Lehigh moves into Top 10; Minnesota this week’s big mover after upset win at Michigan


Manheim, Pennsylvania — Upset victories by Steven Polakowski, Jake Short and Nick Wanzek sparked Minnesota’s 22-18 victory over then-No. 10 Michigan on Sunday in Big Ten competition. The victory pushed Minnesota up five spots this week to No. 13 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Gophers (3-1) also picked up a weekend win in East Lansing, downing Michigan State 20-17 on Friday. Lehigh (5-1, 3-0 EIWA) moved into the Top 10 after losses by Michigan and NC State.  The Mountain Hawks also picked up wins against then-No. 24 Drexel 31-3 and Princeton 34-3. Michigan’s loss to Minnesota dropped the Wolverines four spots to No. 14.

NC State (3-1) lost to No. 7 Nebraska 22-10 in Raleigh, and the Wolfpack dual lineup took a considerable hit when it learned nationally ranked 157-pounder Max Rohskopf would be lost for the season. Nebraska started its eastern swing with a 30-6 win over previously-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Idle Oklahoma State (4-0) remained No. 1, while No. 2 Penn State improved to 4-0 after blanking Binghamton in a sold-out Rec Hall 46-0 on Sunday. No. 3 Iowa (5-0) remained unbeaten after a home win over rival Iowa State 26-9.

The biggest dual of the week saw No. 4 Ohio State (4-0) down No. 5 Missouri (3-1) in the first NCAA wrestling dual to feature two returning Olympic medalists. Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox of Missouri received a fight from Ohio State freshman Kollin Moore, but Cox came away with a 6-4 decision at 197 pounds. Olympic champion Kyle Snyder dominated Missouri freshman Austin Myers, earning a second-period fall at heavyweight in the Buckeyes’ 30-9 win over coach Brian Smith and the Tigers.

Rutgers, which also lost the services of its 157-pounder Richie Lewis for the season, picked up a 22-12 win over Maryland in the first Big Ten dual for each team this season. Illinois saw its first dual action of the year, a 30-10 win over SIU Edwardsville.

Wisconsin improved to 3-0 with weekend wins over Indiana and Northern Iowa. The Badgers needed the third criteria to get past the Hoosiers 20-19.  Wins by Eli Stickley at 133 pounds and back-to-back technical falls by Ricky Robertson at 197 pounds and Connor Medbery at heavyweight pushed the Badgers past then-No. 21 Northern Iowa 23-12 in a matchup of ranked teams on Sunday.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Oklahoma State (14)4-0398Big 121
2Penn State (2)4-0385Big Ten2
3Iowa5-0365Big Ten3
4Ohio State4-0355Big Ten4
6Virginia Tech4-1317ACC6
7Nebraska7-0316Big Ten7
10NC State3-1250ACC9
11Rutgers6-1230Big Ten12
12Illinois1-0211Big Ten13
13Minnesota3-1200Big Ten18
14Michigan3-1194Big Ten10
15Central Michigan1-0192MAC14
17Wisconsin3-0152Big Ten16
18Oklahoma1-2122Big 1217
19Arizona State1-1117Pac-1218
20South Dakota State4-299Big 1220
21Appalachian State5-175SoCon22
22Northern Iowa3-264MAC21

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 9, Wyoming 6, Chattanooga 3, Navy 2, North Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1
Dropped out: None

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