Penn State unanimous No. 1 after beating Iowa in battle of Big Ten unbeatens

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Penn State stands alone as the last Division I unbeaten after the host Nittany Lions topped rival Iowa in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,998 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State comes in as the unanimous No. 1 in the latest NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll on Tuesday.

Penn State (11-0) won six out of 10 bouts in the dual that tied the record for the largest indoor dual meet crowd, a record set at Penn State against Iowa in 2018. Iowa remained No. 2.

Iowa State (12-2) moved up to No. 3 after sweeping Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at home. The Cyclones topped then-No. 10 Cowboys 18-11 and the Sooners 25-12. Ohio State made the big leap in the top 10 this week. The Buckeyes (11-1) moved up to No. 4 after beating then-No. 3 Michigan 23-15 and then-No. 22 Michigan State 36-3. Michigan slid three spots to No. 6, while Cornell remained at No. 5 after EIWA wins over Army West Point and Columbia.

Pittsburgh registered the biggest weekend upset as the then-No. 24 Panthers stunned then-No. 7 Virginia Tech 26-12.

In other ranked action, Oklahoma State beat Northern Iowa 17-15, Nebraska beat Wisconsin 23-11, Minnesota beat Illinois 24-9, Northwestern beat both Wisconsin and Rutgers, Northern Iowa beat Oklahoma, Arizona State won at Lehigh, South Dakota State swept Air Force and Northern Colorado, Appalachian State beat Duke and Gardner-Webb, while Michigan State beat Maryland and Indiana edged Purdue.

Lehigh fell out of the Top 25 after falling to both Arizona State and Columbia, while Penn re-entered the rankings after a pair of Ivy League wins. The Quakers (6-4) beat Brown 37-7 and Harvard 26-8.

Ranked Teams in Duals This Week

  • Friday: No. 1 Penn State at No. 4 Ohio State, No. 2 Iowa at No. 12 Minnesota, No. 3 Iowa State at West Virginia, No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Oklahoma State at Arlington, Texas, No. 7 NC State at Virginia, No. 8 Missouri at Oklahoma, No. 9 Virginia Tech at Duke, No. 10 Nebraska at No. 21 Illinois, No. 16 North Dakota State at Air Force, California Baptist at No. 14 Northern Iowa, North Carolina at No. 18 Pittsburgh, Little Rock at No. 19 Arizona State.
  • Saturday: No. 3 Iowa State at No. 18 Pittsburgh, No. 10 Nebraska at Purdue, No. 16 North Dakota State at Northern Colorado, No. 23 Rutgers at Maryland, Princeton at No. 5 Cornell.
  • Sunday: No. 1 Penn State at No. 22 Indiana, No. 4 Ohio State at No. 13 Northwestern, No. 8 Missouri at No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Northern Iowa at West Virginia, No. 19 Arizona State at Oregon State, No. 21 Illinois at Michigan State, No. 25 Penn at No. 5 Cornell, Chattanooga at No. 20 Appalachian 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
January 31, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(11-0)350Big Ten1
2Iowa(12-1)336Big Ten2
3Iowa State(12-2)313Big 124
4Ohio State(11-1)304Big Ten6
6Michigan(9-2)285Big Ten3
7NC State(11-1)259ACC8
8Missouri(6-2)243Big 129
9Virginia Tech(7-3)242ACC7
10Nebraska(7-3)220Big Ten11
11Oklahoma State(9-2)208Big 1210
12Minnesota(11-2)194Big Ten12
13Northwestern(5-2)191Big Ten14
14Northern Iowa(5-3)148Big 1215
15Wisconsin(7-7)146Big Ten13
16North Dakota State(8-2)136Big 1216
17South Dakota State(11-2)133Big 1218
19Arizona State(4-4)98Pac-1217
20Appalachian State(7-2)62SoCon19
21Illinois(5-5)57Big Ten20
22Indiana(7-2)45Big Ten25
23Rutgers(9-5)33Big Ten23
24Michigan State(8-5)30Big Ten22

Dropped Out: No. 21 Lehigh (6-9).

Others Receiving Votes: Lehigh 23, West Virginia 22, Northern Colorado 14, Cal Poly 8, Air Force 5, Stanford 5, Oregon State 4, Columbia 3, Maryland 3, North Carolina 1.

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