Cornell, South Dakota State check in atop first Mid-Major Top 20 of the season

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Traditional Ivy League power Cornell is No. 1 in the first NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll of the season, released on Wednesday.

The Big Red (7-3) are fresh off a home victory over previously unbeaten Missouri. The win vaulted Cornell, which tallied four of the five possible first-place votes, into the nation’s Top 10 and No. 1 in the Mid-Major poll. South Dakota State (9-2), which picked up the other first-place vote, came in ranked second, followed by Lehigh, Little Rock and Northern Iowa.

South Dakota State, Lehigh and Northern Iowa are regulars to the Mid-Major Top 20 since the NWCA introduced the poll in 2017. Little Rock, on the other hand, hasn’t been. The Trojans (11-5), affiliates in the Pac-12 and all-sports members of the Ohio Valley Conference, are off to the best start in the program’s short five-year history.

Another Pac-12 affiliate, Cal Poly, checks in sixth, followed by Campbell, Navy, Appalachian State and Penn. Campbell and App State are wrestling affiliates of the Southern Conference.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll is voted on by one coach from Division I wrestling conferences with mid-major representation. Each first-place vote is worth 20 points, 19 points for a second-place vote, 18 for a third-place vote, and so on through to one point for a 20th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results and represents schools that are in not full members in all-sports conferences considered the “Power 4/5.”

NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll
January 31, 2024

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.All-Sports
1Cornell (4)(7-3)99EIWAIvy League
2South Dakota State (1)(9-2)95Big 12Summit
4Little Rock(11-5)76Pac-12Ohio Valley
5Northern Iowa(4-5)73Big 12Missouri Valley
6Cal Poly(5-2)70Pac-12Big West
9Appalachian State(4-1)61SoConSun Belt
10Penn(2-4)51EIWAIvy League
11Army West Point(5-3)46EIWAPatriot
12Binghamton(6-3)32EIWAAmerica East
13Wyoming(6-5)31Big 12Mountain West
14Northern Illinois(10-2)30MACMAC
15Northern Colorado(8-5)22Big 12Big Sky
16North Dakota State(3-7)21Big 12Summit
18Air Force(3-5)15Big 12Mountain West
19 (tie)Princeton(3-3)14EIWAIvy League
19 (tie)Rider(5-5)14MACMAAC

Others Receiving Votes: Chattanooga 13, Clarion 13, Lock Haven 10, Ohio 10, Hofstra 8, George Mason 4, Harvard 4, Central Michigan 1.

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