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
|1||Iowa (14)||(1-0)||350||Big Ten||1|
|2 (tie)||Michigan||(3-0)||326||Big Ten||3|
|2 (tie)||Penn State||(0-0)||326||Big Ten||2|
|5||Oklahoma State||(4-0)||289||Big 12||5|
|11||Ohio State||(1-1)||200||Big Ten||7|
|13||Iowa State||(3-1)||179||Big 12||10|
|19||Northern Iowa||(2-1)||93||Big 12||20|
|20||Northern Colorado||(3-0)||91||Big 12||23|
|22 (tie)||Army West Point||(1-0)||37||EIWA||NR|
|22 (tie)||Wisconsin||(0-2)||37||Big Ten||21|
|24||Michigan State||(1-1)||35||Big Ten||25|
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)