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
|Rank||Team (First)||19-20 Record||Points||Conf.||19-20 Final Dual Rank|
|1||Iowa (14)||(13-0)||350||Big Ten||1|
|2||Penn State||(12-2)||326||Big Ten||2|
|6||Oklahoma State||(13-3)||277||Big 12||11|
|7||Ohio State||(10-4)||273||Big Ten||5|
|9||Iowa State||(10-5)||225||Big 12||21|
|21 (tie)||Central Michigan||(8-4)||51||MAC||NR|
|21 (tie)||Michigan State||(8-10)||51||Big Ten||NR|
|24||Northern Iowa||(8-4)||41||Big 12||16|
|25||Army West Point||(10-3)||34||EIWA||17|
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.