Lehigh’s win over Michigan jumps Mountain Hawks into top five of USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  Lehigh’s 27-8 victory this past weekend over then-No. 4 Michigan shook up the top ten teams in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Mountain Hawks (3-0) were this week’s biggest mover, jumping five spots from No. 10 to No. 5, while Cornell (1-0) jumped four spots from No. 19 to No. 15 after a 30-10 victory over then-No. 13 Northern Iowa (1-1). Lehigh also beat No. 24 Edinboro 27-14 over the weekend. The last time Lehigh was in the top five was on February 23, 2005.

Penn State (3-0) remained unbeaten, beating host Binghamton 40-2 in front of over 3,000 fans. Ohio State (1-0) was idle and remained at No. 2, while third-ranked Oklahoma State (2-0) made a statement, crushing then-No. 6 Minnesota 30-3 on Sunday in Stillwater. Michigan (1-1) slid five spots to No. 9, while NC State (6-0) and Iowa (3-0) moved up one spot each. Minnesota landed at No. 8. Virginia Tech (3-0) was pushed down one spot after Lehigh’s jump.

NC State stayed unbeaten, beating Utah Valley 34-6 and a pair of non-Division I programs, while Iowa went 3-0 at the Iowa City Duals, beating Buffalo 33-6, North Dakota State 38-6 and Iowa Central Community College 48-0.

Virginia Tech topped then No. 17 Central Michigan 26-6 in Cassell Coliseum. Wisconsin went 2-0, heading west to beat then-No. 25 Pittsburgh 26-6 and getting past pesky CSU Bakersfield 22-18.

Stanford fell three spots into a tie for the 24th position with Pittsburgh. The Cardinal (2-2) were upended at home in an outdoor dual in Palo Alto by unranked Maryland (3-1), which just missed breaking into the Top 25 for the first time since 2014.

The USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is comprised of two voting coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Points are 25 for each first-place vote, 24 for second, 23 for third all the way to a 25th-place vote is one point.

Future Poll Dates (Tuesdays unless otherwise noted): November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19, January 3 (Wednesday), January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February, 27.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State 3-0 400 Big Ten 1
2 Ohio State 1-0 384 Big Ten 2
3 Oklahoma State 2-0 368 Big 12 3
4 Missouri 4-0 345 MAC 5
5 Lehigh 3-0 319 EIWA 10
6 NC State 6-0 312 ACC 7
7 Iowa 3-0 299 Big Ten 8
8 Minnesota 2-1 292 Big Ten 6
9 Michigan 1-1 286 Big Ten 4
10 Virginia Tech 3-0 267 ACC 9
11 Rutgers 3-0 235 Big Ten 11
12 Arizona State 1-2 213 Pac-12 12
13 Nebraska 1-0 191 Big Ten 15
14 Illinois 1-1 190 Big Ten 14
15 Cornell 1-0 187 EIWA 19
16 South Dakota State 0-1 153 Big 12 16
17 Northern Iowa 1-1 146 Big 12 13
18 Central Michigan 1-1 130 MAC 17
19 Wisconsin 2-0 129 Big Ten 18
20 Purdue 3-0 92 Big Ten 22
21 Oklahoma 1-2 85 Big 12 20
22 Rider 0-0 53 EWL 23
23 Edinboro 2-1 48 EWL 24
24 (tie) Pittsburgh 1-2 13 ACC 25
24 (tie) Stanford 2-2 13 Pac-12 21

 

Others receiving votes: Maryland 11, Drexel 10, Navy 6, Appalachian State 5, Kent State 5, Chattanooga 4, North Dakota State 4, North Carolina 2, Northwestern 2, Lock Haven 1
Dropped out:
None

Questions about historical polls can be sent to Jason Bryant

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