Manheim, Pennsylvania – Sam Latona’s takedown and nearfall points at the end of the final bout of Friday’s Virginia Tech-NC State dual lifted the Hokies to more than just a dual meet victory. The Hokies jumped four spots to No. 4 nationally in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.
Iowa (5-0) remained a unanimous No. 1, while the Top 10 saw some movement as NC State (5-1) dropped four spots to No. 7, and undefeated Missouri (10-0) moved up a spot to No. 5, past Oklahoma State (9-0).
Three new teams entered the Top 25 this week as Campbell came in at No. 23. The Camels (8-1, 7-0 SoCon) won the regular-season SoCon title after sweeping a tri-meet against Bellarmine and Chattanooga. Central Michigan (5-2) and Rider (3-1) were also ranked this week, giving the MAC three ranked teams for the first time this season. CMU won three duals last week, beating Cleveland State, Buffalo and Edinboro. Rider’s upset of Lehigh moved the Broncs in at No. 25.
Stanford, Rutgers and Lehigh dropped out of this week’s poll.
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 9, 2021
|1||Iowa (14)||(5-0)||350||Big Ten||1|
|3||Penn State||(3-0)||312||Big Ten||4|
|6||Oklahoma State||(9-0)||289||Big 12||5|
|12||Ohio State||(5-2)||209||Big Ten||11|
|13||Iowa State||(8-2)||190||Big 12||12|
|15||Northern Iowa||(4-2)||147||Big 12||16|
|22||Michigan State||(2-3)||35||Big Ten||23|
Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 20, Rutgers 19, Binghamton 18, Wyoming 13, West Virginia 11, Lehigh 9, Northern Illinois 5, Appalachian State 4, Army West Point 4, Hofstra 3, North Dakota State 3, Northern Colorado 3, Northwestern 3.
Dropped Out: No. 22 Stanford (5-3), No. 24 Rutgers (0-4), No. 25 Lehigh (3-4).
Remaining 2020-21 Poll Dates: February 16, February 23.