Iowa and Penn State start off 2022 ranked atop NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The 2022 calendar year starts off the way it closed out with Iowa and Penn State sitting atop the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The only matches since December 23 involving ranked teams was No. 23 Northwestern winning its first two duals of the year, topping Virginia 18-16 and SIUE 39-3.

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
January 4, 2022

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Iowa (11)(6-0)344Big Ten1
2Penn State (3)(8-0)339Big Ten2
3Michigan(3-0)315Big Ten3
4Oklahoma State(7-0)303Big 124
5NC State(5-1)299ACC5
6Arizona State(3-1)285Pac-126
7Ohio State(4-0)263Big Ten7
8Cornell(3-1)240EIWA8
9Nebraska(3-0)237Big Ten9
10Virginia Tech(4-3)223ACC10
11Missouri(6-2)219Big 1211
12Rutgers(10-0)199Big Ten12
13Iowa State(3-1)183Big 1213
14Minnesota(1-1)170Big Ten14
15Purdue(6-1)156Big Ten16
16Wisconsin(4-0)135Big Ten15
17Lehigh(4-4)111EIWA17
18Oklahoma(2-2)92Big 1219
19Princeton(0-1)89EIWA18
20North Carolina(4-4)65ACC20
21Pittsburgh(3-2)63ACC21
22Northern Iowa(1-4)55Big 1222
23Northwestern(0-0)46Big Ten24
24Illinois(2-0)36Big Ten23
25Cal Poly(0-0)25Pac-1225

Others Receiving Votes: Campbell 17, Central Michigan 15, Stanford 6, Appalachian State 5, Wyoming 4, Virginia 3, Michigan State 2, North Dakota State 2, South Dakota State 2, Hofstra 1, Navy 1.

Dropped Out: None.

Upcoming Coaches Poll Release Dates for 2021-22: Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22.

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