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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Top-ranked Penn State remains No. 1 after bumping off rival Ohio State; Unbeatens Oklahoma State, Missouri meet this weekend

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With top-ranked Penn State’s 28-9 thumping of sixth-ranked Ohio State this past weekend, the Nittany Lions extended the program’s dual win streak to 56 in a row and improved to 11-0 on the season. With that, Penn State remained No. 1 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday.

It was the last true test scheduled for the Nittany Lions as they finish the schedule with unranked Buffalo, Michigan State and No. 24 Illinois the next two weeks of competition. While it was expected to be close, upsets by Roman Bravo-Young at 133 pounds and Nick Lee at 141 pounds set the pace for the Penn State victory in front of over 13,000 fans at St. John Arena in Columbus.

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Five unbeaten Division I teams remain, four in top five, as Penn State remains No. 1 in NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Penn State extended its win streak to 55 duals in a row and knocked Michigan from the ranks of the unbeaten in front of 15,703 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday and remained the top-ranked team in the nation as the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions improved to 10-0, while the loss left Michigan at 9-1. The Wolverines stayed at No. 4 this week despite the loss. Things won’t get easier for the Nittany Lions as they head to Columbus this weekend for a showdown with sixth-ranked Ohio State (9-1).

Along with Penn State, second-ranked Oklahoma State, third-ranked Iowa, fifth-ranked Missouri and unranked Campbell are the lone Division I schools left with unblemished dual meet records this season. Oklahoma State improved to 12-0 with home wins over then-No. 16 Northern Iowa 24-9 and No. 22 Lehigh 27-6. Iowa improved to 11-0 after heading west to defeat No. 9 Nebraska 20-13 in Lincoln.

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Michigan’s win over Ohio State vaults Wolverines to No. 4; Sets up giant Big Ten dual with top-ranked Penn State

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Michigan’s 19-17 win over rival Ohio State over the weekend elevated the 9-0 Wolverines to No. 4 in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Michigan will face top-ranked and unbeaten Penn State on Friday, February 1 at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center in one of the biggest duals of the season. The Nittany Lions, winners of 54 duals in a row, earned road wins against Purdue and Indiana to improve to 9-0.

Oklahoma State (10-0) moved up one spot to No. 2 after a 22-15 conference win over visiting Iowa State on Sunday. Iowa moved up one spot to No. 3 and improved to 10-0 with road wins over then-No. 20 Illinois 31-8 and Northwestern 32-7. Missouri finished out its Mid-American Conference portion of the schedule with a 40-6 win over Northern Illinois. The Tigers improved to 14-0 and have won 34 duals in a row.

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Lehigh breaks back into NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll after five-match win streak

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Lehigh has been the streakiest team in Division I wrestling this season. The injury-riddled Mountain Hawks jumped back into the Top 25 in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday after winning five duals in a row after starting the year with seven straight losses.

Lehigh (5-7) started the year ranked No. 6 and with a combination of a brutal schedule and as many as six starters out of the lineup, it made for a rough first semester. After weekend wins over American and Navy, Lehigh returns to the Top 25 for the first time since January 1. Virginia (11-6) also moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two years after weekend wins over VMI and Ohio.

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Penn State continues its run atop NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Top-ranked Penn State improved to 6-0 after beating a pair of Big Ten Conference foes over the weekend and remained No. 1 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

It’s the 26th straight poll the Nittany Lions have been ranked No. 1. After wins over then-No. 10 Wisconsin and Northwestern, Penn State’s win streak is now at 51. The Northwestern win was highlighted by two-time NCAA champion Jason Nolf’s major decision over Ryan Deakin at 157 pounds in a match between two of the top-ranked wrestlers in the nation.

No. 2 Ohio State (7-0) picked up a pair of Big Ten wins, beating Michigan State 37-3 and Indiana 43-3. Third-ranked Oklahoma State stayed unbeaten and improved to 7-0 after a trip to the Garden State where the Cowboys bested No. 24 Rutgers 26-5 and No. 25 Princeton 27-12.

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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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