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
|1||Northern Iowa (4)||(4-4)||98||Big 12||Missouri Valley|
|2||Navy (1)||(5-1)||96||EIWA||Patriot League|
|6||Wyoming||(3-3)||72||Big 12||Mountain West|
|7||North Dakota State||(7-3)||63||Big 12||Summit|
|8||Northern Colorado||(4-2)||61||Big 12||Big Sky|
|10||Appalachian State||(7-2)||56||SoCon||Sun Belt|
|12||Army West Point||(2-3)||46||EIWA||Patriot League|
|14||South Dakota State||(5-6)||42||Big 12||Summit|
|17||Air Force||(2-5)||21||Big 12||Mountain West|
|19||Utah Valley||(2-4)||12||Big 12||WAC|
|20||Cal Poly||(2-3)||11||Pac-12||Big West|
Others Receiving Votes: Buffalo 6, Edinboro 5, Kent State 1, Lock Haven 1