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Rutgers and Wisconsin rise in NWCA Div. I Coaches Poll

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | Nov. 30, 2021, 2:11 p.m. (ET)

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Saturday’s inaugural Garden State Grapple in Newark, New Jersey was the culprit behind a couple of key moves in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Rutgers improved to 8-0 with wins over Hofstra and then-No. 14 North Carolina, while Wisconsin improved to 4-0 with wins over the Pride and Tar Heels as well. Rutgers moved up one spot to No. 14, while Wisconsin jumped three spots to No. 16. North Carolina (3-4) slid five spots to No. 19. The top ten teams remained unchanged.

Top-ranked Iowa (2-0) saw its scheduled dual with Oregon State axed due to the Beavers’ travel issues getting into Iowa from the West Coast. A quick audible saw the Hawkeyes quickly schedule Army West Point for a Sunday dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which resulted in a 36-7 victory. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 after a 45-0 win over visiting Drexel.

Ohio State (3-0) was the only other Top 10 team in action last week, shutting out Division II Notre Dame College 51-0.

This week: Nearly a third of the Division I teams will be competing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, so that leaves another slim week of dual meets with ranked teams. On Thursday, No. 6 NC State hosts Gardner-Webb. Friday sees second-ranked Penn State head across the state to take on Penn, while Rutgers looks to improve to 9-0 with a trip to American. Lehigh takes on Lock Haven on Saturday, while three ranked teams clash in Columbia as No. 3 Missouri will host a tri-meet with No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 17 Northern Iowa. Sunday’s action features Lehigh at Penn State and Iowa at Iowa State in a pair of longtime rivalry duals.

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.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll
November 30, 2021

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Iowa (14) (2-0) 350 Big Ten 1
2 Penn State (3-0) 336 Big Ten 2
3 Missouri (3-0) 315 Big 12 3
4 Michigan (3-0) 310 Big Ten 4
5 Oklahoma State (3-0) 294 Big 12 5
6 NC State (1-0) 274 ACC 6
7 Arizona State (1-0) 273 Pac-12 7
8 Ohio State (3-0) 251 Big Ten 8
9 Nebraska (3-0) 235 Big Ten 9
10 Virginia Tech (1-1) 220 ACC 10
11 Cornell (1-0) 206 EIWA 11
12 Minnesota (2-0) 191 Big Ten 12
13 Iowa State (1-1) 179 Big 12 13
14 Rutgers (8-0) 176 Big Ten 15
15 Purdue (6-0) 139 Big Ten 17
16 Wisconsin (4-0) 126 Big Ten 19
17 Northern Iowa (0-0) 124 Big 12 16
18 Oklahoma (2-1) 107 Big 12 18
19 North Carolina (3-4) 86 ACC 14
20 Princeton (0-1) 69 EIWA 21
21 Illinois (0-0) 67 Big Ten 20
22 Lehigh (2-1) 54 EIWA 22
23 Pittsburgh (3-1) 45 ACC 23
24 Northwestern (0-0) 36 Big Ten 25
25 Stanford (1-2) 34 Pac-12 24

Others Receiving Votes: Campbell 13, Wyoming 11, Central Michigan 9, Cal Poly 7, Michigan State 5, Appalachian State 3, Virginia 3, Oregon State 2.

Dropped Out: None

Upcoming Coaches Poll Release Dates for 2021-22: Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22.

Mid-Major Poll Release Dates to be announced.