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.

[eztable th=”0″]Rank,Team (First),Record,Points,Conference,Previous
1,Penn State (16),2-0,400,Big Ten,1
2,Ohio State,1-0,384,Big Ten,2
3,Oklahoma State,1-0,366,Big 12,3
4,Michigan,1-0,352,Big Ten,4
6,Minnesota,1-0,313,Big Ten,6
7,NC State,3-0,297,ACC,8
8,Iowa,0-0,291,Big Ten,7
9,Virginia Tech,1-0,275,ACC,9
11,Rutgers,3-0,232,Big Ten,12
12,Arizona State,0-2,220,Pac-12,11
13,Northern Iowa,0-0,211,Big 12,13
14,Illinois,0-1,192,Big Ten,14
15,Nebraska,0-0,187,Big Ten,15
16,South Dakota State,0-0,162,Big 12,16
17,Central Michigan,0-0,146,MAC,17
18,Wisconsin,0-0,131,Big Ten,18
20,Oklahoma,1-2,94,Big 12,19
22,Purdue,3-0,48,Big Ten,NR

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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