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2021 NCAA Qualifiers Breakdown & Heatmaps

2021 NCAA Qualifiers Breakdown & Heatmaps

A data-driven deep dive of the 2021 NCAA National Wrestling Championship qualifiers

Mar 10, 2021 by JD Rader
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The NCAA announced the final at-large bids, completing the set of 330 wrestlers that will be in St. Louis for the 2021 NCAA Championships. I've already broken down the number of qualifiers each school earned; now it's time to break things down by home state, year of eligibility, and conference!

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The NCAA announced the final at-large bids, completing the set of 330 wrestlers that will be in St. Louis for the 2021 NCAA Championships. I've already broken down the number of qualifiers each school earned; now it's time to break things down by home state, year of eligibility, and conference!

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First, the number of qualifiers by state followed by a very nice interactive map.

Qualifiers By State

State# Of Qualifiers
PA49
IL29
OH28
CA24
NJ19
NY16
IA14
MI13
IN13
MO12
GA12
MN11
CO10
WI8
VA6
OK6
KS6
FL6
TX4
OR4
AZ4
WA3
UT3
ND3
NC3
MT3
ID3
WV2
NH2
MD2
CT2
WY1
TN1
NV1
NM1
NE1
MA1
KY1
HI1
AL1
AK1

How about some heat map using beautiful radar technology?

We can't forget about the two non-contiguous US qualifiers, however.

Iowa State's Kysen Terukina hails from Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

And Campbell's Caleb Hopkins is a native of Palmer, Alaska.

Now let's take a closer look at the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-New York-Ohio hotbed where the largest percentage of qualifiers come from.


Qualifiers By Conference

Conference# Of Qualifiers
Big Ten92
Big 1261
EIWA49
MAC41
ACC39
Pac 1227
SoCon21


Qualifiers By Year Of Eligibility

Year# Of Qualifiers
SR103
JR87
SO82
FR58

Of the 58 freshmen to qualify, 26 were true freshmen. That means just 7.85% of NCAA qualifiers were true freshmen.