North Dakota State moves into Top 25 after weekend win over Northwestern

Manheim, Pa. – North Dakota State was the lone new entry into the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll this week after the Bison upset visiting Northwestern 26-17 in Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday.

The win makes North Dakota State (1-0) the fifth Big 12 team to appear in this week’s poll, which was released on Tuesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. With only limited dual meets in Division I’s opening weekend, there was little movement otherwise.

No. 2 Ohio State (1-0) opened with a 28-9 win over Navy at McDonogh School Owings Mills, Maryland, the alma mater of Ohio State 184-pounder Myles Martin. No. 7 Missouri (1-0) topped No. 15 Illinois (0-1) 30-8 in an outdoor dual prior to Illinois’ home football game dubbed “Grapple at the Grove.” The win was Missouri’s 21st consecutive dual win, dating back to February 15, 2017. The Tigers went 19-0 during the 2017-18 season.

Rutgers moved up one spot after the Scarlet Knights opened up their season with three home duals, including a 30-6 win over Fresno State. Rutgers also beat a pair of Division III opponents – Johnson & Wales 38-5 and Centenary 48-3.

No. 18 Wisconsin opened up its season and the Chris Bono era with a 25-12 win in Madison over visiting Buffalo.

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.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (16)(0-0)400Big Ten1
2Ohio State(1-0)377Big Ten2
3Iowa(0-0)368Big Ten3
4Oklahoma State(0-0)352Big 124
5Michigan(0-0)334Big Ten5
8NC State(0-0)297ACC8
10Virginia Tech(0-0)246ACC11
11Arizona State(0-0)237Pac-1210
12Nebraska(0-0)229Big Ten12
13Minnesota(0-0)213Big Ten13
14Northern Iowa(0-0)188Big 1214
15Rutgers(3-0)178Big Ten16
16Illinois(0-1)145Big Ten15
17Purdue(0-0)141Big Ten18
18Wisconsin(1-0)120Big Ten19
19South Dakota State(0-0)88Big 1220 (tie)
20Lock Haven(0-0)84EWL20 (tie)
21Wyoming(0-0)69Big 1222
22North Dakota State(1-0)65Big 12NR
23Northwestern(0-1)64Big Ten17
24North Carolina(0-0)46ACC23

Others Receiving Votes: Appalachian State 14, Stanford 7, Virginia 6, Pittsburgh 5, Utah Valley 5, Clarion 2, Drexel 2, Rider 2, Binghamton 1, Central Michigan 1, Maryland 1
Dropped Out: No. 25 Appalachian State.

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