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2021-22 NAIA Men's Wrestling National Championships allocations announced


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the allocations for the 65th Annual NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championships.

Each conference tournament was awarded automatic bids per weight class based on the final regular-season poll, which can be seen HERE Each conference was awarded automatic berths based on the amount of wrestlers ranked in each weight class. Each conference was awarded a minimum of one automatic bid per weight class, which will go to the tournament champions, even if the conference did not have any wrestlers ranked in the final regular-season poll.

Appalachian Athletic Conference111211121112
American Midwest Conference111211121112
Cascade Collegiate Conference362346431234
Great Plains Athletic Conference224121213220
Heart of America Athletic Conference334123432530
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference111111222113
Mid-South Conference (North)523343226434
Mid-South Conference (South)312433322225
Sooner Athletic Conference121131112114
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference133221132321

A total of 215 automatic qualifiers will move forward after the conference tournaments. Additionally, 63 wild-card selections will be made, seven from each conference. Finally, two additional wrestlers will be selected in the national at-large segment. All 280 wrestlers will compete in the 2022 NAIA Wrestling National Championships will take place at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan. from March 4-5.

After the conference tournaments have concluded, an 18-member committee consisting of conference raters and oversight members will meet to select the remaining two national at-large qualifiers, which will be released Tuesday, February 22 by 5 p.m. (CST). The seeding and preliminary brackets will be announced on by 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, February 25.

The NAIA coaches’ poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the nine conferences. The top 20 individuals in each weight class is based on how each voter ranks the best individuals.2021-22 NAIA Men's Wrestling National Championships allocations announced