Penn State, Oklahoma State remain last of the unbeaten

Manheim, Pennsylvania – It took until February, but there are just two undefeated teams in Division I men’s wrestling left, and they’re both at the top of the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Top-ranked Penn State improved to 8-0 and ran its dual meet win streak to 52 after a 28-7 win over then-No. 7 Ohio State. Oklahoma State moved to 12-0 and rose to No. 2 in the rankings, the highest the Cowboys have been ranked since the final regular season poll of the 2018-19 season when they were second. The Cowboys beat then-No. 5 Missouri 24-10 and No. 24 Arizona State 28-9 over the weekend.

Iowa fell from the ranks of the unbeaten after being upended on the road at Michigan 24-11. The Hawkeyes slid one spot to No. 3, while the Wolverines moved up three spots, re-entering the Top 10 for the first time on December 21. Iowa State stayed put at No. 4 after beating then-No. 17 West Virginia 29-11.

Other action in the Top 10 saw Nebraska (10-1) beat Illinois 28-9. Ohio State rebounded from its loss at Penn State to beat No. 14 Rutgers 22-12. No. 8 NC State beat rival North Carolina 33-6. Cornell beat Columbia 32-9 but slid one spot to No. 10 after Michigan jumped over the Big Red.

Other ranked matches of interest over the past week saw Northern Iowa beat West Virginia 26-12. The Mountaineers also lost to No. 4 Iowa State on their trip through the Midwest, while then-No. 20 Little Rock won its third-ranked dual of the season, beating then-No. 23 Cal Poly 21-12. No. 24 Arizona State edged No. 21 Oregon State 17-16. Little Rock moved up two spots to No. 18 this week, establishing another program high in the school’s fifth season of wrestling.

The Big Ten leads with eight teams ranked this week, followed by the Big 12, which has seven teams in the Top 25. The Pac-12, with only six wrestling members, has five of its schools ranked. The ACC has three, and the EIWA has two. Campbell, which topped SoCon rival Appalachian State this past week, sits just outside the Top 25. Both the Camels and Mountaineers received votes this week.

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 6, 2024

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State(8-0)350Big Ten1
2Oklahoma State(12-0)334Big 123
3Iowa(10-1)303Big Ten2
4Iowa State(11-2)301Big 124
5Nebraska(10-1)298Big Ten6
6Ohio State(13-2)272Big Ten7
7Missouri(8-2)271Big 125
8NC State(12-2)252ACC8
9Michigan(6-3)242Big Ten12
10Cornell(8-3)229EIWA9
11Minnesota(8-2)211Big Ten10
12South Dakota State(11-2)207Big 1211
13Virginia Tech(6-3)184ACC13
14Rutgers(10-4)169Big Ten14
15Lehigh(5-3)144EIWA15
16Stanford(9-2)131Pac-1216
17Northern Iowa(5-5)117Big 1218
18Little Rock(12-5)95Pac-1220
19Pittsburgh(8-6)83ACC19
20West Virginia(9-5)66Big 1217
21Oregon State(5-5)52Pac-1221
22Indiana(6-2)46Big TenNR
23Oklahoma(5-5)45Big 1222
24Arizona State(4-5)43Pac-1224
25Cal Poly(5-3)22Pac-1223

Others Receiving Votes: Campbell 21, Michigan State 19, Wisconsin 14, Penn 13, Appalachian State 12, Navy 4.

Dropped out: No. 25 Michigan State (9-4)