No. 1 Penn State wins 51st in a row, Oklahoma State moves into third

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Three of the four remaining unbeaten men’s teams in Division I are sitting in the top three spots in the most recent dual meet rankings. Penn State remained No. 1, while Iowa and Oklahoma State settled into new positions in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions improved to 7-0 on the season with a 42-6 road win at Maryland. The win is the 51st straight dual win for Penn State, which is the sixth-longest win streak in major college wrestling history and the 13th-longest across all divisions.

Missouri slid from the ranks of the unbeaten as the Tigers fell to then-No. 14 Cornell 20-16 in Ithaca. The loss was Missouri’s first of the season and dropped the Tigers three spots to No. 5 this week. Cornell’s win vaulted the Big Red (7-3) into the Top 10 at No. 9 this week.

Iowa improved to 10-0 and returned to No. 2 after big wins over Illinois and Northwestern. Oklahoma State (10-0) rose to third after picking off then-No. 4 Iowa State 21-12 in Stillwater over the weekend. The Cowboys also bested Northern Iowa. Iowa State remained fourth after beating No. 18 Oklahoma over the weekend. Nebraska won a pair of duals, including a 28-9 win over then-No. 21 Wisconsin to remain sixth. Ohio State (12-1) got some late heroics from heavyweight Nick Feldman to upend then-No. 11 Michigan 20-19 in front of a packed Covelli Center in Columbus. NC State (11-2) beat No. 19 Pittsburgh 31-6 and remained at No. 8.

Cornell’s rise shifted Minnesota down to No. 10 despite the Gophers’ 20-12 win at then-No. 13 Rutgers on Saturday.

Cornell wasn’t the only team to make a big jump this week. Little Rock split duals over the weekend, beating then-No. 16 Oregon State but falling to then-No. 17 Stanford. The Trojans moved up five spots to No. 20 this week, one spot ahead of Oregon State. Northern Iowa moved up four spots to No. 18 after splitting duals in Oklahoma. The Panthers fell to Oklahoma State 22-12, but beat then-No. 18 Oklahoma 20-12.

Michigan State’s win over then-No. 21 Wisconsin vaulted the Spartans (8-3) into the Top 25 for the first time this season. Arizona State (3-4) re-entered the poll at No. 24. Wisconsin and Navy fell out of the poll this week.

NOTE: The NWCA Division I Mid-Major Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll will be released on Thursday, February 1.

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
January 30, 2024

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(7-0)350Big Ten1
2Iowa(10-0)333Big Ten3
3Oklahoma State(10-0)319Big 125
4Iowa State(10-2)290Big 124
5Missouri(8-1)285Big 122
6Nebraska(9-1)285Big Ten6
7Ohio State(12-1)272Big Ten7
8NC State(11-2)252ACC8
10Minnesota(6-2)224Big Ten9
11South Dakota State(9-2)215Big 1210
12Michigan(5-3)201Big Ten11
13Virginia Tech(5-3)182ACC12
14Rutgers(10-3)179Big Ten13
17West Virginia(9-3)99Big 1220
18Northern Iowa(4-5)95Big 1222
20Little Rock(11-5)70Pac-1225
21Oregon State(5-4)64Pac-1216
22Oklahoma(5-5)50Big 1218
23Cal Poly(5-2)42Pac-1224
24Arizona State(3-4)29Pac-12NR
25Michigan State(8-3)26Big TenNR

Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 25, Indiana 24, Appalachian State 18, Campbell 9, Penn 5, Navy 4, Northern Illinois 1.

Dropped out: No. 21 Wisconsin (6-4), No. 23 Navy (6-5).