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NAIA Men's Wrestling National Championships allocations announced (by conference & weight)


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the allocations for the 66th Annual NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championships, held March 3rd and 4th at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

Each conference tournament awards automatic bids per weight class based on the final regular-season poll, which can be seen HERE. Each conference is awarded automatic berths based on the amount of wrestlers ranked in each weight class. Each conference is 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. If a conference does not have an individual ranked in the final top 25 and allocation will be deducted from the original 25 to ensure each conference is represented at each weight class at the National Championships.

American Midwest Conference/Sooner Athletic Conference121111111111
Applachian Athletic Conference527354442440
Cascade Collegiate Conference651336867550
Great Plains Athletic Conference133324232427
Heart of America Athletic Conference353553335338
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference232412231121
Mid-South Conference425454422537
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference333231135226

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A total of 250 automatic qualifiers will move forward after the conference tournaments. Additionally, 30 at-large selections will be made, three from each weight class.

After the conference tournaments have concluded, a 16-member committee consisting of conference raters and oversight members will meet to select the remaining at-large qualifiers, which will be released Tuesday, February 21st by 5 p.m. (CST). The seeding and preliminary brackets will be announced on by 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, February 24.

The NAIA coaches’ poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the eight conferences. The top 25 individuals in each weight class is based on how each individual rater casts votes for the best individuals.