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.
1,Oklahoma State (11),5-0,395,Big 12,1
2,Penn State (5),4-0,388,Big Ten,2
4,Ohio State,5-0,356,Big Ten,4
20,South Dakota State,4-2,98,Big 12,20
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 9, Wyoming 6, Chattanooga 3, Navy 2, North Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1
Dropped Out: None