UNI, Navy sit atop first Mid-Major Top 20 for 2021

Northern Iowa checks in at No. 1 in NWCA Mid-Major Division I Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its first Mid-Major Top 20 of the season on Wednesday. Formulated in 2017, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional “Power 5” conferences.

COVID-19 played a significant role in this year’s college sports season, with wrestling being impacted without the participation of seven schools that would qualify for inclusion in the Mid-Major Top 20. The six wrestling Ivy League schools – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn and Princeton along with the lone Division III school sponsoring Division I wrestling, Franklin & Marshall, did not compete this season.

Northern Iowa, one of the nation’s top non-Power 5 wrestling programs historically, comes in atop of the poll, followed by the U.S. Naval Academy and first-year head coach Cary Kolat. Traditional Mid-American Conference power Central Michigan is third, followed by Campbell at four and Rider fifth.

While the Big 12 is a Power 5 conference, a number of its affiliate members are considered Mid-Majors and seven of them are in the Top 20. The EIWA has six schools in the rankings, followed by the MAC and SoCon with three each.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Mid-Major Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by coaches representing teams from non-Power 5 conferences. Each first-place vote is worth 20 points, 19 points for a second-place vote, 18 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 20th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results. Teams who are not competing this season are not included in the voting process.

NWCA Division I Mid-Major Wrestling Coaches Poll
February 17, 2021

RankSchoolRecordPointsConf.All-Sports Conf.
1Northern Iowa (4)(4-4)98Big 12Missouri Valley
2Navy (1)(5-1)96EIWAPatriot League
3Central Michigan(5-2)82MACMAC
4Campbell(8-1)81SoConBig South
5Rider(4-1)78MACMetro Atlantic
6Wyoming(3-3)72Big 12Mountain West
7North Dakota State(7-3)63Big 12Summit
8Northern Colorado(4-2)61Big 12Big Sky
9Binghamton(3-1)57EIWAAmerica East
10Appalachian State(7-2)56SoConSun Belt
11Lehigh(3-4)53EIWAPatriot League
12Army West Point(2-3)46EIWAPatriot League
13Northern Illinois(6-3)44MACMAC
14South Dakota State(5-6)42Big 12Summit
17Air Force(2-5)21Big 12Mountain West
19Utah Valley(2-4)12Big 12WAC
20Cal Poly(2-3)11Pac-12Big West

Others Receiving Votes
: Buffalo 6, Edinboro 5, Kent State 1, Lock Haven 1

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