Iowa-Penn State ranked atop NWCA Division I Coaches Poll heading into Friday showdown in Iowa City

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With the release of Tuesday’s NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, it’s set that there will be a 1 vs. 2 matchup as No. 1 Iowa will host No. 2 Penn State on Friday, January 31 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. According to Iowa Sports Information Director Chris Brewer, it’ll be just the second time in the history that the storied programs will meet in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. The only other dual with the two teams ranked atop the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll came on January 5, 1986, a 35-5 win by the Hawkeyes.

There was plenty of movement inside the Top 25 this week. North Carolina’s win over Virginia Tech was one of the highlighted upsets and the 23-10 win over the Hokies vaulted the Tar Heels into the Top 10 for the first time since 1995. Coleman Scott’s team comes in eighth this week, the highest the program’s been ranked since March 6, 1995. It also marks the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference history that four teams (NC State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Pittsburgh) are ranked in the Top 10.

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Iowa remains unanimous No. 1 as solid crowds highlight wrestling’s weekend

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The flood of upsets slowed in the most recent week of Division I wrestling competition. After eleven ranked teams fell a week ago, just one team was upended by an unranked team, causing scant movement as the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Unbeaten Iowa (7-0) remained the unanimous No. 1 after pickup up a 26-6 win over No. 7 Nebraska in front of 12,883 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Saturday night. It was the 41st largest crowd for a dual meet in NCAA wrestling history and of the 87 duals in recorded history that have drawn over 10,000 fans, 37 have taken place at the iconic arena. Penn State (6-1) remained second after beating No. 22 Rutgers 38-6. Penn State’s attendance is also worth noting as the match was the 53rd straight sellout at Rec Hall and the 58th sellout in the last 60 home duals for the Nittany Lions regardless of facility.

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Eleven ranked teams lose to create shake-ups in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Last week’s college wrestling schedule was anything but predictable. With 30 of the 71 duals featuring ranked teams, Division I college started settling into their dual meet schedules and it seemed no ranking, except maybe Iowa’s, was safe. Eleven different ranked teams got beat last week, creating another modest shake-up in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll on Tuesday.

Iowa (6-0) remained a unanimous No. 1 after shutting out Indiana and then-No. 18 Purdue by identical 41-0 scores. Penn State (5-1) sat numerous starters over the weekend, but still navigated past a pair of Big Ten opponents. The Nittany Lions topped Illinois 22-16 before beating then-No. 13 Northwestern 30-9. Penn State’s move up to No. 2 was aided by No. 8 Wisconsin’s 25-18 home win over Nebraska on Sunday. Nebraska slid seven spots, while Wisconsin stayed put at No. 8, mostly in part to the Badgers’ 20-14 loss at then-No. 15 Minnesota on Friday. The Gophers jumped up to No. 11 this week.

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Buckeyes’ win over Sun Devils mixes up Top 10 in first poll of 2020

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Ohio State’s 17-16 triumph over then-No. 4 Arizona State in a rare Monday night dual in Columbus kicked off the new year with a flurry as the first NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll of 2020 was released on Tuesday. Iowa remained a unanimous No. 1 and was idle in dual meet competition over the break, but the Hawkeyes set a tournament record for points in winning the title at the 57th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships to close out 2019.

There were over 30 duals involving ranked teams since the final poll of 2019, but in large, the rankings didn’t see anything major. Up top, Nebraska (5-0) remained second, followed by Penn State (3-1). With Arizona State’s loss, Virginia Tech (5-0) moved up a spot to No. 4. The Hokies picked up a pair of wins over the break, beating Chattanooga at home and then-No. 24 Central Michigan on the road. Ohio State (3-1) leap-frogged Arizona State and NC State to land at No. 5. NC State (7-0) stayed at No. 6, while ASU slid three spots to No. 7. Wisconsin, (7-1), Oklahoma State (4-1) and Pittsburgh (5-1) remained 8-9-10 to close out the Top 10.

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Central Michigan tops two ranked conference opponents, moves into Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A weekend trip out east to face new conference foes was beneficial for coach Tom Borrelli’s Central Michigan squad as the Chippewas downed ranked opponents Rider 28-10 and Lock Haven 24-12 to enter this week’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll at No. 24.

The Chippewas (2-1) faced off with both schools for the first time as conference mates as the Mid-American Conference absorbed the Eastern Wrestling League, creating a 15-team conference alignment. Central Michigan reappears in the Top 25 for the first time since February of 2018.

A large portion of Division I competition centered around tournaments, with the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational highlighting the action and shaking up the individual rankings. The team rankings were largely unaffected.

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