i have a pick em wager with shortjay on the 285 guys and how things will play out.
is the criteria the same this year that you need a top 7 finish or wild card to go to NCAAs?
About three years ago the NCAA implemented a new criteria for qualification.
About a week before the conference tournaments start the NCAA will release a qualification standard for each weight class in each conference. For instance in the Big 10, 125 will get their top 5, 133 top 6, 141 top 4, etc. It is all determined by how the wrestlers in that weight class performed during the season. After the conference tournaments are completed there will be wildcard slots awarded to wrestlers in all conferences that might have had a poor conference tournament, but had a good regular season.
This is the new qualification in a nutshell.