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.

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Cornell, SDSU, Lehigh remain atop Mid-Major Top 20

Cornell, South Dakota State, and Lehigh stayed put atop the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll released on Wednesday.

The Big Red (10-3) beat a pair of Ivy League opponents – Penn and Princeton – over the weekend. South Dakota State split matches on the road against Big 12 foes Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Jackrabbits (12-3) remain second in this week’s Mid-Major poll. Lehigh improved to 6-3 after picking off Bucknell 31-11.

Northern Iowa (6-6) jumped to fourth this week after splitting Big 12 duals. The Panthers beat California Baptist 36-9 on the road before returning to Iowa, where they fell to host Iowa State 27-11. Little Rock improved to 14-5 after home wins against CSU Bakersfield and SIU Edwardsville. The Trojans’ 14 wins are the most in school history and are currently tied with Ohio State for the most dual meet wins in the nation among Division I men’s teams.

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Top-ranked Nittany Lions’ win streak hits 53, Nebraska up to third

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With a pair of ranked wins, including a 29-6 win over then-No. 3 Iowa, top-ranked Penn State pushed its win streak to 53 duals in a row and another week as the unanimous No. 1 in most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

One of the last two unbeatens in the country in Division I, Penn State improved to 10-0 after a 35-3 win over No. 14 Rutgers at the Bryce Jordan Center. Oklahoma State (13-0) remained second, followed by Nebraska (11-1), Iowa (10-2) and Iowa State. Penn State’s win streak sits 13th best all-time among men’s college wrestling programs, is the second longest in school history behind a 60-match streak that spanned from 2015-2019 and is the sixth longest in Division I history.

The Cowboys topped then-No. 12 South Dakota State 31-6 in Stillwater, while Nebraska moved up to third, the Huskers highest spot in the rankings since they were ranked second in January of 2020. Nebraska topped Michigan 25-7 in Lincoln over the weekend. Iowa State beat No. 17 Northern Iowa 27-11 to improve to 12-2 on the season.

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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.

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Cornell, South Dakota State check in atop first Mid-Major Top 20 of the season

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Traditional Ivy League power Cornell is No. 1 in the first NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll of the season, released on Wednesday.

The Big Red (7-3) are fresh off a home victory over previously unbeaten Missouri. The win vaulted Cornell, which tallied four of the five possible first-place votes, into the nation’s Top 10 and No. 1 in the Mid-Major poll. South Dakota State (9-2), which picked up the other first-place vote, came in ranked second, followed by Lehigh, Little Rock and Northern Iowa.

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No. 1 Penn State wins 51st in a row, Oklahoma State moves into third

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Three of the four remaining unbeaten men’s teams in Division I are sitting in the top three spots in the most recent dual meet rankings. Penn State remained No. 1, while Iowa and Oklahoma State settled into new positions in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions improved to 7-0 on the season with a 42-6 road win at Maryland. The win is the 51st straight dual win for Penn State, which is the sixth-longest win streak in major college wrestling history and the 13th-longest across all divisions.

Missouri slid from the ranks of the unbeaten as the Tigers fell to then-No. 14 Cornell 20-16 in Ithaca. The loss was Missouri’s first of the season and dropped the Tigers three spots to No. 5 this week. Cornell’s win vaulted the Big Red (7-3) into the Top 10 at No. 9 this week.

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Little Rock breaks into rankings for first time in school history; becomes fastest Top 25 start-up in Division I men’s history

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Growing pains have been apparent for Little Rock’s five-year-old wrestling program. With just one NCAA qualifier in school history and nine total dual wins coming into this season, Coach Neil Erisman’s path to success has been a slow one.

But it’s also apparently pretty steady.

Little Rock’s first-ranked win in school history last week against then-No. 24 Arizona State vaulted the Trojans (10-4) into the NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll for the first time in program history, coming in at No. 25 in the most recent poll released on Tuesday. It’s also the quickest a Division I men’s start-up program has hit the Coaches Poll since the poll was first published by Amateur Wrestling News in 1960. The NCAA’s divisional structure began in 1973-74.

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Ranked wins by Lehigh, Wisconsin create rankings shifts

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With 75 of the 81 teams in action over the past week, there were bound to be shifts in the rankings. Ranked wins by Lehigh and Wisconsin created some movement in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Lehigh (2-3) beat then-No. 9 Cornell 17-16 in one of the biggest dual rivalries in the EIWA. The win pushed the Mountain Hawks up six spots to No. 16, while the Big Red (4-3) slid five spots to No. 14 this week.

The top eight teams remained the same this week, with Iowa the big winner for the week. The third-ranked Hawkeyes improved to 7-0, opening up their Big Ten dual schedule with wins over No. 6 Nebraska 22-10 and then-No. 10 Minnesota 22-9 on Monday night.

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