Big Ten duals, Virginia Duals shake up USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pa. — Upsets with the first full weekend of Division I wrestling in 2016 caused some shakeups in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Losses by Ohio State and Virginia Tech created a lot of movement, but the top four teams remained the same.

nwca-logoThe only four unbeatens in Division I college wrestling remained at the top of the poll, with Penn State (8-0) remaining a unanimous No. 1. Iowa (10-0) remained No. 2, while N.C. State (16-0) is third and Missouri (7-0) is fourth.

The third-ranked Wolfpack won five duals this week, including four at the Pittsburgh duals to raise it’s record to 16-0, a Division I best. Missouri needed to bump up two-time All-American J’Den Cox up to heavyweight to provide some late heroics to keep the Tigers’ 35-match dual meet win streak alive in an 18-17 home win against Cornell.

Idle Oklahoma State (4-2) moved up two spots to No. 5 after then No. 13 Michigan topped then-No. 6 Ohio State. Virginia Tech (7-2) dropped seven spots to No. 12 after the then-No. 5 Hokies fell to Iowa State in the finals of the Virginia Duals. The Cyclones (7-2) jumped up four spots to No. 14.

Rutgers (11-2), Nebraska (8-1), Lehigh (9-1), Oklahoma (6-2) and Michigan (6-1) round out the top 10. Ohio State (5-2) slid five spots to No. 11.

Oregon State moved back into the Top 25 after a road win at then-No. 16 Central Michigan. The Beavers returned to the poll at No. 23.

One team also made history.

Appalachian State (8-2) benefitted from losses by Minnesota and Old Dominion to move into the Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers come in at No. 25 this week and are the only Southern Conference team ranked. Chattanooga, which finished third at the Virginia Duals, is receiving votes.

[eztable width=”700″]Rank,Team (First),Record,Points,Conference,Previous
1,Penn State (12),8-0,300,Big Ten,1
2,Iowa,10-0,288,Big Ten,2
3,N.C. State,16-0,274,ACC,3
5,Oklahoma State,4-2,250,Big 12,7
6,Rutgers,11-2,225,Big Ten,8
7,Nebraska,8-1,205,Big Ten,9
9,Oklahoma,6-2,194,Big 12,12
10,Michigan,6-1,199,Big Ten,13
11,Ohio State,5-2,185,Big Ten,6
12,Virginia Tech,7-2,176,ACC,5
13,Illinois,9-2,167,Big Ten,11
14,Iowa State,7-2,161,Big 12,18
15,North Carolina,9-1,130,ACC,15
19,Central Michigan,5-1,84,MAC,16
20,Purdue,5-2,73,Big Ten,19
22,Indiana,4-1,47,Big Ten,22
23,Oregon State,4-4,37,Pac-12,NR
24,West Virginia,5-2,28,Big 12,25
25,Appalachian State,8-2,16,SoCon,NR[/eztable]

Dropped Out: No. 23 Minnesota, No. 24 Old Dominion
Others Receiving Votes: Chattanooga 9, Minnesota 6, Wisconsin 6, Eastern Michigan 5, Kent State 5, Arizona State 2

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