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Trent and Seth Earn Wild Cards

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by Matthew Urciuoli
This morning the official word came out that Trent Costello and Seth Stauble earned "At Large" bids, or "Wild Cards" into the State Championship wrestling tournament.  There are 4 Wild Card slots available per weight class throughout the entire state. 

Last season Trent was a section champion at 140lbs and earned an automatic birth into the tournament.  This season Trent took 2nd place but owned an outstanding record of 40-7!  His record combined with several other factors earned his At Large bid.  Seth took 4th last season in the sectional tournament, and went all season as the top ranked 285lber in Section 9 until the finals match against Ethan Stanley.  As with Trent, Seth's team high 46 wins carried him to the A2 spot.

The 4 Wild Card slots are awarded based on a combination of criteria that yield a point value.  The top 4 point bearers in each weight class are awarded a bid.  With 13 section champions throughout the state comes 13 runner ups and 13 3rd place finishers.  Trent and Seth were in the top 4 out of 30 prospects in the hunt.  

This is how Trent and Seth accumulated their At large points:
Name  Record    Net Yield   Sectional place points      Last year Place points   Section Strength bonus             Total
Trent       40-7           33      +           2nd =25                +            1st =30                 +             5                      =                    93  points
Seth        46-8           38      +           2nd-25                  +            4th= 15                 +             5                      =                     83 points

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