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NCAA announces pre-allocations for D1 championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released updated Division I individual coaches’ rankings and RPI as well as championship tournament pre-allocations.

Anthony Noto, Ben Barton, Ashton Eyler and Isaac Reid all represented the Lock Haven University men’s wrestling team in the updated coaches’ rankings and the four were also listed in the new edition of the RPI.

Each of the four Bald Eagles listed are also riding a double-digit win streak into the postseason, and as a team LHU won seven straight duals on its way to the 2022 Mid-American Conference East Division title. The crown marked Lock Haven’s first division title in what was the Bald Eagles second full year of competition in the conference.

Noto (125 pounds) was ranked No. 21 in the coaches’ rankings and he was listed at No. 11 in the RPI. The redshirt-freshman has not lost since November 7th and is riding a 23-bout win streak.

Barton (157) was listed at No. 30 in the coaches’ rankings and he sits at No. 33 in RPI. The two-time national qualifier takes a 10-match streak of his own into the MAC tournament.

Eyler (165) was ranked No. 27 by the coaches and he’s ranked No. 23 in RPI. Eyler has not lost a bout since December 18th and carries an 18-bout win streak into next weekend’s action.

Reid (285) rounds out the Bald Eagles ranked with coaches’ ranking of No. 26 and he’s slotted at No. 16 in the RPI. LHU’s 285-pounder takes a 12-bout unbeaten streak into the postseason and has not dropped a bout since Jan. 7.

Each qualifying tournament was awarded pre-allocations to the national tournament based on regular season performance by conference wrestlers through February 20. The pre-allocations are determined using a sliding scale of a .700 winning percentage, top 30 coaches’ rank and top 30 ratings percentage index (RPI) with a maximum of 29 pre-allocations per weight class.

The MAC was awarded 22 pre-allocations.

The breakdown of MAC pre-allocations is as follows: 125 (1), 133 (1), 141 (3), 149 (5), 157 (2), 165 (3), 174 (2), 184 (2), 197 (1) and 285 (2).

Earlier this week Noto, Lock Haven’s standout 125-pounder, was also listed among the top-10 most dominant wrestlers in Division I. As he enters the postseason, Noto holds a remarkable 26-1 record.

The 2022 MAC championships are set for March 4-5 and will be hosted by Ohio University.

The 2022 NCAA Division I wrestling championships will take place on March 17-19 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit as the event returns to Michigan for the first time since being held in Auburn Hills in 2007.

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