Manheim, Pennsylvania – Penn State finished the regular season ranked in the same place where it started, atop the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll. The final poll of the 2022-23 regular season was announced on Wednesday.
The Nittany Lions were the nation’s lone unbeaten team this season, finishing 16-0 after they closed out their schedule with a 40-6 win over visiting Clarion. Iowa stood firm at No. 2. The Hawkeyes finished 15-1 this season and closed out with a solid 28-7 win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena over the weekend.
Missouri’s upset of No. 3 Iowa State shifted the rankings between 3-10. NC State, part of an ACC regular-season championship triangle, finished 14-1 and No. 3. The Wolfpack was followed by No. 4 Nebraska, No. 5 Iowa State, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Cornell, No. 9 Missouri and No. 10 Virginia Tech. Ohio State upended Cornell in Tampa, Florida, over the weekend.
Cal Poly, which was ranked for seven weeks earlier this season, moved back into the poll at No. 25, completing a 5-0 mark in the Pac-12 to win the regular season championship.
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 22, 2023
|1||Penn State (14)||(16-0)||350||Big Ten||1|
|5||Iowa State||(16-3)||285||Big 12||3|
|6||Ohio State||(13-3)||275||Big Ten||8|
|7||Oklahoma State||(14-3)||271||Big 12||6|
|14||South Dakota State||(12-4)||143||Big 12||17|
|16||Northern Iowa||(7-5)||137||Big 12||13|
|18||North Dakota State||(11-3)||119||Big 12||15|
|23||Michigan State||(10-6)||40||Big Ten||23|
Dropped Out: No. 25 Indiana (8-5).
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 21, West Virginia 20, Northern Colorado 13, Lehigh 4, Oregon State 2, Stanford 1.