Wyoming, Northwestern move into USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

By National Wrestling Coaches Association

Manheim, Pennsylvania --  Two new teams entered the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. Wyoming (5-2) and Northwestern (6-1) entered the poll for the first time this season.

The Cowboys are fresh off a 4-0 weekend which saw them head to North Carolina and pick up wins over American, Army West Point, Duke and then-No. 19 North Carolina. Northwestern slid up to No. 25 despite losing by a point to No. 12 Illinois. Losses by previously ranked Oklahoma and North Dakota State aided the Wildcats move up.

The top 17 positions remained unchanged although there were a number of head-to-head duals between ranked teams with the biggest held on international soil. Third-ranked Oklahoma State (6-0) split five matches with fifth-ranked NC State (10-1) but it was bonus victories by heavyweight Derek White and All-American Kaid Brock at 133 that was the difference in the 19-16 Cowboys win in Naples, Italy. The Tussle for the Troops was the first NCAA dual meet held outside of North America.

Second-ranked Ohio State (8-0) headed east to beat No. 17 Rutgers 29-11 and Maryland 44-3. The Buckeyes were also aided by the return of three-time All-American Nathan Tomasello at 125 pounds in the win over Maryland.

No. 7. Iowa (8-0) blasted Michigan State 49-6, while Michigan (5-1) picked up a trio of wins -- a 43-0 victory over Indiana,  a 25-14 win over then-No. 24 Purdue and a 28-10 win over Princeton. Arizona State also picked off North Carolina 27-9 in Chapel Hill. Illinois snuck past Nebraska on criteria before edging Northwestern 18-17 on Sunday in Champaign.

West Virginia knocked off No. 18 Oklahoma and No. 25 North Dakota State. Pittsburgh also topped No. 18 Oklahoma, dropping the Sooners out of the Top 25. North Carolina slid five spots to No. 24.

The USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is comprised of two voting coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Points are 25 for each first-place vote, 24 for second, 23 for third all the way to a 25th-place vote is one point.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State (11) 5-0 395 Big Ten 1
2 Ohio State (5) 8-0 389 Big Ten 2
3 Oklahoma State 6-0 367 Big 12 3
4 Missouri 12-0 350 MAC 4
5 NC State 10-1 334 ACC 5
6 Lehigh 6-1 316 EIWA 6
7 Iowa 8-0 312 Big Ten 7
8 Michigan 5-1 304 Big Ten 8
9 Virginia Tech 5-1 268 ACC 9
10 Arizona State 3-2 254 Pac-12 10
11 Northern Iowa 2-1 234 Big 12 11
12 Illinois 3-2 212 Big Ten 12
13 Cornell 4-2 194 EIWA 13
14 Minnesota 6-3 191 Big Ten 14
15 South Dakota State 5-2 179 Big 12 15
16 Wisconsin 4-0 172 Big Ten 16
17 Rutgers 3-3 145 Big Ten 17
18 Central Michigan 4-3 119 MAC 21
19 Nebraska 3-3 104 Big Ten 20
20 Lock Haven 4-0 86 EWL 22
21 Rider 5-2 64 EWL 23
22 Purdue 5-2 49 Big Ten 24
23 Wyoming 5-2 46 Big 12 NR
24 North Carolina 5-4 38 ACC 19
25 Northwestern 6-1 15 Big Ten NR

Others Receiving Votes: Navy 13, West Virginia 12, Oklahoma 9, American 8, Edinboro 6, Utah Valley 5, Drexel 4, North Dakota State 4, Kent State 1, Pittsburgh 1.
Dropped out: No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 25 North Dakota State.