Iowa finishes 2019-20 season ranked No. 1 in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

 

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With 616 dual meets involving Division I teams in the 2019-20 wrestling season, only two were left undefeated. Top-ranked Iowa went 13-0 and third-ranked NC State finished 15-0 as the final regular season NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Iowa, which started the year as the nation’s second-ranked team, finished in the top spot as the Hawkeyes’ impressive squad also helped set a new single-season average attendance record of 12,568, breaking its previous record of 12,166 set in the 2014-15 season. While average attendance has only been tracked by members of the wrestling media since 2002, duals over 10,000 fans have been logged since 1946. This season, Iowa had seven of the nine duals that drew over 10,000 fans. It was also the first time in Division I history with more than seven duals drawing five figures. Full attendance figures will be compiled and released following the season.

When the dust settled on the dual meet season, the Big Ten again asserted its dominance, with four of the top five schools from the conference and 10 of the league’s 14 teams ranked in the Top 25 with one more also receiving votes. Penn State, despite two losses on the year, finished second, followed by NC State, Nebraska (11-3) and Ohio State (10-4). Arizona State’s best season in years ended with a 15-2 mark and a No. 6 ranking. The Sun Devils split a pair of weekend matches as they closed out the schedule with a trip out east, falling to then-No. 11 Lehigh and beating then-No. 8 North Carolina.

The ACC finished out a banner dual year with three more teams finishing in the Top 10. North Carolina (14-3) finished seventh, reaching its highest ranking since it was ranked seventh to close out the 1994-95 season. No. 8 Pittsburgh (10-4) and No. 9 Virginia Tech (11-3) followed. Lehigh re-entered the Top 10 after last appearing at No. 10 in November. The Mountain Hawks finished 12-3 to round out the Top 10.

Other notables include Princeton (9-4) finishing the season No. 12, tying its best all-time dual ranking and Army West Point (10-3) reaching No. 17 in the final poll, the Black Knights’ highest ranking since 1994. Campbell (11-2) was the only Southern Conference squad in the Top 25. The Camels finish the season ranked 19th, tying its highest mark in program history, which only came one month ago.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll
February 25, 2020 – Final Regular Season

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Iowa (14)(13-0)350Big Ten1
2Penn State(12-2)334Big Ten2
3NC State(15-0)323ACC3
4Nebraska(11-3)309Big Ten4
5Ohio State(10-4)292Big Ten6
6Arizona State(15-2)260Pac-125
7North Carolina(14-3)253ACC8
8Pittsburgh(10-4)244ACC10
9Virginia Tech(11-3)238ACC7
10Lehigh(12-3)237EIWA11
11Oklahoma State(13-3)236Big 129
12Princeton(9-4)189EIWA14
13Minnesota(9-8)180Big Ten13
14Wisconsin(11-6)165Big Ten12
15Purdue(12-5)151Big Ten15
16Northern Iowa(8-4)136Big 1217 (tie)
17Army West Point(10-3)127EIWA17 (tie)
18Cornell(11-7)121EIWA16
19Campbell(11-2)92SoCon20
20Illinois(10-4)80Big Ten21 (tie)
21Iowa State(10-5)62Big 1219
22Michigan(7-6)58Big Ten21 (tie)
23Missouri(12-7)42MAC24
24Stanford(11-4)37Pac-1223
25Rutgers(10-7)14Big Ten25

Others Receiving Votes: Rider 10, Appalachian State 8, Northern Illinois 1, Northwestern 1
Dropped Out: None

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