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Illinois makes giant jump into Top 10 of NWCA Div. I Poll after a pair of weekend wins

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | Jan. 19, 2021, 1:43 p.m. (ET)

Manheim, Pennsylvania – After entering the Top 25 last week, Illinois made waves immediately after earning a pair of ranked wins over the weekend, including an 18-15 win over then-No. 7 Ohio State, to vault the Illini into the Top 10 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Illinois also beat then-No. 21 Wisconsin 21-9. It’s the first time since February of 2017 the Illini have been ranked in the top 10.

Top-ranked Iowa opened up its season with a 31-3 win at home against then-No. 6 Nebraska.

Michigan picked up a 32-6 win over Indiana and improved to 3-0. The Wolverines moved into a second-place tie with Penn State (0-0). It’s also of note historically - the last time Michigan was ranked second was February 21, 2006.

Missouri’s fast start continued as they hit the road to Iowa and took home two convincing wins, beating then-No. 10 Iowa State 31-7 and then-No. 20 Northern Iowa 34-9. The Tigers improved to 7-0 and moved up to No. 6 this week.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results. Teams who are not competing this season are not included in the voting process.

Rank

Team (First)

Record

Points

Conf.

Previous

1

Iowa (14)

(1-0)

350

Big Ten

1

2 (tie)

Michigan

(3-0)

326

Big Ten

3

2 (tie)

Penn State

(0-0)

326

Big Ten

2

4

NC State

(3-0)

298

ACC

4

5

Oklahoma State

(4-0)

289

Big 12

5

6

Missouri

(7-0)

279

MAC

9

7

Nebraska

(1-1)

265

Big Ten

6

8

Virginia Tech

(4-0)

251

ACC

8

9

Arizona State

(2-0)

211

Pac-12

11

10

Illinois

(3-0)

209

Big Ten

24

11

Ohio State

(1-1)

200

Big Ten

7

12

Pittsburgh

(3-0)

193

ACC

12

13

Iowa State

(3-1)

179

Big 12

10

14

North Carolina

(1-0)

173

ACC

13

15

Minnesota

(2-1)

168

Big Ten

14

16

Purdue

(1-0)

143

Big Ten

16

17

Rutgers

(0-1)

109

Big Ten

15

18

Oklahoma

(2-1)

98

Big 12

19

19

Northern Iowa

(2-1)

93

Big 12

20

20

Northern Colorado

(3-0)

91

Big 12

23

21

Stanford

(0-0)

73

Pac-12

17

22 (tie)

Army West Point

(1-0)

37

EIWA

NR

22 (tie)

Wisconsin

(0-2)

37

Big Ten

21

24

Michigan State

(1-1)

35

Big Ten

25

25

Northwestern

(0-1)

27

Big Ten

22


Others Receiving Votes: Navy 20, Central Michigan 19, Lehigh 14, Appalachian State 10, Virginia 9, Binghamton 4, Campbell 4, Wyoming 4, Rider 2, West Virginia 2, Hofstra 1, North Dakota State 1
Dropped Out: No. 18 Lehigh (0-2)

Future 2020-21 Poll Dates: January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23.