Penn State, Oklahoma State storm into final week of dual season unbeaten

Manheim, Pennsylvania – In picking up their 54th straight dual meet victory, top-ranked Penn State won the Big Ten regular season title over the weekend and remained No. 1 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions (11-0) rallied past No. 3 Nebraska 22-13 to finish 8-0 in the Big Ten and lock up the school’s fourth straight regular season title and 10th in the last 13 seasons.

With one dual left on the schedule – Edinboro this coming Sunday – the Nittany Lions currently hold the fifth-longest dual meet win streak in major college wrestling history and 13th longest across all divisions. Despite the loss, Nebraska (11-2) remained third this week.

The major college dual win streak record is shared by Oklahoma State (twice) and Iowa at 69 in a row. The second-ranked Cowboys will head into their Sunday dual with the Hawkeyes in Gallagher-Iba Arena with a 14-0 mark this season. The Cowboys beat rival Oklahoma 34-9 in the second Bedlam match of the season.

Iowa (11-2) remained fourth this week after beating Wisconsin 34-5. No. 6 Ohio State beat Michigan State 38-7, while Missouri improved to 10-2 and remained seventh after beating North Dakota State 32-6 and coming from behind to beat No. 11 South Dakota State 21-19 in Brookings.

Missouri heavyweight Zach Elam picked up a first-minute fall to give Missouri the win in the dual’s final match.

NC State remained No. 8 after beating then-No. 9 Cornell 24-9 in Raleigh. The Wolfpack improved to 15-2 on the year and will host rival Virginia Tech on Friday with the ACC regular season title on the line.

No. 10 Michigan beat Indiana 30-6.

No. 13 Virginia Tech put itself in position to challenge NC State for the ACC title with a 26-12 win over then-No. 22 Pittsburgh. The Hokies are 9-3 on the season. The Pac-12 got shaken up over the weekend as then-No. 20 Arizona State used a late Cohlton Schultz fall to beat then-No. 16 Stanford 18-17. The next day, then-No. 21, Oregon State beat the Cardinal 29-11.

That left Little Rock, in just the program’s fifth season, the Pac-12 dual meet champions for 2023-24. The Trojans moved up to No. 17 this week. Arizona State, Stanford, and Oregon State all come in ranked 19-20-21 this week.

Previously winless Northwestern earned its first Big Ten victory of the season, beating then-No. 23 Indiana 19-18, knocking the Hoosiers out of the Top 25. The new entry this week is Appalachian State, which joins No. 22 Campbell as the only two teams from the SoCon ranked in the poll. It’s the first time the conference has had two teams in the Top 25 since November 29, 2016.

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 20, 2024

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(11-0)350Big Ten1
2Oklahoma State(14-0)335Big 122
3Nebraska(11-2)319Big Ten3
4Iowa(11-2)304Big Ten4
5Iowa State(12-2)294Big 125
6Ohio State(15-2)277Big Ten6
7Missouri(10-2)263Big 127
8NC State(15-2)256ACC8
9Cornell(11-4)228EIWA9
10Michigan(7-4)215Big Ten10
11South Dakota State(12-4)206Big 1211
12Minnesota(11-2)203Big Ten12
13Virginia Tech(9-3)187ACC13
14Rutgers(11-5)171Big Ten14
15Lehigh(7-3)150EIWA15
16Northern Iowa(6-6)133Big 1217
17Little Rock(14-5)114Pac-1218
18West Virginia(10-5)97Big 1219
19Arizona State(6-5)91Pac-1220
20Stanford(10-4)84Pac-1216
21Oregon State(7-5)78Pac-1221
22Campbell(13-3)49SoCon24
23Pittsburgh(8-8)31ACC22
24Appalachian State(9-3)27SoConNR
25Oklahoma(5-7)26Big 1225

Others receiving votes: Penn 24, Wisconsin 10, Cal Poly 10, Indiana 9, Northern Illinois 2, North Carolina 2, Michigan State 2, Army West Point 2, Binghamton 1.

Dropped out: #23 Indiana (6-5)