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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Utah Valley’s upset over Rutgers moves Wolverines into NWCA Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – For just the second time in school history, Utah Valley University finds itself ranked in the Top 25 as the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

The Wolverines (2-1) weren’t flawless this past weekend at the Journeymen MyHouse Northeast Duals in Troy, New York, but they were good enough to beat then-No. 15 Rutgers 24-14. The only other time Utah Valley was ranked in the Top 25 in school history came last season when they appeared at No. 25 on February 8. Utah Valley enters this week at No. 21, the highest in the program’s 15-year history.

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North Dakota State moves into Top 25 after weekend win over Northwestern

Manheim, Pa. – North Dakota State was the lone new entry into the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll this week after the Bison upset visiting Northwestern 26-17 in Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday.

The win makes North Dakota State (1-0) the fifth Big 12 team to appear in this week’s poll, which was released on Tuesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. With only limited dual meets in Division I’s opening weekend, there was little movement otherwise.

No. 2 Ohio State (1-0) opened with a 28-9 win over Navy at McDonogh School Owings Mills, Maryland, the alma mater of Ohio State 184-pounder Myles Martin. No. 7 Missouri (1-0) topped No. 15 Illinois (0-1) 30-8 in an outdoor dual prior to Illinois’ home football game dubbed “Grapple at the Grove.” The win was Missouri’s 21st consecutive dual win, dating back to February 15, 2017. The Tigers went 19-0 during the 2017-18 season.

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Penn State opens season unanimous No. 1 in NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pa. – Penn State received all 16 first-place votes in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll to start the 2018-19 season at No. 1, the NWCA announced Wednesday. In addition to the Nittany Lions, the Big Ten Conference has four of the top-five teams in No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Iowa and No. 5 Michigan.

Penn State is coming off its seventh NCAA championship in the last eight years, while also wrapping up its third straight undefeated campaign. PSU head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad returns past NCAA Division I champions Jason Nolf, Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall, and Bo Nickal. Entering his 10th year as head coach in Happy Valley, Sanderson is aiming to extend the Nittany Lions’ school-record 45-dual winning streak when they open the season against Kent State at home on November 11.

Overall, the 11 of the Big Ten’s 14 schools are in the top 25 to start the season. Among the top-five squads, Ohio State returns a host of All-Americans including past NCAA champion Myles Martin. Bolstered by returning NCAA and Big Ten 125-pound champion Spencer Lee, Iowa is expected to contend for Big Ten and NCAA team championships. The Hawkeyes also will put a formidable dual team on the mat.

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