March 8, 2011
The NCAA will announce the final 49 at-large bids for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships via a web stream selection show on NCAA.com on Wednesday at 4 p.m. MT. A total of 281 automatic qualifying spots were awarded during last week's conference tournaments.
The Wyoming wrestling team claimed six automatic qualifiers en route to winning Sunday's NCAA West Regional on the Air Force Academy campus. Michael Martinez (125), Cole Dallaserra (149), Shane Onufer (165), Patrick Martinez (174) and Lee Helbig (197) all won their respective weight class, while Joe LeBlanc rounded out UW's qualifiers with a runner-up finish at 184 pounds. The second-consecutive regional team title earned Cowboy head coach Mark Branch the Western Wrestling Conference's Coach of the Year for a second time.
Shane Sparks will serve as the host of the NCAA selection show, as he unveils each of the 10 brackets in the tournament. Complete printable brackets will be available on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday. The 2011 national tournament will be hosted by Rider University at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 17-19.