DURHAM, N.C.—The NCAA has released its final Division I wrestling coaches’ panel rankings and RPI ratings and six Blue Devils are among those listed in advance of the 2018 ACC Wrestling Championships. The NCAA also announced the conference allocations for the NCAA Championships with the ACC earning 34 spots.
Duke landed four wrestlers in the coaches’ panel rankings with heavyweight Jacob Kasper headlining the quartet at No. 3. Mitch Finesilver is 11th at 157 and Matt Finesilver (174) and Josh Finesilver (133) are 19th and 32nd.
The ACC received 34 allocations this season with each weight class having at least two bids and 133 and 285 getting five. The 34 bids are the fourth most among the eight conferences. The Big Ten led the way with 80.
Duke has sent multiple wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in each of head coach Glen Lanham’s seasons and had a program-high five advance in 2015. In 2017, Duke had three and four made the trip in 2016.
The ACC Championships will take place March 3 at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill where the conference will crown 10 ACC Champions and fill the 34 automatic slots.
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 coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each conference. 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.
To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland March 15-17. Wrestling fans can buy and sell official tickets through the NCAA Ticket Exchange™. This gives ticket holders who are unable to attend a session a place to safely sell their tickets. Buyers can also get their tickets knowing the tickets are authentic and guaranteed, visit http://www.ncaa.com/tickets/wrestling/d1 for more information.
A full description of the entire selection process is in the 2018 Division I Wrestling Championships Pre-Championships Manual which is available at NCAA.org.