Little movement in USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll; Oklahoma State remains No. 1

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | Dec. 20, 2016, 2:27 p.m. (ET)
Manheim, Pennsylvania - There was little movement as the final USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 2016 calendar year was released on Tuesday. Oklahoma State, Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State and Missouri held steady in the top five, while Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Cornell, Lehigh and NC State followed.

Oklahoma State (5-0) received a stern test from No. 8 Cornell on Friday night. The Cowboys prevailed 23-19 to remain unbeaten. Cornell (4-1) would rebound, albeit sluggishly, defeating No. 18 Oklahoma 21-18 on Sunday.

Second-ranked Penn State found itself without notable action this past weekend. Weather forced travel plans to be altered and prevented the Nittany Lion team from making a scheduled appearance at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Campbell University also saw its trip cut short due to travel issues.

Fourth-ranked Ohio State (5-0) opened up Big Ten competition by blasting Northwestern 43-3. Sixth-ranked Virginia Tech went to Parkersburg, W.Va., to face West Virginia in a homecoming for Hokie 197-pounder and Parkersburg native Jared Haught. The Hokies would win nine of the 10 bouts and claim a 36-4 dual victory.

The only other ranked team that saw action was No. 21 Appalachian State. The Mountaineers (7-1) won two SoCon duals, topping much-improved Campbell 24-13 and SIU Edwardsville 39-4.

No. 5 Missouri (3-1) faces MAC foe Kent State on Tuesday afternoon and No. 10 NC State (3-1) has a dual on Tuesday night on the road at Old Dominion. 

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Oklahoma State (11) 5-0 395 Big 12 1
2 Penn State (5) 4-0 388 Big Ten 2
3 Iowa 5-0 365 Big Ten 3
4 Ohio State 5-0 356 Big Ten 4
5 Missouri 3-1 326 MAC 5
6 Virginia Tech 5-1 317 ACC 6
7 Nebraska 7-0 309 Big Ten 7
8 Cornell 4-1 290 EIWA 8
9 Lehigh 5-1 267 EIWA 9
10 NC State 3-1 254 ACC 10
11 Rutgers 6-1 235 Big Ten 11
12 Illinois 1-0 222 Big Ten 12
13 Minnesota 3-1 202 Big Ten 13
14 Central Michigan 1-0 185 MAC 15
15 Michigan 3-1 183 Big Ten 14
16 Stanford 2-1 162 Pac-12 16
17 Wisconsin 3-0 152 Big Ten 17
18 Oklahoma 1-3 120 Big 12 18
19 Arizona State 1-1 113 Pac-12 19
20 South Dakota State 4-2 98 Big 12 20
21 Appalachian State 7-1 83 SoCon 21
22 Northern Iowa 3-2 62 MAC 22
23 Pittsburgh 4-2 53 ACC 23
24 Virginia 4-2 30 ACC 24
25 Drexel 7-2 19 EIWA 25

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 9, Wyoming 6, Chattanooga 3, Navy 2, North Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1
Dropped Out: None