Penn State, Ohio State start strong and remain atop NWCA Div. I Coaches Poll

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | Nov. 14, 2017, 12:26 p.m. (ET)
Manheim, Pennsylvania -- The top six teams remained the same after the first two weeks of NCAA Division I wrestling competition in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State (2-0) again received all 16 first-place votes to remain the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, while second-ranked Ohio State (1-0) maintained its position after a solid 31-12 victory over then-No. 11 Arizona State (0-2) over the weekend.

Third-ranked Oklahoma State (1-0) opened with a 25-9 win over then-No. 22 North Carolina, while fourth-ranked Michigan also beat Arizona State 21-18. Missouri (4-0) opened with a 20-17 win over No. 14 Illinois (0-1) in a dual held outdoors at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. Missouri blanked three non-Division I opponents on Sunday at home.

Only minor shifts occurred in this week's Top 25 with Iowa (0-0) and NC State (3-0) flip-flopping at No. 7 and No. 8, while Rutgers (3-0) jumped over Arizona State to No. 11. Oklahoma (1-2) slid one spot to No. 19, while Purdue (3-0) jumped into the poll at No. 22. The Boilermakers are coming off a strong 31-6 dual victory over then-No. 22 North Carolina at Saturday's Journeymen/MyHouse Northeast Duals in Clifton Park, New York.

Other ranked duals saw NC State beat Oklahoma 27-13, Virginia Tech over Stanford 22-12 and Rutgers over Oklahoma 22-9.

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.

Future Poll Dates (Tuesdays unless otherwise noted): November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19, January 3 (Wednesday), January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February, 27.

Rank

Team (First)

Record

Points

Conference

Previous

1

Penn State (16)

2-0

400

Big Ten

1

2

Ohio State

1-0

384

Big Ten

2

3

Oklahoma State

1-0

366

Big 12

3

4

Michigan

1-0

352

Big Ten

4

5

Missouri

4-0

332

MAC

5

6

Minnesota

1-0

313

Big Ten

6

7

NC State

3-0

297

ACC

8

8

Iowa

0-0

291

Big Ten

7

9

Virginia Tech

1-0

275

ACC

9

10

Lehigh

1-0

256

EIWA

10

11

Rutgers

3-0

232

Big Ten

12

12

Arizona State

0-2

220

Pac-12

11

13

Northern Iowa

0-0

211

Big 12

13

14

Illinois

0-1

192

Big Ten

14

15

Nebraska

0-0

187

Big Ten

15

16

South Dakota State

0-0

162

Big 12

16

17

Central Michigan

0-0

146

MAC

17

18

Wisconsin

0-0

131

Big Ten

18

19

Cornell

0-0

102

EIWA

20

20

Oklahoma

1-2

94

Big 12

19

21

Stanford

2-1

72

Pac-12

21

22

Purdue

3-0

48

Big Ten

NR

23

Rider

0-0

46

EWL

23

24

Edinboro

2-0

34

EWL

25

25

Pittsburgh

0-0

24

ACC

24


Others Receiving Votes: Drexel 9, Kent State 7, North Carolina 7, Chattanooga 3, North Dakota State 3, Appalachian State 2, Lock Haven 2
Dropped Out: No. 22 North Carolina (0-2)