South Beach Duals shake things up in first USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll of 2018

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  A number of ranked teams collided over the holiday break at the South Beach Duals in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and the results caused a bit of a shakeup in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Wednesday.

The top seven teams remained the same, but fourth-ranked Missouri improved to 12-0 with four wins, including three over ranked teams. The Tigers beat No. 12 Cornell 27-11, No. 22 Rider 31-8 and No. 24 North Carolina 24-9. The biggest Tiger win of the weekend came at 141 pounds where Jaydin Eierman defeated Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell with some third-period heroics. Diakomihalis was ranked anywhere from first to third in the various media rankings.

Other results from the South Beach Duals saw then-No. 24 North Carolina upend then-No. 8 Minnesota 25-16. The Tar Heels would also beat Michigan State and SIU Edwardsville. The win over the Gophers propelled Coleman Scott’s team to No. 19 in the rankings. Cornell also picked up a win over Minnesota, but the Big Red also fell to unranked North Dakota State. To even further complicate things, No. 22 Rider also had a win over North Dakota State. Minnesota took the biggest tumble this week, falling six spots to No. 14, while North Carolina jumped five to No. 19. North Dakota State re-entered the poll this week at No. 25.

Top-ranked Penn State (5-0) picked up an individual tournament title at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ohio State was idle during the break, while Oklahoma State sent a few entries to Chattanooga. The Cowboys did travel to Naples, Italy to prepare for its upcoming top-five showdown with NC State at the Tussle for the Troops on January 5. Lehigh, Iowa, Virginia Tech and Arizona State saw tournament action.

Of note, Arizona State (2-2) moved up one spot to No. 10, the first time the Sun Devils have been in the Top 10 since October 27, 2005.

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):  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 (11) 5-0 395 Big Ten 1
2 Ohio State (5) 6-0 389 Big Ten 2
3 Oklahoma State 5-0 364 Big 12 3
4 Missouri 12-0 353 MAC 4
5 NC State 10-0 336 ACC 5
6 Lehigh 6-1 315 EIWA 6
7 Iowa 7-0 309 Big Ten 7
8 Michigan 2-1 283 Big Ten 9
9 Virginia Tech 5-1 266 ACC 10
10 Arizona State 2-2 248 Pac-12 11
11 Northern Iowa 2-1 210 Big 12 14
12 Illinois 1-2 210 Big Ten 13
13 Cornell 4-2 207 EIWA 12
14 Minnesota 5-3 199 Big Ten 8
15 South Dakota State 4-2 188 Big 12 15
16 Wisconsin 4-0 174 Big Ten 16
17 Rutgers 3-2 136 Big Ten 17
18 Oklahoma 2-2 99 Big 12 19
19 North Carolina 5-4 95 ACC 24
20 Nebraska 2-2 94 Big Ten 18
21 Central Michigan 3-3 93 MAC 21
22 Lock Haven 4-0 93 EWL 20
23 Rider 5-2 47 EWL 22
24 Purdue 4-1 33 Big Ten 23
25 North Dakota State 4-5 22 Big 12 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Northwestern 17, Edinboro 15, Utah Valley 4, Drexel 3, Navy 2, Campbell 1
Dropped out: No. 25 Edinboro.

Questions about historical polls can be sent to Jason Bryant

 

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