Michigan moves into Top 10 of USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll; Princeton ranked for second time in school history

Manheim, Pennsylvania — With a slim college wrestling schedule following the Thanksgiving Break, there were only a handful of duals that impacted the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

No. 8 Cornell’s 28-10 victory over then-No. 10 Rutgers in the fifth annual Graple at the Garden in New York’s Madison Square Garden pushed the Scarlet Knights out of the Top 10 for the first time this season. Rutgers (5-1) checked in at No. 12 in this week’s poll, while Michigan moved up a spot to No. 10, and Lehigh moved up one spot to No. 11.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State (2-0) blitzed then-No. 16 Minnesota (1-1) 34-3 in Minneapolis on Sunday. No. 3 Iowa (3-0) earned its first Division I victory of the season as well as its Big Ten dual opener by beating Purdue 34-3. No. 4 Ohio State won a pair of duals against Ohio schools prior to Thanksgiving. The Buckeyes (3-0) blanked Cleveland State 52-0 and beat Kent State 36-13.

Prior to beating Rutgers, Cornell blanked Hofstra 39-0. Rutgers did pick up one weekend win, beating former EIWA rival Columbia 39-3.  No. 22 Northern Iowa defeated MAC-rival Old Dominion 29-9 in West Gym on Sunday to improve to 3-1.

The third match involving ranked teams came down to heavyweight as No. 23 Appalachian State topped No. 25 North Carolina 18-16 in Boone, N.C., on Sunday. Nationally-ranked heavyweight Denzel Dejournette lifted the Mountaineers past the Tar Heels. A key victory came at 157 pounds where Gavin Londoff upset nationally-ranked Joey Moon 5-2. It’s just the fourth time in school history Appalachian State has beaten North Carolina and the first time in over 40 years.

Princeton (2-1) earned a pair of victories and moved into the Top 25 for just the second time in school history. The Tigers were ranked No. 25 last season for one week, which followed last year’s Grapple at the Garden. The Tigers topped Maryland 24-9 and Buffalo 28-12.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Oklahoma State (11)2-0395Big 121
2Penn State (5)2-0387Big Ten2
3Iowa3-0366Big Ten3
4Ohio State3-0349Big Ten4
6Virginia Tech4-1318ACC6
7Nebraska2-0305Big Ten7
9NC State2-0269ACC9
10Michigan3-0250Big Ten11
12Rutgers5-1231Big Ten10
13Illinois0-0208Big Ten13
14Central Michigan1-0191MAC14
16Oklahoma1-1136Big 1217
17Wisconsin1-0131Big Ten18
18Minnesota1-1129Big Ten16
19Arizona State1-1119Pac-1219
20South Dakota State1-1101Big 1220
22Northern Iowa3-170MAC22
23Appalachian State3-066SoCon23

Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 8, Wyoming 5, Oregon State 3, American 2, Edinboro 2, Navy 2, North Dakota State 2
Dropped Out: No. 25 North Carolina

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