Handful of duals lead to minimal changes in Theraworx NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With only five Division I duals taking place over the Thanksgiving holiday, there were only slight changes in the Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State was a unanimous No. 1 for the fourth straight week. The only shifts in the rankings came as No. 14 North Carolina (3-0) moved up a spot, swapping positions from last week with No. 15 Purdue (2-1) and Lock Haven and Wyoming switched positions, with the Bald Eagles moving up to No. 20 from No. 21.

No. 3 Iowa (4-0) rested half of the team’s expected starters in its 26-9 Big Ten win over visiting Purdue. Fourth-ranked Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 after beating then-No. 20 Wyoming 27-6 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

No. 10 Minnesota (2-1) topped visiting South Dakota State 35-6, while North Carolina offset a rowdy Appalachian State crowd to defeat the host Mountaineers 38-7 to improve to 3-0. The only other action in Division I featured Stanford topping Fresno State 22-15 in San Diego, California on the Battle of the Midway, a dual meet taking place on the deck of the USS Midway.

Many of the nation’s top teams will head to Las Vegas for the 37th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this coming weekend.

The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote.

Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll – November 27, 2018

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State (16) 1-0 400 Big Ten 1
2 Ohio State 3-0 377 Big Ten 2
3 Iowa 4-0 368 Big Ten 3
4 Oklahoma State 3-0 354 Big 12 4
5 Michigan 2-0 335 Big Ten 5
6 Missouri 3-0 318 MAC 7
7 NC State 3-0 312 ACC 8
8 Lehigh 0-1 281 EIWA 6
9 Cornell 2-0 268 EIWA 9
10 Minnesota 2-1 261 Big Ten 10
11 Wisconsin 6-0 239 Big Ten 11
12 Nebraska 4-1 219 Big Ten 12
13 Virginia Tech 0-2 186 ACC 13
14 North Carolina 3-0 185 ACC 15
15 Purdue 2-1 178 Big Ten 14
16 Arizona State 1-2 153 Pac-12 16
17 Illinois 0-1 135 Big Ten 17
18 Northern Iowa 1-1 124 Big 12 18
19 North Dakota State 3-0 119 Big 12 19
20 Lock Haven 0-0 88 EWL 21
21 Wyoming 2-2 88 Big 12 20
22 Utah Valley 5-2 72 Big 12 22
23 Northwestern 1-1 67 Big Ten 23
24 Pittsburgh 2-0 38 ACC 24
25 Rutgers 5-1 26 Big Ten 25

Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 7, Appalachian State 1, Iowa State 1.

Dropped Out: None

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