Penn State, Ohio State start season atop USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Two of the teams favored to compete for an NCAA Division I team championship in 2017-18 sit atop the first USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Penn State, which won its sixth title in the past seven years and seventh overall, gained all 16 first-place votes to come in as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country. Ohio State, which is expected to field a power-packed lineup, came in second as a unanimous No. 2. They two teams will meet as part of their Big Ten schedule on Saturday, February 3 at Penn State. The USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll is a dual-meet ranking.

The Nittany Lions return five individual Division I champions — Zain Retherford (149), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (184). The Buckeyes boast a lineup that includes past NCAA champions Nathan Tomasello, Myles Martin and World and Olympic champion Kyle Snyder.

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Unbeaten Penn State caps unbeaten season with National Duals crown, ends season No. 1 in USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — After a stellar performance in front of a hostile crowd of 14,000-plus at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday, Penn State stands as the nation’s lone unbeaten team in Division I wrestling at the conclusion of the regular season. The 14-0 Nittany Lions won their second straight NWCA National Duals Championship and fourth overall by handing Oklahoma State its first loss of the season 27-13. The win secured PSU the top spot in the final USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State (14-1), spent the entire season ranked No. 1, fell one spot to No. 2, but did set a Gallagher-Iba Arena record for attendance as 14,059 witnessed the dual. The previous high for an Oklahoma State dual came of 10,082 came in 2001 against Oklahoma. The previous arena high was 14,044 during a 2007 Big 12 basketball game between Oklahoma State and Missouri.

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Oklahoma State, Penn State remain atop USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll as final regular-season weekend approaches

Manheim, Pennsylvania — As the last of the Division I unbeatens, Oklahoma State and Penn State remained No. 1 and No. 2 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Monday.

No. 1 Oklahoma State (14-0) will host No. 2 Penn State (13-0) on Sunday, February 19 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma to determine the NWCA National Dual Series Championship. Oklahoma State finished its Big 12 conference season with a 6-0 record, while Penn State won the regular-season championship in the Big Ten, going 9-0 in conference duals.

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Ranked teams come down the stretch as postseason, National Duals Series approaches

Manheim, Pennsylvania — With Oklahoma State and Penn State continuing to win and remaining the only two unbeaten teams in Division I wrestling, the rest of the Top 25 is using this coming week to jockey for position as the NWCA’s National Dual Series approaches on February 19.

The Cowboys (12-0) and Nittany Lions (11-0) appear to be on a collision course to meet for the National Duals Championship for the second year in a row, but this time on the campus of Oklahoma State. After weekend wins at Edinboro and Kent State, Oklahoma State has a pair of regular-season duals left, hosting Wyoming and Oklahoma. Penn State topped No. 4 Ohio State 32-12 in front of the largest crowd to ever watch an Ohio State home wrestling meet. The Value City Arena crowd of 15,338 ranks second this season behind Rutgers’ 16,178 at High Point Solutions Stadium in an outdoor dual this past November.

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Nation’s last two Division I unbeatens stand atop of USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll | NWCA

Manheim, Pennsylvania — With just under a month remaining in the dual meet portion of the college wrestling season, Division I is left with two unbeaten teams — Oklahoma State and Penn State. For the 13th week in a row, the Cowboys (10-0) and Nittany Lions (10-0) are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The two teams appear to be on a collision course to the NWCA National Dual Series final set for February 19. Should each team win out, that dual would take place in Stillwater, Oklahoma as it pits the top-ranked Big Ten team against the top-ranked non-Big Ten team.

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Slight fluctuations in latest USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll; Cowboys, Nittany Lions remain No. 1, No. 2

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Even with a full slate of college wrestling action last week, there were minimal team changes in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State, second-ranked Penn State and fourth-ranked Ohio State are the last three Division I unbeatens. Oklahoma State improved to 8-0 with a pair of Big 12 wins, beating West Virginia 38-3 and No. 19 South Dakota State 31-9.

Penn State improved to 8-0 and moved into first place in the Big Ten regular season standings with a 26-11 win over No. 3 Iowa in front of over 14,000 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The loss was the second in a row for the Hawkeyes, who fell to top-ranked Oklahoma State a week prior.

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