NWCA releases first Mid-Major Top 20 Poll of 2019
Manheim, Pennsylvania – The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its first Mid-Major Top 20 of the season on Thursday. Formulated in 2017, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional “Power 5” conferences.
Six coaches representing different non-Power 5 conferences voted, and Cornell, which is the highest-ranked non-Power 5 school in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, edged Wyoming for the top spot. Cornell defeated Wyoming 18-9 in their dual meet on December 29. Wyoming has had a strong season with a win over North Carolina State. Princeton on the strength of wins over Lehigh and North Carolina, also received one first-place vote, is third. The Ivy League captured two of the top three top spots.
Rounding out the top 5 is Northern Iowa at fourth and Lehigh at fifth. The Mountain Hawks have a win over top-ranked Big Red 19-16.
Six mid-major teams are ranked in the NWCA Coaches Poll. The EIWA led all conferences with seven teams ranked in the top 20 including three in the top five. Army, Navy, Binghamton and American join Cornell, Princeton, and Lehigh in the top three.
The next Mid-Major poll will be released on February 13.
|Rank||Team (First)||Record||Points||Conference||All-Sports Conf.|
|2||Wyoming||12-3||111||Big 12||Mountain West|
|4||Northern Iowa||5-4||104||Big 12||Missouri Valley|
|6||Lock Haven||5-2||92||EWL||PSAC (Division II)|
|7||Utah Valley||9-8||71||Big 12||WAC|
|8||Old Dominion||7-5||67||MAC||Conference USA|
|9||Army West Point||5-2||65||EIWA||Patriot|
|12||North Dakota State||8-5||41||Big 12||Summit|
|14||Appalachian State||4-6||35||SoCon||Sun Belt|
|18||Air Force||4-4||19||Big 12||Mountain West|
|19 (tie)||Central Michigan||3-5||18||MAC||MAC|