Ranked wins by Lehigh, Wisconsin create rankings shifts

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With 75 of the 81 teams in action over the past week, there were bound to be shifts in the rankings. Ranked wins by Lehigh and Wisconsin created some movement in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Lehigh (2-3) beat then-No. 9 Cornell 17-16 in one of the biggest dual rivalries in the EIWA. The win pushed the Mountain Hawks up six spots to No. 16, while the Big Red (4-3) slid five spots to No. 14 this week.

The top eight teams remained the same this week, with Iowa the big winner for the week. The third-ranked Hawkeyes improved to 7-0, opening up their Big Ten dual schedule with wins over No. 6 Nebraska 22-10 and then-No. 10 Minnesota 22-9 on Monday night.

Top-ranked Penn State (4-0) remained unbeaten in dominating fashion, not allowing a takedown in a 46-0 win over Indiana. The Nittany Lions extended their dual meet win streak to 48 in a row.

Second-ranked Missouri stayed unbeaten, moving to 7-0 after shutting out then-No. 18 Stanford 39-0. Fourth-ranked Iowa State beat the snow and Utah Valley 44-3 to move to 9-1. Oklahoma State (7-0) also picked up two ranked wins after heading east. The Cowboys beat No. 15 Pittsburgh 31-6 and then-No. 20 West Virginia 29-9.

No. 7 Ohio State pounded Illinois 36-6 to improve to 9-1. With Cornell losing, Minnesota moved up one spot to No. 9 despite the Monday loss to Iowa. South Dakota State moved into the Top 10 for the first time in school history after a pair of weekend wins at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virginia. The Jackrabbits shut out Kent State 50-0 before beating then-No. 16 Navy 30-13.

Wisconsin (6-1) picked up a win at the Virginia Duals over No. 19 Oklahoma to return to the rankings this week at No. 22. Oklahoma also beat then-No. 16 Navy 24-11.

Cal Poly (4-1) re-entered the Top 25 after weekend wins over Air Force, American, and Northern Colorado.

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 16, 2024

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(4-0)350Big Ten1
2Missouri(7-0)335Big 122
3Iowa(7-0)323Big Ten3
4Iowa State(9-1)303Big 124
5Oklahoma State(7-0)293Big 125
6Nebraska(5-1)277Big Ten6
7Ohio State(9-1)265Big Ten7
8NC State(10-2)253ACC8
9Minnesota(5-1)229Big Ten10
10South Dakota State(6-2)217Big 1211
11Michigan(4-1)209Big Ten12
12Virginia Tech(4-3)185ACC13
13Rutgers(9-1)178Big Ten14
16Oregon State(4-2)122Pac-1217
19Oklahoma(5-3)88Big 1219
21West Virginia(8-2)72Big 1220
22Wisconsin(6-1)62Big TenNR
23Northern Iowa(3-4)35Big 1224
24Arizona State(2-3)34Pac-1222
25Cal Poly(4-1)24Pac-12NR

Others Receiving Votes: Appalachian State 19, Indiana 18, Maryland 16, Penn 7, Little Rock 5, Campbell 3, Michigan State 3, North Carolina 3, Illinois 2.

Dropped out: No. 21 Indiana (3-2), No. 25 Appalachian State (2-1).