Iowa finishes 2019-20 season ranked No. 1 in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With 616 dual meets involving Division I teams in the 2019-20 wrestling season, only two were left undefeated. Top-ranked Iowa went 13-0 and third-ranked NC State finished 15-0 as the final regular-season NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Iowa, which started the year as the nation’s second-ranked team, finished in the top spot as the Hawkeyes’ impressive squad also helped set a new single-season average attendance record of 12,568, breaking its previous record of 12,166 set in the 2014-15 season. While average attendance has only been tracked by members of the wrestling media since 2002, duals over 10,000 fans have been logged since 1946. This season, Iowa had seven of the nine duals that drew over 10,000 fans. It was also the first time in Division I history with more than seven duals drawing five figures. Full attendance figures will be compiled and released following the season.

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National Girls High School Rankings

National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling are again partnered to create national rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2019-20 season.

Starting with this ranking, there will be 25 athletes ranked in each of the 14 weight classes, an increase from the 20 athletes ranked in each weight since the national ranking was launched in July of 2017. This was done due to the explosive growth of girls high school wrestling nationwide, as well as the expansion of girls state championships.

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Iowa remains unanimous No. 1 heading into final week of Division I regular season

Manheim, Pennsylvania — After completing the 2019-20 Big Ten regular season unbeaten, Iowa remains the unanimous No. 1 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. Heading into the final week of the regular season, Iowa (12-0) is one of two unbeaten teams left in Division I. Third-ranked NC State (14-0) is the other.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes finished 9-0 in the Big Ten and closed out its conference slate with a 35-6 win over rival Minnesota on Saturday in front of over 12,000 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. With one home dual left, the Hawkeyes have drawn over 10,000 fans in all seven home duals this season. It’s expected to be eight after No. 9 Oklahoma State (13-2) comes to visit on Sunday evening. Speaking of big crowds, second-ranked Penn State saw 15,995 witness its 20-16 win over No. 6 Ohio State at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday night. The crowd was Penn State’s third highest all-time and the fifth-highest to witness a dual meet in NCAA history.

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Four NDSU Wrestlers Listed in NCAA Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Four North Dakota State wrestlers were listed in the second NCAA Division I coaches’ panel rankings and first NCAA RPI (ratings percentage index) released Thursday, Feb. 13. The next rankings will be released Thursday, Feb. 27, and include conference allocations.

North Dakota State (7-3, 4-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host No. 21-ranked Stanford (10-2, 3-1 Pac-12) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and Air Force (4-5, 1-4 #Big12WR) at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Scheels Center. Sunday is Senior Day.

NDSU 133 Cam Sykora (10-4 overall, 6-3 duals) was ranked No. 10 by the coaches panel, 157 Jared Franek (20-6, 8-2) is No. 18 in the RPI and No. 25 coaches’ panel, 165 Andrew Fogarty (16-2, 9-0) is No. 14 in the RPI and No. 20 coaches’ panel, and heavyweight Brandon Metz (18-7, 6-3) is No. 21 coaches’ panel and No. 23 in the RPI. Sykora and Fogarty are three-time NCAA tournament qualifiers.

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NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel and RPI rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released coaches’ panel rankings and ratings percentage index (RPI) 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.

The rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, EIWA, MAC, Pac-12 and SoCon), which is double the voters that had previously been used for the coaches’ panel rankings. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. Wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days to be ranked.

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