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


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.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (16)14-0400Big Ten2
2Oklahoma State14-1384Big 121
3Iowa13-2368Big Ten3
4Virginia Tech18-1351ACC5
5Nebraska12-4318Big Ten6
6Ohio State11-3314Big Ten4
8NC State13-2301ACC7
9Illinois9-3264Big Ten9
12 (tie)Rutgers12-5216Big Ten12
12 (tie)Minnesota7-5216Big Ten13
14Northern Iowa11-3182MAC15
15Michigan8-7169Big Ten16
16Wisconsin7-5160Big Ten18
17Central Michigan9-3151MAC14
18Oklahoma11-6129Big 1219
19South Dakota State14-5124Big 1217
20Arizona State10-490Pac-1221
24Appalachian State13-341SoCon20
25Purdue9-713Big TenNR

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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