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Cornell tops final NWCA Mid-Major Division I Poll, with UNI at No. 2


Manheim, Pennsylvania – The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its final Mid-Major Top 20 on Tuesday. Formulated in 2017, the Mid-Major Top 20 focuses on wrestling programs centered outside the “Power 5” all-sports conferences.

After a year away from competition due to COVID-related concerns, Cornell and first-year head coach Mike Grey finished the season as the top Mid-Major program in dual meet competition. Representing the non-scholarship Ivy League, the Big Red returned to the top of the league as well, beating rivals Penn and Princeton to close out the regular season title.

While an affiliate of the Big 12 Conference, Northern Iowa’s record is deceiving as the Panthers went toe-to-toe with some of the nation’s best programs this season. Housed in the Missouri Valley, Northern Iowa’s tradition mades it a giant among Mid-Major schools with wrestling programs.

South Dakota State, like Northern Iowa, ranks third after a solid run through the Big 12 season and a 13-4 dual meet record. Central Michigan (12-4) won the regular season Mid-American Conference West championship, while Penn (8-2) came back from a year away from competition with a solid second-place finish in the Ivy League and a Top 25 ranking in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll.

From a wrestling conference perspective, the EIWA, which comprises teams in the Patriot and Ivy Leagues, lead all conferences with eight teams ranked in the Top 20 while the group of schools making up the Big 12 affiliates had six.

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.

NWCA Mid-Major Top 20

RankSchoolRecordPointsWrestling Conf.All-Sports Conf.
1Cornell(12-3)99EIWAIvy League
2Northern Iowa(7-7)90Big 12Missouri Valley
3South Dakota State(13-4)84Big 12Summit
4Central Michigan(12-4)80MACMAC
5Penn(8-2)79EIWAIvy League
6Lehigh(9-9)77EIWAPatriot League
7Princeton(6-5)73EIWAIvy League
8North Dakota State(10-4)67Big 12Summit
9Appalachian State(9-2)50SoConSun Belt
10Wyoming(4-5)45Big 12Mountain West
11Campbell(11-5)44SoConBig South
12Cal Poly(4-3)42PAC 12Big West
13Navy(6-5)40EIWAPatriot League
17Northern Colorado(6-6)18Big 12Big Sky
18Bucknell(12-6)14EIWAPatriot League
19Army West Point(2-7)13EIWAPatriot League
19 (tie)Air Force(3-9)9Big 12Mountain West
20 (tie)Binghamton(7-11)9EIWAAmerica East