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NWCA Releases First Coaches Poll of 2011-12 Season

Tammy Tedesco

11/3/2011 12:39:14 PM

The first NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll for the 2011-12 season has been released. Overall three conferences are represented in the Top 10 and eight conferences represented in the Top 25.

The NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll Committee is made up of one coach from each conference.  A number one ranking is worth 25 points and a number 25 ranking is worth one point.

After winning their second NCAA Championship in school history, the first being in 1953, Penn State will start this season at the top of the poll, with four returning All-Americans, including NCAA Champion Quentin Wright. The Nittany Lions received seven out of ten first place votes.

The University of Iowa starts this season at No. 2, after a third place finish at the NCAA Championships. They also return this year with four All-Americans. The Hawkeyes received two out of ten first place votes in this pre-season poll.

Returning with two All-Americans including NCAA Champion Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State will start the season at No. 3, one place higher than their NCAA finish. Oklahoma State received the final first place vote in this week’s poll.

Minnesota returns four All-Americans to the mat this year, putting them at No. 4, to start the season.

After a second place finish at the 2011 NCAA Tournament Cornell University starts the pre-season ranked No. 5. In 2010 they were the first Ivy League team to hold the number 1 ranking. The Big Red are returning three All-Americans including one National Champion.  

Rounding out the pre-season Top 10 are: Lehigh, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.

A new poll will be released every Tuesday from now until the week of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament and can be found at www.nwcaonline.com.   

 

Rank

School

Total

1

Penn State (7)

244

2

Iowa (2)

238

3

Oklahoma State (1)

234

4

Minnesota

218

5

Cornell

209

6

Lehigh

202

7

Michigan

175

8

Illinois

161

9

Missouri

152

10

Oklahoma  

132

T11

Maryland

125

T11

American

125

13

Ohio State

110

14

Virginia Tech

102

T15

Wyoming

95

T15

Rutgers

95

17

Pittsburgh

91

18

Oregon State

90

19

Northwestern

84

20

Iowa State

67

21

Stanford

62

22

Virginia  

61

23

Central Michigan

47

24

Kent State

34

25

Penn  

31

Other teams receiving votes: Arizona State, Binghamton, Boise State, Buffalo, Cal Poly, Hofstra, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Purdue.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments.   The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling.

The three core competencies of the NWCA are: Coaching Development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.

               

 

 

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NWCA Releases First Coaches Poll of 2011-12 Season

by Tammy Tedesco | Nov 03, 2011

The first NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll for the 2011-12 season has been released. Overall three conferences are represented in the Top 10 and eight conferences represented in the Top 25.

The NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll Committee is made up of one coach from each conference.  A number one ranking is worth 25 points and a number 25 ranking is worth one point.

After winning their second NCAA Championship in school history, the first being in 1953, Penn State will start this season at the top of the poll, with four returning All-Americans, including NCAA Champion Quentin Wright. The Nittany Lions received seven out of ten first place votes.

The University of Iowa starts this season at No. 2, after a third place finish at the NCAA Championships. They also return this year with four All-Americans. The Hawkeyes received two out of ten first place votes in this pre-season poll.

Returning with two All-Americans including NCAA Champion Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State will start the season at No. 3, one place higher than their NCAA finish. Oklahoma State received the final first place vote in this week’s poll.

Minnesota returns four All-Americans to the mat this year, putting them at No. 4, to start the season.

After a second place finish at the 2011 NCAA Tournament Cornell University starts the pre-season ranked No. 5. In 2010 they were the first Ivy League team to hold the number 1 ranking. The Big Red are returning three All-Americans including one National Champion.  

Rounding out the pre-season Top 10 are: Lehigh, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.

A new poll will be released every Tuesday from now until the week of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament and can be found at www.nwcaonline.com.   

 

Rank

School

Total

1

Penn State (7)

244

2

Iowa (2)

238

3

Oklahoma State (1)

234

4

Minnesota

218

5

Cornell

209

6

Lehigh

202

7

Michigan

175

8

Illinois

161

9

Missouri

152

10

Oklahoma  

132

T11

Maryland

125

T11

American

125

13

Ohio State

110

14

Virginia Tech

102

T15

Wyoming

95

T15

Rutgers

95

17

Pittsburgh

91

18

Oregon State

90

19

Northwestern

84

20

Iowa State

67

21

Stanford

62

22

Virginia  

61

23

Central Michigan

47

24

Kent State

34

25

Penn  

31

Other teams receiving votes: Arizona State, Binghamton, Boise State, Buffalo, Cal Poly, Hofstra, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Purdue.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments.   The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling.

The three core competencies of the NWCA are: Coaching Development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.

               

 

 

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