NWCA releases Mid-Major Top 20 Poll

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.

The EIWA conference dominated the top 5 with four of the top five teams led by Lehigh which was ranked first.  Northern Iowa was right behind the Mountain Hawks in the second position. Princeton, which just won its first Ivy League Championship since 1986 fell into the third spot. The Tigers had a win in November over Lehigh.

Rounding out the top five is Cornell in fourth and Army West Point in fifth.

The Southern Conference made a big splash in the next five with Campbell reaching their highest Mid-Major Poll ranking ever falling into the 6th spot.  Appalachian State was right on their heels falling into the 8th spot.

Seven mid-major teams are ranked in the NWCA Coaches Poll. The EIWA led all conferences with seven teams ranked in the top 20 while six of the Big 12 affiliates made the top 20 poll.

The next Mid-Major poll will be released on February 26.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferenceAll-Sports
1Lehigh (4)(9-3)96EIWAPatriot League
2Northern Iowa (1)(6-3)94Big 12Missouri Valley
3Princeton(6-4)93EIWAIvy League
4Cornell(9-6)85EIWAIvy League
5Army West Point(8-3)79EIWAPatriot League
6Campbell(8-2)76SoConBig South
7Rider(10-3)70MACMetro Atlantic
8Appalachian State(8-2)62SoConSun Belt
9South Dakota State(10-5)56Big 12Summit
10Central Michigan(7-4)52MACMAC
11North Dakota State(7-3)52Big 12Summit
12Wyoming(7-9)32Big 12Mountain West
13Navy(8-4)31EIWAPatriot League
14Northern Illinois(10-4)30MACMAC
15CSU Bakersfield(5-5)26Pac-12WAC
16Old Dominion(7-9)22MACConference USA
17Lock Haven(7-6)16MACDivision II
18Fresno State(9-8)13Big 12Mountain West
19Bucknell(9-4)12EIWAPatriot League
20American(3-7)10EIWAPatriot League
Others Receiving Votes: Buffalo 8, Chattanooga 7, Edinboro 7, Ohio 6, Columbia 5, Clarion 3, Northern Colorado 3, Cleveland State 2, Hofstra 1, Penn 1
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