March 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The NCAA released the brackets on Wednesday for the upcoming NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on March 21-23.
Three Spartans automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships based on their performances at the Big Ten Championships last weekend at Illinois: senior Dan Osterman (149 pounds), sophomore Ryan Watts (157), and junior Michael McClure (heavyweight), while sophomore John Rizqallah (184) received an at-large bid from the NCAA after failing to qualify at the Big Ten Championships.
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 were: 125 (7), 133 (7), 141 (6), 149 (8), 157 (7), 165 (8), 174 (8), 184 (6), 197 (8), and heavyweight (9).
Osterman, a Carson City, Mich., native qualified for his third straight NCAAs after placing fifth at the Big Ten Championships, his highest-career finish. Osterman finished the season 20-12 and will face Donnie Corby of Central Michigan in the first round. Corby topped Osterman in the final dual of the season, 3-2.
At 157 pounds, Ryan Watts will make his first career appearance at the NCAA Championships after finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships. Watts went 21-12 and drew No. 6 seed Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State in Thursday's first round match.
John Rizqallah was the fourth seed at the Big Ten Championships but went 1-2 but earned an at-large spot. The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria: head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking, qualifying event placement, and number of matches contested at that weight class.
Rizqallah finished the season 23-9 and will square off against Mason Bailey of Navy in the first round.
Junior Michael McClure is also making his first trip to NCAA and is the No. 8 seed at heavyweight. McClure led MSU with 32 wins on the season, including 15 dual victories. He will see Riley Shaw of Cleveland State in the first round on Thursday.
The three-day NCAA Wrestling Championships will begin Thursday, March 21 with session one starting at 12 p.m. ET.