Michigan’s win over Ohio State vaults Wolverines to No. 4; Sets up giant Big Ten dual with top-ranked Penn State

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Michigan’s 19-17 win over rival Ohio State over the weekend elevated the 9-0 Wolverines to No. 4 in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Michigan will face top-ranked and unbeaten Penn State on Friday, February 1 at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center in one of the biggest duals of the season. The Nittany Lions, winners of 54 duals in a row, earned road wins against Purdue and Indiana to improve to 9-0.

Oklahoma State (10-0) moved up one spot to No. 2 after a 22-15 conference win over visiting Iowa State on Sunday. Iowa moved up one spot to No. 3 and improved to 10-0 with road wins over then-No. 20 Illinois 31-8 and Northwestern 32-7. Missouri finished out its Mid-American Conference portion of the schedule with a 40-6 win over Northern Illinois. The Tigers improved to 14-0 and have won 34 duals in a row.

Ohio State (7-1) slid four spots to No. 6 with the loss. Penn State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and unranked Campbell are the lone unbeaten teams left in Division I.

No. 7 Minnesota (11-2) topped then-No. 14 Wisconsin 27-13, NC State stayed No. 8 with a 30-12 win over Duke. No. 9 Nebraska beat Illinois 30-9, while 10th-ranked Cornell won its 85th and 86th Ivy League duals in a row with victories over Brown and Harvard. Cornell’s Rob Koll also surpassed the 300-win mark as a head coach.

No. 12 Virginia Tech improved to 7-2 with a pair of ranked wins. The Hokies topped ACC foe Pittsburgh 27-6 on Friday before heading to Pennsylvania to top surging Lehigh 23-9. The loss snapped Lehigh’s six match win streak. The Mountain Hawks rebounded with a win Sunday against Arizona State (4-8), which fell out of the Top 25 after losses to Lehigh and Lock Haven, which returned to the Top 25 at No. 24.

Lock Haven drew over 2,700 fans at Red Lion High School in York, Pennsylvania and came away with a 23-14 win over Arizona State. The dual was highlighted by Josh Shields’ tiebreaker win over local product Chance Marsteller at 165 pounds.

No. 15 Iowa State topped Oklahoma 25-6. Also in the Big 12, No. 16 Northern Iowa opened the weekend with a win over Northern Colorado 38-6 before it was their turn to beat Oklahoma 28-9. No. 17 North Carolina beat then-No. 25 Virginia 22-13 in the ACC, while Rutgers edged Michigan State 22-20. Stanford opened the weekend with a win over Cal Baptist, but CSU Bakersfield stopped Stanford’s win streak with a 20-13 win on Sunday. Stanford slid three spots to No. 25.

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.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll – January 29, 2019

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (16)9-0400Big Ten1
2Oklahoma State10-0382Big 123
3Iowa10-0357Big Ten4
4Michigan9-0354Big Ten6
6Ohio State7-1331Big Ten2
7Minnesota11-2303Big Ten7
8NC State13-2284ACC8
9Nebraska9-3272Big Ten9
11Wyoming12-3241Big 1211
12Virginia Tech7-2227ACC12
14Iowa State7-2193Big 1215
15Wisconsin6-5185Big Ten14
16Northern Iowa5-4161Big 1216
17North Carolina8-5143ACC17
18Rutgers8-4132Big Ten18
19Purdue5-692Big Ten19
21Illinois2-571Big Ten20
24Lock Haven5-234EWLNR

Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 9, Oklahoma 6, Campbell 5, Army West Point 3, Utah Valley 3
Dropped Out: No. 23 Arizona State