Missouri moves up to No. 3 after weekend win

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Coming off a season-opening win over then-No. 21 Arizona State, Missouri jumped to No. 3 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Tigers drew over 3,200 fans to the Hearnes Center for their first dual of the season. Penn State, which has yet to wrestle a dual this season, remained the unanimous No. 1, while NC State (7-0) remained second. Iowa (2-0), which opened up with another sellout home dual victory over then-No. 16 Oregon State 25-11, slid back to No. 4. Ohio State (4-0) remained fifth after a pair of weekend road wins.

NC State won three duals over the weekend, beating Binghamton, Army West Point and Sacred Heart in the Capital Region of New York. Ohio State blanked two opponents – Columbia 49-0 and Hofstra 51-0 – in a swing through the New York City metro area.

Michigan (2-0) also headed east, beating Columbia 33-6 and Rider 27-14. No. 7. Cornell opened up its dual season with a 48-3 win over Sacred Heart. Iowa State (3-0) jumped two spots to No. 8 after shutting out then-No. 18 Wisconsin 42-0. Virginia Tech improved to 2-1 after an exciting 19-12 win at then-No. 13 Rutgers on Friday. Despite the victory, the Hokies slid two spots to No. 10 this week.

Pittsburgh (4-1) leapt over Lehigh to come in at No. 19 this week after besting the Mountain Hawks 24-17. Lehigh slid three spots down to No. 20 this week.

Stanford entered the poll at No. 25 this week. The Cardinal, under first-year head coach Chris Ayres, were idle.

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. Teams who are not competing this season are not included in the voting process.

NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll
November 21, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(0-0)350Big Ten1
2NC State(7-0)318ACC2
3Missouri(1-0)310Big 124
4Iowa(2-0)309Big Ten3
5Ohio State(4-0)291Big Ten5
6Michigan(2-0)271Big Ten6
8Iowa State(3-0)263Big 1210
9Nebraska(2-0)249Big Ten9
10Virginia Tech(2-1)237ACC8
11Oklahoma State(1-0)216Big 1211
12South Dakota State(3-0)193Big 1212
13Minnesota(3-0)169Big Ten14
14Rutgers(2-1)164Big Ten13
15Oregon State(3-1)145Pac-1216
16Northern Iowa(0-0)123Big 1215
18Oklahoma(3-0)109Big 1220
21West Virginia(4-0)59Big 1224
22North Carolina(5-2)48ACC22
23Arizona State(1-2)45Pac-1221
24Wisconsin(1-1)26Big Ten18

Others Receiving Votes: Maryland 18, Penn 16, Campbell 15, Indiana 13, Northwestern 11, Cal Poly 9, Purdue 7, Northern Colorado 6, Illinois 4

Dropped out: No. 25 Penn (0-0).

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