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Minnesota remains No. 1 in NWCA Coaches Poll after National Duals victory

By Jason Bryant NWCA | Feb. 19, 2014, 4:40 p.m. (ET)
The University of Minnesota won its third straight National Duals championship on Monday and remained No. 1 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Wednesday.

For the first time this season, the Gophers (13-1) garnered all 10 first-place votes. Penn State (14-1) remained No. 2, while Iowa (14-2), Cornell (12-1) and Northern Iowa (12-0) remained in place in the top five.

With Cornell’s loss to Minnesota in the finals of the National Duals, Northern Iowa is the only unbeaten team left in the country in dual meets in Division I.

The rest of the top 10: Oklahoma State (9-5) is sixth, followed by Michigan (11-4), Nebraska (11-2), Missouri (9-2) and Pittsburgh (12-3). Pittsburgh fell four spots after losses last week to Edinboro and Michigan.

The National Duals caused some movement as Oregon State (11-7) made the biggest jump, moving up seven spots to No. 18, while North Dakota State (10-6) climbed to No. 19, its highest in school history at the Division I level.

Central Michigan (10-9) rebounded from two tough outings to have a strong showing at the National Duals. The Chippewas move into the Top 25 again this week at No. 25.
Big Ten teams hold down nine of the 25 spots, while the Big 12, ACC and MAC have three apiece.

Rank/Team (First)/Record/Points/Conference/Previous
1 Minnesota (10) 13-1 400 Big Ten 1
2 Penn State 14-1 390 Big Ten 2
3 Iowa 14-2 377 Big Ten 3
4 Cornell 12-1 373 EIWA 4
5 Northern Iowa 12-0 359 MAC 5
6 Oklahoma State 9-5 343 Big 12 7
7 Michigan 11-4 338 Big Ten 8
8 Nebraska 11-2 322 Big Ten 9
9 Missouri 9-2 316 MAC 10
10 Pittsburgh 12-3 306 ACC 6
11 Ohio State 12-5 295 Big Ten 13
12 Virginia 18-3 290 ACC 12
13 Edinboro 9-3 289 EWL 14
14 Oklahoma 11-5 280 Big 12 11
15 Wisconsin 12-4 262 Big Ten 15
16 Virginia Tech 18-4 259 ACC 16
17 Iowa State 9-6 222 Big 12 17
18 Oregon State 11-7 209 Pac-12 25
19 North Dakota State 10-6 206 WWC 20
20 Lehigh 8-6 199 EIWA 21
21 Northwestern 7-7 177 Big Ten 23
22 Illinois 11-7 165 Big Ten 18
23 Stanford 17-5 148 Pac-12 22
24 Chattanooga 15-7 138 SoCon 19
25 Central Michigan 10-9 119 MAC NR
Dropped Out: Purdue
Others Receiving Votes: Purdue 101, Kent State 53, Ohio 32, Old Dominion 16
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