Minimal movement over Thanksgiving Weekend in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With only six duals taking place over the week of Thanksgiving, there were minimal changes in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday.

Iowa received all 14 first-place votes to come in as the unanimous No. 1. The rest of the top five teams remained the same. The Hawkeyes (3-0) were impressive in a 32-3 dual win at home against then-No. 6 Wisconsin. Highlighting the dual for Iowa was Austin DeSanto, who defeated top-ranked and 2018 NCAA Division I champion Seth Gross at 133 pounds.

The only other matchup between ranked teams saw Ohio State beat Cornell 23-9 at a sold-out Covelli Center in Columbus. Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 7 this week, while Cornell stayed No. 17. No. 18 North Carolina was the only other ranked team in action. The Tar Heels (3-1) held off a solid Appalachian State squad 18-13 in Chapel Hill. No new teams entered the Top 25 this week.

Ranked duals this week: On Friday, No. 3 Penn State faces No. 13 Lehigh, while No. 12 Princeton heads to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face No. 9 Oklahoma State. On Sunday, Princeton will complete its cross-country gauntlet by returning to New Jersey to face top-ranked Iowa.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results.

NWCA Division I Coaches Poll
December 3, 2019

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Iowa (14)(3-0)350Big Ten1
2Nebraska(4-0)322Big Ten2
3Penn State(1-1)320Big Ten3
4Arizona State(5-0)311Pac-124
5Virginia Tech(3-0)295ACC5
6NC State(6-0)275ACC7
7Ohio State(3-1)266Big Ten8
8Wisconsin(6-1)252Big Ten6
9Oklahoma State(2-1)251Big 129
11Iowa State(1-1)207Big 1211
14Northwestern(2-1)157Big Ten15
15Minnesota(1-2)137Big Ten14
16Northern Iowa(0-2)116Big 1216
18North Carolina(3-1)102ACC18
21Army West Point(4-1)69EIWA21
22Michigan(1-1)53Big Ten22
23Purdue(6-1)45Big Ten23
25Lock Haven(0-0)33MAC25

Others Receiving Votes
: Campbell 24, Stanford 16, Illinois 14, Rutgers 13, Wyoming 13, Michigan State 4, Old Dominion 4
Dropped Out: None

2019-20 Coaches Poll Release Dates
Poll #1 11/5/19           Poll #6 12/10/19         Poll #11 1/28/20
Poll #2 11/12/19         Poll #7 12/17/19         Poll #12 2/4/20
Poll #3 11/19/19         Poll #8 1/7/20             Poll #13 2/11/20
Poll #4 11/26/19         Poll #9 1/14/20           Poll #14 2/18/20
Poll #5 12/3/19           Poll #10 1/21/20         Poll #15 2/25/20

Mid-Major Poll Release Dates
MM Poll #1 1/22/20   MM Poll #2 2/12/20   MM Poll #3 2/26/20

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