Top-ranked Nittany Lions open up with ranked win as first semester nears completion

Manheim, Pennsylvania –With a large portion of the Division I membership competing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this past weekend, the number of ranked teams in action in duals was pretty minimal.

Penn State (1-0) opened up its dual season with a 30-10 win over No. 20 Lehigh and remained the unanimous No. 1 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Twenty four of the 25 teams remained in the Top 25 with Indiana (2-0) the lone new entry, coming in at No. 25 this week after beating Princeton 18-15 over the weekend.

Among teams who competed in the past week, No. 3 Missouri (2-0) topped No. 18 Oklahoma 30-12, while No. 4 Iowa (4-0) headed east to beat Penn 22-13 at the Palestra in Philadelphia.

No. 13 Rutgers improved to 3-1 after a 49-0 shutout win over Edinboro, while Oklahoma rebounded to edge No. 21 West Virginia 21-19 in Morgantown.

No. 19 Pittsburgh topped Illinois 22-9.

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
December 5, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(1-0)350Big Ten1
2NC State(7-0)324ACC2
3Missouri(2-0)317Big 123
4Iowa(4-0)300Big Ten4
5Ohio State(4-0)292Big Ten5
7Iowa State(3-1)266Big 128
8Michigan(2-0)257Big Ten7
9Nebraska(2-0)254Big Ten9
10Virginia Tech(2-1)233ACC10
11Oklahoma State(1-0)208Big 1211
12Minnesota(4-0)190Big Ten12
13Rutgers(3-1)175Big Ten13
14South Dakota State(3-1)167Big 1214
15Oregon State(3-1)151Pac-1215
16Northern Iowa(0-0)127Big 1216
18Oklahoma(4-1)103Big 1218
21West Virginia(4-1)61Big 1221
22Arizona State(1-2)46Pac-1222
23North Carolina(5-2)42ACC23
25Indiana(2-0)17Big TenNR

Others Receiving Votes: Campbell 16, Maryland 13, Penn 13, Purdue 11, Northwestern 8, Northern Colorado 6, Cal Poly 4, Wisconsin 4.

Dropped out: No. 25 Maryland (1-1)

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