Navy, Binghamton break into Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With the shortened season, the amount of time for teams to build momentum in dual meets is truncated. For Binghamton and Navy, the two EIWA teams are making the most of their time on the mats with quality performances and those performances have led to their season debuts in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Navy (2-1) and first-year head coach Cary Kolat nearly upset Pittsburgh to start the season. Since, the Midshipmen beat Clarion and then-No. 18 Lehigh. Binghamton topped then-No. 22 Army West Point convincingly last week, winning seven out of 10 bouts in a 23-10 win over the Black Knights.

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Tickets on Sale Jan. 22 for 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship

Ticket sales begin Friday, January 22 at 10 a.m. CT for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship. The event is scheduled for March 6 & 7 at the BOK Center. The Big 12 Conference and the Tulsa Sports Commission previously announced a partnership to host the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at BOK Center through 2024.

The championship marks the sixth neutral-site conference championship for the sport and the fifth in Tulsa. Last year, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won their eighth consecutive team title and their 18th Big 12 title overall. The wrestlers participating in the Big 12 Championship will be competing for berths into the NCAA Wrestling Championship.

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Illinois makes giant jump into Top 10 after a pair of weekend wins

Manheim, Pennsylvania – After entering the Top 25 last week, Illinois made waves immediately after earning a pair of ranked wins over the weekend, including an 18-15 win over then-No. 7 Ohio State, to vault the Illini into the Top 10 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Illinois also beat then-No. 21 Wisconsin 21-9. It’s the first time since February of 2017 the Illini have been ranked in the top 10.

Top-ranked Iowa opened up its season with a 31-3 win at home against then-No. 6 Nebraska.

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South Dakota State 24 Air Force 14

Jackrabbits Streak Past Air Force

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Colten Carlson’s pin at 165 pounds capped a momentum-changing four-match winning streak for South Dakota State and lifted the Jackrabbits to a 24-14 victory over Air Force in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, SDSU improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference duals. Air Force was wrestling for the first time this season.

The Jackrabbits trailed 7-0 through two matches as Tanner Jordan dropped a 6-3 decision at 125 pounds and 13th-ranked Zach Price suffered a 14-4 loss by major decision to Jared Van Vleet.

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SDSU to face UNC, Air Force

The South Dakota State University wrestling team continues a stretch of duals against Big 12 Conference opponents, squaring off against a pair of league foes Sunday afternoon in a multi-team dual competition hosted by Air Force.

The Jackrabbits, 1-3 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 duals, are scheduled to wrestle 23rd-ranked Northern Colorado at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time (2:30 p.m. Central), followed by a matchup against host Air Force. Coverage from Air Force’s East Gym begins at noon Mountain Time (1 p.m. Central) on Trackwrestling.com.

UNC, which has cracked the Division I team rankings for the first time since the 1968-69 season, is off to a 3-0 start. The Bears also are 2-0 against Big 12 opponents, defeating Wyoming, 24-19, on Jan. 3, followed by a 19-16 victory at Utah Valley on Jan. 8.

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