I found this info on Wildcards:
The eight wildcard positions (fourth- and
fi fth-place fi nishers in the Conference championship eligible for the NCAAchampionship) shall be selected by an open vote of the coaches. The vote will take place during a mandatory
meeting immediately following the consolation matches.
The following criteria will be utilized in the prescribed order when selecting wildcards to the NCAA championship:
Head-to-head competition against ranked wrestlers. Current rankings.
Other considerations include the following:
Past performance at NCAA championship and/or competition within conference.
Special situations (injuries, upset possibilities, etc.).
Strength of weight class.
Team championship possibilities.