Penn State goes wire-to-wire atop Coaches Poll, ends dual season 12-0

With 639 duals involving Division I men’s wrestling teams in 2023-24 now complete, Penn State closed the regular as the only unbeaten and a wire-to-wire unanimous No. 1 as the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll of the season was released on Tuesday.

Penn State (12-0) finished out the regular season with a 55-0 home win over Edinboro to run its dual meet win streak to 54 in a row. The Nittany Lions will start next season with the fourth-longest win streak in major college wrestling history.

Iowa returned to No. 2 after heading to Stillwater, Oklahoma, and taming then-No. 2 Oklahoma State 22-9 in front of over 13,000 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the third-largest dual meet crowd in school history. Oklahoma State dropped back to fourth this week.

Nebraska closed out its season ranked third, finishing a 12-2 season with a road win at then-No. 19 Arizona State. Iowa State (13-2) closed out its regular season with a 41-3 drubbing of reserve-laden Missouri, which came in ranked seventh.

Missouri, which also fell to then-No. 16 Northern Iowa 31-6, dropped three spots to No. 10. NC State closed the regular season with a 16-2 mark after a 20-12 win over No. 13 Virginia Tech, giving the Wolfpack the regular-season ACC championship.

Cornell beat Binghamton 33-6, and Michigan shutout Central Michigan 39-0 to end those respective schools’ dual-meet seasons.

The only other ranked matchup in the season’s final week saw Arizona State top then-No. 15 Lehigh 24-14 in Tempe. The Sun Devils finished 7-6 and jumped to No. 16 in the final regular-season poll.

The final poll of the season comes out later this week with the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Mid-Major Poll.

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
February 27, 2024

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(12-0)350Big Ten1
2Iowa(12-2)327Big Ten4
3Nebraska(12-2)326Big Ten3
4Oklahoma State(14-1)309Big 122
5Iowa State(13-2)292Big 125
6Ohio State(15-2)278Big Ten6
7NC State(16-2)259ACC8
8Cornell(12-4)243EIWA9
9Michigan(8-4)234Big Ten10
10Missouri(10-4)221Big 127
11South Dakota State(13-4)218Big 1211
12Minnesota(11-2)201Big Ten12
13Virginia Tech(9-4)183ACC13
14Rutgers(12-5)169Big Ten14
15Northern Iowa(8-6)151Big 1216
16Arizona State(7-6)127Pac-1219
17Lehigh(7-4)124EIWA15
18Little Rock(15-5)117Pac-1217
19West Virginia(10-5)91Big 1218
20Stanford(10-4)79Pac-1220
21Oregon State(7-5)63Pac-1221
22Campbell(14-3)52SoCon22
23Pittsburgh(10-8)44ACC23
24Appalachian State(10-3)31SoCon24
25Penn(6-5)17EIWANR

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma 12, Cal Poly 10, Indiana 10, Northern Illinois 7, North Carolina 4, Army West Point 1.

Dropped out: No. 25 Oklahoma (5-7).