Lehigh is No. 1, UNI is No. 2 in NWCA Mid-Major Top 20 Coaches Poll

By NWCA | Feb. 13, 2020, 5:25 p.m. (ET)
Manheim, Pennsylvania — The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its first Mid-Major Top 20 of the season on Thursday. Formulated in 2017, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional “Power 5” conferences.

The EIWA conference dominated the top 5 with four of the top five teams led by Lehigh which was ranked first. Northern Iowa was right behind the Mountain Hawks in the second position. Princeton, which just won its first Ivy League Championship since 1986 fell into the third spot. The Tigers had a win in November over Lehigh.

Rounding out the top five is Cornell in fourth and Army West Point in fifth.

The Southern Conference made a big splash in the next five with Campbell reaching their highest Mid-Major Poll ranking ever falling into the 6th spot. Appalachian State was right on their heels falling into the 8th spot.

Seven mid-major teams are ranked in the NWCA Coaches Poll. The EIWA led all conferences with seven teams ranked in the top 20 while six of the Big 12 affiliates made the top 20 poll.

The next Mid-Major poll will be released on February 26.

Rank

Team (First)

Record

Points

Conference

All-Sports

1

Lehigh (4)

(9-3)

96

EIWA

Patriot League

2

Northern Iowa (1)

(6-3)

94

Big 12

Missouri Valley

3

Princeton

(6-4)

93

EIWA

Ivy League

4

Cornell

(9-6)

85

EIWA

Ivy League

5

Army West Point

(8-3)

79

EIWA

Patriot League

6

Campbell

(8-2)

76

SoCon

Big South

7

Rider

(10-3)

70

MAC

Metro Atlantic

8

Appalachian State

(8-2)

62

SoCon

Sun Belt

9

South Dakota State

(10-5)

56

Big 12

Summit

10

Central Michigan

(7-4)

52

MAC

MAC

11

North Dakota State

(7-3)

52

Big 12

Summit

12

Wyoming

(7-9)

32

Big 12

Mountain West

13

Navy

(8-4)

31

EIWA

Patriot League

14

Northern Illinois

(10-4)

30

MAC

MAC

15

CSU Bakersfield

(5-5)

26

Pac-12

WAC

16

Old Dominion

(7-9)

22

MAC

Conference USA

17

Lock Haven

(7-6)

16

MAC

Division II

18

Fresno State

(9-8)

13

Big 12

Mountain West

19

Bucknell

(9-4)

12

EIWA

Patriot League

20

American

(3-7)

10

EIWA

Patriot League

 


Others Receiving Votes:Buffalo 8, Chattanooga 7, Edinboro 7, Ohio 6, Columbia 5, Clarion 3, Northern Colorado 3, Cleveland State 2, Hofstra 1, Penn 1