Which states qualified more or less wrestlers for the NCAA tournament than usual

Some states did better (or worse) than usual this year in producing wrestlers that qualified for the NCAA tournament. To compare current versus average state yields, I made the graph below. The blue bars represent the average number of wrestlers per million inhabitants a state qualified for the tournament from 2009 to 2015. The red dots show how many qualifiers per million each state had in 2015 alone.

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Iowa leads the charge with a bumper crop of qualifiers. Other states with higher numbers than usual include New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois. Slightly off the mark are Utah, Kansas and New York (particularly Upstate NY, although Gwiazdowski should ensure that region is represented deep in the tourney).

It should be noted that I only included the top 15 states at per capita NQ production. I also excluded states under 2.5 million in population because they had the highest variance which through the scale off. Sorry little states but you unprettied up my graph!

Below is a bonus heat map of average qualifiers per million humans from 09-15.

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