Illinois makes giant jump into Top 10 after a pair of weekend wins

Manheim, Pennsylvania – After entering the Top 25 last week, Illinois made waves immediately after earning a pair of ranked wins over the weekend, including an 18-15 win over then-No. 7 Ohio State, to vault the Illini into the Top 10 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Illinois also beat then-No. 21 Wisconsin 21-9. It’s the first time since February of 2017 the Illini have been ranked in the top 10.

Top-ranked Iowa opened up its season with a 31-3 win at home against then-No. 6 Nebraska.

Michigan picked up a 32-6 win over Indiana and improved to 3-0. The Wolverines moved into a second-place tie with Penn State (0-0). It’s also of note historically – the last time Michigan was ranked second was February 21, 2006.

Missouri’s fast start continued as they hit the road to Iowa and took home two convincing wins, beating then-No. 10 Iowa State 31-7 and then-No. 20 Northern Iowa 34-9. The Tigers improved to 7-0 and moved up to No. 6 this week.

Methodology: 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. The poll is based on dual meet results. Teams who are not competing this season are not included in the voting process.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll
January 19, 2021

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Iowa (14)(1-0)350Big Ten1
2 (tie)Michigan(3-0)326Big Ten3
2 (tie)Penn State(0-0)326Big Ten2
4NC State(3-0)298ACC4
5Oklahoma State(4-0)289Big 125
7Nebraska(1-1)265Big Ten6
8Virginia Tech(4-0)251ACC8
9Arizona State(2-0)211Pac-1211
10Illinois(3-0)209Big Ten24
11Ohio State(1-1)200Big Ten7
13Iowa State(3-1)179Big 1210
14North Carolina(1-0)173ACC13
15Minnesota(2-1)168Big Ten14
16Purdue(1-0)143Big Ten16
17Rutgers(0-1)109Big Ten15
18Oklahoma(2-1)98Big 1219
19Northern Iowa(2-1)93Big 1220
20Northern Colorado(3-0)91Big 1223
22 (tie)Army West Point(1-0)37EIWANR
22 (tie)Wisconsin(0-2)37Big Ten21
24Michigan State(1-1)35Big Ten25
25Northwestern(0-1)27Big Ten22

Others Receiving Votes: Navy 20, Central Michigan 19, Lehigh 14, Appalachian State 10, Virginia 9, Binghamton 4, Campbell 4, Wyoming 4, Rider 2, West Virginia 2, Hofstra 1, North Dakota State 1
Dropped Out: No. 18 Lehigh (0-2)