Penn State sets indoor attendance record, remains No. 1; Drexel enters Top 25 for first time this season

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Penn State remained unbeaten and set a new Division I dual meet record for indoor attendance over the weekend, keeping the Nittany Lions No. 1 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions drew 15,998 at the Bryce Jordan Center in their 28-13 win over seventh-ranked Iowa on Saturday. Penn State held the previous record at 15,996 in a dual against Pittsburgh at the Bryce Jordan Center on December 8, 2013. The two largest crowds for dual meets were both held at football stadiums, with Iowa’s 42,287 setting the mark on November 14, 2015, against Oklahoma State. Iowa’s Alex Marinelli did notch a notable upset win, picking off returning national champion Vincenzo Joseph at 165 pounds.

Ohio State (13-1) survived a scare from fourth-ranked Michigan on Saturday, but the Buckeyes did take some damage as two of its unbeaten wrestlers lost in the dual. Luke Pletcher fell at 133 pounds to Stevan Micic and two-time NCAA champion and Olympic champion Kyle Snyder was upended by second-ranked Adam Coon of Michigan at 285 pounds. It was Snyder’s first loss in college since the 2015 NCAA Division I finals.

Michigan set its new attendance record as 8,303 fans saw the Sunday evening dual in Ann Arbor at the Crisler Center. Michigan did pick up one win on the weekend, beating rival Michigan State 39-9. No. 3 Missouri (17-0) was idle and is the only other unbeaten team in Division I.

No. 5 Oklahoma State improved to 12-2 after a 34-6 win over visiting Edinboro and a 31-6 Bedlam win over Oklahoma. No. 6 NC State topped No. 24 North Carolina 25-7 in another dual that set a school attendance record. The Wolfpack (14-1) and No. 8 Virginia Tech (14-2) are both unbeaten in the ACC and will face off on February 16 for the conference’s regular-season title. The Hokies slipped past rival Virginia 22-18.

No. 10 Cornell won three more duals in the EIWA to improve to 12-3. The Big Red topped Penn, Princeton, and Drexel over the weekend.

No. 11 Lehigh was bolstered by the return of two of its starters and that helped spark the Mountain Hawks to a 22-13 win at then-No. 8 Arizona State. The Mountain Hawks moved up to No. 9, leapfrogging the Sun Devils, who dropped to No. 11.

In other ranked head-to-heads last week, then-No. 15 Nebraska topped then-No. 20 Wisconsin 24-10, but the Badgers would pick up one upset win, knocking off then-No. 14 Illinois 19-16. Wyoming improved to 12-3 and earned wins over then-No. 25 Utah Valley and Northern Colorado by matching 38-4 outcomes. Northwestern topped Purdue 24-16, while Minnesota topped Rutgers 20-12.

Kent State upset then-No. 16 Central Michigan 21-13 and Air Force knocked Utah Valley out of the rankings with a 26-10 win in the Big 12.

Drexel entered the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Dragons (11-4) were ranked for four weeks last season.

The USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two 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:  February 20, February, 27.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conf. Previous
1 Penn State (16) 13-0 400 Big Ten 1
2 Ohio State 13-1 382 Big Ten 2
3 Missouri 17-0 368 MAC 3
4 Michigan 10-3 349 Big Ten 4
5 Oklahoma State 12-2 333 Big 12 5
6 NC State 14-1 318 ACC 6
7 Iowa 11-3 314 Big Ten 7
8 Virginia Tech 14-2 278 ACC 9
9 Lehigh 10-3 261 EIWA 11
10 Arizona State 11-3 259 Pac-12 8
11 Cornell 12-3 254 EIWA 10
12 South Dakota State 13-2 224 Big 12 12
13 Northern Iowa 6-4 198 Big 12 13
14 Nebraska 9-4 189 Big Ten 15
15 Wyoming 12-3 157 Big 12 17
16 Illinois 7-4 157 Big Ten 14
17 Northwestern 10-4 151 Big Ten 19
18 Wisconsin 7-3 117 Big Ten 20
19 Minnesota 9-8 114 Big Ten 21
20 Central Michigan 8-5 104 MAC 16
21 Rutgers 6-7 97 Big Ten 18
22 Purdue 8-7 60 Big Ten 22
23 Lock Haven 12-3 57 EWL 23
24 North Carolina 8-10 23 ACC 24
25 Drexel 11-4 14 EIWA NR

Others Receiving Votes: Binghamton, 4, Duke 4, Navy 3, Old Dominion 3, Rider 3, Appalachian State 2, Utah Valley 2, Air Force 1.
Dropped out: No. 25 Utah Valley.

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