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Monster Music City wins at Journeymen Collegiate Duals mash up NWCA Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll

by Jason Bryant, NWCA

NWCA Div. I Coaches Poll graphic for December 21, 2023

Manheim, Pennsylvania –Several upsets at the Journeymen Collegiate Duals earlier this week in Nashville, Tennessee provided just enough chaos to mix up the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 2023 calendar year, which was released on Thursday.

Ohio State and Iowa State each went 3-0 in the event and won their respective pools. The Buckeyes (7-1) topped then-No. 2 NC State using three first-period falls to build an 18-0 lead after the first three weights and hung on to win 21-20 in a rare four-match dual victory. Ohio State also beat then-No. 25 Northern Iowa and Lock Haven. Ohio State moved up to No. 8 this week.

Iowa State (6-1) moved back into the Top 5 after topping then-No. 5 Cornell 26-15 in the deciding dual of their Collegiate Duals pool. The Cyclones also topped No. 13 Pittsburgh and Little Rock.

Coupled with the results in Nashville, Missouri (4-0) moved up to No. 2 after beating Air Force 38-3. Idle Penn State (2-0) remained No. 1, while idle Iowa (5-0) moved up a spot to No. 3. N.C. State fell two spots to No. 4.

Other action before the holiday: Nebraska beat South Dakota State 21-17, Oklahoma State beat Wyoming 31-9, Virginia Tech beat Stanford 29-7, Oregon State beat CSU Bakersfield 48-0 and West Virginia beat Division II Fairmont State 56-0.

Stanford rebounded from its loss at Virginia Tech to sweep the Campbell Duals. The Cardinal (5-1) beat Purdue 24-13, North Dakota State 26-17 and host Campbell 19-17.

Appalachian State (1-1) moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season following a 24-14 win over then-No. 21 North Carolina in Boone. Idle Maryland moved back into the Top 25 as North Carolina and then-No. 25 Northern Iowa dropped out of the poll this week.

NOTE: The next poll will be released on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Men’s 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.

NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll

December 21, 2023

Rank/Team (First)/Record/Points/Conf./Previous

1 Penn State (14) (2-0) 350 Big Ten 1

2 Missouri (4-0) 332 Big 12 3

3 Iowa (5-0) 317 Big Ten 4

4 NC State (9-1) 282 ACC 2

5 Iowa State (6-1) 281 Big 12 6

6 Michigan (2-0) 275 Big Ten 7

7 Nebraska (3-0) 271 Big Ten 8

8 Ohio State (7-1) 264 Big Ten 10

9 Oklahoma State (4-0) 239 Big 12 9

10 Cornell (3-1) 238 EIWA 5

11 Virginia Tech (3-1) 202 ACC 11

12 Minnesota (5-0) 197 Big Ten 12

13 Pittsburgh (7-3) 168 ACC 13

14 Rutgers (5-1) 163 Big Ten 15

15 South Dakota State (3-2) 151 Big 12 14

16 Navy (5-0) 144 EIWA 17

17 Oregon State (4-1) 133 Pac-12 16

18 Stanford (5-1) 100 Pac-12 19

19 Oklahoma (4-2) 99 Big 12 18

20 West Virginia (7-1) 80 Big 12 20

21 Arizona State (1-2) 48 Pac-12 22

22 Indiana (3-0) 38 Big Ten 24

23 Lehigh (0-3) 37 EIWA 23

24 Appalachian State (1-1) 29 SoCon NR

25 Maryland (2-1) 28 Big Ten NR

Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 17, Northern Iowa 17, Cal Poly 13, Penn 12, Illinois 7, Northern Colorado 5, Campbell 4, Wisconsin 4, Little Rock 2, Virginia 2, Utah Valley 1.

Dropped out: No. 21 North Carolina (6-3), No. 25 Northern Iowa (1-3).


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