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Minnesota starts season No. 1 in USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll

Jason Bryant - AWN

10/24/2012 10:54:10 AM

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will open the 2012-13 season as the nation’s top-ranked team according to the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.

Coach J Robinson’s team garnered seven of a 10 possible first place votes to start the season No. 1. Last year, the Gophers finished second at the NCAA Division I Championships in St. Louis. The Gophers are led by returning heavyweight champion Tony Nelson and returning runner-up Dylan Ness at 149 pounds.

The Gophers won the NWCA National Duals last season and finished with a 14-3 dual record. They closed the 2011-12 season as the top-ranked dual team in the country.

Two-time defending national champions Penn State starts the season ranked second in the country. Cael Sanderson’s squad returns national champions David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth, who moves up to 184 pounds. Returning finalists Nico Megaludis (125) and Quentin Wright, who also moves up, this time to 197 pounds, bolster the Penn State lineup.

Wright won the NCAA championship at 184 pounds in 2011.

Oklahoma State comes in ranked third while a pair of Big Ten programs fill out the top five – Iowa at No. 4 and Ohio State at No. 5.

In all, six Big Ten teams populate the top 10, with Illinois ranked No. 6 and Nebraska ranked ninth.

Cornell from the EIWA comes in tied with the MAC’s newest member, Missouri, at No. 7. Oregon State from the Pac-12 rounds out the top 10.

The USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll is released on Tuesdays during the college wrestling season. Each conference has one voting representative in the poll. Points are calculated on a 40-39-38-3-2-1 descending value. First-place votes are listed in parenthesis.

Rank     Team                      Points              11-12 Record

1                  Minnesota (7)                 397                                 14-3

2                  Penn State (3)                392                                 13-1

3                  Oklahoma State              372                                 17-2

4                  Iowa                                     371                                 14-4

5                  Ohio State                         359                                 13-4

6                  Illinois                                352                                 16-4

7 (tie)       Cornell                               328                                 11-1

7 (tie)       Missouri                             328                                 13-4

9                  Nebraska                           321                                 15-4

10               Oregon State                    290                                 10-3

11               Oklahoma                         288                                 13-5

12               Virginia Tech                  270                                    8-6

13               Michigan                           269                                    6-6

14               Northwestern                 260                                 11-4

15               Maryland                          244                                 15-1

16               Virginia                              237                                 11-1

17               Central Michigan          214                                 14-9

18               Pittsburgh                         210                                 14-2

19               Wyoming                           198                                 10-3

20               Edinboro                           185                                    9-4

21               Lehigh                                165                                 12-5

22               Kent State                          162                                 14-5

23               Old Dominion                 158                              13-10

24               Boise State                        116                                    4-9

25               Hofstra                                108                                 12-3

Others receiving votes: Binghamton 107, Purdue 80, Rutgers 78, Iowa State 35, American 16, Northern Iowa 15, West Virginia 15. 

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Minnesota starts season No. 1 in USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll

by Jason Bryant - AWN | Oct 24, 2012

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will open the 2012-13 season as the nation’s top-ranked team according to the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.

Coach J Robinson’s team garnered seven of a 10 possible first place votes to start the season No. 1. Last year, the Gophers finished second at the NCAA Division I Championships in St. Louis. The Gophers are led by returning heavyweight champion Tony Nelson and returning runner-up Dylan Ness at 149 pounds.

The Gophers won the NWCA National Duals last season and finished with a 14-3 dual record. They closed the 2011-12 season as the top-ranked dual team in the country.

Two-time defending national champions Penn State starts the season ranked second in the country. Cael Sanderson’s squad returns national champions David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth, who moves up to 184 pounds. Returning finalists Nico Megaludis (125) and Quentin Wright, who also moves up, this time to 197 pounds, bolster the Penn State lineup.

Wright won the NCAA championship at 184 pounds in 2011.

Oklahoma State comes in ranked third while a pair of Big Ten programs fill out the top five – Iowa at No. 4 and Ohio State at No. 5.

In all, six Big Ten teams populate the top 10, with Illinois ranked No. 6 and Nebraska ranked ninth.

Cornell from the EIWA comes in tied with the MAC’s newest member, Missouri, at No. 7. Oregon State from the Pac-12 rounds out the top 10.

The USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll is released on Tuesdays during the college wrestling season. Each conference has one voting representative in the poll. Points are calculated on a 40-39-38-3-2-1 descending value. First-place votes are listed in parenthesis.

Rank     Team                      Points              11-12 Record

1                  Minnesota (7)                 397                                 14-3

2                  Penn State (3)                392                                 13-1

3                  Oklahoma State              372                                 17-2

4                  Iowa                                     371                                 14-4

5                  Ohio State                         359                                 13-4

6                  Illinois                                352                                 16-4

7 (tie)       Cornell                               328                                 11-1

7 (tie)       Missouri                             328                                 13-4

9                  Nebraska                           321                                 15-4

10               Oregon State                    290                                 10-3

11               Oklahoma                         288                                 13-5

12               Virginia Tech                  270                                    8-6

13               Michigan                           269                                    6-6

14               Northwestern                 260                                 11-4

15               Maryland                          244                                 15-1

16               Virginia                              237                                 11-1

17               Central Michigan          214                                 14-9

18               Pittsburgh                         210                                 14-2

19               Wyoming                           198                                 10-3

20               Edinboro                           185                                    9-4

21               Lehigh                                165                                 12-5

22               Kent State                          162                                 14-5

23               Old Dominion                 158                              13-10

24               Boise State                        116                                    4-9

25               Hofstra                                108                                 12-3

Others receiving votes: Binghamton 107, Purdue 80, Rutgers 78, Iowa State 35, American 16, Northern Iowa 15, West Virginia 15. 

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