First NCAA Division I Coaches Panel Rankings released

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2019-20 wrestling season today. The final rankings will be one of the criteria used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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Mavericks Tied for 17th in NWCA Poll

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota State wrestling team is tied for 17th in the most-recent 2019-20 NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.

The Mavericks have three individuals ranked at their respective weight classes, including junior Kyle Rathman (Apple Valley, Minn.), who is rated third at 149 lbs. Rathman, who placed seventh at last year’s NCAA DII national championships in earning All-American honors, holds an 8-1 record for 2019-20.

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SCSU maintains hold on #1 in latest NCAA DII national poll

The two-time defending NCAA Division II national championship St. Cloud State University wrestling team (10-0, 2-0 NSIC) retained its number one ranking in the latest NWCA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association national poll, which was released on Jan. 22.

The Huskies garnered 103 points in the poll, while McKendree was second in the poll with 80 points. Nebraska Kearney (72), Pitt-Johnstown (63) and Notre Dame, Ohio (60) completed the top five spots in the poll. NSIC rival Upper Iowa gained a #10 ranking with 36 points, while Minnesota State Mankato was 17th with 23 points and Northern State and Minot State were tied for 23rd place with 15 points.

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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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Division 3 Tournament & Dual Team Polls and Individual Rankings

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team dual meet, team tournament, and individual rankings have been released. There were quite a few changes in each poll after all the action that took place over the weekend at the US Marine Corps/NWCA Multi-Division National Duals Championships in Louisville, KY. Wartburg sits atop the Team Dual Poll after winning the Division III Championship over Augsburg, while Augsburg holds the #1 ranking in the Team Tournament Poll.

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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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