Penn State, Ohio State start year with quality wins, remain atop USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — The top six teams remained the same after the first two weeks of NCAA Division I wrestling competition in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State (2-0) again received all 16 first-place votes to remain the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, while second-ranked Ohio State (1-0) maintained its position after a solid 31-12 victory over then-No. 11 Arizona State (0-2) over the weekend.

Third-ranked Oklahoma State (1-0) opened with a 25-9 win over then-No. 22 North Carolina, while fourth-ranked Michigan also beat Arizona State 21-18. Missouri (4-0) opened with a 20-17 win over No. 14 Illinois (0-1) in a dual held outdoors at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. Missouri blanked three non-Division I opponents on Sunday at home.

Only minor shifts occurred in this week’s Top 25 with Iowa (0-0) and NC State (3-0) flip-flopping at No. 7 and No. 8, while Rutgers (3-0) jumped over Arizona State to No. 11. Oklahoma (1-2) slid one spot to No. 19, while Purdue (3-0) jumped into the poll at No. 22. The Boilermakers are coming off a strong 31-6 dual victory over then-No. 22 North Carolina at Saturday’s Journeymen/MyHouse Northeast Duals in Clifton Park, New York.

Other ranked duals saw NC State beat Oklahoma 27-13, Virginia Tech over Stanford 22-12 and Rutgers over Oklahoma 22-9.

The USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is comprised of two voting coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Points are 25 for each first-place vote, 24 for second, 23 for third all the way to a 25th-place vote is one point.

Future Poll Dates (Tuesdays unless otherwise noted): November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19, January 3 (Wednesday), January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February, 27.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (16)2-0400Big Ten1
2Ohio State1-0384Big Ten2
3Oklahoma State1-0366Big 123
4Michigan1-0352Big Ten4
6Minnesota1-0313Big Ten6
7NC State3-0297ACC8
8Iowa0-0291Big Ten7
9Virginia Tech1-0275ACC9
11Rutgers3-0232Big Ten12
12Arizona State0-2220Pac-1211
13Northern Iowa0-0211Big 1213
14Illinois0-1192Big Ten14
15Nebraska0-0187Big Ten15
16South Dakota State0-0162Big 1216
17Central Michigan0-0146MAC17
18Wisconsin0-0131Big Ten18
20Oklahoma1-294Big 1219
22Purdue3-048Big TenNR

Others Receiving Votes: Drexel 9, Kent State 7, North Carolina 7, Chattanooga 3, North Dakota State 3, Appalachian State 2, Lock Haven 2
Dropped Out: No. 22 North Carolina (0-2)

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