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.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State (16) (0-0) 400 Big Ten 1
2 Ohio State (1-0) 377 Big Ten 2
3 Iowa (0-0) 368 Big Ten 3
4 Oklahoma State (0-0) 352 Big 12 4
5 Michigan (0-0) 334 Big Ten 5
6 Lehigh (0-0) 315 EIWA 6
7 Missouri (1-0) 307 MAC 7
8 NC State (0-0) 297 ACC 8
9 Cornell (0-0) 268 EIWA 9
10 Virginia Tech (0-0) 246 ACC 11
11 Arizona State (0-0) 237 Pac-12 10
12 Nebraska (0-0) 229 Big Ten 12
13 Minnesota (0-0) 213 Big Ten 13
14 Northern Iowa (0-0) 188 Big 12 14
15 Rutgers (3-0) 178 Big Ten 16
16 Illinois (0-1) 145 Big Ten 15
17 Purdue (0-0) 141 Big Ten 18
18 Wisconsin (1-0) 120 Big Ten 19
19 South Dakota State (0-0) 88 Big 12 20 (tie)
20 Lock Haven (0-0) 84 EWL 20 (tie)
21 Wyoming (0-0) 69 Big 12 22
22 North Dakota State (1-0) 65 Big 12 NR
23 Northwestern (0-1) 64 Big Ten 17
24 North Carolina (0-0) 46 ACC 23
25 Duke (0-0) 23 ACC 24

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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