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


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.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Oklahoma State (10)14-0394Big 121
2Penn State (6)13-0390Big Ten2
3Iowa12-2368Big Ten3
4Ohio State11-2352Big Ten4
5Virginia Tech17-1335ACC5
6Nebraska12-3320Big Ten6
7NC State12-2298ACC8
9Illinois9-3264Big Ten10
12Rutgers12-4221Big Ten13
13Minnesota6-5214Big Ten12
14Central Michigan9-2179MAC15
15Northern Iowa11-3176MAC19
16Michigan8-6152Big Ten14
17South Dakota State13-4147Big 1216
18Wisconsin5-5144Big Ten18
19Oklahoma10-6133Big 1217
20Appalachian State13-298SoCon20
21Arizona State10-473Pac-1221
25North Dakota State13-516Big 1225

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

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