Dual season builds to a close; Penn State wins another Big Ten dual title

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The last full weekend of the regular season in Division I wrestling has arrived. Penn State wrapped up another Big Ten dual meet title over the weekend and the top-ranked Nittany Lions remain the nation’s lone unbeaten Division I team and remain No. 1 in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Iowa and Iowa State remained at second and third, while Cornell moved up a spot to No. 4 after picking up a weekend win over Binghamton. Coupled with Nebraska’s win over Ohio State, NC State moved back into the top five as the Wolfpack dispensed with then-No. 17 Pittsburgh.

Oklahoma State topped then-No. 16 South Dakota State and returned home to top Stanford over the weekend. The Cowboys moved up to No. 6. Nebraska’s pair of ranked wins over Ohio State and Rutgers moved the Huskers up to No. 7. Ohio State fell four spots to No. 8, while Virginia Tech and Missouri round out the top 10.

This Week

Thursday: No. 6 Oklahoma State will host Bedlam against rival Oklahoma, while CSU Bakersfield is at No. 18 Arizona State.

Friday: No. 5 NC State will visit North Carolina, No. 23 Michigan State will head to Central Michigan and No. 9 Virginia Tech will host Virginia.

Saturday: No. 4 Cornell heads south to Tampa, Florida to face No. 8 Ohio State, No. 13 Northern Iowa continues its late-season series against No. 19 Wisconsin and Duke will travel to No. 16 Pittsburgh.

Sunday: Oklahoma State closes out its season at No. 2 Iowa, it’ll be a battle for the Border Bell in Fargo as No. 17 South Dakota State will take on No. 15 North Dakota State, No. 18 Arizona State is at No. 7 Nebraska, No. 25 Indiana travels to Chattanooga, top-ranked Penn State hosts Clarion, No. 11 Michigan hosts Central Michigan, No. 20 Appalachian State will host Campbell with the SoCon regular-season title on the line. The Mountaineers also will face Davidson and Presbyterian. No. 24 Penn will host American.

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
February 14, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(15-0)350Big Ten1
2Iowa(14-1)336Big Ten2
3Iowa State(16-2)320Big 123
5NC State(13-1)290ACC6
6Oklahoma State(13-2)273Big 127
7Nebraska(11-3)261Big Ten10
8Ohio State(12-3)255Big Ten4
9Virginia Tech(9-3)251ACC8
10Missouri(7-3)215Big 1211
11Michigan(10-4)211Big Ten9
12Minnesota(12-3)191Big Ten12
13Northern Iowa(7-4)178Big 1214
14Northwestern(7-3)176Big Ten13
15North Dakota State(11-2)154Big 1215
17South Dakota State(11-4)110Big 1216
18Arizona State(6-4)107Pac-1219
19Wisconsin(7-8)97Big Ten18
20Appalachian State(9-2)69SoCon21
21Illinois(6-7)61Big Ten21
22Rutgers(10-7)47Big Ten23
23Michigan State(9-6)44Big Ten24
25Indiana(7-5)24Big Ten22

Dropped Out: None.

Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia 23, Northern Colorado 10, Cal Poly 8, Stanford 7, Lehigh 6, Air Force 5, Oklahoma 2, Oregon State 1.

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