Ohio State’s win over North Carolina highlights Division I dual action

Manheim, Pennsylvania – It was a slow start to the Division I wrestling season in terms of dual meets as just a handful of teams competed in the opening week of the season. Ohio State’s 23-12 win over North Carolina highlighted the action in the only matchup between ranked teams. It provided the slighted of the movement as the new NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

The Buckeyes (1-0) moved up on spot to No. 9, while North Carolina (2-1) fell a spot to No. 13. The Tar Heels opened up the season with wins over Division II Queens and NAIA Life on the first day of available competition.

Rutgers started the season 3-0 with a home quad meet and wins over Binghamton (34-9), Cleveland State (35-3), and Division III New Jersey City University (48-0).

No. 21 Purdue (2-0) moved up a spot after an eastern swing saw the Boilermakers top pesky Drexel 29-18 and Rider 33-3.

Like North Carolina, No. 22 Wisconsin went live on the first day of competition, topping visiting Buffalo 30-3 in Madison.

Lehigh fell out of the Top 25 this week after the Mountain Hawks fell to unranked Campbell 22-11 in a tri-meet hosted by Oregon State. It was the first victory for any Southern Conference team ever over Lehigh, which did rebound to beat Oregon State, which beat Campbell. All three teams received votes this week. Stanford didn’t compete in any duals but did slide into the rankings at No. 24.

This Week: No. 10 Nebraska hosts Division II Chadron State and Nebraska-Kearney on Thursday; Buffalo hosts No. 15 Pittsburgh on Friday, while No. 23 Wisconsin will face Little Rock in La Crosse, Wisconsin in an event that will feature Division I, Division II, and Division III duals help simultaneously. It’s a busy Saturday on the mats as well. Second-ranked Penn State will head across the state to Manheim to take on Sacred Heart and Oregon State; No. 6 Oklahoma State will go to No. 24 Stanford; Rutgers will head south to take on host Davidson, Clarion, and Chattanooga in a quad. No. 17 Oklahoma will face host West Virginia; No. 25 Northwestern will host SIUE.

On Sunday, third-ranked Missouri hosts Northern Colorado, fourth-ranked Michigan hosts CSU Bakersfield, and No. 20 Purdue heads to Cleveland State.

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.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll
November 9, 2021

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Iowa (14)(0-0)350Big Ten1
2Penn State(0-0)336Big Ten2
3Missouri(0-0)315Big 123
4Michigan(0-0)312Big Ten4
5NC State(0-0)287ACC5
6Oklahoma State(0-0)270Big 127
7Virginia Tech(0-0)267ACC6
8Arizona State(0-0)259Pac-128
9Ohio State(1-0)231Big Ten10
10Nebraska(0-0)228Big Ten9
11Minnesota(0-0)206Big Ten11
13North Carolina(2-1)166ACC12
14Iowa State(0-0)165Big 1214
16Northern Iowa(0-0)123Big 1217
17Oklahoma(0-0)117Big 1216
18Illinois(0-0)99Big Ten18
19Rutgers(3-0)96Big Ten19
20Purdue(2-0)66Big Ten21
21 (tie)Princeton(0-0)51EIWA22 (tie)
21 (tie)Wyoming(0-0)51Big 1220
23Wisconsin(1-0)43Big Ten22 (tie)
25Northwestern(0-0)38Big Ten25

Others Receiving Votes: Virginia 16, Lehigh 15, Cal Poly 14, Campbell 12, Oregon State 10, Central Michigan 6, Appalachian State, West Virginia 2, Army West Point, Michigan State 1.

Dropped Out: No. 24 Lehigh (1-1).

Coaches Poll Release Dates for 2021-22:
Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22.

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