Penn State, Ohio State start year with quality wins, remain atop USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  The top six teams remained the same after the first two weeks of NCAA Division I wrestling competition in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State (2-0) again received all 16 first-place votes to remain the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, while second-ranked Ohio State (1-0) maintained its position after a solid 31-12 victory over then-No. 11 Arizona State (0-2) over the weekend.

Third-ranked Oklahoma State (1-0) opened with a 25-9 win over then-No. 22 North Carolina, while fourth-ranked Michigan also beat Arizona State 21-18. Missouri (4-0) opened with a 20-17 win over No. 14 Illinois (0-1) in a dual held outdoors at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. Missouri blanked three non-Division I opponents on Sunday at home.

Only minor shifts occurred in this week’s Top 25 with Iowa (0-0) and NC State (3-0) flip-flopping at No. 7 and No. 8, while Rutgers (3-0) jumped over Arizona State to No. 11. Oklahoma (1-2) slid one spot to No. 19, while Purdue (3-0) jumped into the poll at No. 22. The Boilermakers are coming off a strong 31-6 dual victory over then-No. 22 North Carolina at Saturday’s Journeymen/MyHouse Northeast Duals in Clifton Park, New York.

Other ranked duals saw NC State beat Oklahoma 27-13, Virginia Tech over Stanford 22-12 and Rutgers over Oklahoma 22-9.

The USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is comprised of two voting coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Points are 25 for each first-place vote, 24 for second, 23 for third all the way to a 25th-place vote is one point.

Future Poll Dates (Tuesdays unless otherwise noted): November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19, January 3 (Wednesday), January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February, 27.

 

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1
Penn State (16)
2-0
400
Big Ten
1
2
Ohio State
1-0
384
Big Ten
2
3
Oklahoma State
1-0
366
Big 12
3
4
Michigan
1-0
352
Big Ten
4
5
Missouri
4-0
332
MAC
5
6
Minnesota
1-0
313
Big Ten
6
7
NC State
3-0
297
ACC
8
8
Iowa
0-0
291
Big Ten
7
9
Virginia Tech
1-0
275
ACC
9
10
Lehigh
1-0
256
EIWA
10
11
Rutgers
3-0
232
Big Ten
12
12
Arizona State
0-2
220
Pac-12
11
13
Northern Iowa
0-0
211
Big 12
13
14
Illinois
0-1
192
Big Ten
14
15
Nebraska
0-0
187
Big Ten
15
16
South Dakota State
0-0
162
Big 12
16
17
Central Michigan
0-0
146
MAC
17
18
Wisconsin
0-0
131
Big Ten
18
19
Cornell
0-0
102
EIWA
20
20
Oklahoma
1-2
94
Big 12
19
21
Stanford
2-1
72
Pac-12
21
22
Purdue
3-0
48
Big Ten
NR
23
Rider
0-0
46
EWL
23
24
Edinboro
2-0
34
EWL
25
25
Pittsburgh
0-0
24
ACC
24


Others Receiving Votes
: Drexel 9, Kent State 7, North Carolina 7, Chattanooga 3, North Dakota State 3, Appalachian State 2, Lock Haven 2
Dropped Out: No. 22 North Carolina (0-2)

Questions about historical polls can be sent to Jason Bryant

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