Buckeyes’ win over Sun Devils mixes up Top 10 in first poll of 2020

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Ohio State’s 17-16 triumph over then-No. 4 Arizona State in a rare Monday night dual in Columbus kicked off the new year with a flurry as the first NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll of 2020 was released on Tuesday. Iowa remained a unanimous No. 1 and was idle in dual meet competition over the break, but the Hawkeyes set a tournament record for points in winning the title at the 57th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships to close out 2019.

There were over 30 duals involving ranked teams since the final poll of 2019, but in large, the rankings didn’t see anything major. Up top, Nebraska (5-0) remained second, followed by Penn State (3-1). With Arizona State’s loss, Virginia Tech (5-0) moved up a spot to No. 4. The Hokies picked up a pair of wins over the break, beating Chattanooga at home and then-No. 24 Central Michigan on the road. Ohio State (3-1) leap-frogged Arizona State and NC State to land at No. 5. NC State (7-0) stayed at No. 6, while ASU slid three spots to No. 7. Wisconsin, (7-1), Oklahoma State (4-1) and Pittsburgh (5-1) remained 8-9-10 to close out the Top 10.

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National Girls High School Rankings

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

This ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 9-12, and includes athletes from all 50 states. There are 19 states which sponsor official or emerging girls state high school championships, while many other states are also developing their girls high school program.

The ranking evaluates success from the key preseason tournaments, including Super 32 and the USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals, as well as early-season high school events.

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Central Michigan tops two ranked conference opponents, moves into Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A weekend trip out east to face new conference foes was beneficial for coach Tom Borrelli’s Central Michigan squad as the Chippewas downed ranked opponents Rider 28-10 and Lock Haven 24-12 to enter this week’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll at No. 24.

The Chippewas (2-1) faced off with both schools for the first time as conference mates as the Mid-American Conference absorbed the Eastern Wrestling League, creating a 15-team conference alignment. Central Michigan reappears in the Top 25 for the first time since February of 2018.

A large portion of Division I competition centered around tournaments, with the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational highlighting the action and shaking up the individual rankings. The team rankings were largely unaffected.

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Minimal movement over Thanksgiving Weekend in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With only six duals taking place over the week of Thanksgiving, there were minimal changes in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday.

Iowa received all 14 first-place votes to come in as the unanimous No. 1. The rest of the top five teams remained the same. The Hawkeyes (3-0) were impressive in a 32-3 dual win at home against then-No. 6 Wisconsin. Highlighting the dual for Iowa was Austin DeSanto, who defeated top-ranked and 2018 NCAA Division I champion Seth Gross at 133 pounds.

The only other matchup between ranked teams saw Ohio State beat Cornell 23-9 at a sold-out Covelli Center in Columbus. Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 7 this week, while Cornell stayed No. 17. No. 18 North Carolina was the only other ranked team in action. The Tar Heels (3-1) held off a solid Appalachian State squad 18-13 in Chapel Hill. No new teams entered the Top 25 this week.

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