Unbeaten Penn State finishes regular season No. 1 in USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — With Penn State’s 55-0 win over Buffalo on Sunday, the Nittany Lions capped off a perfect 14-0 dual meet record and finished the regular season where they began, atop the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll.

Penn State received all 16 first-place votes as the final poll of the season was released on Tuesday. Ohio State ended the season ranked second, finishing with a 14-1 mark, while Missouri, the nation’s only other unbeaten squad, was third after picking up a pair of weekend wins to finish 19-0. Nine of the top 10 teams saw action in the season’s final week of dual meet competition.

Ohio State stopped sixth-ranked NC State 29-6 in Raleigh, North Carolina in front of a Wolfpack-record 3,905 fans. Just two days prior, NC State captured the ACC regular season title by beating No. 8 Virginia Tech 19-15.

Fourth-ranked Michigan ended its season 11-3 with a 30-9 win over No. 20 Central Michigan, while No. 5 Oklahoma State (13-2) capped its regular season with a road trip to Fresno State. The Cowboys topped the Bulldogs 41-0 in front of Fresno State’s second-largest crowd this season as the reinstated program drew 4,328 for the dual.

No. 7 Iowa closed out a 12-3 season by beating Iowa State 35-6. No. 8 Lehigh finished 12-3 by beating Pittsburgh and Oklahoma.

The only movement in the poll came from the Big Ten, which closed the season with 11 of its 14 teams ranked in the Top 25. Rutgers (8-7) and Purdue (9-7) both beat Wisconsin, which caused the Badgers to slide four spots to No. 22.

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.

NOTE: The coaches poll was initially scheduled to release one final poll on February 27, but since there are no scheduled Division I dual meets during what would have been the next ranking cycle, this poll will serve as the final poll of the 2017-18 regular season.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (16)14-0400Big Ten1
2Ohio State14-1382Big Ten2
3Missouri19-0370MAC3
4Michigan11-3348Big Ten4
5Oklahoma State13-2335Big 125
6NC State15-2315ACC6
7Iowa12-3313Big Ten7
8Lehigh12-3280EIWA8
9Arizona State11-3275Pac-129
10Virginia Tech14-3254ACC10
11Cornell13-2243EIWA11
12South Dakota State13-2227Big 1212
13Nebraska10-4198Big Ten14
14Wyoming13-3194Big 1215
15Northern Iowa6-5178Big 1213
16Illinois7-4151Big Ten15
17Northwestern11-4144Big Ten17
18Minnesota10-8131Big Ten19
19Rutgers8-7112Big Ten21
20Central Michigan8-688MAC20
21Purdue9-776Big Ten22
22Wisconsin7-574Big Ten18
23Lock Haven12-448EWL23
24North Carolina9-1127ACC24
25Drexel12-421EIWA25

Others Receiving Votes: Edinboro 6, Binghamton 3, Duke 3, Appalachian State 2, American 1, Rider 1.
Dropped out: None.

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