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

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (16)1-0400Big Ten1
2Ohio State3-0377Big Ten2
3Iowa4-0368Big Ten3
4Oklahoma State3-0354Big 124
5Michigan2-0335Big Ten5
7NC State3-0312ACC8
10Minnesota2-1261Big Ten10
11Wisconsin6-0239Big Ten11
12Nebraska4-1219Big Ten12
13Virginia Tech0-2186ACC13
14North Carolina3-0185ACC15
15Purdue2-1178Big Ten14
16Arizona State1-2153Pac-1216
17Illinois0-1135Big Ten17
18Northern Iowa1-1124Big 1218
19North Dakota State3-0119Big 1219
20Lock Haven0-088EWL21
21Wyoming2-288Big 1220
22Utah Valley5-272Big 1222
23Northwestern1-167Big Ten23
25Rutgers5-126Big Ten25

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

Dropped Out: None

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