Iowa is unanimous No. 1 in first NWCA Division I Coaches Poll of the season

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With the lion’s share of the abbreviated NCAA Division I wrestling season starting this weekend, the NWCA has released its first Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 2020-21 season. Released weekly, the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll is based on dual meet results throughout the season.

After an undefeated dual season in 2019-20 and returning most of its starting lineup, Iowa received all 14 first-place votes and starts the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. As usual, the Big Ten dominates the Top 25 with 11 of its 14 teams ranked. The ACC and Big 12 Conferences each have four schools represented in the Top 25, while the EIWA, Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 each have two apiece.

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 1, 2021

RankTeam (First)19-20 RecordPointsConf.19-20 Final Dual Rank
1Iowa (14)(13-0)350Big Ten1
2Penn State(12-2)326Big Ten2
3Michigan(7-6)315Big Ten22
4NC State(15-0)302ACC3
5Nebraska(11-3)290Big Ten4
6Oklahoma State(13-3)277Big 1211
7Ohio State(10-4)273Big Ten5
8Virginia Tech(11-3)230ACC9
9Iowa State(10-5)225Big 1221
10North Carolina(14-3)198ACC7
11Arizona State(15-2)195Pac-126
12Missouri(12-7)189MAC23
13Minnesota(9-8)167Big Ten13
14Pittsburgh(10-4)159ACC8
15Rutgers(10-7)126Big Ten25
16Purdue(12-5)116Big Ten15
17Lehigh(12-3)113EIWA10
18Stanford(11-4)106Pac-1224
19Wisconsin(11-6)104Big Ten14
20Oklahoma(5-7)81Big 12NR
21 (tie)Central Michigan(8-4)51MACNR
21 (tie)Michigan State(8-10)51Big TenNR
23Northwestern(6-7)50Big TenNR
24Northern Iowa(8-4)41Big 1216
25Army West Point(10-3)34EIWA17

Others Receiving Votes: Northern Colorado 33, Illinois 30, Virginia 29, Rider 22, Campbell 21, Appalachian State 17, Wyoming 13, Hofstra 5, South Dakota State 4, Navy 3, North Dakota State 2, Northern Illinois 1, West Virginia 1.

2020-21 Poll Dates: January 1, January 5, January 12, January 19, January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23.