Cornell sits atop first NWCA Mid-Major Top 20

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Cornell, fresh off a pair of top-ten wins last week, sits atop of the first Mid-Major Top 20 ranking released by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Friday.

Cornell is one of three Ivy League teams in the Top 20. The conference alignment is based around school’s all-sports structure, and not any affiliate relationships with conferences that bear the names of the five “power conferences” (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, and Pac-12).

North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and South Dakota State, affiliate members of the Big 12, come in ranked behind Cornell. North Dakota State and South Dakota State are all-sports members of the Summit League. Northern Iowa is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Lehigh, from the Patriot League, rounds out the top five. Patriot League schools, like the Ivy, compete within the 17-team Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, the country’s oldest wrestling conference.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll is voted on by one coach from Division I wrestling conferences with mid-major representation. Each first-place vote is worth 20 points, 19 points for a second-place vote, 18 for a third-place vote, and so on through to one point for a 20th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll
January 13, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.All-Sports
1Cornell (5)(4-2)100EIWAIvy League
2North Dakota State(4-2)92Big 12Summit
3Northern Iowa(3-2)91Big 12Missouri Valley
4South Dakota State(3-2)83Big 12Summit
6Appalachian State(4-1)74SoConSun Belt
7Cal Poly(3-4)71Pac-12Big West
8Penn(2-3)68EIWAIvy League
9Northern Colorado(7-1)61Big 12Big Sky
10Campbell(6-5)48SoConBig South
11Army West Point(2-3)39EIWAPatriot
12Air Force(2-0)30Big 12Mountain West
13Princeton(0-4)28EIWAIvy League
14Binghamton(2-7)24EIWAAmerica East
15Little Rock(2-4)19Pac-12Ohio Valley
16Northern Illinois(5-3)17MACMAC
17Utah Valley(1-3)14Big 12WAC
18George Mason(8-2)13SoConAtlantic 10
19 (tie)Clarion(4-3)12MACPSAC
19 (tie)Drexel(2-4)12EIWAColonial

Others Receiving Votes: Chattanooga 11, Columbia 10, Rider 10, Navy 9, Buffalo 8, Ohio 7, Harvard 5, Lock Haven 5, Bucknell 4, Cleveland State 3, Hofstra 2, SIU Edwardsville 1.

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