Top 10 unchanged in most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll
Manheim, Pennsylvania – The new year opened with top-ranked Penn State setting a new team scoring record at the Southern Scuffle and numerous ranked teams met head-to-head, but the top 10 teams in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll remained the same as the new poll was released on Tuesday.
Penn State (4-0) was again the unanimous No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Missouri.
No. 2 Ohio State improved to 4-0 with a 26-10 win over No. 9 NC State on Sunday in a dual shown live on ESPN2. Over 3,700 fans were in attendance. No. 6 Michigan improved to 3-0 after a west coast swing gave them wins over Oregon State 33-8 and No. 16 Arizona State 23-12. Michigan true freshman Mason Parris made his varsity debut against returning All-American Amar Dhesi of Oregon State and came away with a victory. Dhesi was ranked No. 1 according to a handful of college wrestling individual rankings.
No. 8 Minnesota (7-1) won its Big Ten opener with a 22-15 win over visiting Rutgers on Sunday. No. 11 Nebraska (5-2) rallied from an early deficit to beat Northwestern 26-14 on Sunday. The Huskers Tyler Berger knocked off second-ranked Ryan Deakin at 157 pounds in the dual’s feature match.
No 12 Wyoming moved up a spot after they swept the Cowboy Shootout in Laramie. The Cowboys (9-3) beat No. 15 North Carolina, Army West Point and American. All four schools are coached by Oklahoma State alumni. North Carolina (7-4) went 2-1 and earned wins over American and Army West Point.
The only other ranked team in action was Pittsburgh, which improved to 6-0 after beating Oklahoma 20-17 at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Oklahoma.
The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote.
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NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll – January 8, 2019
|1||Penn State (16)||4-0||400||Big Ten||1|
|2||Ohio State||5-0||381||Big Ten||2|
|3||Oklahoma State||5-0||370||Big 12||3|
|14||Northern Iowa||1-2||175||Big 12||14|
|21||Iowa State||2-1||97||Big 12||21|
|22||Utah Valley||6-5||87||Big 12||22|
|23||North Dakota State||6-3||47||Big 12||20|
Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 9, Old Dominion 7, Lehigh 5, Virginia 2
Dropped Out: None
|2018-19 NWCA DIVISION I WRESTLING COACHES POLL RELEASE SCHEDULE|
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