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2021 NCAAs: By The Numbers

2021 NCAAs: By The Numbers

A deep dive by the numbers of the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Mar 24, 2021 by Andrew Spey
2021 NCAAs: By The Numbers
Our annual statistical recap of the 2021 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships.

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Our annual statistical recap of the 2021 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships.

Previous NCAAs: By theNumbers -  2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

We'll start off with a table of the top 20 teams by team score and how many finishers they had per round. The cells are also color-coded. The deeper the share of red, the more points the team earned by the wrestlers who finished in the corresponding round or placement. 


Iowa was able to get it done with 6 top-four placers versus Penn State's four champs. No great revelation but placing in the top four really helps your point total, and thus, final NCAA placement. 

Now let's look at some numbers by the home state of the wrestlers. Those home states are taken directly from the team's bio pages. 



We'll break out some per capita numbers at some point, but some facts to keep in mind if those kinds of calculations interest you: CA is three times the size of PA, IL & OH, which are all similarly sized. NY is about 50% bigger than that trio and NJ is 25% smaller. Finally, you need four IA's to get the same number of people as one PA, IL or OH. 

Raw numbers below.

STATENQsSTATENQsSTATENQs
PA50WI8WV2
IL28OK7MD2
OH27VA6KY2
CA24KS6CT2
NJ19FL6WY1
NY16UT4TN1
IA14TX4NV1
MI13OR4NM1
IN13AZ4NH1
MO12WA3NE1
MN11ND3MA1
GA11NC3HI1
CO9MT3AL1


ID3AK1



STATER16sSTATER16sSTATER16s
PA23OR4WY1
OH15GA4WV1
IL14FL4WA1
NJ9VA3NM1
MO9OK3ND1
MI9NY3NC1
MN8UT2MD1
CA8TX2ID1
IN7MT2CT1
IA7KS2AL1
WI5AZ2

CO5





STATEAAsSTATEAAs
PA17CO2
IL7AZ2
IN5WA1
WI4UT1
NJ4TX1
MO4OR1
MN4NC1
MI4MD1
CA4ID1
VA3IA1
OK3GA1
OH3FL1
NY3AL1



STATE

FNs


STATE

CHAMPS


PA7
PA2S. Lee
IN2
IN1N. Lee
AZ2
AZ1RBY
TX1
TX1Ferrari
OK1
OH1Carr
OH1
NJ1Griffith
NY1
MN1Gable
NJ1
MD1Brooks
MO1
IL1AOC
MN1



MD1



IL1




How do 2021's results compare to state's historical performances? The numbers below are from 2010 to 2019 and show the total, average and percentage increase or decrease from 2021.

STATEAAs10yr AVG2021INC/DEC
AL10.11900%
WI80.84400%
AZ40.42400%
VA101.03200%
IN181.85178%
NC50.51100%
IL444.4759%
TX70.7143%
GA70.7143%
PA12612.61735%
OK242.4325%
MO323.2425%
WA80.8125%
MN393.943%
MI404.040%
ID101.010%
CO232.32-13%
CA474.74-15%
UT121.21-17%
MD121.21-17%
FL121.21-17%
NY383.83-21%
OR131.31-23%
NJ595.94-32%
OH848.43-64%
IA474.71-79%


STATER16s10yr AVG2021INC/DEC
AL20.21400%
AZ60.62233%
MT70.72186%
WI2025150%
WY40.41150%
NM40.41150%
GA222.2482%
IN414.1771%
MO535.3970%
TX121.2267%
ND70.7143%
VA212.1343%
OR303433%
MI737.3923%
IL11511.51422%
MN666.6821%
FL343.4418%
KS171.7218%
CO444.4514%
WV90.9111%
CT90.9111%
UT191.925%
OH15815.815-5%
CA868.68-7%
PA2502523-8%
NC121.21-17%
IA898.97-21%
NJ11911.99-24%
OK434.33-30%
ID151.51-33%
MD242.41-58%
WA262.61-62%
NY848.43-64%


Worth keeping in mind that 2021numbers are likely slightly down for the northeast due to the Ivies not competing this season. 

Now let's look at numbers by conference. Yeah! Let's do it!



ACC doing big things with half the number of schools as the Big 12 and Big Ten (technically less than half for the Big Ten). That means the ACC scored more points per school than the Big 12 and nearly as many as the Big Ten. 

Same numbers hold as we see the ACC punching above it's weight with more Round of 16 finishers per team than the Big 12 and nearly as many per school as the Big Ten. 

Ditto for All-Americans.



The ACC straight up had more finalists than the Big 12 but the Big 12 has two champs to the ACC's one (Big Ten had 6, Pac-12 has one, with none for the MAC, EIWA and SoCon).

Who over and underperformed? We'll take a deep dive on some prominent teams' performances later (probably not until after Olympic team trials), but for now, we can look how all the different seeds did by weight, with placements color-coded in the cells.

How does that compare to year's past? Below is the number of top 8 seeds who earned All-American honors since 1999. That averages out to 58.5 top 8 seeds a year reaching the medal rounds. 2021 saw 58 top 8 seeds climb podium steps, so just a hair less than average. 

YEARTop 8 Seed AAsPct
19995974%
20006176%
20015366%
20025873%
20035873%
20046075%
20055771%
20066379%
20075569%
20086683%
20095873%
20105771%
20116480%
20125771%
20135974%
20145468%
20155366%
20165468%
20176278%
20185771%
20196480%
AVG58.573.2%
20215872.5%


And here's the flip side of the earlier table, where we put the placements in the x-axis and the seed in the cels. Thanks to Twitter friend Pat for the suggestions!

Finally, here are the All-American numbers by year of eligibility, the the darker shades of red in cells where more total tournament points are scored, regardless of final placement. 

More stats coming soon. Or later. Heat maps even, who knows!