Top 10 unchanged in most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The new year opened with top-ranked Penn State setting a new team scoring record at the Southern Scuffle and numerous ranked teams met head-to-head, but the top 10 teams in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll remained the same as the new poll was released on Tuesday.

Penn State (4-0) was again the unanimous No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Missouri.

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South Beach Duals shake up NWCA Division I Coaches Poll to kick off 2019

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Missouri went 4-0 at the South Beach Duals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida over the holiday break to push its win streak to 30 and move up one spot to No. 5 into the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday. The Tigers improved to 10-0 on the season.

Missouri’s move was one of a number related to the second-year event. The Tigers beat three ranked teams – then-No. 13 Purdue 41-3, then-No. 8 Cornell 22-9 and then-No. 21 Lehigh 21-12. The top four teams – Penn State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Iowa stayed put to open up the new calendar year. This week’s poll splits two very well-attended individual tournaments as the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships concluded on December 30, while the Southern Scuffle, hosted at Chattanooga, kicked off today.

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Penn State’s 49th dual win in a row keeps Nittany Lions No. 1 as 2018 calendar year ends

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A resounding 41-3 win at home on over No. 15 Arizona State gave top-ranked Penn State (4-0) its 49th straight dual meet victory and kept the Nittany Lions atop the Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday. The poll will be the last for the 2018 calendar year.

Highlighting the dual was Penn State 174-pounder Mark Hall knocking off returning national champion Zahid Valencia 4-0. Valencia topped Hall in last year’s NCAA Division I finals and the two evened their college series at 2-2, which includes Valencia’s unofficial win at last year’s NWCA All-Star Classic.

The only change in this week’s order came as North Dakota State and Lehigh switched positions at No. 20 and No. 21. Continue reading

Top 15 unchanged as Big Ten, Big 12 still dominate Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – As the semester ends for many schools around the country, the competition also slows. With that, we see minimal movement in the most recent Theraworx NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday.

As usual, it was the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences that dominated the poll, as the two combined for 16 of the nation’s top 25 teams. Big Ten programs has Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan occupying four of the top five spots in the country. Oklahoma State sits third. The ACC has four teams in this week’s poll, while the EIWA has two.

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Penn State remains unanimous No. 1 in Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A pair of weekend wins in front of sold-out crowds kept Penn State (3-0) atop the Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 21st straight week. Penn State again garnered all 16 first-place votes in the poll released Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions started their weekend with a 42-3 win at Bucknell in front of the third-largest crowd in Sojka Pavilion history with over 4,200 witnessing the largest crowd ever at Bucknell for a wrestling dual. Penn State returned home to Rec Hall for another sellout, dismantling injury-riddled Lehigh 42-0. The win pushed Penn State’s dual meet win streak to 48.

Ohio State (3-0) won a third straight Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend, crowning three champions and placing seven overall. Seventeen of the nation’s Top 25 teams were competing in Las Vegas over the weekend. Continue reading

Handful of duals lead to minimal changes in Theraworx NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With only five Division I duals taking place over the Thanksgiving holiday, there were only slight changes in the Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State was a unanimous No. 1 for the fourth straight week. The only shifts in the rankings came as No. 14 North Carolina (3-0) moved up a spot, swapping positions from last week with No. 15 Purdue (2-1) and Lock Haven and Wyoming switched positions, with the Bald Eagles moving up to No. 20 from No. 21.

No. 3 Iowa (4-0) rested half of the team’s expected starters in its 26-9 Big Ten win over visiting Purdue. Fourth-ranked Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 after beating then-No. 20 Wyoming 27-6 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Continue reading

Pittsburgh moves into Top 25; Missouri extends dual meet win streak with win over Virginia Tech

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A couple of falls by Micky Phillippi and Taleb Rahmani and a win at heavyweight by transfer Demetrius Thomas were crucial on Saturday as unranked Pittsburgh upended then-No. 14 Northern Iowa at home in a battle of Panthers. The victory was noticeable enough as second-year head coach Keith Gavin’s squad improved to 2-0 and moved into the Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll at No. 24 this week.

With 30 dual meets involving Division I teams over the past week, there was enough action to see the rankings jumbled, but the top five teams remained steady. No. 2 Ohio State (3-0) headed west and topped transitional Division I member Cal Baptist 42-0 before getting past then-No. 11 Arizona State in Tempe 22-18. The Buckeyes accomplished the feat without All-Americans Myles Martin and Kollin Moore, who were both representing Team USA in Bucharest, Romania at the U23 World Championships. Moore will come back to Columbus with a silver medal. Continue reading