Unbeaten Penn State caps unbeaten season with National Duals crown, ends season No. 1 in USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll

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Manheim, Pennsylvania — After a stellar performance in front of a hostile crowd of 14,000-plus at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday, Penn State stands as the nation’s lone unbeaten team in Division I wrestling at the conclusion of the regular season. The 14-0 Nittany Lions won their second straight NWCA National Duals Championship and fourth overall by handing Oklahoma State its first loss of the season 27-13. The win secured PSU the top spot in the final USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State (14-1), spent the entire season ranked No. 1, fell one spot to No. 2, but did set a Gallagher-Iba Arena record for attendance as 14,059 witnessed the dual. The previous high for an Oklahoma State dual came of 10,082 came in 2001 against Oklahoma. The previous arena high was 14,044 during a 2007 Big 12 basketball game between Oklahoma State and Missouri.

Iowa finished the regular season 13-2 and maintained its position at No. 3 for the entire season. The Hawkeyes traveled east and defeated then-No. 23 Edinboro (8-6) 28-9 on Saturday in the NWCA Dual Championship Series.

Virginia Tech improved to 18-1 and moved up to No. 4 in the final poll after a 22-15 win over then-No. 6 Nebraska (12-4) on Sunday. The win was bittersweet for Hokie fans as the following day, coach Kevin Dresser announced he was leaving Blacksburg to take over the coaching position at Iowa State. Nebraska finished the regular season at No. 5.

Ohio State (11-3) slid two spots to finish the regular season at No. 5 after being upset on the road at then No. 8 Cornell (13-2) on Saturday. The win vaulted the Big Red up two spots to No. 7.

Despite beating then-No. 16 Michigan (8-7) on Friday night, NC State (13-2) ended its regular season at No. 8. Cornell leapfrogged the Wolfpack, pushing them pack one spot from last week. NC State head coach Pat Popolizio has guided his team to a 36-3 record over the past two seasons

Illinois (9-3) was idle, while Missouri (11-4) finished up its season with a win over unranked SIU Edwardsville.

Purdue (9-7), which hadn’t been ranked since Feb. 15, 2016, snuck into the final poll after beating then-No. 17 South Dakota State (14-5) by criteria on Friday in Brookings, South Dakota, as part of the NWCA Dual Championship Series.

The Big Ten Conference finishes the regular season with 10 teams ranked in the Top 25. The ACC, Big 12 and MAC have three each in the Top 25, while the EIWA and Pac-12 each finished with two teams ranked. The EWL and the Southern Conference had one apiece.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State (16) 14-0 400 Big Ten 2
2 Oklahoma State 14-1 384 Big 12 1
3 Iowa 13-2 368 Big Ten 3
4 Virginia Tech 18-1 351 ACC 5
5 Nebraska 12-4 318 Big Ten 6
6 Ohio State 11-3 314 Big Ten 4
7 Cornell 13-2 312 EIWA 8
8 NC State 13-2 301 ACC 7
9 Illinois 9-3 264 Big Ten 9
10 Missouri 11-4 252 MAC 10
11 Lehigh 10-4 244 EIWA 11
12 (tie) Rutgers 12-5 216 Big Ten 12
12 (tie) Minnesota 7-5 216 Big Ten 13
14 Northern Iowa 11-3 182 MAC 15
15 Michigan 8-7 169 Big Ten 16
16 Wisconsin 7-5 160 Big Ten 18
17 Central Michigan 9-3 151 MAC 14
18 Oklahoma 11-6 129 Big 12 19
19 South Dakota State 14-5 124 Big 12 17
20 Arizona State 10-4 90 Pac-12 21
21 Stanford 10-3 75 Pac-12 22
22 Edinboro 9-6 54 EWL 23
23 Pittsburgh 11-5 45 ACC 24
24 Appalachian State 13-3 41 SoCon 20
25 Purdue 9-7 13 Big Ten NR

Others Receiving Votes: North Dakota State 12, Rider 6, Bucknell 3, Buffalo 3, Utah Valley 2, Indiana 1
Dropped out: #25 North Dakota State

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