Penn State unanimous No. 1 after weekend win over No. 2 Ohio State; Utah Valley breaks into Top 25 for first time in school history

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Sold out Rec Hall was the place to be on Saturday night as No. 1 Penn State remained unbeaten with a 19-18 victory over No. 2 Ohio State. Even without the services of returning NCAA champion Jason Nolf at 157 pounds, the Nittany Lions pulled out the victory and earned a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The win was sparked by the performance of Penn State 197-pounder Anthony Cassar, who upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Kollin Moore.

The team victory solidified Penn State’s standing as the nation’s No. 1 team as they garnered all 16 first-place votes in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions improved to 12-0 and join third-ranked Missouri (13-0) as the nation’s last two unbeaten teams in Division I.

Ohio State (12-1) remained second this week.

Utah Valley University, which launched its Division I wrestling program in 2003, moved into the Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Wolverines improved to 8-3 on the season and knocked off traditional Big 12 power Oklahoma by criteria.

The top 15 teams stayed put as only minor shifts within the Big Ten caused movement. Wyoming from the Big 12 made the biggest move this week, jumping five spots to No. 17. The Cowboys improved to 10-4 after a win over visiting Oklahoma.

In ranked action this past week, No. 4 Michigan (9-2) topped No. 15 Nebraska 24-10, while No. 5 Oklahoma State (10-2) also beat No. 23 Northern Iowa 24-10. Seventh-ranked Iowa improved to 11-2 after a 34-7 win over then-No. 18 Minnesota and a 33-2 win over then-No. 17 Northwestern. Virginia Tech (13-2) remained unbeaten in the ACC with a home win over then-No. 25 North Carolina 21-9.

No. 10 Cornell (9-2) survived a scare from No. 23 Lock Haven, but the Big Red pulled out a 20-18 road win. No. 14 Illinois improved to 7-3 after weekend wins over unranked Indiana and then-No. 19 Rutgers.

Rider fell out of the Top 25 after falling to a pair of unranked teams — Clarion 18-17 and Drexel 18-14.

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 13, February 20, February, 27.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State (16) 12-0 400 Big Ten 1
2 Ohio State 12-1 381 Big Ten 2
3 Missouri 17-0 371 MAC 3
4 Michigan 9-2 349 Big Ten 4
5 Oklahoma State 10-2 333 Big 12 5
6 NC State 13-1 316 ACC 6
7 Iowa 11-2 314 Big Ten 7
8 Arizona State 10-2 287 Pac-12 8
9 Virginia Tech 13-2 273 ACC 9
10 Cornell 9-2 252 EIWA 10
11 Lehigh 9-3 237 EIWA 11
12 South Dakota State 11-2 231 Big 12 12
13 Northern Iowa 5-4 203 Big 12 13
14 Illinois 7-3 195 Big Ten 14
15 Nebraska 8-4 172 Big Ten 15
16 Central Michigan 7-4 161 MAC 16
17 Wyoming 10-4 127 Big 12 22
18 Rutgers 6-6 107 Big Ten 19
19 Northwestern 8-4 103 Big Ten 17
20 Wisconsin 6-2 98 Big Ten 20
21 Minnesota 7-8 95 Big Ten 18
22 Purdue 8-6 60 Big Ten 24
23 Lock Haven 11-3 49 EWL 23
24 North Carolina 8-9 34 ACC 25
25 Utah Valley 8-3 19 Big 12 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Rider 11, Drexel 8, Appalachian State 6, Navy 4, Edinboro 3, American 1
Dropped out: No. 21 Rider.

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