South Beach Duals shake things up in first USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll of 2018

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  A number of ranked teams collided over the holiday break at the South Beach Duals in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and the results caused a bit of a shakeup in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Wednesday.

The top seven teams remained the same, but fourth-ranked Missouri improved to 12-0 with four wins, including three over ranked teams. The Tigers beat No. 12 Cornell 27-11, No. 22 Rider 31-8 and No. 24 North Carolina 24-9. The biggest Tiger win of the weekend came at 141 pounds where Jaydin Eierman defeated Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell with some third-period heroics. Diakomihalis was ranked anywhere from first to third in the various media rankings.

Other results from the South Beach Duals saw then-No. 24 North Carolina upend then-No. 8 Minnesota 25-16. The Tar Heels would also beat Michigan State and SIU Edwardsville. The win over the Gophers propelled Coleman Scott’s team to No. 19 in the rankings. Cornell also picked up a win over Minnesota, but the Big Red also fell to unranked North Dakota State. To even further complicate things, No. 22 Rider also had a win over North Dakota State. Minnesota took the biggest tumble this week, falling six spots to No. 14, while North Carolina jumped five to No. 19. North Dakota State re-entered the poll this week at No. 25.

Top-ranked Penn State (5-0) picked up an individual tournament title at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ohio State was idle during the break, while Oklahoma State sent a few entries to Chattanooga. The Cowboys did travel to Naples, Italy to prepare for its upcoming top-five showdown with NC State at the Tussle for the Troops on January 5. Lehigh, Iowa, Virginia Tech and Arizona State saw tournament action.

Of note, Arizona State (2-2) moved up one spot to No. 10, the first time the Sun Devils have been in the Top 10 since October 27, 2005.

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):  January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February, 27.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (11)5-0395Big Ten1
2Ohio State (5)6-0389Big Ten2
3Oklahoma State5-0364Big 123
5NC State10-0336ACC5
7Iowa7-0309Big Ten7
8Michigan2-1283Big Ten9
9Virginia Tech5-1266ACC10
10Arizona State2-2248Pac-1211
11Northern Iowa2-1210Big 1214
12Illinois1-2210Big Ten13
14Minnesota5-3199Big Ten8
15South Dakota State4-2188Big 1215
16Wisconsin4-0174Big Ten16
17Rutgers3-2136Big Ten17
18Oklahoma2-299Big 1219
19North Carolina5-495ACC24
20Nebraska2-294Big Ten18
21Central Michigan3-393MAC21
22Lock Haven4-093EWL20
24Purdue4-133Big Ten23
25North Dakota State4-522Big 12NR

Others Receiving Votes: Northwestern 17, Edinboro 15, Utah Valley 4, Drexel 3, Navy 2, Campbell 1
Dropped out: No. 25 Edinboro.

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