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Penn State finishes at No. 1 in final NWCA Div. I Coaches Poll of the year

by Jason Bryant, NWCA

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The nation’s lone unbeaten Division I wrestling program – Penn State – ended the season ranked top the final NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll of the 2021-22 season released Wednesday.
As usual, the Big Ten dominated the Top 25 with 11 of its 14 programs ranked to close out the season including five of the top seven teams. The Big 12 followed with six programs ranked, while the ACC and EIWA had three apiece. The Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 each had one team ranked to close the year.
Conference tournament weekend takes place the first weekend in March with all seven conference qualifiers taking place.
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
February 23, 2022

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Penn State (14)(17-0)350Big Ten1
2Iowa(14-1)335Big Ten2
3Michigan(12-1)317Big Ten3
4NC State(13-1)314ACC4
5Iowa State(15-1)293Big 125
6Ohio State(9-3)278Big Ten6
7Wisconsin(12-2)257Big Ten8
8Virginia Tech(9-5)254ACC7
9Missouri(11-4)234Big 129
11Nebraska(6-5)209Big Ten10
12Arizona State(9-4)192Pac-1213
13Oklahoma State(13-4)191Big 1212
14Rutgers(16-5)158Big Ten14
15Michigan State(10-4)155Big Ten16
16Purdue(10-5)127Big Ten15
17Northern Iowa(7-7)120Big 1217
19Minnesota(4-6)86Big Ten18
20Northwestern(7-4)73Big Ten23
21Central Michigan(12-4)70MAC21
23North Carolina(8-6)53ACC22
24Oklahoma(8-6)33Big 1224
25South Dakota State(13-4)19Big 1225


Others Receiving Votes: Lehigh 17, Oregon State 15, Appalachian State 14, Pittsburgh 14, North Dakota state 4, Cal Poly 3, Campbell 3.
Dropped Out: None