Little movement in USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll heading into the close of 2016


Manheim, Pennsylvania – There was little movement as the final USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 2016 calendar year was released on Tuesday. Oklahoma State, Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State and Missouri held steady in the top five, while Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Cornell, Lehigh and NC State followed.

Oklahoma State (5-0) received a stern test from No. 8 Cornell on Friday night. The Cowboys prevailed 23-19 to remain unbeaten. Cornell (4-1) would rebound, albeit sluggishly, defeating No. 18 Oklahoma 21-18 on Sunday.

Second-ranked Penn State found itself without notable action this past weekend. Weather forced travel plans to be altered and prevented the Nittany Lion team from making a scheduled appearance at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Campbell University also saw its trip cut short due to travel issues.

Fourth-ranked Ohio State (5-0) opened up Big Ten competition by blasting Northwestern 43-3. Sixth-ranked Virginia Tech went to Parkersburg, W.Va., to face West Virginia in a homecoming for Hokie 197-pounder and Parkersburg native Jared Haught. The Hokies would win nine of the 10 bouts and claim a 36-4 dual victory.

The only other ranked team that saw action was No. 21 Appalachian State. The Mountaineers (7-1) won two SoCon duals, topping much-improved Campbell 24-13 and SIU Edwardsville 39-4.

No. 5 Missouri (3-1) faces MAC foe Kent State on Tuesday afternoon and No. 10 NC State (3-1) has a dual on Tuesday night on the road at Old Dominion.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Oklahoma State (11)5-0395Big 121
2Penn State (5)4-0388Big Ten2
3Iowa5-0365Big Ten3
4Ohio State5-0356Big Ten4
6Virginia Tech5-1317ACC6
7Nebraska7-0309Big Ten7
10NC State3-1254ACC10
11Rutgers6-1235Big Ten11
12Illinois1-0222Big Ten12
13Minnesota3-1202Big Ten13
14Central Michigan1-0185MAC15
15Michigan3-1183Big Ten14
17Wisconsin3-0152Big Ten17
18Oklahoma1-3120Big 1218
19Arizona State1-1113Pac-1219
20South Dakota State4-298Big 1220
21Appalachian State7-183SoCon21
22Northern Iowa3-262MAC22


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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