Wyoming, Northwestern move into USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  Two new teams entered the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. Wyoming (5-2) and Northwestern (6-1) entered the poll for the first time this season.

The Cowboys are fresh off a 4-0 weekend which saw them head to North Carolina and pick up wins over American, Army West Point, Duke, and then-No. 19 North Carolina. Northwestern slid up to No. 25 despite losing by a point to No. 12 Illinois. Losses by previously ranked Oklahoma and North Dakota State aided the Wildcats move up.

The top 17 positions remained unchanged although there were a number of head-to-head duals between ranked teams with the biggest held on international soil. Third-ranked Oklahoma State (6-0) split five matches with fifth-ranked NC State (10-1) but it was bonus victories by heavyweight Derek White and All-American Kaid Brock at 133 that was the difference in the 19-16 Cowboys win in Naples, Italy. The Tussle for the Troops was the first NCAA dual meet held outside of North America. Continue reading

South Beach Duals shake things up in first USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll of 2018

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  A number of ranked teams collided over the holiday break at the South Beach Duals in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and the results caused a bit of a shakeup in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Wednesday.

The top seven teams remained the same, but fourth-ranked Missouri improved to 12-0 with four wins, including three over ranked teams. The Tigers beat No. 12 Cornell 27-11, No. 22 Rider 31-8 and No. 24 North Carolina 24-9. The biggest Tiger win of the weekend came at 141 pounds where Jaydin Eierman defeated Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell with some third-period heroics. Diakomihalis was ranked anywhere from first to third in the various media rankings. Continue reading

North Carolina re-enters Top 25; Penn State, Ohio State still ranked 1-2 heading into Holiday tournaments

Manheim, Pennsylvania — The nation’s top five teams have combined to go 34-0 in the first month and a half of the college wrestling season as the final USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday for the 2017 calendar year.

Penn State (5-0) remains No. 1, while Ohio State (6-0), Oklahoma State (5-0) and Missouri (8-0) maintained their positions over the past week. NC State (10-0) moved up to No. 5, jumping one spot over Lehigh (6-1). The rest of the top ten was unchanged as the Big Ten took three of the four spots at 7-10 with Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan staying put as did No. 10 Virginia Tech from the ACC.

Penn State beat Indiana 44-3 to open up its Big Ten schedule, while Ohio State dropped one individual bout in two neutral-site victories. The Buckeyes shut out Princeton prior to the Beast of the East in Newark, Delaware on Friday and then beat Chattanooga 39-3 at The Cooler in suburban Atlanta. Continue reading

Navy breaks into Top 25, few shifts in USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Exams are in full swing as the first semester comes to an end at college campuses across the nation, which means it was another short week of competition in Division I wrestling as there were only a few changes in the USA Today’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The United States Naval Academy (3-0) made its first appearance in the Top 25 since the preseason poll in 2008-09. Coach Joel Sharratt’s Midshipmen picked up a sound 22-13 victory over up-and-coming Drexel. Overall, its the 123rd time in program history Navy’s been ranked in the Coaches Poll. Continue reading

Lock Haven’s upset over Rutgers vaults Bald Eagles into USA Today/NWCA Division I Top 25 for first time in 15 years

Manheim, Pennsylvania — With a large portion of the nation’s ranked Division I teams competing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, dual meet action was limited, but a small school in central Pennsylvania returned to the rankings after a decade and a half as the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Lock Haven (1-0) upset Rutgers (3-1) 22-16 at a sold-out Thomas Fieldhouse in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to push the Bald Eagles into the Top 25 for the first time since November 26, 2002. Four of the five Lock Haven wins in the dual were by bonus points. Heavyweight Thomas Haines provided the exclamation point with a fall to clinch the team victory.

The Top 10 teams remained the same from last week, but there were some close calls in a pair of duals featuring ranked teams. Continue reading

Minimal changes through Thanksgiving break in USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  With only 19 duals involving Division I programs through the Thanksgiving holiday, there were only minimal changes in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

For the fourth week in a row, Penn State (3-0) garnered all 16 first-place votes. It’s the 47th week all-time the Nittany Lions have been ranked No. 1. The first come on December 14, 1959 when the poll was operated by Wrestling News and Reports, now known as Amateur Wrestling News.

The rest of the top 10 stayed the same with Ohio State (3-0), Oklahoma State (3-0), Missouri (6-0), Lehigh (3-0), NC State (6-0), Iowa (4-0), Minnesota (2-1), Michigan (1-1) and Virginia Tech (3-1) holding their positions. Continue reading