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Lehigh and Cornell top Jan. 14 NWCA mid-major Div. I poll

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | Jan. 14, 2022, 11:18 a.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 programs outside the traditional "Power 5" conferences.

The EIWA and Big 12 conferences dominated the top-five, with four of the top five teams led by Lehigh ranked first, with five first-place votes. Cornell was right behind the Mountain Hawks in the second position. The Mountain Hawks defeated Big Red by a final of 18-15 last Saturday evening.

South Dakota State fell into the third spot following a strong start to the season. North Dakota State in fourth and Campbell in fifth round out the top-five.

The MAC made a big splash with six schools into the top-20 along with the Big 12. The EIWA was just behind with five. The SoCon had two teams in the top 20 highlighted by Campbell at number five.

Five mid-major teams are ranked in the NWCA Coaches Poll, with four other programs currently receiving votes.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Mid-Major Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by coaches representing teams from non-Power five conferences. The poll is based on dual meet results. Each first-place vote is worth 20 points, 19 points for a second-place vote, 18 for a third-place vote, and so on through to one point for a 20th-place vote. Teams not competing this season are not included in the voting process.

Rank Name Points Wrestling Conf. All-Sports
1 Lehigh 100 (5) EIWA Patriot League
2 Cornell 95 EIWA Ivy League
3 South Dakota State 76 Big 12 Summit
4 North Dakota State 73 Big 12 Summit
5 Campbell 65 SoCon Big South
6 Wyoming 60 Big 12 Mountain West
7 Princeton 58 EIWA Ivy League
8 Northern Iowa 53 Big 12 Missouri Valley
9 Buffalo 46 MAC MAC
10 Central Michigan 45 MAC MAC
11 Clarion 42 MAC PSAC
11 Ohio 42 MAC MAC
13 Penn 36 EIWA Ivy League
14 Utah Valley 35 Big 12 WAC
15 Northern Colorado 34 Big 12 Big Sky
16 Appalachian State 32 SoCon Sun Belt
17 Northern Illinois 31 MAC MAC
18 Cal Poly 29 PAC 12 Big West
19 Bucknell 21 EIWA Patriot League
20 Lock Haven 16 MAC PSAC

Questions related to historical polls can be sent to Jason Bryant at jason@bryantwrestling.com.