Cy-Hawk Dual captures nation’s attention; Gophers slip past Jackrabbits

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Two of the three Division I duals in action over the Thanksgiving holiday featured ranked teams and the biggest came in Ames as No. 4 Iowa knocked off No. 8 Iowa State 18-14 before 14,267 fans at Hilton Coliseum.

Neither team moved in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, but Minnesota’s 19-13 win at home over South Dakota State did impact the rankings.

The Cy-Hawk dual was the first regular season dual in college wrestling history to be aired on ESPN’s main channel. The NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships have been shown live on ESPN since 2004 and duals have been featured on ESPN2 and ESPNU in recent years. The crowd was the fifth-largest in Hilton Coliseum history and the first dual in Ames to draw over 14,000 fans since February 19, 1982, which was also an Iowa-Iowa State dual.

Minnesota (4-0) moved up to No. 12 this week, leapfrogging Rutgers and South Dakota State. The Gophers were slight underdogs coming in against the then-No. 12 Jackrabbits. South Dakota State (3-1) settled at No. 14 in this week’s rankings.

Maryland did slide into the Top 25 for the first time this season after an off week. The Terps are 1-1 this season. Wisconsin (1-1) dropped out of the poll this week.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Men’s 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. Teams who are not competing this season are not included in the voting process.

NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll
November 28, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State(0-0)350Big Ten1
2NC State(7-0)320ACC2
3Missouri(1-0)318Big 123
4Iowa(3-0)301Big Ten4
5Ohio State(4-0)290Big Ten5
7Michigan(2-0)270Big Ten6
8Iowa State(3-1)252Big 128
9Nebraska(2-0)250Big Ten9
10Virginia Tech(2-1)236ACC10
11Oklahoma State(1-0)212Big 1211
12Minnesota(4-0)195Big Ten13
13Rutgers(2-1)172Big Ten14
14South Dakota State(3-1)171Big 1212
15Oregon State(3-1)140Pac-1215
16Northern Iowa(0-0)135Big 1216
18Oklahoma(3-0)116Big 1218
21West Virginia(4-0)60Big 1221
22Arizona State(1-2)41Pac-1223
23North Carolina(5-2)40ACC22
25Maryland(1-1)15Big TenNR

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 14, Penn 14, Campbell 13, Northwestern 11, Wisconsin 11, Illinois 10, Cal Poly 9, Northern Colorado 6, Purdue 5.

Dropped out: No. 24 Wisconsin (1-1)