26 Noah Forrider, Ohio

No. 30 Nick Flannery, Buffalo

 

149 Weight Class

No. 2 Drake Houdashelt, Missouri

No. 13 Alexander Richardson, Old Dominion

No. 15 Tywan Claxton, Ohio

No. 27 Michael Depalma, Kent State

No. 33 Scott Mattingly, Central Michigan

 

157 Weight Class

No. 7 Ian Miller, Kent State

No. 10 Joseph LaVallee, Missouri

No. 21 Luke Smith, Central Michigan

No. 22 Brandon Zeerip, Eastern Michigan

No. 24 Tristan Warner, Old Dominion

No. 30 Spartak Chino, Ohio

 

165 Weight Class

No. 4 Cooper Moore, Northern Iowa

No. 11 Zach Toal, Missouri

No. 24 Harrison Hightower, Ohio

 

174 Weight Class

No. 10 Mike Ottinger, Central Michigan

No. 16 Caleb Marsh, Kent State

No. 18 Cody Caldwell, Northern Iowa

No. 21 Billy Curling, Old Dominion

No. 29 Mike England, Missouri

 

184 Weight Class

No. 5 Sam Wheeler, Kent State

No. 10 Jack Dechow, Old Dominion

No. 11 John Eblen, Missouri

No. 27 Phillip Joseph, Eastern Michigan

 

197 Weight Class

No. 4 J'Den Cox, Missouri

No. 6 Phillip Wellington, Ohio

No. 29 Cole Baxter, Kent State

No. 33 Kevin Beazley, Old Dominion

 

285 Weight Class

No. 7 Jeremy Johnson, Ohio

No. 20 Devin Mellon, Missouri

No. 28 Blaize Cabell, Northern Iowa

 

From the MAC web page

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The MAC can make a strong case for claiming to be the #2 wrestling conference right now - deeper top to bottom, I think, than the EIWA.

 

It would be fun to see a MAC vs. EIWA challenge series, similar to what the ACC and B1G do in basketball - maybe think about that for Grapple in the Garden next year?

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^^Yes, the MAC is incredible and continues to improve. Good strong nine-team League. Yeah, probably second strongest Div I conference, after obviously the B1G. Looking forward to analyzing the 2014 NCAA tournament conference performances.

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Definitely the 2nd best. What I wonder is where the remaining BIG 12 wrestling programs will be going, since they're down to 4 schools left with wrestling (OSU, OU, ISU and WVU). I thought I heard that ISU was moving to the B1G next year? Might be mistaken though.

 

Anyway, if any of these 4 were to follow Missouri to the MAC, it would make the argument even better for the MAC being the second best in the country.

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^^If Big12 sometime in future were NOT a qualifier, then I would expect each of the 4 Big12 programs to each make move it deems best for it. Doubt they'd reach agreement to go anywhere as a package deal. I'd GUESS WVU to the EWL, perhaps MAC would be willing to take Iowa State as an affiliate, and could see Okla State and Oklahoma look west for a fit.

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I think the only Mizzou guy to not earn an AQ is Mikey England. Certainly is possible Mizzou will qualify all ten again this year. Toal is the only Sr. in the line-up. Perhaps 4x state champ Daniel Lewis will be ready to step in and replace him next year. With the return of Waters next year, expectations will be high for 2015.

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I think the only Mizzou guy to not earn an AQ is Mikey England. Certainly is possible Mizzou will qualify all ten again this year. Toal is the only Sr. in the line-up. Perhaps 4x state champ Daniel Lewis will be ready to step in and replace him next year. With the return of Waters next year, expectations will be high for 2015.

I have been wondering about Lewis as well. Can he fill out to wrestle 165 with the phisicality that college wrestling takes without the redshirt year?

Go Tigers

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I wonder when the league will announce the seedings for the MACC? It will also be curious if the pigtails will be randomized or standardized. I prefer the latter, as such:

 

championship 1st round

1 vs 9, 2 vs 8, 3 vs 7, 4 vs 5-6 pigtail winner.

 

wrestlebacks 1st round

4/5 loser vs consi pigtail winner of 9/1 loser-8/2 loser

3/7 loser vs 5-6 pigtail loser

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The Best MAC Championships In Years

 

Nickolas Velliquette on Mar 03, 2014

 

Highlighted by two number one ranked wrestlers, Joe Colon (133) & Drake Houdashelt (149), and a dozen top ten ranked wrestlers, the MAC puts together its most competitive Conference Championships in years and the most compelling conference tournament to watch outside of the Big Ten. Nationally ranked #9 Missouri and #11 Northern Iowa are the two serious contenders for a Team Championships this weekend, but Ohio and Central Michigan both expect to put at least four wrestlers in the finals, which could really shake things up.

 

41 NCAA qualifying spots have been allocated to the MAC so unranked wrestlers, like Brandon Jeske and Joey Lazor, should be able to minimize their Sunday morning anxiety and let it all hang out going into placing rounds. The grudge matches are what you want to watch for!

 

Grudge Matches

#1 Drake Houdashlet v. #12 Tywan Claxton - Drake wants to avenge his only loss of the year.

#2 J'Den Cox v. #11 Phil Wellington - Another Tiger looks for redemption v. another Bobcat here.

#6 Chris Mecate v. #8 Zach Horan - Mecate won the first one v. Horan, 4-2. #Payback (?)

#8 Ryan Loder v. #20 Jack Dechow - Loder lost his last match of the season. He wants this one back.

 

Knickknacks

-Best MAC wrestlers: #1 Colon, #1 Houdashlet, #2 Cox, #5 Ian Miller, #6 Chris Mecate

-Toughest wt. class: 141 with #6 Mecate, #8 Horan, Lazor, Small, Mayes

-Dark Horse Types: Keener at 125, Pizzuto at 133, Lavalle at 157, Dechow at 184

 

THE BEST PART: The MAC Championships will be LIVE on Flowrestling. Log into your Flo Pro account or sign up HERE today to watch this Saturday and Sunday, March 8th - 9th.

 

MAC Championships

Location: Kent State University

Date: March 8th - 9th 2014

Start times: 6:30pm ET / 8pm ET

WATCH LIVE HERE: http://goo.gl/4fYevt

MAC Rankings

Tournament Preview (To Come)

 

 

Teams Competing

Mizzou, Northern Iowa, Ohio, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Old Dominion, Northern Illinois, Buffalo

 

From Flowrestling

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MAC seeds....

 

125:

1. Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa

2. Jared Germaine, Eastern Michigan

3. Brandon Jeske, Old Dominion

4. Corey Keener, Central Michigan

5. Barlow McGhee, Missouri

6. KeVon Powell, Ohio

7. Max Soria, Buffalo

Alfredo Gray, Kent State

Nick Harrison, Northern Illinois

 

133:

1. Joe Colon, Northern Iowa

2. Joe Roth, Central Michigan

3. Vinnie Pizzuto, Eastern Michigan

4. Mack McGuire, Kent State

5. Matt Manley, Missouri

6. Nick Smith, Northern Illinois

7. Kagan Squire, Ohio

Michael Hayes, Old Dominion

Justin Farmer, Buffalo

 

141:

1. Chris Mecate, Old Dominion

2. Zach Horan, Central Michigan

3. Joey Lazor, Northern Iowa

4. Lavion Mayes, Missouri

5. Tyler Small, Kent State

6. Noah Forrider, Ohio

7. Nick Flannery, Buffalo

Tyler Argue, Northern Illinois

Michael Shaw, Eastern Michigan

 

149:

1. Tywan Claxton, Ohio

2. Drake Houdashelt, Missouri

3. Michael DePalma, Kent State

4. Alexander Richardson, Old Dominion

5. Robert Jillard, Northern Illinois

6. Tyler Patten, Northern Iowa

7. Scott Mattingly, Central Michigan

Nick Barber, Eastern Michigan

Ryan Todora, Buffalo

 

157:

1. Ian Miller, Kent State

2. Luke Smith, Central Michigan

3. Joey Lavallee, Missouri

4. Tristan Warner, Old Dominion

5. Spartak Chino, Ohio

6. Brandon Zeerip, Eastern Michigan

7. Jarrett Jensen, Northern Iowa

Andrew Morse, Northern Illinois

Wally Maziarz, Buffalo

 

165:

1. Cooper Moore, Northern Iowa

2. Zach Toal, Missouri

3. Harrison Hightower, Ohio

4. Nick Becker, Central Michigan

5. Tyler Buckwalter, Kent State

6. Devin Geoghegan, Old Dominion

7. Shaun'qae McMurtry, Northern Illinois

Jimmy Klosz, Eastern Michigan

Jake Campana, Buffalo

 

174:

1. Billy Curling, Old Dominion

2. Mike Ottinger, Central Michigan

3. Cody Walters, Ohio

4. Cody Caldwell, Northern Iowa

5. Caleb Marsh, Kent State

6. Jacob Davis, Eastern Michigan

7. Mikey England, Missouri

Matt Mougin, Northern Illinois

Rrok Ndokaj, Buffalo

 

184:

1. Ryan Loder, Northern Iowa

2. John Eblen, Missouri

3. Jack Dechow, Old Dominion

4. Phillip Joseph, Eastern Michigan

5. Tony Lock, Buffalo

6. Craig Kelliher, Central Michigan

7. Caleb Busson, Northern Illinois

Ryan Garringer, Ohio

Cory Campbell, Kent State

 

197:

1. Phil Wellington, Ohio

2. J'den Cox, Missouri

3. Shawn Scott, Northern Illinois

4. Cole Baxter, Kent State

5. Nick Whitenburg, Eastern Michigan

6. Kevin Beazley, Old Dominion

7. Jackson Lewis, Central Michigan

Angelo Malvestuto, Buffalo

Jared Bartel, Northern Iowa

 

285:

1. Jeremy Johnson, Ohio

2. Devin Mellon, Missouri

3. Jared Torrence, Northern Illinois

4. Blaize Cabell, Northern Iowa

5. Khodor Hoballah, Eastern Michigan

6. Matt Tourdot, Old Dominion

7. Mimmo Lytle, Kent State

Adam Robinson, Central Michigan

James Benjamin, Buffalo

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Tournament should be very competitive beginning to end. Hope FLOPRO coverage is good as I will be signing up. The tournament is in Columbia MO next year which will be great for Tiger fans. Would love to see the Tigers get all ten for the 3rd straight year.

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