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Edinboro joins Top 25 of NWCA Div. I Coaches Poll; Oklahoma State and Penn State remain as top two teams

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | Jan. 24, 2017, 1:40 p.m. (ET)

Manheim, Pennsylvania -- Even with a full slate of college wrestling action last week, there were minimal team changes in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State, second-ranked Penn State and fourth-ranked Ohio State are the last three Division I unbeatens. Oklahoma State improved to 8-0 with a pair of Big 12 wins, beating West Virginia 38-3 and No. 19 South Dakota State 31-9.

Penn State improved to 8-0 and moved into first place in the Big Ten regular season standings with a 26-11 win over No. 3 Iowa in front of over 14,000 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The loss was the second in a row for the Hawkeyes, who fell to top-ranked Oklahoma State a week prior.

Despite back-to-back losses, Iowa (7-2) remained third, followed by Ohio State (8-0). The Buckeyes had a 30-12 "home" win over Maryland. The dual was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, and was deemed a home match for Ohio State as Good Counsel is where Buckeye heavyweight Kyle Snyder attended high school for three years prior to moving to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

Iowa and Ohio State will meet on Friday in Iowa City. It will be the third straight top-five opponent for the host Hawkeyes.

Virginia Tech (13-1) is steady at No. 5. The Hokies lead Division I in dual meet wins and smashed then-No. 23 Pittsburgh 38-9 and then topped rival Virginia 29-14 in the Commonwealth Cup. The Hokies have won nine in a row.

No. 6 Nebraska (10-1) rallied past No. 13 Minnesota on Friday in Minneapolis. The Huskers lost four of the first five weights, but swept the final five to come away with a 21-11 victory. No. 7 Missouri (9-2) moved up one spot after beating then-No. 16 Central Michigan 24-8.

North Carolina State (8-1) moved up to No. 8 at the Brawl at the Hall in Chapel Hill over ACC rival North Carolina 19-11. The event was held at the Memorial Hall, a theatre on campus. It's one of a number of theatre venues used in recent years as Missouri and Virginia Tech have also used similar backdrops to host home duals.

A battle of EIWA rivals caused a shift in the bottom half of the top ten. Cornell's 21-20 victory over host Lehigh on Saturday moved the Big Red to 7-2 and up to No. 10, while the Mountain Hawks (8-2) slid three spots to No. 10.

Other notable action saw then-No. 21 Stanford upend then-No. 20 Arizona State 21-14 in Pac-12 action. The Cardinal (7-2) moved back into the top 20, while Arizona State slid two spots to No. 22.

Edinboro (6-4) enters the Top 25 for the first time this season after a weekend victory over then-No. 25 Rider in EWL action. It's the first time the Fighting Scots have been ranked this season.

Rank

Team (First)

Record

Points

Conference

Previous

1

Oklahoma State (11)

8-0

395

Big 12

1

2

Penn State (5)

8-0

389

Big Ten

2

3

Iowa

7-2

360

Big Ten

3

4

Ohio State

8-0

358

Big Ten

4

5

Virginia Tech

13-1

333

ACC

5

6

Nebraska

10-1

325

Big Ten

6

7

Missouri

9-2

297

MAC

8

8

NC State

8-1

281

ACC

9

9

Cornell

7-2

275

EIWA

10

10

Lehigh

8-2

256

EIWA

7

11

Rutgers

10-2

238

Big Ten

11

12

Illinois

4-2

225

Big Ten

12

13

Minnesota

5-3

205

Big Ten

13

14

Oklahoma

6-4

198

Big 12

14

15

Michigan

5-4

177

Big Ten

15

16

Wisconsin

3-3

142

Big Ten

17

17

Central Michigan

3-2

137

MAC

16

18

Northern Iowa

7-2

127

MAC

18

19

South Dakota State

8-3

118

Big 12

19

20

Stanford

7-2

107

Pac-12

21

21

Appalachian State

10-2

83

SoCon

22

22

Arizona State

7-3

71

Pac-12

20

23

North Dakota State

9-4

41

Big 12

24

24

Pittsburgh

8-3

31

ACC

23

25

Edinboro

6-4

13

EWL

NR

Others Receiving Votes: Virginia 8, Rider 4, Navy 3, Drexel 2, Ohio 1
Dropped out: #25 Rider