Northern Colorado enters Coaches Poll for the first time in decades

Manheim, Pennsylvania – It’s been 18,934 days since the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado were ranked in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll. After opening up their season with a victory on the road against Wyoming, coach Troy Nickerson’s squad entered at No. 25 in the latest Top 25, released Tuesday.

The school was known as Colorado State College the last time it appeared in the rankings and for decades, the Greeley, Colorado school was the flag-bearer for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestling scene. The 1968-69 team finished the regular season ranked No. 6, which was the last time the school spent time in the rankings.

With a moderate portion of Division I wrestling squads taking the mats for the first time last weekend, there was minimal movement in the poll as just 14 duals were contested. Missouri (3-0) moved into the top 10 after sweeping South Dakota State, Oregon State and North Dakota State in Fargo.

No. 4 NC State (1-0) blanked Gardner-Webb 42-0 in a matchup of North Carolina schools, while No. 8 Virginia Tech (1-0) stopped Campbell 28-6 in Blacksburg. No. 9 Iowa State (1-0) opened up its regular season by topping Division III power Wartburg 35-6 in Ames.

Arizona State (1-0), Pittsburgh (1-0) and Central Michigan (1-0) were the only other ranked teams in action. The host Sun Devils topped Little Rock 39-3, while Pittsburgh rallied past Navy 22-14 in Annapolis. Central Michigan shut out Division III Olivet 44-0.

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 5, 2021

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Iowa(0-0)350Big Ten1
2Penn State(0-0)329Big Ten2
3Michigan(0-0)322Big Ten3
4NC State(1-0)308ACC4
5Nebraska(0-0)287Big Ten5
6Oklahoma State(0-0)285Big 126
7Ohio State(0-0)262Big Ten7
8Virginia Tech(1-0)246ACC8
9Iowa State(1-0)223Big 129
11Arizona State(1-0)209Pac-1211
12Minnesota(0-0)176Big Ten13
14North Carolina(0-0)160ACC10
15Rutgers(0-0)145Big Ten15
16Purdue(0-0)137Big Ten16
19Oklahoma(0-0)85Big 1220
20Wisconsin(0-0)76Big Ten19
21Central Michigan(1-0)69MAC21 (tie)
22Northwestern(0-0)54Big Ten23
23Northern Iowa(0-0)46Big 1224
24Army West Point(0-0)45EIWA25
25Northern Colorado(1-0)39Big 12NR

Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 34, Appalachian State 9, Illinois 7, Virginia 7, Campbell 5, Hofstra 5, Rider 5, Wyoming 4
Dropped Out: Michigan State (0-0)

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