March 10, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three Spartans qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing strong at the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon. Senior Dan Osterman took fifth at 149 pounds, sophomore Ryan Watts placed seventh at 157 and Michael McClure finished seventh at heavyweight.
Senior Dan Osterman qualified for his third straight NCAA Championships after beating Ian Paddock of Ohio State, 6-3, in the fifth-place match. Osterman was down 1-0 after the first two periods but scored a reversal and a pair of takedowns to seal the decision.
Osterman fell in the consolation semifinals at 149 pounds to Andrew Alton of Penn State by major decision, 13-4, earlier in session three.
Sophomore Ryan Watts qualified for his first career NCAA Championships by placing seventh at 157 and taking down Taylor Walsh of Indiana, 3-2. Watts and Walsh were tied 2-2 after two periods. After starting down in the third, Watts earned an escape and in the third that proved to be the difference.
At heavyweight, junior Michael McClure fell to Ben Apland of Michigan in the consolation semifinals by fall in 2:46. McClure went on to place seventh after pinning Jimmy Lawson of Penn State in sudden victory at the 7:37 mark. Late in the third period, McClure led Lawson 4-2 but a reversal with just seven seconds remaining sent the match into overtime. McClure responded with a fall in sudden victory at 7:37.
McClure ensured a top-nine finish after session two and the Spartans will send three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 21-23.
MSU finished in 12th with 22 points as a team. Penn State won its third straight Big Ten Championships with 151 points.
NCAA QUALIFIER INFORMATION
The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 1. Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage; rating percentage index (RPI); and coaches ranking.
This year, the following allocation numbers per weight class for the Big Ten are: 125 (7), 133 (7), 141 (6), 149 (8), 157 (7), 165 (8), 174 (8), 184 (6), 197 (8), and heavyweight (9).
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in person to select the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 13. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches' ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.