NWCA releases Mid-Major Top 20 Poll

anheim, Pennsylvania — The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its only Mid-Major Top 20 of the season on Wednesday. Formulated last season, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional “Power 5” conferences.

“Last year, we launched this initiative with the National Duals Selection Committee, but the response was so overwhelmingly positive, we decided to keep releasing a mid-major poll,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer.

nwca-logoSix coaches representing different non-Power 5 conferences voted, and Lehigh, which is the highest-ranked non-Power 5 school in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, edged rival Cornell for the top spot. South Dakota State, which also received one first-place vote, is third.

“We have such a varying degree of schools with different resources within wrestling,” said Moyer. “We’ve seen the success schools have in being able to measure their performance to like-minded institutions. The Ivy League doesn’t offer scholarships, some conferences like the MAAC and Conference USA only have one or two teams that have wrestling programs and they have to function as affiliate members of other conferences.”

Eight mid-major teams are ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll. Three of the four Division II schools that field Division I wrestling programs are also ranked in the Top 20 with No. 7 Lock Haven, No. 15 Edinboro and No. 19 Clarion representing the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferenceAll-Sports Conf.
1Lehigh (3)12-3147EIWAPatriot
2Cornell (2)13-2145EIWAIvy
3South Dakota State (1)13-2140Big 12Summit
4Wyoming13-3130Big 12Mountain West
5Northern Iowa6-5128Big 12Missouri Valley
6Central Michigan8-6118MACMAC
7Lock Haven12-4114EWLPSAC (Division II)
8Drexel12-4107EIWAColonial
9Rider13-5100EWLMAAC
10Binghamton12-593EIWAAmerica East
11Utah Valley8-686Big 12WAC
12Navy8-385EIWAPatriot
13Old Dominion9-974MACConference USA
14Appalachian State9-463SoConSun Belt
15Edinboro8-556EWLPSAC (Division II)
16American8-655EIWAPatriot
17Air Force8-550Big 12Mountain West
18Chattanooga8-745SoConSoCon
19Clarion10-735EWLPSAC (Division II)
20Kent State13-934MACMAC
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