Unbeaten Terps enter Top 25 for first time since 2013

Manheim, Pennsylvania – It’d been 3,296 days since Maryland occupied space in the nation’s Top 25. Buoyed by this past weekend’s upset win at No. 17 Pittsburgh, coach Alex Clemsen’s Terrapins entered this week’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll ranked No. 24.

Maryland (4-0) was last ranked during the 2013-14 season. They were No. 22 on Nov. 13, 2013, when they were still members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It’s quite the rise for the Terps, who went 2-17, 0-8, and 7-12 in Clemsen’s first three seasons since taking over as the program’s head coach.

There was a shift in the top five this week as Ohio State moved up to No. 3 after a pair of weekend wins. The Buckeyes (3-0) topped Columbia 33-6 at home before heading to Chapel Hill and beating then-No. 16 North Carolina 33-9. Second-ranked Iowa headed east and won a trio of duals. The Hawkeyes topped Army West Point 28-13 before topping Sacred Heart 35-6 and Buffalo 35-7.

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Top 25 sees little movement in Division I’s second full week of competition

Manheim, Pennsylvania – There was minimal movement inside the Top 25 as the NWCA released its latest Division I Coaches Poll on Tuesday.

Arizona State (1-0) returned to the top five, while Oklahoma State (2-0) made a move into the No. 10 spot after a pair of weekend wins in the Keystone State.

Top-ranked Penn State opened its season with a 44-3 win over Lock Haven, while second-ranked Iowa welcomed Division I’s newest member, California Baptist, to Carver-Hawkeye with a 42-3 win.

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North Dakota State breaks into Top 25 after weekend upset

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The first weekend of Division I college wrestling came and went with North Dakota State making the biggest early-season statement with its 20-16 upset of then-No. 8 Nebraska on Friday in Lincoln.

The Bison (1-0) vaulted into the Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 19 as the latest NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday.

It’s the first time North Dakota State has been ranked in the NWCA Division first time since January 9, 2019, when they were ranked No. 23.

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Penn State starts season ranked No. 1 in NWCA D1 Preseason Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Penn State will start the season at the top as the Nittany Lions are one of nine Big Ten schools ranked in the NWCA Preseason Division I Wrestling Coaches poll released on Friday.

Penn State, a perfect 17-0 last season, garnered 13 of the 14 possible first-place votes, while rival Iowa, which collected the other first-place vote, starts the season ranked second. Arizona State, Missouri, and Michigan round out the top five.

The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 1 for the 89th week in the program’s history, including the last seven polls of the 2021-22 season.

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Penn State closes out regular season ranked atop Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The nation’s lone unbeaten Division I wrestling program – Penn State – ended the season ranked top the final NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll of the 2021-22 season released Wednesday.

As usual, the Big Ten dominated the Top 25 with 11 of its 14 programs ranked to close out the season including five of the top seven teams. The Big 12 followed with six programs ranked, while the ACC and EIWA had three apiece. The Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 each had one team ranked to close the year.

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Big Ten powers roll on as final week of dual-meet competition arrives

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The nation’s top three teams – Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan – held firm atop the penultimate NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

With top-ranked Penn State (16-0) off this past weekend, second-ranked Iowa drew a lot of the attention with its 23-9 win over No. 12 Oklahoma State at the Bout at the Ballpark, held at Globe Life Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. The dual was initially slated to be a double freestyle/collegiate dual event with Team USA facing Iran, but visa issues prompted Iran to cancel its trip to the event. A number of U.S.-based international representatives stepped up to face Team USA prior to Iowa’s victory over the Cowboys, which drew just over 12,000 fans, making it the 99th college dual meet event in history to draw over 10,000 fans.

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Penn returns to Top 25 for first time since 2013 after loaded weekend of action

Manheim, Pennsylvania – It finally took until February, but Roger Reina’s Penn Quakers have returned to the Top 25 for the first time in nine seasons as the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

It’s likely the Quakers (5-2) would have appeared in the Top 25 earlier this season, but a number of postponements and cancellations left Penn with limited duals until the late January schedule, which was loaded with EIWA and Ivy League opponents. Even with a loss to Cornell, Penn’s rise was sparked by a 24-7 win over then-No. 14 Lehigh over the weekend.

The last time Penn appeared in the rankings was February 26, 2013, at No. 21. Another hot riser has been Michigan State, which took advantage of the losses by teams ranked ahead of them to move up to No. 14 this week, the highest ranking the Spartans (9-2) have achieved since coming in No. 12 on February 9, 2005.

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