Top 10 unchanged in most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The new year opened with top-ranked Penn State setting a new team scoring record at the Southern Scuffle and numerous ranked teams met head-to-head, but the top 10 teams in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll remained the same as the new poll was released on Tuesday.

Penn State (4-0) was again the unanimous No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Missouri.

No. 2 Ohio State improved to 4-0 with a 26-10 win over No. 9 NC State on Sunday in a dual shown live on ESPN2. Over 3,700 fans were in attendance. No. 6 Michigan improved to 3-0 after a west coast swing gave them wins over Oregon State 33-8 and No. 16 Arizona State 23-12. Michigan true freshman Mason Parris made his varsity debut against returning All-American Amar Dhesi of Oregon State and came away with a victory. Dhesi was ranked No. 1 according to a handful of college wrestling individual rankings.

No. 8 Minnesota (7-1) won its Big Ten opener with a 22-15 win over visiting Rutgers on Sunday. No. 11 Nebraska (5-2) rallied from an early deficit to beat Northwestern 26-14 on Sunday. The Huskers Tyler Berger knocked off second-ranked Ryan Deakin at 157 pounds in the dual’s feature match.
No 12 Wyoming moved up a spot after they swept the Cowboy Shootout in Laramie. The Cowboys (9-3) beat No. 15 North Carolina, Army West Point and American. All four schools are coached by Oklahoma State alumni. North Carolina (7-4) went 2-1 and earned wins over American and Army West Point.

The only other ranked team in action was Pittsburgh, which improved to 6-0 after beating Oklahoma 20-17 at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Oklahoma.

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)4-0400Big Ten1
2Ohio State5-0381Big Ten2
3Oklahoma State5-0370Big 123
4Iowa6-0347Big Ten4
6Michigan5-0321Big Ten6
8Minnesota8-1291Big Ten8
9NC State9-2265ACC9
10Wisconsin6-1256Big Ten10
11Nebraska6-2242Big Ten11
12Wyoming9-3215Big 1213
13Virginia Tech2-2204ACC12
14Northern Iowa1-2175Big 1214
15North Carolina7-4166ACC15
16Arizona State1-4147Pac-1216
17Purdue3-4122Big Ten17
19Illinois1-1113Big Ten18
20Lock Haven2-0111EWL19
21Iowa State2-197Big 1221
22Utah Valley6-587Big 1222
23North Dakota State6-347Big 1220
24Rutgers6-243Big Ten24

Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 9, Old Dominion 7, Lehigh 5, Virginia 2
Dropped Out: None