Penn State goes wire-to-wire at No. 1; Final week of competition sees shift in Top 10

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

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(16-0)350Big Ten1
2Iowa(15-1)336Big Ten2
3NC State(14-1)307ACC5
4Nebraska(12-3)287Big Ten7
5Iowa State(16-3)285Big 123
6Ohio State(13-3)275Big Ten8
7Oklahoma State(14-3)271Big 126
9Missouri(8-3)257Big 1210
10Virginia Tech(10-3)232ACC9
11Michigan(11-4)211Big Ten11
12Minnesota(12-3)198Big Ten12
13Northwestern(7-3)172Big Ten14
14South Dakota State(12-4)143Big 1217
16Northern Iowa(7-5)137Big 1213
17Wisconsin(8-8)124Big Ten19
18North Dakota State(11-3)119Big 1215
19Arizona State(7-5)97Pac-1218
20Appalachian State(12-2)75SoCon20
21Illinois(6-7)57Big Ten21
22Rutgers(10-7)54Big Ten22
23Michigan State(10-6)40Big Ten23
25Cal Poly(8-6)26Pac-12NR

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.

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