Central Michigan tops two ranked conference opponents, moves into Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A weekend trip out east to face new conference foes was beneficial for coach Tom Borrelli’s Central Michigan squad as the Chippewas downed ranked opponents Rider 28-10 and Lock Haven 24-12 to enter this week’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll at No. 24.

The Chippewas (2-1) faced off with both schools for the first time as conference mates as the Mid-American Conference absorbed the Eastern Wrestling League, creating a 15-team conference alignment. Central Michigan reappears in the Top 25 for the first time since February of 2018.

A large portion of Division I competition centered around tournaments, with the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational highlighting the action and shaking up the individual rankings. The team rankings were largely unaffected.

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Minimal movement over Thanksgiving Weekend in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With only six duals taking place over the week of Thanksgiving, there were minimal changes in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday.

Iowa received all 14 first-place votes to come in as the unanimous No. 1. The rest of the top five teams remained the same. The Hawkeyes (3-0) were impressive in a 32-3 dual win at home against then-No. 6 Wisconsin. Highlighting the dual for Iowa was Austin DeSanto, who defeated top-ranked and 2018 NCAA Division I champion Seth Gross at 133 pounds.

The only other matchup between ranked teams saw Ohio State beat Cornell 23-9 at a sold-out Covelli Center in Columbus. Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 7 this week, while Cornell stayed No. 17. No. 18 North Carolina was the only other ranked team in action. The Tar Heels (3-1) held off a solid Appalachian State squad 18-13 in Chapel Hill. No new teams entered the Top 25 this week.

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Virginia Tech’s win over Ohio State vaults Hokies into top five; Rider enters Top 20 after win at Minnesota

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Several upsets sparked a shake-up in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech (3-0) made a significant jump, rising seven spots to come in tied at No. 4 this week after the Hokies defeated then-No. 3 Ohio State 21-15 in Columbus. Rider (2-0) entered the Top 25 this week at No. 20 after beating then-No. 6 Minnesota (1-1) in Minneapolis on Friday. The loss dropped the Golden Gophers six spots to No. 12, tied with Pittsburgh (1-1).

Penn State (1-0) remained No. 1 for the 36th straight poll, while No. 2 Iowa (1-0) opened up its dual meet schedule with a 39-0 win over Chattanooga, witnessed by 10,466 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Nebraska comes in No. 3, the highest that program has been ranked since February 17, 2009. Tied at No. 4 with Virginia Tech, Wisconsin (5-0) was last ranked in the top five on February 1, 2011, when the Badgers were ranked sixth. The Badgers peaked at No. 3 during the 2010-11 season.

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Penn State wins 60th in a row; Campbell ranked for first time in school history

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Top-ranked Penn State opened up its home schedule with its 60th straight dual meet victory on Sunday with a 45-0 shutout over Navy. It was the 49th straight home sellout for the Nittany Lions, who come in ranked No. 1 in the nation for the 34th straight NWCA Division I Coaches Poll.

Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, was long a Division I doormat in wrestling. That’s changed in recent years and on Tuesday, the school entered the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll for the first time in school history. After taking a loss at No. 15 Pittsburgh, the Camels rebounded for a win over host Ohio.

Purdue went 2-1 on the weekend at the Journeymen Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. The Boilermakers entered the Top 25, tied with Campbell at No. 25. Army West Point (3-1) also entered the poll at No. 24 this week. Coach Kevin Ward’s squad beat Illinois and Chattanooga over the weekend at the Chattanooga Duals. There was no other movement among teams in the Top 25 other than the shift in the bottom two places.

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Virginia Tech up five spots after knocking off Missouri to open season

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The only dual between ranked teams last week impacted the most recent NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Virginia Tech (1-0) upended then-No. 9 Missouri 29-10 in Blacksburg to vault the Hokies to No. 11 in this week’s poll. Missouri (0-1) dropped four spots to No. 13. It was the first win in school history for the Hokies over the Tigers.

Minnesota moved up a spot to No. 6 after beating CSU Bakersfield 28-9 in Minneapolis on Friday. Wisconsin slid a spot to No. 7 despite opening its season with three dual meet wins in San Diego. The Badgers (3-0) opened up by defeating Fresno State 31-8 before slipping past Army West Point 16-15 and finishing the day with a win over Navy 24-12.

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Penn State enters season ranked No. 1, sits atop NWCA Division I Coaches Poll for 33rd straight time

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Penn State, winners of the last four NCAA Division I team championships and eight of the last nine, opens up the 2019-20 college wrestling season ranked No. 1, and atop the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll for the 33rd straight week. The Nittany Lions went 14-0 in 2018-19 and start a third consecutive season ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The preseason dual meet poll, released Tuesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, includes six Big Ten teams in the Top 10 as Penn State is followed by No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Wisconsin. Penn State and fourth-ranked Oklahoma State were the only two Division I teams to go unbeaten in dual competition in 2018-19. Penn State is riding the fifth-best dual meet win streak in major college history at 59 dual wins in a row. The record among Division I schools is 76, set by Oklahoma State from 1937-1951. Penn State’s last loss was February 15, 2015, to Oklahoma State. The longest current active win streak is in the NAIA, where Grand View has won 72 duals in a row. The all-time collegiate record is 92 dual wins in a row, set by NJCAA member SUNY-Dehli, which set the mark across five seasons from 1979-83.

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Unbeaten Penn State goes wire-to-wire, finishes No. 1 in NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – After a fourth straight unbeaten season, Penn State finished the regular season as the top-ranked team in the final NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The NWCA Division I 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.

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Penn State, Iowa share Big Ten dual season title; Unbeatens Iowa, Oklahoma State set to face off in regular-season finale

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Two of the nation’s last three unbeaten teams in Division I, Penn State and Iowa, clinched a share of the Big Ten regular season championship with conference wins over the weekend. Penn State (13-0) remained No. 1 in the nation, while Iowa (14-0) remained third in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Second-ranked Oklahoma State (14-0) will face Iowa on Sunday at historic Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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