Cornell finishes season as top Mid-Major

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With all regular season duals coming to completion, the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Mid-Major Top 20 was released, with Cornell finishing the season in the top position.

The Big Red from the Ivy League finished 12-4 and was the top-ranked school in each of the three Mid-Major polls released this season. This will be the final season Cornell competes in the EIWA as the Ivy League will create its own automatic qualifier in the 2024-25 season. Eight EIWA teams finished in the Top 20, with fellow Ivies Penn and Princeton joining Cornell in the poll.

South Dakota State ended the season second with a 13-4 record as an affiliate member of the Big 12. Northern Iowa, also an affiliate of the Big 12, moved up a spot to third, while Lehigh, a Patriot League member, was fourth. Little Rock, one of three mid-majors in the Pac-12 as affiliates, finished its record-breaking season 15-5 and Pac-12 dual meet champions.

Campbell and Appalachian State are the two lone SoCon representatives in both the main Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll and the Mid-Major Poll. Penn, Cal Poly, and Army West Point rounded out the Top 10.

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
February 28, 2024

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsLastConf.All-Sports
1Cornell (4)(12-4)991EIWAIvy League
2South Dakota State (1)(13-4)962Big 12Summit
3Northern Iowa(8-6)884Big 12Missouri Valley
5Little Rock(15-5)815Pac-12Ohio Valley
7Appalachian State(10-3)637SoConSun Belt
8Penn(6-5)6110EIWAIvy League
9Cal Poly(6-5)607Pac-12Big West
10Army West Point(7-4)5112EIWAPatriot
12Northern Illinois(13-2)4511MACMAC
13Binghamton(9-4)4113EIWAAmerica East
14Northern Colorado(10-5)3814Big 12Big Sky
15Wyoming(7-7)3215Big 12Mountain West
16Central Michigan(8-8)2216MACMAC
17Princeton(6-7)20NREIWAIvy League
20North Dakota State(3-11)720Big 12Summit

Others Receiving Votes: Cleveland State 3, The Citadel 3, Air Force 1, Drexel 1, Lock Haven 1, Ohio 1.

Dropped Out: No. 16 Air Force (5-7).

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