KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Qualifiers by Weight Class | Qualifiers by school | Qualifiers by Conference) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) has officially announced the qualifiers for the 2019 NAIA Wrestling National Championships hosted by Catch Des Moines on Tuesday. The 62nd annual event takes place March 1-2 at the Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Each conference champion in their respective weight class earns an automatic berth to that national championship. Additional automatic berths were determined by using the final regular-season coaches’ poll. For example, the American Midwest Conference had three individuals ranked at 184-ponds in the final ranking, so the conference was awarded three automatic berths at that weight class.
In addition to the automatic qualifiers, each conference was allowed three at-large individuals from any weight class. The remainder of the 240-wrestler field was selected by the national ranking committee.
Seven-time defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) will be taking a full roster of 12 grapplers to the national championships. Indiana Tech joins the Vikings with a full roster. Reinhardt (Ga.) is taking the third-most wrestlers with 11, while Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and Menlo (Calif.) are a close fourth, taking a roster of ten.
The Mid-South Conference led all conferences with 52 individual qualifiers. The Cascade Collegiate Conference was second with 49.
Preliminary brackets will be announced Friday.
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