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
|1||Penn State (16)||1-0||400||Big Ten||1|
|2||Ohio State||3-0||377||Big Ten||2|
|4||Oklahoma State||3-0||354||Big 12||4|
|18||Northern Iowa||1-1||124||Big 12||18|
|19||North Dakota State||3-0||119||Big 12||19|
|22||Utah Valley||5-2||72||Big 12||22|
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 7, Appalachian State 1, Iowa State 1.
Dropped Out: None