National Duals Champion Minnesota is the new No. 1

By Tammy Tedesco

The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers moved to the top of the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll following their team championship at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

The Gophers avenged two earlier season losses last weekend by defeating No. 4 Iowa and former No. 1 Oklahoma State, on their way to the Mat Mayhem Title.

Oklahoma State had previously held the No. 1 spot for six straight weeks this season.

Rounding out this week’s Top 10 are: Minnesota, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Illinois, Cornell, Ohio State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Missouri.

Purdue joins the Top 25 this week.

The NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll Committee is made up of one coach from each conference.  A number one ranking is worth 25 points and a number 25 ranking is worth one point.

This poll is based on a dual meet ranking.

NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll

RankSchoolTotalPrev. RankRecord
1Minnesota249314-3
2Penn State236213-1
3Oklahoma State232117-2
4Iowa221414-4
5Illinois208516-4
6Cornell197T611-1
7Ohio State194T613-4
8Nebraska176815-4
9Pittsburgh160914-2
10Missouri1571013-4
11Wyoming1501110-3
12Oklahoma1431213-5
13Kent State1281314-5
14Michigan125146-6
15Lehigh1121512-5
16Oregon State991610-3
17Maryland911715-1
18Northwestern771811-4
19Binghamton711915-4
20Virginia702111-1
T21Edinboro35209-4
T21Virginia Tech35228-6
23Hofstra322412-3
24Old Dominion142313-10
25Purdue12NR10-10

Others Receiving Votes: American, Central Michigan, Chattanooga, West Virginia.

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