Manheim, Pennsylvania – One of the most spirited rivalries in college wrestling didn’t disappoint as a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena saw second-ranked Iowa top then-No. 7 Iowa State 18-15 in the annual Cy-Hawk dual on Sunday.
Iowa remained second in the most recent NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. The 14,905 was another sellout crowd for the host Hawkeyes and the dual was tied for 20th all-time in dual meet attendance. Historically, the Hawkeyes and Cyclones have drawn well. Of the 102 all-time dual meets to draw over 10,000 fans, Iowa-Iowa State duals account for 41 of them. On the mat, Iowa was buoyed by the return of three-time national champion Spencer Lee to the lineup at 125 pounds and the home debut of All-American transfer Real Woods at 141 pounds.
Top-ranked Penn State (3-0) stayed atop the poll after weekend wins at Rider (37-3) and Lehigh (24-12). The wins may have been bittersweet for the Nittany Lion faithful as returning NCAA champion Max Dean dropped both his weekend bouts – first to Rider’s Ethan Laird in sudden victory and then to former teammate and Penn State transfer Michael Beard.
Minnesota was the weekend’s top mover as the Golden Gophers moved into the Top 10 after an 18-12 win over then-No. 9 Oklahoma State in front of 4,000+ fans in Stillwater. Coach Brandon Eggum’s shuffling of the upper weights offset upset losses to push the Gophers to their first win over the Cowboys since 2014. The Gophers started the weekend with a win over then-No. 25 South Dakota State 19-16 in Brookings, South Dakota.
Missouri opened up its Big 12 schedule with a 38-3 win at home over West Virginia. Most of the nation’s top-ranked programs were competing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which was won by Nebraska for the third straight year.
No. 11 Wisconsin swept two bouts at the second annual Garden State Grapple at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Badgers (5-1) beat then-No. 21 Penn 27-9 and Princeton 34-3. Rutgers also went 2-0 at the event, helping the Big Ten go 8-0 against EIWA foes on the day. The Scarlet Knights (5-1) topped Penn 19-12 and Drexel 26-13.
Michigan State moved into the Top 25 after a pair of wins in New Jersey. The Spartans topped Binghamton 39-6 and Princeton 21-15 with the top individual victory coming a 197 pounds as Cam Caffey topped Binghamton All-American Lou DePrez in the tiebreakers.
The only other ranked team in dual meet action was Pittsburgh, which topped Illinois 30-6.
This Week: On Friday, No. 10 Minnesota will head to Fargo to face No. 15 North Dakota State while Pittsburgh will head to Rhode Island to face Brown. On Saturday, second-ranked Iowa will head to Chattanooga to face the Mocs, while Michigan State will take their turn against Brown.
Sunday’s slate is a tad more robust as top-ranked Penn State will host Oregon State, second-ranked Iowa is at Chattanooga and third-ranked Ohio State will host Kent State. In what’s turned into an annual top-10 scrap, seventh-ranked Missouri will face ninth-ranked Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Minnesota will head west for a Top 25 matchup with host Cal Poly in a tri-meet that also will include Lindenwood.
Other ranked teams set to compete on Sunday: Pittsburgh is at Columbia, North Dakota State hosts Buffalo, and Oklahoma State will head to Norman for Bedlam against the rival Sooners. Rutgers head down the road to take on local rival Princeton, while it’ll be another in-state battle as Maryland heads to Annapolis to face Navy. Wisconsin will stick with an EIWA opponent as Drexel will visit Madison.
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
December 6, 2022
|1||Penn State (12)||(3-0)||348||Big Ten||1|
|2||Iowa (2)||(6-0)||338||Big Ten||2|
|3||Ohio State||(3-0)||314||Big Ten||3|
|6||Iowa State||(5-1)||277||Big 12||7|
|12||Oklahoma State||(3-1)||194||Big 12||9|
|15||North Dakota State||(2-0)||143||Big 12||15|
|19||South Dakota State||(1-1)||95||Big 12||25|
|22||Northern Iowa||(0-0)||57||Big 12||22|
|25||Michigan State||(5-0)||30||Big Ten||NR|
Dropped Out: No. 21 Penn (0-3).
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon State 26, Oklahoma 18, Penn 14, Stanford 13, Appalachian State 12, Indiana 7, West Virginia 4, Purdue 3, Central Michigan 2, Northern Colorado 2, Princeton 2.