Oklahoma State, Penn State remain atop USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll as final regular-season weekend approaches

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Manheim, Pennsylvania — As the last of the Division I unbeatens, Oklahoma State and Penn State remained No. 1 and No. 2 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Monday.

No. 1 Oklahoma State (14-0) will host No. 2 Penn State (13-0) on Sunday, February 19 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma to determine the NWCA National Dual Series Championship. Oklahoma State finished its Big 12 conference season with a 6-0 record, while Penn State won the regular-season championship in the Big Ten, going 9-0 in conference duals.

Iowa (12-2), Ohio State (11-2), Virginia Tech (17-1) and Nebraska (12-3) maintained their positions in the poll from 3-6.

Iowa finished its Big Ten season with wins over Indiana and Nebraska, while Ohio State finished up with road victories over Nebraska and Minnesota. Virginia Tech, which led Division I in dual victories this season, topped NC State to win the ACC regular-season championship and followed it with a win over then-No. 16 South Dakota State.

The biggest upset of the week came in the Mid-American Conference where then-No. 19 Northern Iowa (11-3) stunned then-No. 7 Missouri 25-10. The win gave the regular-season championship in the MAC to coach Doug Schwab and his Panthers. The loss dropped Missouri (10-4) to No. 10, while NC State (12-2), Cornell (12-2) and Illinois (9-3) each moved up one spot this week.

Next week’s poll will be the last of the regular season and will be released on its usual Tuesday morning schedule.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Oklahoma State (10) 14-0 394 Big 12 1
2 Penn State (6) 13-0 390 Big Ten 2
3 Iowa 12-2 368 Big Ten 3
4 Ohio State 11-2 352 Big Ten 4
5 Virginia Tech 17-1 335 ACC 5
6 Nebraska 12-3 320 Big Ten 6
7 NC State 12-2 298 ACC 8
8 Cornell 12-2 288 EIWA 9
9 Illinois 9-3 264 Big Ten 10
10 Missouri 10-4 234 MAC 7
11 Lehigh 9-4 233 EIWA 11
12 Rutgers 12-4 221 Big Ten 13
13 Minnesota 6-5 214 Big Ten 12
14 Central Michigan 9-2 179 MAC 15
15 Northern Iowa 11-3 176 MAC 19
16 Michigan 8-6 152 Big Ten 14
17 South Dakota State 13-4 147 Big 12 16
18 Wisconsin 5-5 144 Big Ten 18
19 Oklahoma 10-6 133 Big 12 17
20 Appalachian State 13-2 98 SoCon 20
21 Arizona State 10-4 73 Pac-12 21
22 Stanford 10-3 72 Pac-12 22
23 Edinboro 8-5 46 EWL 23
24 Pittsburgh 8-5 42 ACC 24
25 North Dakota State 13-5 16 Big 12 25

Others Receiving Votes: Bucknell 2, Buffalo 2, Rider 2, Utah Valley 2, North Carolina 1
Dropped out: None

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