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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New year kicks off with powerful duals and shakes up Top 10

Manheim, Pennsylvania –Some major matchups kicked off the 2024 calendar year and some shifts occurred in the nation’s Top 10 as the NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Penn State (3-0) remained atop the poll after the Nittany Lions ventured west and beat No. 17 Oregon State 36-3 before a record crowd of over 8,500 at Oregon State’s Gill Coliseum. The Nittany Lions have won 47 duals in a row dating back to February 2, 2020. The 8,540 fans broke the Oregon State wrestling attendance record of 6,764 set last year when the Beavers hosted Oklahoma State.

Missouri remained second after victories over Illinois and then-No. 11 Virginia Tech. A key fall at 133 pounds by Kade Moore over Virginia Tech All-American Sam Latona played a significant role in the Tigers remaining unbeaten on the season.

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Monster Music City wins at Journeymen Collegiate Duals mash up Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania –Several upsets at the Journeymen Collegiate Duals earlier this week in Nashville, Tennessee provided just enough chaos to mix up the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 2023 calendar year, which was released on Thursday.

Ohio State and Iowa State each went 3-0 in the event and won their respective pools. The Buckeyes (7-1) topped then-No. 2 NC State using three first-period falls to build an 18-0 lead after the first three weights and hung on to win 21-20 in a rare four-match dual victory. Ohio State also beat then-No. 25 Northern Iowa and Lock Haven. Ohio State moved up to No. 8 this week.

Iowa State (6-1) moved back into the Top 5 after topping then-No. 5 Cornell 26-15 in the deciding dual of their Collegiate Duals pool. The Cyclones also topped No. 13 Pittsburgh and Little Rock.

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Pittsburgh’s upset triggers movement in Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – After dropping an early season dual to Navy, an upset win over then-No. 5 Ohio State vaulted Pittsburgh to No. 13 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Panthers improved to 6-1. Ohio State (4-1) slid five spots to No. 10. The other shift in the Top 10 saw Oklahoma State (3-0) move up two spots to No. 9 after a pair of ranked wins. The Cowboys beat then-No. 20 Lehigh 25-12 and No. 18 Oklahoma 28-9 in the first of two Bedlam duals this season.

Top-ranked Penn State (2-0) remained a unanimous No. 1 after the Nittany Lions bested Hofstra 43-10 at sold-out Rec Hall over the weekend. Missouri (3-0) beat Wyoming 40-6 to kick off Big 12 competition, while Iowa (5-0) beat visiting Columbia 38-3 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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Top-ranked Nittany Lions open up with ranked win as first semester nears completion

Manheim, Pennsylvania –With a large portion of the Division I membership competing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this past weekend, the number of ranked teams in action in duals was pretty minimal.

Penn State (1-0) opened up its dual season with a 30-10 win over No. 20 Lehigh and remained the unanimous No. 1 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Twenty four of the 25 teams remained in the Top 25 with Indiana (2-0) the lone new entry, coming in at No. 25 this week after beating Princeton 18-15 over the weekend.

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Cy-Hawk Dual captures nation’s attention; Gophers slip past Jackrabbits

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Two of the three Division I duals in action over the Thanksgiving holiday featured ranked teams and the biggest came in Ames as No. 4 Iowa knocked off No. 8 Iowa State 18-14 before 14,267 fans at Hilton Coliseum.

Neither team moved in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, but Minnesota’s 19-13 win at home over South Dakota State did impact the rankings.

The Cy-Hawk dual was the first regular season dual in college wrestling history to be aired on ESPN’s main channel. The NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships have been shown live on ESPN since 2004 and duals have been featured on ESPN2 and ESPNU in recent years. The crowd was the fifth-largest in Hilton Coliseum history and the first dual in Ames to draw over 14,000 fans since February 19, 1982, which was also an Iowa-Iowa State dual.

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Missouri moves up to No. 3 after weekend win

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Coming off a season-opening win over then-No. 21 Arizona State, Missouri jumped to No. 3 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Tigers drew over 3,200 fans to the Hearnes Center for their first dual of the season. Penn State, which has yet to wrestle a dual this season, remained the unanimous No. 1, while NC State (7-0) remained second. Iowa (2-0), which opened up with another sellout home dual victory over then-No. 16 Oregon State 25-11, slid back to No. 4. Ohio State (4-0) remained fifth after a pair of weekend road wins.

NC State won three duals over the weekend, beating Binghamton, Army West Point and Sacred Heart in the Capital Region of New York. Ohio State blanked two opponents – Columbia 49-0 and Hofstra 51-0 – in a swing through the New York City metro area.

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