Big Ten co-champs Iowa, Penn State close out year atop NWCA Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A shortened 2020-21 Division I wrestling season came to a close with Iowa going wire-to-wire as the top dual meet team in the nation as the final NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Match cancellations and no non-conference schedule left the top-ranked Hawkeyes with only five duals on the season – same as second-ranked Penn State. ACC regular season champions Virginia Tech finished the regular season third, followed by one-loss Michigan at No. 4 and unbeaten Missouri at No. 5. Oklahoma State, like Missouri, also finished 10-0. The Cowboys ended the season at No. 6.

The Big Ten closed out with nine teams in the Top 25, followed by the Big 12 with six teams and the ACC with five.

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
February 23, 2021

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Iowa (14)(5-0)350Big Ten1
2Penn State(5-0)336Big Ten2
3Virginia Tech(9-0)313ACC3
4Michigan(5-1)303Big Ten4
6Oklahoma State(10-0)283Big 126
7NC State(6-1)264ACC7
8Nebraska(7-1)259Big Ten8
9 (tie)Minnesota(7-2)230Big Ten9
9 (tie)Arizona State(6-0)230Pac-1210
11Illinois(5-3)201Big Ten11
12Ohio State(5-4)200Big Ten12
13Iowa State(9-3)183Big 1213
14North Carolina(5-2)174ACC14
15Northern Iowa(4-4)148Big 1215
18Purdue(3-5)103Big Ten17
19Oklahoma(5-5)87Big 1219
21Central Michigan(5-2)58MAC21
23Michigan State(2-5)36Big Ten23
25Wyoming(3-3)22Big 12NR

Others Receiving Votes: Rutgers 18, Northwestern 16, Appalachian State 11, West Virginia 7, Hofstra 6, Binghamton 3, Lehigh 3, Northern Colorado 2, Wisconsin 1, Stanford 1, North Dakota State 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 Wisconsin (1-6)

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