Unbeaten Penn State finishes regular season No. 1 in USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — With Penn State’s 55-0 win over Buffalo on Sunday, the Nittany Lions capped off a perfect 14-0 dual meet record and finished the regular season where they began, atop the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll.

Penn State received all 16 first-place votes as the final poll of the season was released on Tuesday. Ohio State ended the season ranked second, finishing with a 14-1 mark, while Missouri, the nation’s only other unbeaten squad, was third after picking up a pair of weekend wins to finish 19-0. Nine of the top 10 teams saw action in the season’s final week of dual meet competition. Continue reading

Penn State sets indoor attendance record, remains No. 1; Drexel enters Top 25 for first time this season

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Penn State remained unbeaten and set a new Division I dual meet record for indoor attendance over the weekend, keeping the Nittany Lions No. 1 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions drew 15,998 at the Bryce Jordan Center in their 28-13 win over seventh-ranked Iowa on Saturday. Penn State held the previous record at 15,996 in a dual against Pittsburgh at the Bryce Jordan Center on December 8, 2013. The two largest crowds for dual meets were both held at football stadiums, with Iowa’s 42,287 setting the mark on November 14, 2015, against Oklahoma State. Iowa’s Alex Marinelli did notch a notable upset win, picking off returning national champion Vincenzo Joseph at 165 pounds. Continue reading

Penn State unanimous No. 1 after weekend win over No. 2 Ohio State; Utah Valley breaks into Top 25 for first time in school history

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Sold out Rec Hall was the place to be on Saturday night as No. 1 Penn State remained unbeaten with a 19-18 victory over No. 2 Ohio State. Even without the services of returning NCAA champion Jason Nolf at 157 pounds, the Nittany Lions pulled out the victory and earned a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The win was sparked by the performance of Penn State 197-pounder Anthony Cassar, who upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Kollin Moore.

The team victory solidified Penn State’s standing as the nation’s No. 1 team as they garnered all 16 first-place votes in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions improved to 12-0 and join third-ranked Missouri (13-0) as the nation’s last two unbeaten teams in Division I. Continue reading

Unbeaten Penn State, Ohio State remain 1-2 heading into this weekend’s massive Big Ten dual

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Two of the nation’s final three unbeaten Division I wrestling teams are set to meet this coming weekend as No. 1 Penn State will host No. 2 Ohio State at Rec Hall on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Both Penn State and Ohio State won a pair of conference duals over the weekend to remain atop of the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State (11-0) topped then-No. 14 Minnesota 35-8 on Friday at Rec Hall before topping then-No. 18 Rutgers 25-15 in what could be described as a fiesty dual in front of 8,319 fans at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Sunday. In the victory, returning 157-pound NCAA champion Jason Nolf of Penn State lost his first match of the year, falling by injury default to John Van Brill. The Nittany Lions won seven of the other nine bouts. Nolf is expected to miss the rest of Penn State’s regular season schedule due to the injury.

Ohio State (12-0) had little problem with victories over Michigan State 35-12 and No. 24 Purdue 35-7. The only other unbeaten team in the nation, Missouri, improved to 16-0 with a wild 21-19 victory over host Oklahoma State (9-2) on Saturday. Key victories from the Tigers were from 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman, who pinned two-time NCAA champion Dean Heil, and 197-pounder Willie Miklus, who upended fellow All-American Preston Weigel. Continue reading

Streaking South Dakota State moves to No. 12, highest Division I ranking in school history

Manheim, Pennsylvania — A pair of notable performances this past week helped South Dakota State extend its winning streak to nine and move to No. 12 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Jackrabbits (9-2) beat No. 22 Wyoming 20-18 and then-No. 11 Northern Iowa 22-16 to climb three spots to No. 12, reaching the program’s highest Division I ranking in school history. Part of the energy surrounding the Jackrabbits’ program this week was due to top-ranked 133-pounder Seth Gross bumping up to face top-ranked 141-pounder Bryce Meredith of Wyoming in a Thursday night dual in Brookings. Meredith would win the battle of NCAA finalists 4-2, but the hype around the matchup had fans talking across the country.

Despite the individual loss, South Dakota State registered one of its biggest wins in program history with the win over new Big 12 rival Northern Iowa. Falls by Connor Brown at 125 and Gross at 133 set the tone in the Jackrabbits’ Sunday win. Continue reading

Iowa vaults to No. 4 in USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll after home win over rival Oklahoma State

Manheim, Pennsylvania — The weekend’s marquee wrestling dual had the biggest impact on the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. Iowa (9-0) beat then-No. 3 Oklahoma State 20-12 in front of 13,485 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes jumped three spots, while Oklahoma State (6-1) slid two spots to No. 5. Spencer Lee’s win at 125 pounds over All-American Nick Piccininni and Sam Stoll’s overtime win over Derek White at 285 were key wins for the unbeaten Hawkeyes. Unbeaten Missouri moved up one spot to No. 3. The Tigers beat a pair of MAC rivals, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan, to improve to 14-0, tops in Division I.

Penn State (7-0) remained atop the poll, gathering 11 of 16 possible first-place votes. The Nittany Lions triumphed over two Big Ten schools over the weekend, topping No. 8 Michigan 25-12 in Ann Arbor before trouncing Michigan State 48-3. Penn State also inserted true freshman Nick Lee into the lineup at 141 pounds. Lee was the runner-up at the Southern Scuffle two weeks ago. Continue reading