NWCA Division III Rankings – November 27, 2019

Wartburg College (IA) holds the No. 1 position in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III dual meet team ranking.

With a 2-0 record at this time, Wartburg is ahead of three teams which all currently have 1-0 dual meet records: No. 2 Loras College (IA), No. 3 Augsburg University (MN), No. 4 Wabash College (IN). Coming in at No. 5 is Johnson & Wales University (RI), with a 4-1 record.

Also released is the most recent individual rankings. The only school with two No. 1 ranked individuals is Mount Union, with Jordin James (141) and Antwon Pugh (157).

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Virginia Tech’s win over Ohio State vaults Hokies into top five; Rider enters Top 20 after win at Minnesota

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Several upsets sparked a shake-up in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech (3-0) made a significant jump, rising seven spots to come in tied at No. 4 this week after the Hokies defeated then-No. 3 Ohio State 21-15 in Columbus. Rider (2-0) entered the Top 25 this week at No. 20 after beating then-No. 6 Minnesota (1-1) in Minneapolis on Friday. The loss dropped the Golden Gophers six spots to No. 12, tied with Pittsburgh (1-1).

Penn State (1-0) remained No. 1 for the 36th straight poll, while No. 2 Iowa (1-0) opened up its dual meet schedule with a 39-0 win over Chattanooga, witnessed by 10,466 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Nebraska comes in No. 3, the highest that program has been ranked since February 17, 2009. Tied at No. 4 with Virginia Tech, Wisconsin (5-0) was last ranked in the top five on February 1, 2011, when the Badgers were ranked sixth. The Badgers peaked at No. 3 during the 2010-11 season.

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NWCA Division III Rankings – November 14, 2019

Manheim, PA – The latest 2019-2020 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III team and individual rankings compiled by the ranking committee on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Freshmen and transfers have been included in the individual rankings. Since many NCAA Division III wrestling programs have not competed at this point of the season, this team ranking is based on a tournament point system based on where individuals are ranked. The next team ranking to be released later this month will reflect a dual meet team ranking.

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Penn State wins 60th in a row; Campbell ranked for first time in school history

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Top-ranked Penn State opened up its home schedule with its 60th straight dual meet victory on Sunday with a 45-0 shutout over Navy. It was the 49th straight home sellout for the Nittany Lions, who come in ranked No. 1 in the nation for the 34th straight NWCA Division I Coaches Poll.

Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, was long a Division I doormat in wrestling. That’s changed in recent years and on Tuesday, the school entered the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll for the first time in school history. After taking a loss at No. 15 Pittsburgh, the Camels rebounded for a win over host Ohio.

Purdue went 2-1 on the weekend at the Journeymen Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. The Boilermakers entered the Top 25, tied with Campbell at No. 25. Army West Point (3-1) also entered the poll at No. 24 this week. Coach Kevin Ward’s squad beat Illinois and Chattanooga over the weekend at the Chattanooga Duals. There was no other movement among teams in the Top 25 other than the shift in the bottom two places.

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NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association Poll

The NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association Poll for November 5, 2019 has been released.

Rochester CTC is ranked #19. Itasca Community College and Northland CTC both received votes.

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Virginia Tech up five spots after knocking off Missouri to open season

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The only dual between ranked teams last week impacted the most recent NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Virginia Tech (1-0) upended then-No. 9 Missouri 29-10 in Blacksburg to vault the Hokies to No. 11 in this week’s poll. Missouri (0-1) dropped four spots to No. 13. It was the first win in school history for the Hokies over the Tigers.

Minnesota moved up a spot to No. 6 after beating CSU Bakersfield 28-9 in Minneapolis on Friday. Wisconsin slid a spot to No. 7 despite opening its season with three dual meet wins in San Diego. The Badgers (3-0) opened up by defeating Fresno State 31-8 before slipping past Army West Point 16-15 and finishing the day with a win over Navy 24-12.

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St. Cloud State gains #2 spot in NCAA DII preseason wrestling poll

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which has won two consecutive NCAA Division II championships and four NCAA titles since 2015, received a number two ranking in the 2019-20 NWCA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association preseason poll.

The Huskies received 82 points in the poll, while Pitt-Johnstown was ranked first with 88 points. SCSU was the top NSIC team in the poll, while McKendree was third with 71 points, Nebraska-Kearney was fourth with 68 points and Notre Dame (Ohio) had 58. Lindenwood (46), Minnesota State (43), Newberry (42), Ashland (40) and Maryville (39) rounded out the top 10. The other NSIC team in the poll included Upper Iowa (11th/36 points), while MSU-Moorhead, UMary and Minot State all received votes in the poll.

Individually, Jake Barzowski was the Huskies’ top-ranked wrestler with a number one spot in the poll at 157-pounds. Barzowski is one of SCSU’s returning All-Americans after finishing third in the nation at 157-pounds at the 2019 NCAA DII championships. He posted a 25-3 record for the Huskies in 2018-19.

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