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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Penn State unanimous No. 1 after win at Iowa

Northern Iowa returns to Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The last unbeaten team in Division I wrestling stands atop the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday as 14-0 Penn State was the unanimous No. 1 after beating second-ranked Iowa in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday.

It was the third time in history but the second time in three seasons where Iowa and Penn State met as the first and second-ranked teams in the nation. Penn State’s 19-13 victory wasn’t devoid of what wrestling fans would expect from two heated rivals on the mat. The match drew a sellout crowd of 14,905 fans and also drew 363,000 viewers on Big Ten Network, making it the most-viewed wrestling broadcast in network history. The residual impact was also felt as the Big Ten Network’s documentary called The B1G Story: The Brands Brothers, drew 175,000 viewers, which set a record for the most-viewed original program by the network.

The Big Ten Conference also boasts six teams ranked in this week’s top 10.

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No. 1 vs. No. 2 rumble set for Iowa City as Nittany Lions face Hawkeyes on Friday

Manheim, Pennsylvania – It was only a matter of time before the nation’s two top-ranked teams would tangle in dual meet competition. It’ll be another epic battle in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday as No. 1 Penn State will head to Iowa City to face No. 2 Iowa. It’ll also be just the third time in history the two programs meet holding down the top two spots in the land – the squads remain atop the latest NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

There was plenty of movement this week as 24 of the nation’s Top 25 teams were scheduled to compete last week. Top-ranked Penn State (13-0) remained unbeaten with a pair of ranked wins in Michigan. On Friday, the Nittany Lions won eight of 10 matches over then-No. 3 Michigan 29-6 in the weekend’s most-anticipated dual. The Nittany Lions finished the road trip beating No. 21 Michigan State 28-9. Second-ranked Iowa set the table for this Friday’s clash of unbeatens by topping No. 6 Ohio State 21-12.

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Lineup changes impact dual rankings as Penn State returns to top spot

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Addition and subtraction are two mathematical skills learned at an early age that carry people through the rest of their lives. In college wrestling, additions and subtractions to starting lineups impact wins, losses, and this week, the national rankings as Penn State returned to the top spot in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions (10-0) remained unbeaten with wins over unranked Indiana and Maryland over the weekend but were bolstered by the addition of Central Michigan transfer and All-American Drew Hildebrandt at 125 pounds. The Nittany Lions returned to the No. 1 spot for the first time since November 19, 2019. Second-ranked Iowa (8-0) had been ranked No. 1 in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll for 28 straight ranking cycles. Despite beating No. 14 Minnesota 22-10 and then-No. 15 Purdue 36-4, the loss of three-time NCAA champion Spencer Lee from the Hawkeyes’ lineup seemed to be the difference-maker this week. Penn State received eight of the 14 first-place votes, while Iowa received the remaining six.

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Iowa and Penn State start off 2022 ranked atop NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The 2022 calendar year starts off the way it closed out with Iowa and Penn State sitting atop the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The only matches since December 23 involving ranked teams was No. 23 Northwestern winning its first two duals of the year, topping Virginia 18-16 and SIUE 39-3.

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