DURHAM, N.C.—The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as well as the final rating percentage index (RPI) rankings for the 2013-14 campaign. The Atlantic Coast Conference Championships get underway March 8 in Blacksburg, Va.
The ACC earned 34 qualifier allocations across the 10 weight classes, including five at both 197 and 141. In the final RPI rankings, Duke redshirt sophomore Conner Hartmann and redshirt junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown were represented at No. 22 and No. 33, respectively.
Hartmann, Duke’s leader at 197 pounds, climbed to No. 17 in this week’s InterMat rankings and to 14th in the OpenMat.com poll. He also is rated 20th in the final Division I Coaches Panel rankings of the season.
His top-20 rating by InterMat is his first since the Jan. 14 poll, while 14th is the highest position for the Port Orchard, Wash., native this season. Hartmann recently captured his 20th win with a 7-5 decision over No. 13 Alex Polizzi of Northwestern. He is 20-8 overall and finished ACC action 3-3.
Kerr-Brown, rated 24th at 157 pounds in the NCAA Coaches Panel rankings, is having an outstanding season. Sporting a team-best 22-10 overall record, Kerr-Brown finished the ACC regular season with a 5-1 record, which included two major decisions and a win over then No. 13 Blaise Butler of Virginia. His 22 wins are a career-high, while his five ACC victories are two more than he had in his previous two seasons combined.
The Blue Devils will be looking to snap up these qualifier allocations at the ACC Championships March 8 at Virginia Tech. Coverage will be provided by ESPN3 with updates coming on Twitter.