By The Numbers: 2011-2020 NCAA Championships

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Yesterday, my friend Andrew Spey crunched literally every single number there was to crunch about the 2020 NCAA Championships. Today, I'm going to take a look at a decade's worth of numbers. The last 10 years of NCAA Championship data to be exact. 

Below you'll find NCAA finalist, NCAA team finish, and NCAA qualifier data beginning with the 2011 NCAA Championships and running through the non-existent 2020 NCAA Championships. 

NCAA Individual Championships

Penn State - 23

Cornell - 10

Oklahoma State - 9

Ohio State - 9

Iowa - 6

Arizona State - 4

Illinois - 4

Missouri - 4

North Carolina State - 3

Iowa State - 2

Lehigh - 2

Michigan - 2

Minnesota - 2

Oklahoma - 2

Rutgers - 2

Kent State - 1

Nebraska - 1

Northern Iowa - 1

Northwestern - 1

South Dakota State - 1

Virginia Tech - 1

If the number of team NCAA Championships in the past decade didn't illustrate how dominant the Nittany Lions have been, this number should. Penn State more than doubles the amount of NCAA individuals titles won by anyone else in the same time frame. In total, 21 schools have had a wrestler win a national title and every current conference except the Southern Conference has crowned at least one champion. 


NCAA Runner-Ups 

Penn State - 13

Iowa - 8

Ohio State - 7

Oklahoma State - 6

Lehigh - 5

Minnesota - 5

Cornell - 4

Edinboro - 4

Michigan -3

Wisconsin - 3

Boise State - 2

Illinois - 2

Missouri - 2

Nebraska - 2

North Carolina State - 2

Northwestern - 2

Oklahoma - 2

Stanford - 2

Virginia - 2

Virginia Tech - 2

Wyoming - 2

American - 1

Cal Poly - 1

Indiana - 1

Kent State - 1

Lock Haven - 1

Maryland - 1

Pittsburgh - 1

Rutgers - 1

South Dakota State - 1

West Virginia - 1

Penn State once again leads the nation in runner-ups which means the Nittany Lions are putting more wrestlers onto the big stage Saturday night than any other school in the country by a large margin. Over the past 9 NCAA Championships Penn State has put 36 wrestlers into the NCAA finals. Ohio State put the second most wrestlers in the finals with 16. 

As you'll see below, Penn State qualified 87 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships over the past decade, but taking out the seven that qualified this year since the tournament sadly never actually happened, that means 45% of Penn State's qualifiers the last nine NCAA Championships made the finals. 

31 schools had a wrestler make the finals and just as we saw with the champions, every current conference except the Southern Conference had at least one runner-up. 


NCAA Team Championships

Penn State - 8

Ohio State - 1

While Iowa likely would have kept Penn State from winning their fifth title in a row, there's been no doubt over the past decade who the best program has been. 


NCAA Championships Top 10 Finishes

Cornell - 9

Iowa - 9

Penn State - 9

Ohio State - 8

Oklahoma State - 8

Minnesota - 7

Missouri - 6

Virginia Tech - 6

Nebraska - 5

Michigan - 4

Illinois - 3

Arizona State - 2

Edinboro - 2

Lehigh - 2

Oregon State - 2

American - 1

Boise State - 1

North Carolina State - 1

Northern Iowa - 1

Northwestern - 1

Oklahoma - 1

Rutgers - 1

Wisconsin - 1

Cornell, Iowa, and Penn State are the only three schools to finish in the top 10 of all nine NCAA Championships held over the past decade. Ohio State has been extremely consistent finishing inside the top three every year since 2015. An off-year in 2011 kept the Buckeyes from finishing inside the top 10 each year looked at. Oklahoma State also was only not in the top 10 one year (2018) with its lowest finish inside the top 10 being seventh. 

23 schools have finished inside the top 10 at least once and 15 schools finished inside the top 10 multiple times. 


NCAA Championships Team Trophies 

Iowa - 8

Penn State - 8

Oklahoma State - 6

Ohio State - 5

Minnesota - 3

Cornell - 2

Edinboro - 1

Michigan - 1

Missouri - 1

North Carolina State - 1

Virginia Tech - 1

The most interesting part of this stat to me is that no school took home a team trophy at all nine NCAA Championships contested. Iowa and Penn State only missed taking home hardware once each. The Hawkeyes finished fifth in 2016 and the Nittany Lions were sixth in 2015. 

11 different schools have brought home team trophies over the past decade. However, the lion's share of the team trophies has been won by five schools: Penn State, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, and Minnesota.


NCAA All-Americans

Penn State - 55

Iowa - 49

Oklahoma State - 45

Minnesota - 43

Ohio State - 38

Cornell - 36

Missouri - 31

Virginia Tech - 30

Lehigh - 25

Michigan - 24

Nebraska - 24

Illinois - 21

Wisconsin - 17

Northwestern - 15

Oklahoma - 14

North Carolina State - 13

Iowa State - 13

Oregon State - 12

Edinboro - 12

Arizona State - 12

Northern Iowa - 11

Rutgers - 10

Wyoming - 10

Central Michigan - 9

Stanford - 9

Virginia - 9

Kent State - 8

Maryland - 8

North Carolina - 8

Old Dominion - 7

American - 6

Boise State - 6 (program dropped after the 2017 season)

Duke - 6

Indiana - 6

Pittsburgh - 6

Princeton - 6

Hofstra - 5

Lock Haven - 5

South Dakota State - 5

North Dakota State - 4

Ohio - 4

Penn - 4

Rider - 4

Appalachian State - 3

Cal Poly - 3

Citadel - 3

Clarion - 3

Harvard - 3

Binghamton - 2

Michigan State - 2

Navy - 2

West Virginia - 2

Utah Valley - 2

Brown - 1

Bucknell - 1

Cal State Bakersfield - 1

Campbell - 1

Columbia -1 

Eastern Michigan - 1 (program dropped after the 2018 season)

Franklin & Marshall - 1

Fresno State - 1

Purdue - 1

Southern Illinois Edwardsville - 1

Not surprisingly, Penn State leads the way in All-Americans and the six schools that have won the most team trophies are also producing the most All-Americans. 63 schools have produced at least one All-American over the past decade. 


NCAA Qualifiers (Including 2020 Qualifiers)

Oklahoma State - 95

Iowa - 92

Missouri - 90

Penn State - 87

Ohio State - 85

Minnesota - 82

Virginia Tech - 82

Lehigh - 80

Nebraska - 80

Cornell - 79

Michigan - 78

Illinois - 68

NC State - 64

Oklahoma - 64

Rutgers - 63

Virginia - 63

Pittsburgh - 62

Oregon State - 61

Wisconsin - 60

Central Michigan - 59

Iowa State - 59

Purdue - 56

North Carolina - 55

Wyoming - 55

Northern Iowa - 54

Arizona State - 51

Edinboro - 51

Northwestern - 51

Stanford - 50

Chattanooga - 47

Old Dominion - 46

Navy - 44

Penn - 44

Kent State - 43

Army - 42

Ohio - 42

North Dakota State - 41

Rider - 41

American - 39

Princeton - 38

Maryland - 37

West Virginia - 36

Appalachian State - 35

Lock Haven - 35

Indiana - 34

Drexel - 33

Michigan State - 32

Utah Valley - 32

Binghamton - 31

Cal State Bakersfield - 29

Duke - 29

South Dakota State - 29

Columbia - 28

Buffalo - 27

Hofstra - 27

Boise State - 26 (program dropped after the 2017 season)

Bucknell - 26

Campbell - 26

Eastern Michigan - 26 (program dropped after the 2018 season)

Northern Illinois - 25

Clarion - 23

Northern Colorado - 23

Bloomsburg - 21

Havard - 21

The Citadel - 20

Cal Poly - 19

Air Force - 17

Brown - 17

Gardner-Webb - 15

George Mason - 15

Southern Illinois Edwardsville - 15

Fresno State - 12

Boston - 11 (program dropped after the 2014 season)

Cleveland State - 9

Franklin & Marshall - 8

Davidson - 4

Liberty - 4 (program reclassified to club status after 2011 season)

VMI - 4

UNC-Greensboro - 4 (program dropped after the 2011 season) 

Millersville - 1 (program reclassified to Division II after 2011 season)

What jumps off the page here is that over the past decade, Oklahoma State has only had five starters not qualify for the NCAA Championships. That's absurd. Penn State had three starters not qualify this year alone. You'll sadly also notice that six schools for one reason or another no longer have teams or no longer compete on the Division I level. This was a lot of fun to put together and I can't wait to see what these numbers look like after another decade. 

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