Iowa ranked first, Cal Poly ranked in latest NWCA poll for the first time in a decade


Manheim, Pennsylvania – With the first half finals in full swing in most places, the Division I wrestling schedule was pretty slim last week, resulting in very little movement in the latest Division I wrestling coaches poll. of the NWCA released Tuesday.

Three top 10 teams were victorious last week – Fourth-seeded Oklahoma State beat No. 17 Oklahoma 31-3 in the first of Bedlam’s two annual duels, while fifth-seeded NC State beat Appalachian State 25-10 and Ohio State, seventh, won eight of 10 fights to hammer No. 22 Pittsburgh 30-7.

Rutgers improved to 10-0, the best start in program history, with a 26-9 victory over Army West Point. Rutgers currently leads Division I in doubles competition wins. The Illinois number 23 had his first action of the season, sweeping a three-time encounter at SIU Edwardsville. The Fighting Illini beat host SIUE 35-6 and Chattanooga 19-12.

Cal Poly entered this week’s poll at No.25. This is the first time the Mustangs have made a Top 25 appearance since February 23, 2011. Cal Poly has yet to play a duel this season, but various ranking services have as many as six ranked Mustang wrestlers.

This week: Another light week in terms of ranked teams in action through Monday and Tuesday. On Friday, the state of Oklahoma will head to the Front Range to take on the Air Force before heading north to face Wyoming later today in Laramie. Also on Friday, North Carolina’s No.20 will cross the state to take on Appalachian State. On Saturday, No.9 Nebraska hosts South Dakota State and Sunday, No.15 Purdue will face No.13 Iowa State in Humboldt, Iowa, the hometown of the head coach of the ‘Iowa State Kevin Dresser and Purdue head coach Tony Ersland.

Starting Monday, December 20, collegiate wrestling duels hosted by Journeymen Wrestling will take place on the Northwest Florida State College campus in Niceville, Florida. The event will feature 12 Division I teams – nine of which are ranked in the Top 25 – in a group double-meet competition. The teams in action will be # 1 Iowa, # 2 Penn State, # 5 NC State, # 6 Arizona State, # 8 Virginia Tech, # 10 Missouri, # 11 Cornell, # 17 Lehigh and # ° 22 North of Iowa. Binghamton, Central Michigan and Hofstra are also expected to compete.

To note: Due to the number of ranked programs involved in Collegiate Duals in Florida on Monday and Tuesday of next week, the next poll will be released on Thursday, December 23 and will be the last poll of calendar year 2021. The next subsequent poll will be published on January 4, 2022.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second place vote, 23 for a vote third place and so on up to a point for a 25th place vote. The poll is based on the results of the double encounter.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coach Survey
December 14, 2021

Rank Team (Premier) Registration Points Conference Previous
1 Iowa (13) (3-0) 349 Big ten 1
2 Pennsylvania State (1) (5-0) 336 Big ten 2
3 Michigan (3-0) 314 Big ten 3
4 Oklahoma State (4-0) 310 Large 12 4
5 NC state (3-0) 289 CAC 5
6 Arizona State (1-0) 286 Pac-12 6
seven Ohio state (4-0) 262 Big ten seven
8 Virginie Tech (3-1) 243 CAC 8
9 Nebraska (3-0) 242 Big ten 9
ten Missouri (4-1) 226 Large 12 ten
11 Cornell (1-0) 206 EIWA 11
12 Rutgers (10-0) 205 Big ten 12
13 State of Iowa (2-1) 173 Large 12 13
14 Minnesota (1-1) 162 Big ten 14
15 Purdue (6-0) 154 Big ten 15
16 Wisconsin (4-0) 152 Big ten 16
17 Lehigh (3-2) 106 EIWA 18
18 Oklahoma (2-2) 90 Large 12 17
19 Princeton (0-1) 66 EIWA 21
20 North Carolina (3-4) 65 CAC 19
21 Pittsburgh (3-2) 52 CAC 22
22 Northern Iowa (0-2) 51 Large 12 20
23 Illinois (2-0) 49 Big ten 23
24 North West (0-0) 40 Big ten 24
25 Cal Poly (0-0) 26 Pac-12 NR

Others who received votes: Central Michigan 25, Campbell 19, Wyoming 17, Stanford 16, Virginia 7, Michigan State 5, Appalachian State 4, North Dakota State 2, Oregon State 1.

Dropped out: Wyoming No.25 (0-0).

Upcoming Coaches Survey publication dates for 2021-2022: December 23, January 4, January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, February 22.

The mid-major poll release dates will be announced.

Questions relating to historical polls can be sent to Jason Bryant at [email protected]


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