Top 10 teams roll in opening weekend; Top 25 sees few changes

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With just a limited number of duals with ranked teams competing during the first week of action, there was minimal movement in the first regular-season NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Four teams ranked in the Top 10 opened up with victories, including second-ranked Iowa, ninth-ranked Nebraska and 10th-ranked Iowa State. Third-ranked NC State had a pair of victories to start the season 2-0, beating Presbyterian at Fort Liberty, North Carolina 48-0 and Appalachian State 40-3 in Boone.

Iowa trekked to the Pacific Coast and shut out California Baptist 40-0, while Nebraska went to Fargo and dispatched North Dakota State 31-12. Iowa State went to the old high school gym of national champion David Carr at Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio and beat Cleveland State 43-3.

The only matchup of ranked teams came in North Carolina as then-No. 20 Oregon State topped former No. 25 North Carolina 24-13. The Beavers also shutout Division III Greensboro College and transitional Division I Queens University.

Elsewhere in the Top 25, Rutgers started the year 2-0 with a trip to Cal Poly, beating the host Mustangs 31-10 and Duke 47-0. Wisconsin beat Lindenwood 41-3 in Madison. Like Queens, Lindenwood is also in the midst of a transition to NCAA Division I.

Illinois fell out of the rankings after splitting a pair of duals last week. The Fighting Illini beat SIU Edwardsville 28-7 before falling to visiting Navy 23-18 over the weekend.

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 7, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State(0-0)350Big Ten1
2Iowa(1-0)325Big Ten2
3NC State(2-0)306ACC3
4Missouri(0-0)305Big 124
5Virginia Tech(0-0)299ACC5
6Michigan(0-0)278Big Ten6
7Cornell(0-0)275EIWA7
8Ohio State(0-0)250Big Ten8
9Nebraska(1-0)242Big Ten9
10Iowa State(1-0)233Big 1210
11Oklahoma State(0-0)209Big 1211
12South Dakota State(0-0)187Big 1212
13Arizona State(0-0)173Pac-1213
14Rutgers(2-0)164Big Ten15
15Minnesota(0-0)158Big Ten14
16Pittsburgh(0-0)143ACC16
17Northern Iowa(0-0)120Big 1217
18Oregon State(3-0)89Pac-1220 (tie)
19Wisconsin(1-0)88Big Ten18
20Lehigh(0-0)85EIWA19
21Oklahoma(0-0)84Big 1220 (tie)
22Penn(0-0)29EIWA22
23Lock Haven(0-0)23MACNR
24Northwestern(0-0)21Big Ten24
25Purdue(0-0)17Big TenNR

Others Receiving Votes: Maryland 16, West Virginia 14, Campbell 13, North Carolina 11, Stanford 11, Indiana 8, Navy 7, Illinois 4, Northern Colorado 4, Cal Poly 3, Air Force 2, Appalachian State 2.

Dropped out: No. 23 Illinois (1-1), No. 25 North Carolina (2-1).

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