Wolfpack, Buckeyes make moves within Top 5

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Two dominating performances from NC State and a solid road victory by Ohio State highlighted action this past week and it caused some movement in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

NC State blasted then-No. 25 Purdue 37-3 and Bloomsburg 45-4 to improve to 4-0 on the season and move up to No. 2 in the rankings for the second time in school history and for the first time since the final regular season poll in 2016.

Ohio State (2-0) opened up its dual schedule with a solid 24-12 win over then-No. 5 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and then shutout Edinboro 53-0 to close out the weekend. The Buckeyes jumped three spots to fifth, while the Hokies (1-1) essentially traded spots, coming in at No. 8 this week.

Only two other top-10 teams were in dual action over the weekend. Ninth-ranked Nebraska (2-0) topped visiting Campbell 37-4 and No. 10 Iowa State (2-0) shutout Davidson 50-0 in Ames.

Top-ranked Penn State was idle in dual competition, as was Iowa, which slid to third this week. Missouri hosted a tournament at home and stayed put at fourth.

The highest ranked team after Virginia Tech to fall this week was Arizona State, which split duals at Wranglemania in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. North Carolina topped the Sun Devils 22-16 and also beat then-No. 23 Lock Haven 23-18. North Carolina also beat Buffalo and the Tar Heels moved back into the Top 25 at No. 22 after falling out last week.

Navy swept a home quad, shutting out VMI and the resurrected program at Morgan State as well as then-No. 16 Pittsburgh 21-16. The Midshipmen moved into the rankings this week at No. 19. Pittsburgh slid to No. 23.

West Virginia moved into the Top 25 after opening its dual season with wins at home over Cleveland State, Kent State and Duke.

Also, No. 11 Oklahoma State beat Bucknell 38-6 and No. 21 Oklahoma beat Central Michigan 29-11.

Schedule Note: The Coaches Poll originally scheduled for December 18 has been moved to Thursday, December 21 to facilitate the competition at the Journeymen Collegiate Duals in Nashville, Tennessee on December 18-19, 2023.

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 14, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(0-0)350Big Ten1
2NC State(4-0)314ACC3
3Iowa(1-0)309Big Ten2
4Missouri(0-0)304Big 124
5Ohio State(2-0)285Big Ten8
6Michigan(0-0)282Big Ten6
8Virginia Tech(1-1)255ACC5
9Nebraska(2-0)252Big Ten9
10Iowa State(2-0)237Big 1210
11Oklahoma State(1-0)217Big 1211
12South Dakota State(0-0)188Big 1212
13Rutgers(2-0)178Big Ten14
14Minnesota(0-0)161Big Ten15
15Northern Iowa(0-0)140Big 1217
16Oregon State(3-0)127Pac-1218
18Wisconsin(1-0)94Big Ten19
20Oklahoma(1-0)84Big 1221
21Arizona State(1-1)72Pac-1213
22North Carolina(4-1)56ACCNR
24West Virginia(3-0)26Big 12NR

Others Receiving Votes: Maryland 19, Northwestern 13, Indiana 11, Campbell 10, Stanford 9, Purdue, 8, Northern Colorado 5, Cal Poly 2, Army West Point 2, Lock Haven 1, Columbia 1.

Dropped out: No. 23 Lock Haven (0-2), No. 24 Northwestern (0-0), No. 25 Purdue (1-1).

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